God is good! He gives us the beautiful world.

There’s been a lot in the news about how our planet is in danger. We are losing biodiversity at a faster rate than ever before. We need to be grateful for the beautiful creation that God has given to us. Even young children can be encouraged to value the natural world and care for it.

Here is one idea –

Begin with ‘God is good!’ (Simple actions for this – point up for God and thumbs up for good)

Then as you name the things he has given to us take them from the story bag.

You could begin with a globe and if it lights up all the better!

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Other items you could take from the story bag…..

craft idea – use gardening catalogues, tissue paper, pictures from magazines, pasta stars, feathers and anything suitable!

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Songs to sing … click on the highlighted links to go to youtube and hear the songs.

He’s got the whole world in his hands

I love the sun it shines on me, God made the sun and God made me. 

 

Daniel in the Lion’s Den – animal stories

We are doing stories based on the theme ‘Animals in the Bible’ this half term at Thursday Toddler Group. We started with creation – lots of toy animals in the story bag that we named.

The following week we did Daniel in the Lion’s Den from Daniel 6.

In the story basket there were Daniel, the King, an angel and some lions.

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Craft idea

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Let’s just make!

Sometimes at toddler group the craft is simply a table of collage materials, paper and glue…

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Followers of Jesus – Tabitha

We started a new set of Bible stories at Toddler group today. Each week we are going to meet someone from the Bible who followed Jesus. Today we started with Tabitha (or Dorcas) from Acts 9. She came along in our story basket together with a few sewing related items.

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We begin by saying hello to Tabitha and then I talk about how she helped others because she followed Jesus. The way she helped was by making clothes. As items are taken out of the story basket they are named. The children listened really well!

The puppet is new and was from E W Education via Amazon. They come as a set of 10 different puppets in a lovely hessian sack with several accessories.

Our craft was decorating people shapes with fabric and wool.

On a slightly different note – I will be leading a seminar/workshop about craft at toddler group at the Care for the Family Playtime Conference in September. It’s going to be all about crafts for different seasons. I am chuffed to bits to have been invited. Here’s a link to the info. There are lots of seminars and great speakers. It’s going to be a really good day 🙂

 

Easter Wreath Decoration

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Sometimes I have cut out wreath shapes from paper plates but when you need to make 50 that can take a while! So when I found that Baker Ross were selling cardboard wreath shapes I was really keen to try them out. As you can see they are dark brown, obviously made of card and come with a hole and some string so they can be displayed at home. A big win! Here’s the link to Baker Ross with all the info about the craft wreaths.

The embellishments are from Hobbycraft (eggs and bunnies) Take the eggs out of the packaging well ahead as they really do smell! The paper hearts and circles are made with a paper punch and the confetti is the biodegradable kind. I cut the bird and ladybird from molliemakes magazine. The Easter greeting is on sugar paper and I did write happy Easter 50 times. Part way through I began to worry that I was spelling Easter incorrectly!

I will definitely be using the craft wreaths for other crafts. Really great find.

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Joseph – fancy coat and camels!

This past week our Bible Story was all about Joseph, his special coat and how his brothers sold him to people travelling on camels to Egypt. The camels were donated to the group about a year ago and normally live in our ‘Vet’ box. They come in very useful for several stories.

Craft – Joseph and his coloured coat! There is a PDF – Joseph

Look out for the umbrella in one of the children’s pictures 🙂

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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. 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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