We sometimes run lego themed Bible clubs – either for an after school special or over a few days for a Holiday Bible Club. Playing with lego is a big hit – with both the children and helpers. This year we also enjoyed making mini figure puppets with paper bags (mini figure printable from here) and lego cakes. For the cakes you need madeira cake cut into slices. Spread on apricot jam and cover with coloured fondant icing. Add smarties using coloured writing icing. It is a straight forward no cook edible craft but children love it – and there are quite a few skills that they practice – spreading, rolling the icing, cutting the cake. And they get to eat it!
For the BibleZone time we use stories that have a build – Noah’s Ark, Tower of Babel, Wise and Foolish builders and more…
Lots of time is spent building with the lego and a couple of lego team challenges are added too.
‘In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.’
Christmas tree biscuits
This is a very easy recipe called 1-2-3 biscuits from ‘Cakes and Cake Decorating’ by Rosemary Wadey.
1oz/25g caster sugar
3oz/75g plain flour
Cream butter and sugar together and then gradually add the flour. Knead till smooth. I made this in my mixer but it is easily done by hand.
Chill the biscuit dough for at least an hour. If you miss this it will be very difficult to roll out and cut into biscuit shapes.
Once chilled roll out on a floured surface. Cut into shapes. I used a christmas tree shaped cutter. Bake at 150C /300F /Gas 2 for about 25 minutes (less if you have a fan oven. Check often anyway). They should be lightly browned. I have a gas oven that has a mind of it’s own so please don’t take my timings as exact!
Once cooked allow to cool and then decorate using icing (icing sugar and water mixed- add water little by little). I added green colouring jell. Decorate any way you like. Eat!
Lots of fun making these this morning.
Very simple to make
The biscuits are Tesco own brand. Icing in squeezable tubes. (Dr Oetker but Sainsburys own is very good). Smarties and Santa jelly babies.
Here are some craft and baking ideas to help celebrate Easter with the links to the original posts! This week I will be getting some brand new ideas together too. I can’t believe that we are almost at Easter already when Christmas doesn’t seem all that long ago.
Easter Nests – recipe is here
Easter Wreath is here
Easter Garden is here
Salt dough Easter Egg Decorations are here
Luke 2: 9,10 ‘And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.’
Christmas Toast – All you need is bread to toast, a Christmas themed biscuit cutter and your choice of butter and spreads. Toast the bread and then cut out the shape. The left over bits of toast can be eaten too! I used white bread but wholemeal would work just as well.
Luke 2: 3,4 ‘And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.’
A Christmas song Little Donkey
Some Christmas treats to make – Rice Crispie cakes with sprinkles!
All you need is chocolate, rice crispies and sprinkles. Melt chocolate in the microwave and stir in rice crispies. add gradually until all the rice crispies are coated in chocolate and the chocolate is used up. Spoon into petit fours cases. before the chocolate sets add sprinkles.
Here’s a link to Joseph’s story .
Matthew 1: 23 ‘ Behold, the virgin will conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means God with us).
A recipe for homemade fudge from Mary Berry can be found here. No cooking required but it does need to be left overnight!
Here is a link to a toddler friendly bible story about Immanuel.