Category Archives: Toddlers – our senses

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

all about me – I can smell!

Young children have lots of discoveries to make. It’s fun to help them discover their senses. There are different activities that can show them that they can smell. Of course they already knew that! We can help them know what the smells are that they like or dislike. Sometimes a smell gives us a warning – the toast is burning! Sometimes a smell can make us hungry.

There is a bible Story that you can tell to illustrate that we can smell here. There is a different retelling in the Go Teach Toddler book that we are using this half term.

For a craft for this Bible Story make a perfume bottle

You need – paper plate cut into a simple bottle shape (we are going to use the reverse side so the bottle looks more 3D)

Coloured paper that has been sprayed with perfume. I used tissue paper circles that I bought from Tiger.

Glue stick

Crayons to add decoration. (optional)

Beforehand cut out the bottles, spray the paper and make an example.

perfume bottle craft

perfume bottle craft

make a template

make a template

all you need for perfume bottle craft

all you need for perfume bottle craft

I have been cutting some herbs from my garden for the children to smell – these herbs are child friendly – sage, lemon balm, thyme and lavender. The lemon balm is a strong scent in particular. If you don’t have herbs in your garden you could use the fresh herb pots that supermarkets sell. Just a few would be fine.

lavender, sage, thyme, lemon balm

lavender, sage, thyme, lemon balm

Playdough can be given a scent. I’ve used vanilla extract (expensive) in one dough and mixed spice in another.  Take a look at my pinterest playdough board for some really good ideas. I like the sound of lemon dough. 🙂 there is a recipe for that on the board.

My favourite smell is fresh coffee but sadly at our group we only serve instant!

all you need for vanilla playdough

all you need for vanilla playdough

 

new term at toddler group

DSCN3456We are going to be basing our short Bible stories on the theme ‘finding out about me’ taken from Go Teach’s Toddler Book 2.

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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.

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Thank you God book – for toddler group

Over the past term at our Toddler Group we have made a ‘thank you God book’ – this is an overview of what we did

Title page ‘our thank you God book’

Then the following pages  – with pictures added from google images. Each page was A3 and was laminated.

‘I am wonderfully made’ Psalm 139 verse 14

Hands can .. clap, wave, touch, catch

Thank you God for my hands

Tabitha used her hands to help others

Feet can … run, jump, walk, tip toe

Thank you God for my feet

Zacchaeus used his feet to run to see Jesus

Noses can.. rub, smell, breathe

Thank you God for my nose

Mary gave the special perfume to Jesus. It smelt beautiful.

Mouths can … shout, eat and drink, sing, speak

Thank you God for my mouth

Ears can listen to … whispers, shouts, songs

Thank you God for my ears

The children shouted ‘Hosanna’. Everyone heard.

Eyes can.. blink, see colours, close, open

Thank you God for my eyes

Jesus died. Then he came alive again. Lots of people saw him.

For the first 6 weeks we went through the parts of the body – so we just did hands can .. thank you God for my hands etc. The children were able to do the different actions.

Then for the next 5 weeks we reviewed/repeated what we had done but added a short bible story. We combined ears and mouths for a week as they fitted so well with the story of palm sunday. The children were able to shout Hosanna and everyone could hear them!

The pictures are just to give you an idea of what we did – they were more of a visul aid for the adults as we had actions for the children to do. I find it really helpful to have something visual to refer to just in case i forget what I’m meant to say!

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Easter decorations – eggs and more eggs

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Children of almost any age can decorate these simple egg shapes. We used them at toddler group today, but they would be great for older children who would be able to do more intricate designs or pictures.

To make them you need to start with a salt dough. This is very easy. You need 2 cups plain flour, I cup of salt and I cup of water (add this gradually as you may not need it all). Kneed the dough on a floured surface and roll out to about 4mm thick. As you do this keep making sure it isn’t sticking to the work top. I used a template and cut around it. You could also use an egg shaped biscuit cutter. If you are making hanging decorations you need to make a hole for the thread about 1cm away from the edge. Then leave the shapes to dry. They will air dry, but it will take a long time (48 hours plus) or put them in a low oven, not more than 100C, for up to 4 hours. (they can burn so keep an eye on them). Once dry you can paint them or leave them plain for children to decorate.

We used felt tips to decorate but you could also glue coloured paper on to them and add glitter! A covering of PVA glue at the end will add a shine – but as you can see in the pictures the colours may run a bit.

I loved this craft and my children had a really good time using up the left over eggs.

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Our Easter Story in toddler group focused on people seeing Jesus alive again. We reviewed what we had learnt about our eyes first and then the story was told about Jesus dying but coming back to life again.

At the end of the morning every child received a chocolate egg in a stripey bag. Yum!

Palm Sunday – Palm leaf craft

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Easter is nearly here! In toddler group we have been learning about being ‘Wonderfully made’ and have already talkied about our mouths that shout, whisper and taste’ and our ears that can ‘hear shouts and whispers’. The Bible story that we are using to develop this is the Palm Sunday story that we read in Luke 19:29-40, Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-10, John 12:12-15. In these accounts people shouted ‘Hosanna!’ and everyone heard. The story will be told simply and the children will be encouraged to shout ‘Hosanna’ in the appropiate places!

The above craft is palm leaf shapes for the children to decorate using chalk, felt tip and wax crayons. I prefer wax crayons rather than the plastic variety as they blend and make a better mark on the paper.

The word Hosanna means ‘Save please’ and also ‘Salvation has come.’ Take a look at what John Piper has to say about Hosanna!

 

paper plate craft – our mouths – we are wonderfully made!

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Tomorrow at our toddler group we will be learning about our amazing bodies during story time. This is the craft to go with it. The children are 3 years old and under and their parent/carer usually sits with them at the craft table – so there should be lots of chat about the different food.

To do this all you need are – paper plates, pictures of food either from magazines or from the web cut out and glue sticks. Choose food that is familiar and a mixture of fruit and veg and the less healthy but yummy – in this case a cup cake. I avoided meat as I know we have children who wouldn’t be allowed certain meats.

Don’t put everything out on the craft table at once or most children won’t have anything left to use. Have a pencil handy so parents/carers can write the childs name on their plate but don’t leave this on the table – I did a few weeks ago and one child had a lot of fun drawing lines on all the paper!

You could do this with older children – use smaller pictures all on one page and get them to do the cutting out. They can select what they would like for their plate.

In the story time we are using a bible verse ‘I am ..wonderfully made.’ psalm 139:14. We left out the word fearfully just because the children are so young. This week we are thinking about our mouths – so everyone gets to SHOUT and whisper. We talk about eating – thus the craft. In our song time we sang ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star’ very quietly, ‘Row. row row your boat – with a scream for the crocodile. We did ‘horsey, horsey don’t you stop’ and made the clip, clop sounds with our mouths first.

Enjoy!