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Thank you God book – for toddler group

Over the past term at our Toddler Group we have made a ‘thank you God book’ – this is an overview of what we did

Title page ‘our thank you God book’

Then the following pages  – with pictures added from google images. Each page was A3 and was laminated.

‘I am wonderfully made’ Psalm 139 verse 14

Hands can .. clap, wave, touch, catch

Thank you God for my hands

Tabitha used her hands to help others

Feet can … run, jump, walk, tip toe

Thank you God for my feet

Zacchaeus used his feet to run to see Jesus

Noses can.. rub, smell, breathe

Thank you God for my nose

Mary gave the special perfume to Jesus. It smelt beautiful.

Mouths can … shout, eat and drink, sing, speak

Thank you God for my mouth

Ears can listen to … whispers, shouts, songs

Thank you God for my ears

The children shouted ‘Hosanna’. Everyone heard.

Eyes can.. blink, see colours, close, open

Thank you God for my eyes

Jesus died. Then he came alive again. Lots of people saw him.

For the first 6 weeks we went through the parts of the body – so we just did hands can .. thank you God for my hands etc. The children were able to do the different actions.

Then for the next 5 weeks we reviewed/repeated what we had done but added a short bible story. We combined ears and mouths for a week as they fitted so well with the story of palm sunday. The children were able to shout Hosanna and everyone could hear them!

The pictures are just to give you an idea of what we did – they were more of a visul aid for the adults as we had actions for the children to do. I find it really helpful to have something visual to refer to just in case i forget what I’m meant to say!

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Wonderfully made!

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For this craft you need to make or buy people cut outs. (The ones in the picture are bought) Provide shapes for clothes and crayons or felt tips for added detail. Older cildren could add googly eyes.

Thank you God, for my feet

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For this simple craft provide an outline of feet on A4 card. The children can colour with wax crayons and glue tissue paper and shiny shapes – we used up some craft supplies so you can see tulips and flowers!

If you want  the children can take off their shoes and an adult draw around their feet.

In the story time that followed we again focused on the Bible verse ‘I am wonderfully made’ Psalm 139:14. We used our feet to jump,stand, run on the spot, walk and tiptoe.

Then we sang ‘head, shoulders, knees and toes’, ‘if you’re happy and you know it’ and the children played percussion instruments to the song ‘Hokey, cokey’.

paper plate craft – our mouths – we are wonderfully made!

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Tomorrow at our toddler group we will be learning about our amazing bodies during story time. This is the craft to go with it. The children are 3 years old and under and their parent/carer usually sits with them at the craft table – so there should be lots of chat about the different food.

To do this all you need are – paper plates, pictures of food either from magazines or from the web cut out and glue sticks. Choose food that is familiar and a mixture of fruit and veg and the less healthy but yummy – in this case a cup cake. I avoided meat as I know we have children who wouldn’t be allowed certain meats.

Don’t put everything out on the craft table at once or most children won’t have anything left to use. Have a pencil handy so parents/carers can write the childs name on their plate but don’t leave this on the table – I did a few weeks ago and one child had a lot of fun drawing lines on all the paper!

You could do this with older children – use smaller pictures all on one page and get them to do the cutting out. They can select what they would like for their plate.

In the story time we are using a bible verse ‘I am ..wonderfully made.’ psalm 139:14. We left out the word fearfully just because the children are so young. This week we are thinking about our mouths – so everyone gets to SHOUT and whisper. We talk about eating – thus the craft. In our song time we sang ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star’ very quietly, ‘Row. row row your boat – with a scream for the crocodile. We did ‘horsey, horsey don’t you stop’ and made the clip, clop sounds with our mouths first.

Enjoy!

Flower craft – our noses – we are wonderfully made!

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This is an idea for under threes. Older children could also do this but it’s suitable for very young children.
You will need:
Coloured paper – flower colours
A4 sugar paper – blue
Green card
Perfumed spray
Glue sticks

You will need to print flower outlines on to coloured paper and then cut these out. Use green card to make stems and simple leaves.
To give the flowers a scent spray them with perfume. I did this the night before and again before the children arrived. Don’t use perfumed spray once the children are there as it wouldn’t be good for asthmatics.

Make a picture yourself to give the children an idea of what to do.

When you lay out the craft don’t put out everything out at once as young children can enthusiastically use everything up!

This craft was followed by a short story time thanking God for our noses. I had a bag of different smelly items for the children to smell – a sock, lavender, ground coffee and onions cut in half and in a bowl. Our focus was on the bible verse ‘I am wonderfully made’ Psalm 139:14.

Get the children to point to their nose and to take some breaths. Sing ‘Head, shoulders, knees and toes.’