shepherd and sheep printable

There are lots of Bible Stories about people who were shepherds  – Abel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob,  Joseph and his brothers, Moses, David and Jesus is the Good Shepherd.

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I’ll be using this colouring page as the craft for the story about Moses and the burning bush. (Exodus 3). As we do the craft before and after the lesson I haven’t included the burning bush as I want that to be a surprise in the story.  Click here for the story.

You could use it for any of the Bible Stories about shepherds.  Here’s the link for the PDF – Shepherd and Sheep


Jacob and the ladder

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Story – (I used the above pictures – found via google- as puppets)

Jacob and Esau were brothers. In fact they were twins! Esau had been born first and then Jacob. They were very different to look at. They liked doing different things. Esau loved to be outside and to go hunting. Jacob liked to stay at home.

Their dad liked Esau the best. Their mum liked Jacob the best.

There was a big problem in this family. Even though Esau and Jacob were grown ups they tried to trick each other. Jacob really wanted all the great things that were going to belong to Esau, who was born first.

One day Jacob and his mum tricked Esau and this made him very angry. Esau was so angry that Jacob decided to go far away and stay with his Uncle Laban.

He said goodbye in a big hurry and he was off. It was a long walk. A long, long walk. He was getting tired. The sun was going down and it was getting dark. There were stars in the dark sky.

‘I’ll have to sleep here where I am’, thought Jacob.

So he got a stone to put near his head and he lay down to go to sleep. It doesn’t sound very comfortable does it! But Jacob was so tired and was missing home that he went off to sleep.

And then something extraordinary happened. He had a dream about angels. He could see a ladder that started on the ground but reached up and up and up right to heaven. Walking up and down the ladder were angels.

Then God spoke to Jacob, ‘I am the LORD. I won’t leave you. I will give you this land on which you are lying.’

Then Jacob woke up.

God knew where Jacob was. God cared about Jacob. God loved Jacob.

God knows where you are. God cares about you. God loves you.

Craft – angel pictures to colour and decorate

 

 


Abraham in his tent craft

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What you need – Abraham (this picture was from a google image search), blue sugar/construction paper, green sugar/construction paper cut into a narrow strip, a cloud (optional – you could use cotton wool), a tent shape, glue, tissue paper and/or fabric squares.

To make the tent shape – use the same size paper as for the blue background and trim about an inch off the bottom. Then fold as you see in the picture below. I pre-made the basic tent shapes in different colours in advance.IMG_2570

At toddler group –

 

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Our Bible Story was all about how Abraham left his home and went to a new land that God had promised to show him. This is found in Genesis 12:1.

‘Abraham’ came to toddler group in the Story Bag! We did lots of pointing to our ears when we heard how Abraham listened to God and lots of walking as we heard how Abraham did what God said and went to a new place to live.


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Holiday Bible Club Craft (2)

We used a wooden spoon based craft for the bible story about Jesus healing a man who had leprosy. You can read the story in Matthew 8.

The children drew a sad face one side of the spoon and a happy face the other. We used kitchen roll for the clothes – a fairly good quality brand that the children could decorate with felt pens. The arms and belt are pipe cleaners. Use a slighty longer pipe cleaner for the arms.

To make –

Draw the faces on the spoon and write name on the spoon handle

Colour/decorate the square of kitchen roll – I cut the kitchen roll squares into quarters which made them just the right size for our small wooden spoons. Once coloured fold the quarter in half and then in half again and make a small cut on the fold. Slide the spoon through this and then add the arms. Finally add the belt.

This basic idea can be used for retelling lots of Bible stories. Large wooden spoons make great puppets too. Have a look at this idea here.

 



Rhythms of Grace conference

On Saturday we drove to Wembley nice and early to go to a Toddler Group leaders conference. I was leading a couple of workshops about Crafts. It was a really good day. The Keynote speaker, Mary Hawes drew our attention to how toddler groups should be places of generosity, relationships, accessibility, community and encouragement. She encouraged us to be confident about being church based and to share Bible Stories. In the afternoon there was a music workshop that everyone was able to attend.

Very importantly tea and coffee and great pastries kept me so well fed during the breaks that I didn’t really need my packed lunch!

The day was really well organised and I came away enthused about running a Toddler Group and encouraged.

Here’s a picture of the Christmas craft we made

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Sunrise – best time of day to drive on the north circular!


getting ready to make..craft!

If you want children and their parents to make something craft based then providing a welcoming and organised craft space is a must. I try to make our craft table at toddlers as inviting as I can – we use a washable PVC cloth to cover the table and craft supplies are in Ikea shallow bowls that are available in lots of different colours. I never fill these with all the  materials for the craft but top them up during the morning. This way there is always something for the toddlers at the end of the morning as well as for those who get to the table first. Also, if someone does tip everything out there isn’t so much mess! If you have a child who loves to tip all the craft supplies onto the floor each week then simply don’t have containers – just group the supplies together – tissue paper in one place, stickers in another etc. The craft in the picture was using paper plates and I’ve learnt not to put them in a pile on the table as an enthusiastic toddler can easily mark all of them with a crayon in under ten minutes! Finally, avoid items that are chocking hazards or could be dangerous; for me these include scissors, split pins and glue stick lids. If we use google eyes they are on a high ledge where parents and carers can reach them when they are ready to glue them.

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Holiday Bible Club scenery

In October half term our church is running a Holiday Bible Club. This scene is part of the decorations for the hall.

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It is made using a template bought from www.creativeforkids.com. It’s a download. You need to photocopy the scene onto acetate ready to enlarge. We used an OHP (so glad we kept it!) to enlarge the picture onto material, drew the outline and then painted the picture with poster paint. In between the drawing and painting I hemmed the top to make it possible to slide a curtain rail through so we can attach the whole thing to the wall. There is just one thing to keep in mind if you want to have a go yourself – you need a lot of space and make sure you cover the floor with plastic so that if the paint seeps through it won’t matter! Finally, I am so glad that we finished this 🙂


celebrating harvest and autumn

One of the great things about blogs and facebook groups is the sharing of ideas. My facebook friend Rhoda posted some pictures of her toddler group looking at autumn leaves and it looked so great that  I ordered some magnifying glasses and tweezers from amazon and went into the garden to collect fallen leaves and pine cones (and inadvertently quite a few woodlice). Today the children and parents had a great time looking at these autumn finds. Thank you Rhoda!

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Our Bible story was based around harvest. We thought about how God sends the sun and the rain  (visual aids below) and then we looked at various fruit and veg from a shopping bag. As they are taken out of the bag each fruit or veg is named and then we decide if it grows on a tree or in the ground.

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We sang –

‘I love the sun it shines on me. God made the sun and God made me. I love the rain it falls on me. God made the rain and God made me.’

Our craft was paper plate scarecrows. I love the way the children have made their own versions 🙂

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