Bible town scene to make

This is one of my favourite Holiday Bible Club crafts that I’ve done. It fits with so many stories as it is just a scene of a town. It’s fun to make and 3D.

All you need is

Square paper plate (need to be quite sturdy)

Tissue paper/sugar paper

Background scene printed onto card – same size in width as the centre of the paper plate with about an inch of card that can be folded to make a flap which will be glued so the scene stands on the paper plate

Felt tips for colouring the scene

Square block of wood to make a house – doors and windows and outside steps to be added by the children

To Assemble the children need to –

  1. Colour the background scene and stick onto paper plate to make a back drop
  2. Add doors, windows and steps to house and glue onto the plate in the foreground
  3. Add tissue paper/sugar paper to make paths/grass/sand

We bought the background scene from creativeforkids.com

Group craft!

 

Noah’s ark – drawn onto wall paper (found in the church storage cupboard!!) The animals are stickers, the water is tissue and sugar paper. Very easy to set up and you can always display it afterwards.

Let’s Share Bible Stories with Toddlers

“Hello friends, hello friends. How are you, how are you? It’s time for a story, time for a story. Come and listen, come and listen.”

We sing this song to the tune of ‘Frere Jacques’ every week at toddler group. We gather round the story chair in a semi – circle; some sit on the rugs and others on chairs and then we share a story together.

By saying ‘share a story together’ I mean that I don’t just read a story from a book or recite a story script. It is story telling – a much more interactive group activity. We are ‘in it together’, taking part, joining in.

There are different ways of creating a joining in experience when telling a story. Here are a few ideas

  • Sounds to make – the sound of the storm on the lake
  • Actions to do – climbing the tree with Zacchaeus
  • Saying hello to the characters in the story as they come out of the story bag
  • Singing a song – include ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ part way through the story of the shepherds and angels.

So how do you choose which stories to tell?

As a church-based group (although we meet in a community hall) we tell stories from the Bible. It can help if each story is connected to a theme for half a term. Animal Bible stories, Homes Jesus Visited, Stories Jesus Told, Creation. Choose stories that you feel comfortable with and will enjoy telling.

When to have Story Time?

Pick a time in your session when there are less distractions. If you want the children to join in, then serve snacks before or after. Try to time things so that hands are free to take part in the story actions. If possible, have a space where there are no toys or do Story Time at the beginning or towards the end of the session.

Create a space

The storyteller needs to be seen and to be on the children’s level. Choose a low seat and create a semi – circle. Clean rugs encourage parents/carers and children to sit on the floor, but chairs are good for adults who need a higher seat.

The idea is to know the story well and encourage interaction with the group. The Bible is full of the most wonderful stories. Enjoy sharing them!

(This is an article I wrote for CEF Britain’s Newsletter)

Here are some of the items I use when telling stories…

Summer 2019

Some photos from our Biblezone week and Biblezone Build Holiday Bible Club. Great summer so far!

Our Biblezone week is a mixture of outdoor clubs and church based clubs. There’s craft, games, football and a Bible story and memory verse each day. Our Biblezone build is a mixture of lego building and challenges, craft and Bible stories, memory verses and fun competitions.

Baby Moses craft

All you need for this craft – A4 card (cut the slits so that the card will fold and stand up), small baby printout (there are some to download in this blog post), green crayons for the reeds, blue tissue paper for the water, cup cakes cases for the basket, glue.

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Lollipop stick weaving!

Most things on my blog are for toddlers but this is something for older children and adults! We’ve been having a go at this weaving at our after school Bible Club and at our church fete. Lots of concentration required at first. But once you get the hang of it it’s really relaxing.

You need: lollipop sticks or similar (You can glue them together or just hold them together.) Yarn and scissors.

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The above photo is what the weaving should look like from the back. Once you’ve got off to a good start trim the end that was near to your knot.

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End result! You can change the colour of the yarn if you wish.

Lydia

The story of Lydia is from Acts 16:11-15.

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Here are Lydia (with her purple cloth) and Paul and Barnabas. We begin the story by saying hello to Lydia, a rich successful woman who has money and a lovely home and a great job but still has something missing in her life.

Then Paul and Barnabas meet her and her friends and tell them about Jesus – and Lydia finds what is missing! It is knowing Jesus as her friend!

A simple craft idea – we had a washing line and purple pieces of material.

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