Journey to Bethlehem – altogether

Thought you might like to see how we display our ‘Journey to Bethlehem’ paper plates at Toddler Group. The hall has a stage (very mixed blessing) and I use a Go pack table put onto it’s side as a large display space. It works really well and is very stable as the legs of the table hold it up. Each week we’ve added more plates.

This week we also had our stable scene which we bought from Costco about ten years ago. We use it in toddler group and for school classes. The toddlers are always really fascinated by it so it comes out for two weeks. Week one is The Birth of Jesus. Week two (Christmas party week) is The Visit of the Shepherds.

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Here’s some pictures of our star wreath craft from this morning

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Christmas story paper plates

These paper plates can be used to tell the Christmas story and/or as craft ideas. They need some prep so I’m posting them now!

The Angel Gabriel visits Mary – Luke 1:26-38

 

Jesus is born – Luke 2:1-7

The shepherds are told about the birth of the Saviour – Luke 2:8-21

You can tell the story a little at a time over three weeks or use the plates altogether

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They are made from sturdy paper plates that have a rim (not the cheapest but they need to stand up to being taken out of a story bag). The picture backgrounds are made from tissue paper and the scenes and people use paper, sugar paper, crepe paper, cardboard rolls (stable) wool, cotton wool and shiny paper. The angel wings are hearts cut out using a paper punch. The bodies of the people are triangles and the head scarfs (I can’t think of a better word!) are material. Lots of different textures and colours! Use what you have 🙂

New term at toddlers

We are on our way to Chrstmas! I love this term at toddlers as I enjoy all the Christmas stories and crafts and the end of term party. Today we started our Journey to Bethlehem bible story series. We begin with creation and use paper plates as 3D pictures. I’ve done this series before so the paper plates needed a little TLC. DSC_2522

Christmas – all part of The Plan

I love Christmas. It’s an opportunity for all sorts of lovely crafts. People do appear to be in the mood to celebrate. I wanted to put Christmas into context in our stories at toddler group. Why did Jesus come to earth? So this is the journey to Bethlehem that we are taking.. (sorry that the pics are poor quality – just not enough daylight!)

where we start

where we start

God made everything good

God made everything good

Everything did not stay good but God promised to send someone to sort it out.

Everything did not stay good but God promised to send someone to sort it out.

things got worse - only Noah and his family were safe in the ark.

Things got worse – only Noah and his family were safe in the ark.

God promised to make Abraham's family huge and to bless everyone on earth through that family

God promised to make Abraham’s family huge and to bless everyone on earth through that family

God tells mary that she will have a special baby - Jesus - at last the promise in being fulfilled

An angel tells Mary that she will have a special baby – Jesus – at last the promise in being fulfilled

Jesus, the saviour is born!

Jesus, the saviour is born!

Angels tell shepherds the good news - a Saviour has been born. God has kept his promise to send someone to sort out the mess!

Angels tell shepherds the good news – a Saviour has been born. God has kept his promise to send someone to sort out the mess!

We started with creation last week and move on to the serpent this week. I hope that the adults will enjoy this journey and see Christmas as part of God’s Plan.

As we go through the weeks I’ll post pictures of what it will be like at toddler group. Hopefully you will get an idea of how all the paper plate pictures look as we build the story each week.

Final photo of my attempt to show you them altogether.. didn’t quite work .. but the best I could do today. The footprints will be added each week.

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