The Angel visits Mary

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Bible story – from Luke 1:26-38.

(Include actions in the story if you can – ask the children and adults to join in)

One day Mary was at home. It was just an ordinary day. Mary was cleaning the house (some actions here – maybe dusting or sweeping).

But then something extraordinary happened! An angel came to see her! Now angels are not like fairies. Angels are big and strong! (actions here too). The angel that came to see Mary was called Gabriel (ask everyone to repeat the name). He had a message from God.

‘You are going to have a very special baby,’ he said to Mary. ‘This baby will be God’s Son and he will be King forever.’

Who was this baby? This baby, that the angel talked about, was Jesus.

Mary listened. (everyone touch their ears). She knew that this promised baby would be very, very special and important.

Jesus is very, very special and important.

Craft Ideas – make angels

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Square paper plate angel – cut out the wings and use tissue paper to create a stained glass effect.

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Paper cup/ice cream pot angel

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Story bag ideas – a doll to represent Mary or Early Learning Centre Nativity Set. You could add a duster and a dustpan and brush and your angel craft to represent Gabriel.

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shepherd and sheep printable

There are lots of Bible Stories about people who were shepherds  – Abel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob,  Joseph and his brothers, Moses, David and Jesus is the Good Shepherd.

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I’ll be using this colouring page as the craft for the story about Moses and the burning bush. (Exodus 3). As we do the craft before and after the lesson I haven’t included the burning bush as I want that to be a surprise in the story.  Click here for the story.

You could use it for any of the Bible Stories about shepherds.  Here’s the link for the PDF – Shepherd and Sheep


Abraham in his tent craft

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What you need – Abraham (this picture was from a google image search), blue sugar/construction paper, green sugar/construction paper cut into a narrow strip, a cloud (optional – you could use cotton wool), a tent shape, glue, tissue paper and/or fabric squares.

To make the tent shape – use the same size paper as for the blue background and trim about an inch off the bottom. Then fold as you see in the picture below. I pre-made the basic tent shapes in different colours in advance.IMG_2570

At toddler group –

 

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Our Bible Story was all about how Abraham left his home and went to a new land that God had promised to show him. This is found in Genesis 12:1.

‘Abraham’ came to toddler group in the Story Bag! We did lots of pointing to our ears when we heard how Abraham listened to God and lots of walking as we heard how Abraham did what God said and went to a new place to live.


Rhythms of Grace conference

On Saturday we drove to Wembley nice and early to go to a Toddler Group leaders conference. I was leading a couple of workshops about Crafts. It was a really good day. The Keynote speaker, Mary Hawes drew our attention to how toddler groups should be places of generosity, relationships, accessibility, community and encouragement. She encouraged us to be confident about being church based and to share Bible Stories. In the afternoon there was a music workshop that everyone was able to attend.

Very importantly tea and coffee and great pastries kept me so well fed during the breaks that I didn’t really need my packed lunch!

The day was really well organised and I came away enthused about running a Toddler Group and encouraged.

Here’s a picture of the Christmas craft we made

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Sunrise – best time of day to drive on the north circular!


dinosaur craft

There are lots of versions of this in my house (!) – this is my favourite

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How to make – paper plates cut in half. You can easily cut the dinosaur spikes/plates a few plates at a time. Older children who can safely use scissors can do this part themselves. IMG_2485

Each dinosaur needs a tail and a head – there is a free printable here – Dinosaur Head and Tail (1) Colour these and then attach with glue.

Decorate the dinosaur with tissue paper, crayon, pens – whatever suits you. I like to give children a choice.

Decorate the pegs and attach. The dinosaur should stand up!


God made water – and a giveaway!

This term we’ll be using Scripture Union’s Tiddlywinks ‘The Big Green Book’ each week at toddlers.IMG_1013

We will adapt the different ideas each week to suit our group. We are starting with ‘God’s Wonderful World’. It’s all about water. So here’s my craft idea – with a PDF for you and my collection of wet weather gear that I’m planning on dressing up in.

PDF – Umbrella & Rain

When I ordered the ‘The Big Green Book’ from Eden Books I managed to order two copies! So I have a spare to give away. If you would like to be in with a chance of winning just leave a comment. Closing date midnight Thursday 27 April.

Edit – just to add that we will post to Canada, US and Europe 🙂


5 loaves and 2 fish craft

img_0789To 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
  • crayons
  • 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.

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Thank you God for my nose..

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!

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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!

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Alternative craft with playdough idea can be found here and an alternative story idea and craft here


Macmillan coffee morning @ toddler group.

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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