Ice cream craft

Summer weather has arrived! Time for ice cream and an ice cream craft. All you need is …items the same or similar to the things in the picture below, download the cone and tub to cut out or make your own and have some glue ready!

Glue the cone and tub first and of course these can be decorated. Then add the ice cream scoops. I’ve used cup cake cases of different sizes, circles would be great too. The sprinkles are from the red wrapping ribbon. Use what you have.

Enjoy!

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.

Easter egg colouring printables

These A4 Easter Egg designs can be coloured or made into collages. Whatever you feel like doing! I’ve used wax crayons (you can blend the colours!), felt tips, tissue paper and some sugar paper circles. Cut out the egg shape after you’ve decorated it. If you want to paint then maybe print the shape onto card. Enjoy!

On the Way to Easter…Palm Sunday Story

The Bible story is from Luke 19:28-40 and Mark 11:1-10

‘Jesus and his friends were almost at the big city of Jerusalem. Lots of people wanted to see Jesus. But how was Jesus going to arrive in the city? Not in a car or a helicopter (they didn’t have those!) Not on a big, strong horse.

Jesus sent two of his friends to borrow a donkey. They bought it to Jesus and put their cloaks on it and he rode into the big city.

Crowds and crowds of people were there. There were mums and dads, grandmas and grandads and children just like you! They called out ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’ as Jesus passed by. They shouted, ‘hosanna!’ (which means ‘God saves’) They waved palm branches and threw their cloaks into the road.

They welcomed Jesus – the King sent from God.’

Some pictures to use to tell the story – you could use the printouts as a craft if telling the story at home or with older children.

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Dowload the links to make the street scene

People pictures are available in this blog post

The donkey to make

https://lettheirlightshine.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/leglessdonkey.pdf

The street scene https://lettheirlightshine.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/streetscene.pdf

The trees and palm leaves

https://lettheirlightshine.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/palmleafsceneparts.pdf

I cut the cloaks out of material.

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Spring is coming!

Where I live there is already blossom on the trees! So next week at toddler group our craft will be on a spring theme. We are going to be making some spring blossom spirals. There is some prep for me to do beforehand but not too much. The paper plates will need to be cut and some wool tied on. The blossom flowers will be cut from petit four cases. This will make the blossom more 3D than flat paper. I’ll cut out some leaf shapes too and we have some heart shapes left over from Valentines that we’ll add.

So – blossom spirals step by step – the first few pictures show the prep before toddler group. Older children could do the cutting and threading themselves.

At toddler group there will be lots of sticking, selecting blossom and leaves. It’s up to the children how much blossom to place on their spiral.

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

Advent calendar day 3

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Isaiah 9:6 ‘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.’

Craft idea for today – paper plate wreath with a crepe paper ribbon.

 

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Something to listen to and enjoy taken from today’s verse from the Bible

A Christmas picture

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The angels were made from Ellen Giggenbach’s book ‘Papercraft Christmas’.

 

 

 

The angels and shepherds – Christmas

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Christmas is almost here!

The story of the first Christmas is a lovely story to tell. Children can also act out what happened and dress up as the different characters.

There are different ways to tell the story-

– use a nativity set and a story bag. Place all the figures inside and take them out when you need them.

– use objects to represent the different people in the story – a toy sheep, a shepherd’s crook, the cloths to wrap the baby in. Add other items- straw for the stable, stars,

– adults could dress up for the different parts and either one person narrate the story or people have speaking parts.

When you tell the story it’s good to remind the audience that it comes from the Bible – so have a Bible to show. The events of the first Christmas are recorded in Luke 2:1-21.

The magi (wise men, kings) don’t visit the stable but arrive some time later. Their visit is recorded in Matthew 2:1-12.

 

Advent Calendar Day 1

Each day of advent I plan to post a photo of our advent candle/s, a verse from the Bible relating to the Christmas season and a Christmassy picture. Some days I hope to include a craft idea too. Keep visiting each day to discover the next Bible verse and picture.

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Isaiah 9:2     ‘The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined’

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Autumn/fall craft ideas ..fun and colourful!

Autumn is here!

Autumn is a very colourful time of year. These crafts celebrate the bright reds, oranges and yellows. If you have a toddler then give them a selection of colours but limit them to autumnal shades. You can teach the names of the colours as you make the different crafts.

Idea One – making a wreath that celebrates autumn. These are just ideas to get you started. You may want to add tissue paper, wool, real leaves … at the end of this post is a free Pdf file of a blank wreath shape. This can be printed onto A4 card. Older children will be able to cut it out themselves. It would be a good idea to decorate first and then cut out.

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To make an autumn wreath you will need a cut out wreath shape (use card), coloured paper, paper punch, paint ( I used acrylic), paint brushes, skeleton leaves ( from docrafts papermania), glue, hole punch, wool or thread.

Older children can use a paper punch to make the leaf shapes and then use the remaining paper as a stencil. On the wreath stencil leaves with autumn colours using the acrylic paint (this is not easy to wash out of clothes so you will need to provide aprons or use thick washable poster paint. Watery paint won’t work so well).

When the paint is dry add leaf shapes and finally add the skeleton leaves.

Punch a hole in the top of the wreath and add wool or thread.

If younger children are making these prepare the materials ahead of time and help with the stenciling. You may secure the stencils with some masking tape so they don’t move around and smudge.

Idea two

Falling leaves collage pictures

Again use a paper punch to make leaves and use the left over paper as a stencil. Start with stencilling, leave to dry completely and then add leaves.

Another twist on this idea is to use a large leaf shape to begin. Add autumn coloured tissue paper, cut out leaves etc to the large leaf. this would be great with younger children in particular.

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free wreath Pdf

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Enjoy making some Autumn crafts!