Jesus enters Jerusalem – Palm sunday

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To make these pictures I started with a roll of paper from Ikea and drew a road. The buildings and trees were added. As you tell the story you can add all the things you need. The cloaks were cut from material, the donkey has pegs for legs.

The people were copied from this book Their God is so Big by Stephanie Carmichael. It’s on offer at the moment!

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The donkey with pegs for legs would make a good craft. help yourself to the free printables.

 

 

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Palm Sunday craft

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This year Palm Sunday is 29 March.  The story is from Luke 19, Mark 11, John 12 and Matthew 21. It is the beginning of the end of Jesus’ life on the earth. In Mark’s gospel we read that ‘they (Jesus and his disciples and followers) were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who foloowed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was going to happen to him saying, ‘See, we are going to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priestsand the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.’ Mark 10:32-34.

These must have been difficult things for Jesus to talk about. The disciples don’t appear to have really understood  – James and John are bothered about where they will get to sit in heaven!

But despite the fact that Jesus knows he is going to Jerusalem to die he stops to help a man who is calling out to him. Bartimaeus is sitting by the roadside and shouting out for help. And Jesus stops and helps.

And then the group arrive at the outskirts of Jerusalem and Jesus sends two disciples to fetch a donkey. He rides into Jerusalem at a time when the place would have been packed with people there to celebrate Passover. They welcome him – laying clothes on the floor and waving palm branches calling Hosanna.

Ideas for telling the story to children

For young children it would be good to ask them to shout ‘Hosanna’ at the right time in the story and wave palm branches that they have made.

If you use a story bag include a toy/model donkey, a cloak to lay on the floor and a palm branch.

For older children make the connection with Old Testament prophecy as highlighted in Matthew’s account. It’s also useful for older children to have a timeline of the Easter events.

Craft 

A couple of palm leaf crafts – a suncatcher and a collage. Both use paper plates. The sun catcher is a little more tricky and has tacky back and glitter! The palm leaf collage can be cut out and a pipe cleaner attached so it can be waved during the story.

Older children could design a sun catcher and cut out the shape and attach the tacky back etc.

Large+Palm+Leaf  – PDF file

Small+Palm+Leaf – PDF file – template for palm leaf sun catcher

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Bobble hat and mittens craft – printables

It’s been cold and wintry so we made a bobble hat collage. We had mittens too but I have no photos. I just wasn’t quick enough.

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Mittens – free printable for mittens

Bobble_Hat – free printable for the bobble hat

let’s play with dough..

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I love playdough, especially the homemade variety. It’s relatively cheap and lasts a long time and gives hours of fun and creativity.

You can make characters from Bible stories with it, add it to laminated print outs, make shapes – anything. It’s great for young children to practice their fine motor skills and exercise their hand muscles ready for writing and drawing. It’s also good for keeping children focused on a sustained activity – they often willingly concentrate on playdough for quite a while.

The above playdough is a no cook recipe – it uses boiling water so has to be made by an adult.

Recipe

1 cup  flour

1/4 cup salt

1 teaspoon cream of tarter

1 tablespoon vegetable oil (don’t use a nut oil in case children are allergic)

3/4 cup boiling water

Food colouring paste or ready mix water colour paint for colour

To make add all the dry ingredients to a mixer and then add the oil, boiling water and colouring and mix till a soft dough.

I tripled this amount to make the different colours in the picture.

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I added some vanilla extract but I’m not sure it’s worth it – I think you would have to add a lot to really notice a vanilla scent and that would be quite expensive.

I had a play with the dough – a simple tree laminated – here’s a free tree PDF Tree I made an autumnal tree and an apple tree.

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Just a few more days to enter our giveway!

 

wise and foolish builders – Matthew 7

In Matthew 7 we have recorded for us one of the stories that Jesus told. It is a very simple parable about house building. There was the wise man who built on the rock and the foolish man who built on the sand. The storm came and only one house remained – the house on the rock.

Jesus explains the story when he says ‘Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.’ Matthew 7:24.

When telling the story to young children have some rocks and sand to show. They could also enjoy some sensory play with sand and pebbles and have a go at building with wooden blocks in a sand tray before or after the story time.

There is also a well known song with great actions that tells the story – have a listen here and a lego inspired retelling of the story here.

For a simple craft decorate/colour a house. There is space to write Matthew 7:24 or print on a label and stick in the space. Or download the PDF and add the verse before printing out. this is what i should have done as my writing isn’t very neat!

PDF of house for craft House (1)

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The story of Hagar – God is everywhere

You can use this story about Hagar to teach children that God is everywhere. We can never be somewhere that is away from God. Wherever we go, God is there. The suggested craft activity is a bus – children may sometimes go on a bus journey – but no matter where they travel to – God is there. This is a real comfort to children and adults.

The story is written for telling at a toddler group. If telling to older children include more detail from the Bible passage.

The story of Hagar can be found in Genesis 16. She was Sarah’s slave and Ishmael’s mother. Things were difficult for Hagar and she ran away.But God knew where she was and spoke to her. God gave Hagar a promise about the son she would give birth to. She responds with the acknowledgement that ‘You are a God of seeing. Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.’

To tell the story to young children you will need

A story bag with a doll to represent Hagar.

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Begin by taking ‘Hagar’ from the bag and introducing her to the children (say hello to Hagar – children wave)

Hagar was very sad. Can you pretend to be sad?

She decided to run away. Pretend to run by tapping hands on knees or run on the spot. Get the children to join in.

Then she sat down. No other people  there.

But, God knew where Hagar was.

He talked to her. ‘It will all be alright Hagar. Go back home’.

Hagar listened. She knew God could see where she was. She knew that God is everywhere.

‘You are the God who looks after me.’ she said.

Hagar was happy again. She went back home.

God sees you too and cares for you wherever you go. Wherever you go God is there.

The following is a simple craft to go with the story – ‘Wherever I go, God is there’. Print as many as you need. The children can add colour and people. I used some smiley face stickers for the people on the bus.

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God_is_everywhere_(Bus) PDF file.

Super easy Christmas tree picture

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This is a super easy Christmas Tree picture. Use the PDF christmas tree to print either a template or straight on to green paper/card. Cut out and stick onto a dark background. Decorate the tree with sequins, buttons and ribbon and a star.

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