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!


The woman at the well

I’ve been asked to tell the story of The Woman at the Well to toddlers. It’s a complicated story for under 4’s – lots of conversation and difficult concepts. So here is my attempt – I’ve left out some of the detail that would be lost on young children . Left to myself I would probably have just told a different story! But a challenge can be good so here is my retelling of John 4:1-42.

Our story has lots of surprises – as we listen lets count the surprises as they happen (each time you come to a surprise hold up the word – I know the children probably can’t read it but the adults can)

Jesus and his friends were on a long journey. They were hungry, hot and tired. They stopped just outside a town and while Jesus’ friends went to buy food Jesus sat down by the well. It was very quiet. No one came near the well in the middle of the day. 

But then there was a surprise. A woman, carrying a large jar came to the well. She needed to get water. She wanted to avoid everyone in town so she came by herself. 

Jesus asked her if she would get some water for him. This was a surprise! Normally people who were from Jesus’ town wouldn’t speak to people from this woman’s town. They avoided each other.

Then there was another surprise. Jesus knew all about the woman. He told her everything she had ever done. How could he do that? Jesus is God and he knows all about all of us. 

Can there be any more surprises? Yes! The woman went back to the town she told everyone she had met Jesus and he knew all abut her. 

They came to find Jesus. Right there at their well they met Jesus. This was a huge surprise for them! They had met the Saviour of the World. 

That is who Jesus is – he was sent from God to be the Saviour of the World. A Saviour for me and for you.

The props are quite simple – a doll to represent Jesus and the woman. A small jar for the water jar (mine is glass but the children won’t be handling it) and a picture of a well.

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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 🙂


Easter story – Go Teach

Easter is nearly here! At least the schools break up in about five weeks time. We’ll be telling the Easter story nearly two weeks before the Easter weekend so it feels closer than it is. If you are looking for a simple telling of the Easter story then Go Teach Toddlers Book 2 is one place you will find one. There are simple craft ideas too.

There are thirteen stories in the book with craft ideas and general ideas for toddler groups. This book covers –

Things Jesus did
1. Jesus obeyed God Matthew 3:13-17
2. Jesus made some friends John 1:35-51
3. Jesus calmed the storm Mark 4: 35-41
4. Jesus helped people Luke 5:1-11
5. Jesus taught people about God Luke 4:15-30
6. Jesus did things we cannot do Matthew14:22-33
7. Jesus died and rose again John18:1-5; Mark 16:1-8
Finding out about me
8. Thank God for speech Genesis 11:1-9
9. Thank God for hearing 1 Kings 19:1-18
10. Thank God for taste Daniel 1
11. Thank God for sight Mark 10:46-52
12. Thank God for touch Mark 5:21-34
13. Thank God for smell Matthew 26:6-13

You can order a copy from Go Teach


toddler group set up

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We always have –

  • playdough (homemade usually)
  • train track
  • dollshouse and happyland
  • garage and cars
  • jigsaws
  • craft
  • painting
  • baby toys in a separate area
  • home corner
  • happyland farm
  • book corner
  • a few ride ons

We sometimes have the following

  • duplo
  • wooden blocks
  • a vets
  • animals
  • doll’s hospital

Do you have any favourite toys you use at your group?