The Good Samaritan

On Monday these guys came along to toddler group –

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We were doing the story of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10.

This is a basic outline of the story…

‘One day a man asked Jesus a question – ‘how can I get to heaven?’ Jesus said to the man, ‘what do you think you need to do?’ 

‘I need to love God and love my neighbour. But who is my neighbour?’ The man was hoping that he had been good enough and that he really only needed to love the people that he liked. So Jesus told this made up story…

Once upon a time a man went on a journey and was hurt. He needed help but there was no one to help him. Oh no! (get the children and adults to join in with ‘Oh no’ each time you say it)

Then he heard footsteps. Someone was coming! A man was coming along the road. He looked, he saw that someone needed help but he kept on walking! Oh No!

Then he heard more footsteps. Someone was coming! Another man was walking along the road. He looked, he saw that someone needed help but he kept on walking! Oh No!

But then he heard something a bit different – it was clippity clop. A donkey was coming along the road and a man. The man looked, he saw that someone needed help and he stopped. Now this man was from far away and from a different place. But he was happy to help the man and he put him on the donkey and took him to a place to stay and gave him medicine until he was better. 

Jesus has finished telling the story. ‘Who was a good neighbour?’ Jesus asked. ‘The man who helped’, said the man. And he knew he hadn’t loved other people like that.

We all find it hard to be a good neighbour to everyone. We can never be good enough to earn a place in heaven. We need Jesus. 

(At the end of the story I briefly added that the adults were welcome to ask more about how Jesus can help us)

The craft – lots of pictures of people from magazines (or in this case Uni prospetuses – no idea if that is the correct spelling :))

 

Jesus stills the storm

This was another of our weather themed stories at toddler group. It’s from Luke 8. It’s a great story to tell – lots of drama and Jesus sleeping!

This craft is the lake on a paper plate – square paper plates with two shades of blue tissue paper. Round plates would be just as good but they need to be a bit sturdy. The boat is cut from card (done beforehand) and has a tab so it can be glued in place but still stand up. The label says ‘Jesus stopped the storm’.

It’s a very effective craft that’s quite easy to make.

There are a couple of ideas for telling this story here and here for toddlers and older children.

 

Isaac is born

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We’ve made an Abraham tent craft before – for the story of how Abraham left his home and went to the land that God promised to give him (Genesis 12). Click here to have a look.

The above craft is about the birth of Isaac from Genesis 21. It’s the same idea but with more people! I really like ‘lift the flap’ crafts! I need to think of some more 🙂 We printed lots of labels with ‘God keeps his promises’ and these were added to the craft.

 

Christmas stained glass – paper plate!

I first made a paper plate stained glass window back in 2015! You can take a look at the blog post and instructions here – click this link

There is quite a bit of prep for this craft but it’s so worth the effort. It looks lovely!

This year I thought I would add some extra characters from the Christmas story.

There are templates – you may want to alter the shepherds head – it looks a little lopsided!! (sorry) The link to download – Christmas Stained Glass Window Template

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Noah in the Ark

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There is a page of mini arks all ready for downloading and printing here Basic Noah’s Ark (x 8)

We did this craft a couple of weeks ago when we were doing Bible Stories on the theme of weather.

We used tissue paper, crepe paper, cellophane wrap, cotton wool and paper clouds.

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.