Category Archives: Family Ideas

Ascension Day Craft (5-11 year olds)

All you need –

  • A3 paper x2
  • Cloud shape cut from A4 card
  • Green and blue paper to make sky and hill
  • Glue
  • Cotton wool to add to cloud
  • Verse from Acts 1:11 (see download below) Cut into a size to fit into the cloud

To make the eleven disciples make a paper chain of eleven men. To do this cut a long narrow srip from the A3 paper. Fold like a concertina into eleven sections. Draw a man outline on the first one. It’s important that the arms and legs go to the edges these connect the men. Cut out carefully, making sure that the arms and legs stay connected. Then make the cloud from the A4 card. Stick on the Bible verse. Then on the A4 paper make a sky and a hill and then carefully add the eleven disciples and the cloud.

‘Thank you God for yummy food’ craft

To Make

  • You need A4 card with holes punched at the top (landscape) centre and thread added
  • Stick on lots of pictures of fruit and vegetables (from gardening catalogues)
  • Add the ribbon/banner. See download below.

Hang up in the kitchen!

While you are making talk about the names of the fruit and vegetables, their colours and where they grow (in the ground, on trees etc). When you eat something that is on your picture you could add a smiley face 🙂

Beautiful flowers and Jesus’ promise (Sermon on the Mount)

This is a craft and something to read and think about from the Bible. It’s an idea to help families to look at the Bible together. Enjoy!

You need a Bible, glue, paper/card, flower photos from catalogues/magazines, scissors (adult supervision required) and some time to do this together! If you want you can seperate this acitity into two halves – do the cutting out one day and the sticking on another.

To make – use photos from gardening catalogues

You will also need a blue piece of paper or card as your main piece of paper and a brown pece of paper (or any colour you like) for the flower pot. Cut out a flower pot shape that is as wide as your paper (or almost – you will be able to fit more flowers in)

Before you start sticking, place your flower pot on the paper and draw along the top with a pencil (you don’t have to do this but it will make things neater)

Then remove the flower pot and start arranging the flowers. You can stick them straight away or try out different arrangements. If you have drawn a pencil line then make sure that it is covered enough for there to not be a gap between the edge of the pot and the flowers.

Once you have glued the flowers in place add the pot. You can add a couple more flowers so that it looks like your palnts are tumbling over the edge.

The Sarah Raven catalogue had a beautiful photo of one flower

You could also have a go at covering the piece of paper – this can be quite a challenge for children

This is a great activity to talk about colours – name them, talk about favourite colours, what do we have at home that’s a similar colour.

It’s a good activity to practise skills – using a glue stick or glue spreader and for older children scissor skills.

Thinking spot – looking at the Bible together.

Read about how God made the plants from Genesis 1

And God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees yielding fruit in which is their seed…And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:11,12b

God made the plants and the trees just by speaking. When a plant flowers it starts the process of producing seed!

When Jesus walked on the earth he did lots of things. He healed the sick, he spoke to people individually, he answered questions, he calmed the storm. He also taught his followers how to live and taught them about God. In Matthew’s Gospel we are told that Jesus went and sat down on the mountain and his disciples came and sat with him. Then he started to teach them.. one of the things he said was about the flowers..

Jesus taught his followers not to worry about what they should wear because of the flowers.

And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil or spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Matthew 6:28,29

Toil and spin are words that mean work. The flowers don’t work but they still look beautiful. Solomon was a great King. The flowers look even better than his expensive clothes. It is God that takes care of the flowers. Therefore Jesus doesn’t want his followers to spend time worrying because he is able to care for them and give them what they need.

Say thank you to God for the clothes you have.

Star Christmas decoration to make – using lollipop sticks

Lots of sequins are needed for this simple star shaped decoration for the Christmas Tree! You will also need

PVA glue

Paint – I used yellow but you can use any colour poster paint

Sequins

‘Joy to the World’ mini banner (free download available below)

A button and thread

Six lollipop/ popsicle sticks per star. (plus some spare in case of any mishaps!)

To make

1. Paint six lollipop/popsicle sticks and leave to dry. (You can purchase didderent coloured lollipop sticks if you prefer)

2. Once dry glue together – layer the sticks as shown in the photo and wait for the glue to dry.

3. Meanwhile thread the cotton through the button – tie in a knot to make a loop. This will be used to hang the star from the tree.

4. Glue the threaded button to the top of the lollipop stick star.

5. Before you add sequins to the lollipop stick glue the mini ‘Joy to the World’ banner in place and then add sequins to the star.

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Autumn activity for kids!

Several years ago when my children were children (and not adults – how did that happen so fast?!) we planted some conkers in plant pots. Once we had kept the squirrels at bay they began to grow and are now abour six feet tall. They are still in pots as horse chestnut trees can become very large if planted direct into the garden and our garden isn’t big enough. Here’s a photo of one of our trees.

Cress to grow at home

Cress is lovely to grow at home with children because it grows so fast! No long wait to see the seeds sprout. Within a week you have something that you can eat. No need for soil – I used an egg box, some tissues and the seeds.

You could make a picture diary of this process – either take photos or do drawings. If you water the seeds at the same time each day it becomes a nice little ritual either at tea time or snack time.

(If someone in your family is allergic to eggs use a different growing container)

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.

Paper Plate Nativity

Angels, Mary, Joseph, shepherds and the manger with the baby. Great for a nativity decoration and for telling the Christmas story.

Links to ‘how to make’ the characters (specifically the angels but the same basic idea is used for Mary, Joseph and the shepherds too) and the manger

The stable is a cardboard box covered in tissue paper. If you cover the inside of the box with yellow paint or tissue paper the characters will show up better. You can add battery powered tea lights too!

You could make this over several weeks in toddler group or Sunday School or make at home.

Family Advent Calendar

It isn’t quite time for Christmas – but if you want to get a head start on advent this is a ‘make your own advent calendar’. One symbol for each day with a Bible reference to read as a family.

Print the symbols onto card and cut out. Place each one in an envelope with the number on the outside, add small treats to the envelope too. Put up some string or ribbon and use pegs or paper clips to attach the symbol each day during advent.You can leave the symbols black and white or colour them each day. There are Bible verses to read each day – when our children were small we’d have eaten the chocolate either at breakfast or straight after school and read the Bible verses at bedtime.

Free printable is here  Christmas 3-shapes 3 ( verses)  Christmas 3-shapes 2 ( verses)  Christmas 3-shapes 1 ( verses)

Easter egg – messy craft!

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!