Angel to make

To make this angel all you need is – paper plate (cut out a triangle for the angel’s body), circle for the angel’s face, shredded tissue paper for the hair, black felt tip to draw a face, ribbon to make a hook so the angel can be used as a decoration and yellow tissue paper, shiny paper and glitter to decorate the angel’s wings and body. And glue!

We aren’t using glitter at our toddler group because we made so much mess last year! The shiny paper was a good substitute. Sequins would be fun too.

 

Here’s some that the children made last week


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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dinosaur craft

There are lots of versions of this in my house (!) – this is my favourite

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How to make – paper plates cut in half. You can easily cut the dinosaur spikes/plates a few plates at a time. Older children who can safely use scissors can do this part themselves. IMG_2485

Each dinosaur needs a tail and a head – there is a free printable here – Dinosaur Head and Tail (1) Colour these and then attach with glue.

Decorate the dinosaur with tissue paper, crayon, pens – whatever suits you. I like to give children a choice.

Decorate the pegs and attach. The dinosaur should stand up!


Paper plate lion

I’m putting together some paper plate crafts for a Noah’s Ark themed family event. I’ve made a lion before with wool for the mane but fancied a change so have used mini cup cake liners. As parents are there to make the crafts alongside their children there will be minimal prep –

all you need – cake liners in orange and yellow, yellow tissue paper, googly eyes……..IMG_1416IMG_1417…….black sugar paper, black felt tip pen, scissors, glue and paper plate.

Use the wrong side of the plate to make the lion.

 




Simple Christmas Craft – baby in the manger

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This craft has a bit of preparation – there is some cutting out for an adult or older child to do. I made a template to speed the process up!

All you need to make the ‘baby in the manger’ scene is :-

Good quality paper plates – preferably with a definite rim. You will be using the back of the plate.

Tissue paper cut into squares – dark blue and yellow

Shredded tissue paper – yellow

Brown paper cut into small squares

Grey/dark crayons to shade the silhouette of the baby’s head

Stars

Glue sticks

To make –

Have an example to show the children and explain what it is that they are making.

Stick the tissue paper and brown paper followed by shredded tissue to make the straw. Add the star and shade the silhouette of the babies head.

For this stage give children an additional paper plate to act as a support under the craft plate. It will make sticking much easier.

When everything has dried the final stage is to fold the plate.

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Baby Moses paper plate craft

I’ve made a baby Moses paper plate craft before but wanted something a little simpler for our Holiday Bible Club as we don’t have a lot of time per age group. So this time there was no drawing round hands and the paper plate is a square plate.

To prepare I pre cut a slit in each square plate, prepared a piece of green card the right size to slot into the slit and printed lots of baby Moses’s and basket lids.

The children needed to cut the green card to make reeds, slot into the plate (a leader then used cellotape to secure the green card under the plate), mould a plasticine basket and place a coloured in Moses inside. The plate was decorated with blue and white tissue paper. A label was added ‘God kept Moses safe’ by ________.

You could use air drying clay but the plasticine was pretty much mess free. There is a softer version for young children.

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Moses has a sad face because he was crying when the basket was opened.

Square blue paper plates are from Amazon

Plasticine also from Amazon and also Hobbycraft and WHSmith.

Two free downloads of the baby Moses and lids for the baskets Baby Moses (x 24) Baby Moses Basket Lid (x 12)