We made these over two weeks at our after school club. The first week we made the basket and baby Moses and today we made the hand shaped reeds and tissue paper water. The four year olds did a great job of using scissors. I never use scissors with preschoolers but the children today are already in year one so it’s good for them to use their skills.
At toddler group we are using the Go Teach Book No 5 for under three’s. Last week the story was from Joshua 2 – Rahab and the spies.
We took a break from using items from a storybag and had a duplo city instead. This was hidden under a cloth all morning so as not to spoil the surprise. Jericho is made with duplo and the people are from duplo and happystreet. (Not historically correct but the right number and all I had!) The red cord is a piece of wool.
Our craft was red collages – very easy. We had tissue paper, crepe paper, wool, material, sugar paper and red shiny paper to glue any way the children liked onto white sugar paper. Lots of different textures and shades of red. One toddler in our group loves the opportunity to enjoy the feel of all the different textures letting them fall through her fingers like confetti.
Learning the Books of the Bible is really useful – just having an idea of whereabouts a book is and what kind of book it is can be helpful when we are finding our way around God’s Book. For a brief description of the Old Testament books take a look here.
For the New Testament the pegs work really well as a reference and by playing games with the pegs – mixing them up and putting them back in the right order – children can begin to get a feel for the order.
The pegs are wooden attached to a wire coat hanger – the names of the books are written on with biro and then a colour to represent the NT is added at one end and then different colours for categories at the other end.
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John – the gospels or life story of Jesus.
Acts – history of the early church
Romans through to Jude – letters. Explain that some of the names of the letters refer to where they were sent (e.g Philippians). Others refer to the name of the person who received the letter, (e.g I and 2 Timothy) while others refer to the person who wrote the letter (e.g 1,2.and 3 John).
Revelation – prophecy relating to end time events.
We are doing a series of bible stories all about ‘People Jesus helped’ from the Go Teach Toddlers Book 4. One of the suggested activities was to make a doll’s hospital so we had a go. It’s quite basic – a doctor’s play set, couple of dressing up clothes, dolls, dolls clothes and bedding, toy phone and a few beds made from show boxes. We moved some of our tables into an L shape and put up a sign. It was great to see lots of play going on with parents/carers chatting to their toddlers in the doll’s hospital. We won’t do this every week – it seems that having a new role play area makes more chat between adults and the children possible.
This is a very easy palm leaf craft. The basic shape is cut from construction paper (5 at a time). Then there are two shades of tissue paper, squares of green construction paper and some shiny cellophane – this was not great to cut up as it clings to you! It’ll look nice and I like to use stuff up – this was wrapping for a bunch of flowers. The wax crayons are shades of green.
It seems like five minutes ago it was Christmas. And here we are and it’s Easter. Sunday will be Palm Sunday. It has come round so fast this year.
We are ready in one way as we bought a book for each child at our toddler group. ‘The Day the Earth Shook’ is a great book by Helen Buckley and Jenny Brake. We also have some books for parents that will be available for anyone who is interested in knowing more. (See picture above – all from 10ofThose) The leaflet/card ‘He is Risen’ comes as a tear off sheet in packs of 35. They tell the Easter Story and have a space for a greeting. They arrive as A4 size and once folded in half make a nice take home story. They are suitable for children up to the age of 11 – or for families. They aren’t tracts but a retelling of the story of Easter.
We may also have a small chocolate egg for the children. We will definitely have hot cross buns for the adults at out last toddler group the Thursday before Good Friday.
As part of a series for older children – 4 years plus – we’re taking a look at the beginning of the Bible. Would you ‘Adam and Eve it?’ is rhyming slang for would you ‘believe it?’
The Bible, God’s Word to us is true. We want to encourage others to believe God’s words.
Genesis 1 tells us that God made everything good. It was a perfect world with everything working in harmony. Clearly that isn’t a picture of our world today. So what happened? Genesis 3 tells us. The people that God had created believed the words of the serpent rather than the words of God.
Genesis 1 tells us how it all began. It is a chronological telling of how the world began. Once there was just God and then he spoke the world into being. Our beginning matters because if God made us then this is his world and we are accountable to him. So do we Adam and Eve it? (rhyming slang for do you believe it 🙂 )
When we tell the story of creation to children there are a few things that can help us. First the order of everything is significant. Everything was made in the right order for life to be sustained. (You would of course explain that more simply 🙂 ). The food was made before the animals who were going to eat it. The sea before the fish that needed to swim in it. When people were made the world was ready for them.
For older children who will be learning that creation is a myth/fairy story it’s useful for us to be able to point them towards creation apologetics. They need to make their own minds up – we can give them information so that they are informed. Answers in Genesis Kids is a good resource for this.
There are loads of great crafts to help us teach about creation. Here are some ideas from this blog
paper plate creation – I’ve used this to tell the story of creation.
Sometimes I manage to find something when I need it! Today I managed to locate a bag of petals and flower pots that were left over from a summer themed craft last year. They are now going to be used to make mother’s day cards. One of the helpers at toddler group is a committed car boot enthusiast and found some great card making shapes just last week and some green tinsel. The latter is going to be cut up (it’ll be messy!!). These will also be used in the card making 🙂 Before toddler group I’ll spray the flower shapes with perfume. This makes for a lovely scratch n sniff card.
This year I have bought blank cards with envelopes from hobbycraft – they are pre-folded and colourful and I just fancied having an envelope too. A chance meeting with a friend, who was also in hobbycraft, and she agreed that paying extra for the envelopes was worth it!
Our bible story will be about Jochebed – Moses mum.
Our toddler group will close for two weeks this half term 😦 so it’s an easy Valentines Craft this week. Our families pay £1 a week to come to the group so every now and then I use some of the funds to stock up on craft supplies. The heart stickers were not cheap but at £10 a tub I hope to get to use half this week and then use the other half another time. The foam hearts come in packs of 30. It won’t matter if some children want to make 2.
We’ve made other heart themed crafts in the past –