It’s great when things come together isn’t it? This week it’s my turn to tell the story at Tuesday Toddler Group and it’s The Lost Sheep. A week ago I ordered a Treasure Box (they have a special offer and I couldn’t resist) and it’s all about The Lost Sheep.
The Treasure Box People is a subscription box designed for families to learn more about the Bible together. (£10 for a single – enough for one child and £15 for up to three children) Each month you receive a box full of craft ideas (and more!) to make as a family with easy instructions and everything you need. There is a Bible story book to read together. The crafts, games and ideas for prayer all relate to this story. In my box it is Nick Butterworth’s and Mick Inkpen’s retelling of The Lost sheep. My children would have loved this!
I really like the variety of activities – the pom pom sheep is a make that will take some time, the shepherd is a bit quicker to put together and the lost sheep game would be great to play every day! The packaging is child friendly paper bags. And children love getting something through the post.
The Treasure Box People spring special offer has a few more days to run. Well worth trying out for yourself. Here’s the link
While you are here have a look at my giveaway
This is a craft where you get in a bit of a sticky mess – but it’s fun! The egg shape is polystyrene. (I bought them from Amazon) I covered it in PVA glue and added tissue paper layers. If you finish off with a layer of glue it’ll look shiny. Experiment with the decoration. I added some cut up feathers to one egg. Chocolate sweet wrappers would look great too. Leave the decorated eggs to dry on some clingfilm as they shouldn’t stick to the film!
This craft is suitable for all ages – you may have to vary how you decorate the shapes. I used air drying modelling clay to make flowers and eggs. These were cut using cookie cutters. The shapes need time to dry out – a couple of days.
We’ll be decorating flower shapes at Toddler Group. You could make these at home with your children and if you make a hole for string you could hang them on an Easter Tree.
Smooth the edges before the clay dries
Decorate using PVA glue, tissue paper and sequins
A few years ago I made a similar craft using salt dough – I must admit that the shop bought air drying modelling material (long name!) was easier and seems less brittle. The salt dough egg post is here
We are doing the story of Peter at after school club today – Acts 12:1-19. Peter was in prison. The church met to pray. So our take home craft is a reminder to pray. This would be a great thing to use as a family too. Each person could pick a card from the bag and use it to say a short prayer.
To make – paper bags or envelopes, pens/pencils, scissors, print out of the four prayer prompts – praise, sorry, thank, please and sticky label with ‘remember to pray printed on’
Talk about what the four prayer prompts mean – why we can praise God. How we can praise him for what he is like and the things he has done. Why do we need to say sorry to him? We have thought, said or done things against God’s law. What can we thank God for? food, clothes, friends. What can we ask for his help with – the please prayers. These can be for ourselves and for others. The children can write some of these ideas on the reverse of the cards.
Download the prayer prompt cards – childrens-prayer-card
‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’
A song to enjoy
Something to make – twinkly Christmas star
all you need
- 2 pipe cleaners (large) cut in half and twisted together in the centre to make a star
- beads to thread on to the pipe cleaners. Once done fold the end of each pipe cleaner
- fold one pipe cleaner into a hook at it’s end so you can hang it on the tree.
edited – found a spelling mistake!
I so wanted to make something like this last year but just ran out of time. So this year I was determined to make a craft focusing on Christingle. This is not necessarily instead of making the real thing. This craft could be done as an extra activity or used for very young children that you would rather didn’t have a candle.
The basic shape is drawn on a paper plate (this needs to be sturdy) and then I used paint. I would have used red ribbon but it was being elusive! The ‘sweets’ are beads on pipe cleaners. Do this for young children or alongside them as the beads are small. I attached these with cellotape.
Have a look at The Children’s Society website for more about the history of the Christingle.
Earlier this week I saw a comment on Facebook that made me get a bit more organised that usual. It may be September but my advent calendar is all planned. I made a material advent calendar that has little pockets a long time ago. I laboriously wrote a Bible verse for each day and then over the years lost track of most of the verses. So when I saw the ad for ‘Advent pocket Cards’ produced by God Venture I made a purchase.
They arrived today and are just right! 25 small cards with part of the Christmas story written on them. Just enough text for children to read before breakfast! There are ideas about how to use them – I’m not going to tell you what they are – you will have to buy your own set 🙂 They are good ideas that would work well.
We will be using them in our family advent calendar but I think they could come in useful in Sunday School activities too.
Take a look at the website.
(I bought these cards – God Venture haven’t asked me to review the cards)