On the way to Easter…

Next half term at Thursday toddler group we will be travelling along the road to Easter. In the Gospels Jesus meets several people when he is on this last journey to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover for the final time. So four of our stories will be about these people that met Jesus as he was going to Jerusalem. Then we will have the story of the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem and in the final week the Death and Resurrection of Jesus.

I’ll be using different props for each story but as we go there will be a paper plate picture for each week that will build a bigger picture..

Our stories will be

  • The Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18:18-23 and Mark 10:17-22)
  • Bartimaeus (Luke 18:35-43 and Mark 10:32,33,46-52)
  • Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10)
  • Mary anoints Jesus (John 12:1-8)
  • The Triumphal Entry (Luke 19:28-40)
  • Death and Resurrection of Jesus (Luke 23:44-24:12)

This is how our big picture will look when we have told all the stories..

These are paper plates covered in tissue paper with people and buildings and trees etc added.

The people are available to download – if you would like to make a contribution to the blog you are very welcome to do so but of course you don’t have to!

The pictures of trees and buildings are available in this post https://lettheirlightshine.com/2015/03/20/jesus-enters-jerusalem-palm-sunday/

God made the stars spiral

This is exactly the same basic idea as the blossom spiral that I posted about here https://lettheirlightshine.com/2020/02/20/spring-is-coming/

Instead of blossom I’ve used tissue paper for the sky – you could use anything blue including paint or crayon. But the lovely thing about tissue paper is that I’ve made the strips long so they hang down from the spiral and they will move when the spiral is displayed.

The stars are stickers.

Spring is coming!

Where I live there is already blossom on the trees! So next week at toddler group our craft will be on a spring theme. We are going to be making some spring blossom spirals. There is some prep for me to do beforehand but not too much. The paper plates will need to be cut and some wool tied on. The blossom flowers will be cut from petit four cases. This will make the blossom more 3D than flat paper. I’ll cut out some leaf shapes too and we have some heart shapes left over from Valentines that we’ll add.

So – blossom spirals step by step – the first few pictures show the prep before toddler group. Older children could do the cutting and threading themselves.

At toddler group there will be lots of sticking, selecting blossom and leaves. It’s up to the children how much blossom to place on their spiral.

Valentine craft

Next Thursday we’ll be making Valentine cards at toddler group. I buy blank cards with envelopes from Amazon, Hobbycraft or Poundland. The hearts are cut from coloured paper with paper punchers. I like to use pinks, purples and yellows to make the hearts. You could use any colours that you fancy. It’s entirely up to the children how many hearts to use!

Women in the Bible

Every now and then we do a series of toddler group stories about women. Most of the adults in our groups are women and it is easy to tell stories each week that are all male! So we intentionally include the women.

Here are five Bible stories about women with a craft…

The birth of Isaac to Sarah and Abraham. Here they are in their tent. Genesis 21.
Mary anoints Jesus – John 12:1-8 The craft is a jar of perfume.
The healing of peter’s mother in law. Mark 1:29-31
The story of Lydia who made purple cloth. Acts 16:11-15.
Tabitha who made clothes. Acts 9:36-42

Fish in the sea craft

There are several Bible Stories that you could use this craft for – creation, calling of the first disciples, the large catch of fish.. It is mini fish cut out of sugar paper, tissue paper water and sea weed, some cellophane, blue, green and yellow crayons and a piece of sugar paper.

Man with four friends craft

Sometimes it’s nice to make a craft that you can also use for telling the Bible story. We have craft before and after story time but it really doesn’t matter – it can either be a taster for what’s to come or a recap of the story that’s just been told.

The story is from Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12 and Luke 5:17-26.

For the craft we made the man’s mat by decorating sugar paper with large pieces of tissue paper and then we made a man – on one side he was happy and on the other side he was sad. We used fabric for clothes and wool for hair.

When telling the story I pretended to carry the man up the steps to the roof and then lower him down to the feet of Jesus. The paper mat was rolled up as part of the story too.

The people shapes are from Baker Ross via Amazon