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 carfts.

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. oldre 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 our 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 leave 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!


Spring/Easter wreath craft (DIY)

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To make this simple wreath you will need

Paper plates with the centre cut out

Leaf shapes cut from sugar paper (construction paper)

Petits fours paper cases

Buttons/Tissue paper

Glue (preferably PVA as everything will stick better)

Glue spreaders

To make

Begin by gluing leaves to the paper plate ring.

Add the petits fours cases to make flowers

Add buttons/tissue paper to the centre of the petits fours cake cases (optional – no need to use these if younger children are making the wreaths as buttons can be a chocking hazard)

Note – separate the petits fours cake cases before the children begin or you will end up with a sticky cake case mess!


Christmas tree

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IMG_3267This is a very easy craft –  the children draw around a tree template and cut out the shape. Then they decorate the tree with glittery shapes/paper and glitter glue and small pompoms (these are a little unwilling to stick but will if they are held down for a few seconds). Punch a hole in the top of the tree and add wool or cord.

Glitter glue can take a while to dry so allow for that when you make these.

T o make a Christmas tree template – white A4 card folded in half lengthwise – draw half a tree beginning and ending on the folded edge. When you unfold the card you will have a symmetrical tree. Cut out.


Multi coloured Christmas Tree decorations

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You will need sugar paper or gold or silver card (about 100g in weight) cut in to circles. Aim for five circles per decoration.

A hole punch

Wool or thread

Glue

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Fold each of the five circles in half – if the gold/silver card is white on one side make sure you fold that circle with the gold/silver on the inside.

 

 

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Start to glue together – take on circle – glue one half of it – and stick another circle to it – carry this on till you have one circle left and then stick all of that circle to the decoration to make it complete.

 

 

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You need to punch a hole in the decoration. This is tricky! Fold the decoration as in the picture and carefully punch a hole.

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Add wool or similar – to make the decoration hang straight thread one piece of the woolpart way round again so the two threads are opposite each other and then tie a knot. IMG_3260

You can do different colour combinations and younger children might like to make the decoration with just four circles to begin with.

You can buy ready cut circles or use a 3inch craft punch. It is best to have perfect circles but you could cut your own.


Autumn/fall craft

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This is a simple autumn wreath.

What you need:

A card circle with the middle cut out. You can buy these but I drew round a paper plate and a pencil pot. Use a low weight card to make cutting out easier.

Glue

Hole punch

Tissue paper, in autumn colours, to cover the wreath and some to scrunch up into ‘berries’

Leaf shapes in autumn colours, plus a few green (this adds a bit of zing to the picture!)

Yellow wool to tie through a hole (use a hole punch)

Display some autumn pictures to give children ideas.

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