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
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Acts 3:1-10 is a great story for thanking God for our feet. The children will enjoy jumping and walking. To tell the story use actions – these are in italics. Use as many or as few as suits your group.
There was a man who was very sad – can you look sad?
Each day he sat outside and asked people for money so he could buy food – rub thumbs and fingers together to illustrate money
One day two of Jesus’ friends came walking by. They were called Peter and John. Tap hands on knees to make sound of walking.
They stopped and looked at the man. Everyone sit still.
‘Look at us’ they said. Ask everyone to repeat this.
The man looked and he hoped they would give him some money. Rub thumb and fingers together again.
We don’t have any money! Ask everyone to repeat this.
‘But what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus get up and walk!’
Peter held out his hand and helped the man up.
Could he walk? Yes! He could walk – can you walk? He could jump – can you jump?
He was happy!
We can thank God for our feet that we use for standing, walking, running and jumping.
You could use pictures instead if you prefer – Free Bible Images have these.
This is a craft idea.
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
Well, six weeks of no toddler group has flown by. I am now in school holiday mode, just in time to pull myself together and get back into the routine! There has been plenty of other things going on – outdoor children’s clubs, a team to cook for and all the normal stuff but I need to get my toddler group groove back. So this is how I’ve been doing that..
Some pinterest inspiration for craft – I love pinterest for ideas. You can do a general search for toddler crafts or be very specific. There’s so much to choose from. I have to be disciplined not to spend too long in the world of pinterest.
A dose of motivation – why do this each week of school term? Well lots of reasons – here’s the one I’m thinking about this term, ‘ Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me.’ Mark 9:37
Some planning. We have an idea of the themes and Bible stories for each week.These may change but it feels good to have some plans on paper. A Macmillan coffee morning is also planned ( and our kit from Macmillan has arrived 🙂 ) It’s always good to have an idea of what’s going on!
And when these things are being done I begin to feel anticipation and enthusiasm. Sometimes running a group, even as part of a team can feel overwhelming but, having a plan and feeling motivated can help change the overwhelming to something to look forward to and enjoy. And when we enjoy what we do the parents and carers and their children are more likely to enjoy the group too.
I hope that if you are leading a group that you are feeling motivated and supported 🙂
A couple of years ago we used the alphabet to teach a Bible story a week at Toddler Group. We used a person, place or object and once or twice a word from a story for a letter of the alphabet. For example a is for Adam, b is for Bethlehem, c is for carpenter and so on. The downloads are the wall chart that we built up over the weeks.
For craft we did various things and sometimes chose to print out the letter for that week for the children to decorate – so a bit educational :). We tried to use the phonetic alphabet but did do E is for Eve because I think I just wasn’t thinking straight that week.
Here are the downloads. WALL DISPLAY (a-d) (1)WALL DISPLAY (e-h)WALL DISPLAY (i-l)WALL DISPLAY (m-p)WALL DISPLAY (q-t)WALL DISPLAY (u-x)WALL DISPLAY (y-z)