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.
Rabab and the spies
The spies hiding
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.
Maybe you are going to do something special for the Rio Olympics (5-21 August) and Rio Paralympics (7-18 September)?
For London 2012 we had some silicone wristbands and a tract explaining the good news about Jesus using 5 colours – yellow, grey, red, white and green. The first four colours are on the wristband and in the dark the whole thing glows green.
So why am I telling you this? Well we have sent thousands of these wristbands to churches all over the place and so this year we would like to do the same. If you would like some for your children that’s fine or your church Holiday Bible Club or church group. They are suitable for ages 5 – 12 (they will fit an adults/teens wrist but may be a tight fit!)
We don’t invoice you – if you would like some wristbands and the tract the cost price is 35p each but a donation of any amount is just fine. We do ask that you pay postage costs.
So if you are interested send us an email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a website on the tract too wondersurf.com and some space to put a small sticker with your church/group details.
Kevin DeYoung has written an overview of the Bible in ten short chapters. That may sound like an impossibility but actually it’s a very good telling of the story of the whole Bible. He takes us from the garden of Eden to the new Heaven and the new Earth.
There is one small downside – he does use a few expressions that seem a bit clumsy and maybe the style is overly chatty. However, I either got used to this or it was more prominent in the early chapters as I soon no longer noticed. This is a great book. It is not just for children. Adults could easily find it a refreshing read reminding them of God’s love and his plan to bring about redemption.
The book is illustrated by Don Clark. I love the illustrations. They are colourful and striking. Lots of detail to look at and talk about with a child. But they aren’t childish and consequently this is suitable to give to a family to read and enjoy. For someone who is interested in putting the bits and pieces they have heard about Bible stories together, into a meaningful whole, this book would be a great gift.
Kevin DeYoung writes ‘I pray that for some this book may become a treasured ‘member’ of the family’. It is certainly a member of mine and will be read and treasured.
You can buy from amazon
I bought the book from 10ofThose (slightly cheaper). They have a good discount if you order 5 copies. (£7.79 each)
Published by Crossway