Easter is nearly here! At least the schools break up in about five weeks time. We’ll be telling the Easter story nearly two weeks before the Easter weekend so it feels closer than it is. If you are looking for a simple telling of the Easter story then Go Teach Toddlers Book 2 is one place you will find one. There are simple craft ideas too.
There are thirteen stories in the book with craft ideas and general ideas for toddler groups. This book covers –
Things Jesus did
1. Jesus obeyed God Matthew 3:13-17
2. Jesus made some friends John 1:35-51
3. Jesus calmed the storm Mark 4: 35-41
4. Jesus helped people Luke 5:1-11
5. Jesus taught people about God Luke 4:15-30
6. Jesus did things we cannot do Matthew14:22-33
7. Jesus died and rose again John18:1-5; Mark 16:1-8
Finding out about me
8. Thank God for speech Genesis 11:1-9
9. Thank God for hearing 1 Kings 19:1-18
10. Thank God for taste Daniel 1
11. Thank God for sight Mark 10:46-52
12. Thank God for touch Mark 5:21-34
13. Thank God for smell Matthew 26:6-13
You can order a copy from Go Teach
Young children have lots of discoveries to make. It’s fun to help them discover their senses. There are different activities that can show them that they can smell. Of course they already knew that! We can help them know what the smells are that they like or dislike. Sometimes a smell gives us a warning – the toast is burning! Sometimes a smell can make us hungry.
There is a bible Story that you can tell to illustrate that we can smell here. There is a different retelling in the Go Teach Toddler book that we are using this half term.
For a craft for this Bible Story make a perfume bottle
You need – paper plate cut into a simple bottle shape (we are going to use the reverse side so the bottle looks more 3D)
Coloured paper that has been sprayed with perfume. I used tissue paper circles that I bought from Tiger.
Crayons to add decoration. (optional)
Beforehand cut out the bottles, spray the paper and make an example.
perfume bottle craft
make a template
all you need for perfume bottle craft
I have been cutting some herbs from my garden for the children to smell – these herbs are child friendly – sage, lemon balm, thyme and lavender. The lemon balm is a strong scent in particular. If you don’t have herbs in your garden you could use the fresh herb pots that supermarkets sell. Just a few would be fine.
lavender, sage, thyme, lemon balm
Playdough can be given a scent. I’ve used vanilla extract (expensive) in one dough and mixed spice in another. Take a look at my pinterest playdough board for some really good ideas. I like the sound of lemon dough. 🙂 there is a recipe for that on the board.
My favourite smell is fresh coffee but sadly at our group we only serve instant!
all you need for vanilla playdough
We are going to be basing our short Bible stories on the theme ‘finding out about me’ taken from Go Teach’s Toddler Book 2.
This is our first craft – the people shapes were bought from amazon. There are 50 in a pack and they aren’t expensive. The clothes were cut from scraps of fabric that I already had. I’ve cut out a variety of T-shirts, shorts and skirts in very simple shapes. The wool has been cut into various lengths.
Our first story will be ‘Thank you God for touch’. At singing time we’ll do here we go round the mulberry bush and talk about all the things being what we can do with our hands – brush our teeth, comb our hair, wash our face etc.
We had a special summer toddler group in the middle of the holidays but it still feels like ages since the group met. be good to be back there tomorrow.
The Christian Resources Exhibition is on at the Excel in East London. So this morning I took the train to go and have a look around.
I’ve come home with a few goodies and some ideas!
The Go Teach stand
the goodies I bought home!
Now in case you aren’t able to go along I picked up some of the free books from The Go Teach stand – they are samples of Bible stories and crafts for toddlers – if you would like one then get in touch via email or in the comments. We are quite happy to post anywhere. (it’s first come first served 🙂 )
You don’t need to leave your email in the comments – wordpress have a way of letting me know that. 🙂
let me know if you would like one of these samples