Nehemiah and the fox! – animal stories

Nehemiah was given the job of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem. His enemies made fun of him, ‘if a fox climbs on your wall it will fall down!’ (Nehemiah 4:3) they said. But Nehemiah kept building and with God’s help the wall was finished!

In the story bag – wooden bricks for the wall (not in the photo – I used our toddler group bricks), two men – Nehemiah and Sanballat and a fox.

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Craft Idea – fox collage – crayons and crepe paper. Free fox PDF to print – fox

 

 

Jonah and the Whale (big fish) – animal stories

Week three of Bible animal stories was Jonah.

Craft Idea –

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Can you spot Jonah? He is hidden away inside the big fish!

Here is a PDF of the fish  whale (1)

Jonah was made from cutting up concertina people bought from Amazon.

The sea is crepe paper strips and cellophane strips. You have to be careful with the cellophane – if you think children might put it in their mouths then don’t use it. I was stationed at the craft table all morning as we had extra helpers.

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We last did Jonah at toddler group in 2015 (where does the time go!) Here’s a link to the story and our huge big fish!

 

shepherd and sheep printable

There are lots of Bible Stories about people who were shepherds  – Abel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob,  Joseph and his brothers, Moses, David and Jesus is the Good Shepherd.

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I’ll be using this colouring page as the craft for the story about Moses and the burning bush. (Exodus 3). As we do the craft before and after the lesson I haven’t included the burning bush as I want that to be a surprise in the story.  Click here for the story.

You could use it for any of the Bible Stories about shepherds.  Here’s the link for the PDF – Shepherd and Sheep

God made big animals – paper plate craft ideas

Paper plates, tissue paper, glue and a bit of preparation = animal crafts that look great and are fun to make. You can add googly eyes, wool, stickers for eyes, triangles for a nose…

Here are a couple that I’ve made –

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Lion Paper Plate

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Paper plate pigs made by me to give children and parents an idea of what to aim at.

There are loads of ideas on my paper plate pinterest board 

Having Breakfast with Jesus

We’ve been thinking about animals in the Bible in toddler group and we are very near the end of term. This is our last animal story. I decided to do fish – they are mentioned quite a lot in the gospels! The story is from John 21. This is a brief outline. In the story bag I had Peter and Jesus, a net and some fish and a small BBQ with some charcoal. The children loved having a look at the charcoal.

BBQ bucket in the story bag

BBQ bucket in the story bag

The Story- Say hello to Peter! Peter was one of the followers of Jesus. This story happened after Jesus had died and come back to life again. one day Peter said to his friends ‘I am going fishing’. It was night time. All the stars were twinkling in the sky (everyone make twinkling star shapes with their fingers). The men were in the boat all night long but there were no fish in the nets. The sun began to wake up in the sky. They looked in their net – no fish. Then someone on the sand called to them ‘Have you caught any fish?’ They looked in their net – no fish. ‘No, we haven’t’ they called back. Who was on the sand? It was Jesus. ‘Put the net the other side of the boat, Jesus said. So they threw the net over the other side. Suddenly it filled up with fish. They got their boat to the sand and there waiting for them was Jesus. He had made a BBQ and was cooking some fish for breakfast. Jesus was alive. He is still alive today and he cares about you!

The craft was a simple collage of fish with cellophane waves.

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going fishing

 

The prodigal son story

So far, this term, at toddler group we have told stories about ravens, bees, frogs and a big fish – last week it was the turn of the pigs.

this little piggie went to toddler group!

this little piggie went to toddler group!

The Bible story was from Luke 15. It is one of the stories that Jesus told about the lost and the found. The younger son wants his money and goes off and spends the lot. He ends up feeding the pigs and comes to his senses. He goes home and is welcomed by his father. The story is a picture of the welcome we recieve when we turn back to God.

To tell the story – use some props including money, party streamers/hats, pretend pigs, new robe/coat/ring/shoes.

The story

Jesus told the people a story

‘There was a man who had two sons (count to two). The younger son wanted his father’s money. So the father decided to share all his things between his two sons. Now they had a lot of money. (jingle the money).

A few days later the younger son got his money and packed his bag and went far away. He loved spending is money! he had lots and lots of parties (show party streamers/hats). One day he looked in his pocket for more money but it had all gone! He had spent every last penny! He was in trouble.

He needed a job. He went to work looking after pigs. What noise do pigs make? oink,oink! He was so hungry that he could have eaten the food that the pigs ate. No one helped him. He was sad.

‘I will go back to my father’ he said. ‘He will give me a better job than sitting here with these pigs.’

So he walked and walked and walked till he could see his old home far away in the distance.

Someone saw him coming. Someone had been looking and hoping that he would come back home. It was his father. His father was so pleased to see his son that he ran down the road to meet him and hugged him.

‘I’m sorry’ said the son

‘I forgive you’ said the father. ‘Now let’s celebrate that you have come back home!’

The father gave his son new clothes to wear, new shoes and a ring.(show these items) He was so happy that he had a party.

‘My son was lost,’ he said,’but now he is found.’

When we come back to God it is like we were lost but are now found.

Craft Idea – paper plate pink pigs.

All you need 

paper plate

pink tissue paper and crepe paper cut into square (roughly)

glue

circles from pink sugar paper for snout (I use a paper punch from hobbycraft.)

ear shapes cut from sugar paper

stickers for nostils and eyes

pink crayons (optional)

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paper plate pigs made by the children

paper plate pigs made by the children

We allow plenty of self expression!

paper plate pigs made by me to give children and parents an idea of what to aim at.

paper plate pigs made by me to give children and parents an idea of what to aim at.

 

 

 

frogs in the bed..!

Bible story from Exodus 8. This is part of our series of stories about animals in the Bible.

Meet the main characters – Moses, Pharoah and frogs!SAM_1069

Moses was the leader of God’s people. God’s people lived in Egypt. They were very sad (can you look sad). Everyday they had to make bricks. they made bricks 1,2,3,4,5,6,7, days a week. It was hot and dusty and horrible.

God told Moses to go and rescue the people. It’s always good to do what God says. ‘Moses, go and tell the King of Egypt to let all of my people go’

So Moses went to see the King of Egypt.

God says you are to let his people go

‘No’ said the king of Egypt ‘i won’t’. It’s always a bad idea to ignore God.

Moses told the king, ‘God will send something to make you change your mind!’

God sent … frogs!

Not just 1 frog, or 2 frogs or even 10 frogs but lots of frogs.

When the people wanted to cook food there were frogs in the oven, when they went to get a wash there were frogs in the water, when they went to bed there were frogs under the covers! frogs everywhere! When the king went to sit on his throne there were frogs already sitting there!

‘Take the frogs away’, said the King.

So Moses asked God to take the frogs away and God did. Now the frogs were back in the river.

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After the story we sang our ‘new’ song.  This went down really well.