Homes Jesus visited – Zacchaeus (video)

Craft Idea – download and print the tree and Zacchaeus. Decorate with tissue and /or sugar paper and colour. Stick Zacchaeus in the tree.

Zacchaeus in the tree

Ice cream craft

Summer weather has arrived! Time for ice cream and an ice cream craft. All you need is …items the same or similar to the things in the picture below, download the cone and tub to cut out or make your own and have some glue ready!

Glue the cone and tub first and of course these can be decorated. Then add the ice cream scoops. I’ve used cup cake cases of different sizes, circles would be great too. The sprinkles are from the red wrapping ribbon. Use what you have.

Enjoy!

When I am at home, God is there (colouring sheet)

A couple of colouring pages … to colour or decorate with tissue paper, crepe paper etc.

A few years ago I made a bus colouring page with the words, ‘wherever I go God is there’. (You can find a story and bus colouring page here) But when we are at home and can’t go to many places, God is there too.

Spring song – to make and sing at home

A spring song to a well known tune – always a safe combination. The tune is ‘the wheels on the bus’. At the bottom of the post there are pictures you can print out to colour and/or decorate.

The song is about these guys.

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The owl in the garden goes twit, twit, twoo, twit, twit, twoo, twit, twit, twoo

‘The owl in the garden goes twit, twit, twoo all day long.

The snail in the garden goes slurp, slurp, munch, slurp, slurp, munch, slurp, slurp, munch

The snail in the garden goes slurp, slurp, munch, all day long.

The bee in the garden goes buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz

The bee in the garden goes buzz, buzz, buzz all day long.

The frog in the garden goes hop, hop, splash, hop, hop, splash, hop, hop, splash

The frog in the garden goes hop, hop, splash all day long.’

Below are the pictures in PDF. To make the song visuals – print out the coloured PDF or the black and white to decorate, laminate (or print onto card) , attach lolly pop sticks or kebab sticks so you can hold the pictures. The children can do actions or buzz around like the bee, hop and crawl for the different verses.  🙂

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Print the black and white pictures for children to colour/decorate as they like.

Bee     Snail     Frog     Owl

These are the same pictures but in colour

Bee – colour     Frog – colour     Snail – colour     Owl – colour

Easter Garden to make at home

Easter or Resurrection Gardens are a great way to celebrate Easter. They are a reminder of the Easter story and are fun to make. Traditionally they would be made using soil, moss, flowers etc but this version is made entirely from paper and card – if you haven’t got easy access to soil and plants this is for you!

I’ve used – paper plate (a piece of card would do too), cereal box to make the cross (make two cross shapes and glue together so it will stand up), paper ice cream tub for the tomb ( a roll of paper with card glued over an end would be fine), a paper circle for the stone, tissue paper for the path and grass and pictures of flowers from magazines/garden catalogues.

To attach the cross add a fold and glue the tab
Add the tomb – this might need to be glued and then held in place till it has stuck. Make a fold on the edge of the circle for the tomb then glue the tab that you have made and glue down. If you want to add the words do that first.

Easter egg colouring printables

These A4 Easter Egg designs can be coloured or made into collages. Whatever you feel like doing! I’ve used wax crayons (you can blend the colours!), felt tips, tissue paper and some sugar paper circles. Cut out the egg shape after you’ve decorated it. If you want to paint then maybe print the shape onto card. Enjoy!

Salt dough egg decorations

Children of almost any age can decorate these simple egg shapes. We’ve used them at a toddler group, but they would be great for older children who would be able to do more intricate designs or pictures.

To make them you need to start with a salt dough. This is very easy. You need 2 cups plain flour, I cup of salt and I cup of water (add this gradually as you may not need it all). Kneed the dough on a floured surface and roll out to about 4mm thick. As you do this keep making sure it isn’t sticking to the work top. I used a template and cut around it. You could also use an egg shaped biscuit cutter. If you are making hanging decorations you need to make a hole for the thread about 1cm away from the edge.Smooth the edges of the eggs once you have cut them out. Then leave the shapes to dry. They will air dry, but it will take a long time (48 hours plus) or put them in a low oven, not more than 100C, for up to 4 hours. (They can burn so keep an eye on them). Once dry you can decorate with paint and/or felt pens.

We used felt tips to decorate but you could also glue coloured paper on to them and add glitter! A covering of PVA glue at the end will add a shine – but as you can see in the pictures the colours may run a bit.

Palm Sunday Craft to make at home

This leaf craft for Palm Sunday is to make at home. All our groups are closed – so this is somthing to make that uses a cereal box, crayons, pens, green pictures cut from magazines (I used a gardening catalogue) and some glue. Hopefully these are things that we have at home. If you don’t have any glue then crayons, pencils and pens will be great.

Cut a leaf shape out of your cereal box – make it as large as the box shape will allow! And decorate.

There is a short toddler group Palm Sunday story here.

Spread some love and hope..

It’s a good time to share a rainbow – and maybe a Bible verse of hope.. Lots of people have been putting pictures of rainbows in their windows. I decided to join in. Maybe you would like to join in too.

This could be something that our toddler group families would like to do – I’ve shared the link below with our facebook toddler group page. You don’t need to use paint – any type of crayons, felt tips or collage would be great. I used the paint that I rescued from our store cupboard as we closed!

Hers’s a link all about sharing rainbows https://www.popsugar.co.uk/parenting/kids-put-drawings-up-in-windows-during-coronavirus-outbreak-47324740?fbclid=IwAR00_NvkRKY48jobq5St2LT3Gh2sq3HPvAzuQ3jWddlQQSMxF3oGI-cr0n0

We added God’s promise

On the Way to Easter…Mary

The story is from John 12:1-8

Jesus had almost arrived at Jerusalem! He had travelled a long way. How lovely that he was able to go to his friends house. Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha were good friends of Jesus. They wanted to do something special for him so they had a dinner for him. Martha served the food and everyone enjoyed what she had made and they ate everything! Lazarus sat at the table with Jesus. But where was Mary?

Mary wanted to show everyone how special Jesus was. In those days when you went to someone’s house they always gave you some water to wash your feet. The roads were very dusty and people got their feet dirty.

But Mary wanted to do more than just give Jesus water to wash his feet. She had some very expensive ointment that she poured onto the feet of Jesus. The Bible tells us that the perfume from the anointment filled the whole house.

Mary was right to do this special thing for Jesus because he is God’s Son who would soon die to save us.

Paper plate picture to add to the others

Craft Idea – a perfume bottle made from a paper plate. Spray the bottle shape with perfume and allow to saok in and dry. Then decorate!

All the plates!