Author Archives: Rachel Ball

About Rachel Ball

Hi! I'm a happily married mum of two. Let their light shine is where I blog about Toddler Group and Sunday School ideas.

Ascension Day Craft (5-11 year olds)

All you need –

  • A3 paper x2
  • Cloud shape cut from A4 card
  • Green and blue paper to make sky and hill
  • Glue
  • Cotton wool to add to cloud
  • Verse from Acts 1:11 (see download below) Cut into a size to fit into the cloud

To make the eleven disciples make a paper chain of eleven men. To do this cut a long narrow srip from the A3 paper. Fold like a concertina into eleven sections. Draw a man outline on the first one. It’s important that the arms and legs go to the edges these connect the men. Cut out carefully, making sure that the arms and legs stay connected. Then make the cloud from the A4 card. Stick on the Bible verse. Then on the A4 paper make a sky and a hill and then carefully add the eleven disciples and the cloud.

A song for today

‘Thank you God for yummy food’ craft

To Make

  • You need A4 card with holes punched at the top (landscape) centre and thread added
  • Stick on lots of pictures of fruit and vegetables (from gardening catalogues)
  • Add the ribbon/banner. See download below.

Hang up in the kitchen!

While you are making talk about the names of the fruit and vegetables, their colours and where they grow (in the ground, on trees etc). When you eat something that is on your picture you could add a smiley face 🙂

Easter Decoration

How to make an Easter Door Wreath

You will need

  • A plain wreath shape – or cut out the centre of a paper plate and use the wide rim.
  • Doilie
  • Spring pictures – I used eggs and chicks but flowers would be fine too. See what you can find in magazines and catalogues.
  • Ribbon
  • A large cake case to use as a nest for chicks (If you only have flowers make it a vase)
  • Some shredded tissue paper
  • Tissue paper or paint to cover the wreath
  • Glue

To make – be as creative as you want – these are suggestions!

  • Start by covering the wreath with paint or paper
  • Add pictures of eggs, chicks and/or flowers
  • If your doilie is the right size cut out the plain centre and add the lace part to the wreath. If not just cut some of the lace part and add around the wreath.
  • Add the ribbon
  • Add the nest/ vase by glueing half the cake case to the wreath. Add the shredded tissue paper and then slightly stick both ends of the cup case to secure (it should be like a pocket).

Jesus is Alive! Craft

This is the same idea as the Easter Stained Glass . This time we have an empty tomb cut from black card and a stone. If you can have a bright tissue paper colour behind the empty tomb it will really glow when you put the craft at a sunlit window. Click on the link above for instructions.

Easter Story Video

The first Easter!

Easter Stained Glass

Stained glass for Easter

How to make your own Easter Stained Glass picture

You will need

  • Black paper plate
  • Tacky back
  • Tissue paper in bright colours
  • Cross cut from the plate centre or black paper
  • Glue

To make

  1. Cut out the centre of the plate (use this to make the cross)
  2. Add the tacky back – you need the sticky side to be the same side as the black plate rim
  3. Stick tissue paper all over the tacky back to make the stained glass effect
  4. Add the cross on top of the tissue paper using glue.

Display in a window!

Palm Sunday Story Video

A short retelling of the Palm Sunday Story

I made this video for toddler group. You are very welcome to use it 🙂

Beautiful flowers and Jesus’ promise (Sermon on the Mount)

This is a craft and something to read and think about from the Bible. It’s an idea to help families to look at the Bible together. Enjoy!

You need a Bible, glue, paper/card, flower photos from catalogues/magazines, scissors (adult supervision required) and some time to do this together! If you want you can seperate this acitity into two halves – do the cutting out one day and the sticking on another.

To make – use photos from gardening catalogues

You will also need a blue piece of paper or card as your main piece of paper and a brown pece of paper (or any colour you like) for the flower pot. Cut out a flower pot shape that is as wide as your paper (or almost – you will be able to fit more flowers in)

Before you start sticking, place your flower pot on the paper and draw along the top with a pencil (you don’t have to do this but it will make things neater)

Then remove the flower pot and start arranging the flowers. You can stick them straight away or try out different arrangements. If you have drawn a pencil line then make sure that it is covered enough for there to not be a gap between the edge of the pot and the flowers.

Once you have glued the flowers in place add the pot. You can add a couple more flowers so that it looks like your palnts are tumbling over the edge.

The Sarah Raven catalogue had a beautiful photo of one flower

You could also have a go at covering the piece of paper – this can be quite a challenge for children

This is a great activity to talk about colours – name them, talk about favourite colours, what do we have at home that’s a similar colour.

It’s a good activity to practise skills – using a glue stick or glue spreader and for older children scissor skills.

Thinking spot – looking at the Bible together.

Read about how God made the plants from Genesis 1

And God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees yielding fruit in which is their seed…And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:11,12b

God made the plants and the trees just by speaking. When a plant flowers it starts the process of producing seed!

When Jesus walked on the earth he did lots of things. He healed the sick, he spoke to people individually, he answered questions, he calmed the storm. He also taught his followers how to live and taught them about God. In Matthew’s Gospel we are told that Jesus went and sat down on the mountain and his disciples came and sat with him. Then he started to teach them.. one of the things he said was about the flowers..

Jesus taught his followers not to worry about what they should wear because of the flowers.

And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil or spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Matthew 6:28,29

Toil and spin are words that mean work. The flowers don’t work but they still look beautiful. Solomon was a great King. The flowers look even better than his expensive clothes. It is God that takes care of the flowers. Therefore Jesus doesn’t want his followers to spend time worrying because he is able to care for them and give them what they need.

Say thank you to God for the clothes you have.

Cup cake cases are lovely for crafts! They can be used to make lots of things including caterpillars! Just flatten them and glue them slightly overlapping each other. You can make patterns by alternating two colours or use one colour or go for multicoloured! You can even use metalic cases. Use what you have. Add a smiley face and some grass (I’ve used tissue paper). You can add some smaller circles at one end too.