To make this easy craft all you need is
- Construction paper or light card
- loaves and fish – printed on paper and cut out. I cut all the loaves as a group which saved a lot of time. Children who are able/old enough to use scissors could cut out their own. Here is a PDF file of the loaves and fish.5-loaves-and-2-fish-2
- orange/yellow tissue paper in small squares
- PVA glue and glue sticks
- sequins (I love using sequins!)
- paper plates cut in half
- a sticky label that explains what Jesus did with the loaves and fish
preparation – attach half a paper plate to the construction paper/card beforehand. I used a stapler.
For the Bible story we used Luke 7:36-46. This is a difficult story to tell as it probably seems strange to us that someone would anoint a persons feet. You need to explain that in those days people would wash their feet when they went into a home as they would be dusty and hot. But when Jesus went for a meal at this man’s house he wasn’t given any water to wash his feet. Explaining this helps to make sense of what happens when the woman pours the expensive ointment or perfume on Jesus’ feet. The man didn’t really like Jesus all that much but the woman knew that he could forgive her and she showed how grateful she was.
I used a story bag to tell the story- the perfume bottle is a miniature dove moisturiser!
The craft was perfume pictures – collect lots of collage material – tissue paper shapes, wool etc and beforehand spray with perfume. Put in a sealed container until needed. The collage material is then used to make pictures that are scented. I had some flower pot and flower shapes left over from a previous craft but you could use any shapes. It’s the scent that you want!
Alternative craft with playdough idea can be found here and an alternative story idea and craft here
We will be eating cake at toddler group this week as we join in with Macmillan’s biggest Coffee Morning. The usual £1 donation that adults make to toddler group will be given to Macmillan, plus anything extra people want to donate. The children will no doubt be eating cake too and we have a craft activity of the most basic kind – cupcakes to colour. I am still undecided as to whether to do some sticking too. Eating with gluey fingers isn’t yummy!
A few years ago we bought some plain cup cakes and some icing and sprinkles and the children decorated their own cakes but by story time they were so over excited – too much sugar.
Here’s a PDF of the cup cakes. cupcakes
This past week I needed a large -ish visual aid to use at Toddler Group that was a change from a story bag. So I made a big book. Well, it’s nearer to an envelope really. Very simple to make. All you need is A3 cartridge paper (it does need to be strong paper) x2, some double sided tape, string and cellotape. The basic idea is that you gradually take pictures out of the book/envelope by pulling on the string that has pictures attached.
To make – print out pictures of the things you are thankful for. On one of the A3 sheets of paper secure the string. Then attach your printed pictures onto the length of string – make sure you space them well. Better to have loads of string rather than very small gaps between pictures. Leave a length of string to hang outside the book/envelope. Decorate your front cover. Then using double sided tape stick the A3 sheets of paper together on three sides only. I also used cellotape around three sides.
The person is meant to be me! I used large people shapes from Baker Ross. These are OK but a bit tricky to colour with crayons as they are shiny. The pictures were from the internet – food, a home and a family.
If I was doing this with over three’s I would get enough supplies for each child to make their own and then use the ‘book’ as a prayer help. Older children could select their own pictures or write. If doing the latter an A4 or A5 sized book would be fine.
This story is from John 6 ( and the other gospels too). In the story basket we had Jesus, Andrew, the young boy, a paper chain of people to represent the crowd and the lunch of two fish and five loaves. In John 6 Philip is also mentioned by name but we kept to just Andrew as he bought the young boy with the lunch to Jesus. Sometimes too much detail can make a toddler group story too long. The paper plate lunch was also our crafty make – we did the craft before the story. The loaves and fish were cut from sugar paper. We weren’t strict about how much ‘lunch’ everyone had on their plate.
We’ve been learning about ourselves at toddler group. This was our last session this half term and was all about talking. The story was the Tower of Babel. We used actions to show building (fists on top of each other over and over – like the rhyme one potato. two potato), talking (using our hands to opening and closing), our tower getting higher and higher (stretching up high) and God looking down (hand above eyes looking down). When God was not happy that the people thought they were more important than him he sent new words and people couldn’t understand each other (everyone shrug shoulders). They had to stop building the tower.
But we still have words – we can say hello (everyone say hello) and we can sing … and then we sang some songs.
We had 43 adults and their children today so busy but happily so 🙂
Craft idea – megaphone! Sorry for the poor light for some of the photos – it’s the same piece of green card! Beforehand cut the card as shown and roll to make a cone shape. I used cellotape to stick the card to make the shape.
Then let the children decorate – the smiley face stickers are from Waitrose. Very reasonably priced and a good size. Sticky stars would be good too.
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.