245 & 246 - Where is the Prince? & Presents fit for a king


A star calendar

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Calendar templates (see Printables)
Paper plates or thin A4 card
Colouring pencils and/or felt-tip pens
Split pins
Ballpoint pen
Large paperclips
Hole punch
Ribbon (metallic ribbon would be suitable)
Sticky tac and glue sticks

How to prepare:
Print or photocopy enough ‘calendar templates’ for one per child. For younger children you may want to cut out the templates before the session. Follow the instructions to make an example ‘star calendar’ so the children can see what they are making.

How to make:


1. Colour in and cut out your star template. Stick the template to a paper plate or a thin piece of cardboard.

2. Cut around the star shape and punch holes in the points of the star as shown in the picture. Cut a small triangle from the cardboard scraps.

3. Stick a blob of sticky tac to the table in front of you. Stick the centre of your star over the top of the sticky tac. Ask a grown-up to push the tip of a ballpoint pen through the centre of your star and into the sticky tac below. Now stick the small triangle to the sticky tac. Ask a grown-up to create a second hole by pushing a pen through the centre of the triangle into the sticky tac below.

4. Place a paper clip over the hole in the centre of your star. Place the triangle over the paper clip. Push the split pin through the triangle, the paper clip and the star. Open out the split pin to hold the paper clip in place. You should still be able to rotate the paper clip.

5. Cut a 50 cm length of thread. Tie a knot in the thread to make a loop.

6. Thread the loop through a hole - the knot will stop it being pulled through. Show the children how to rotate and adjust the paperclip so that it points to today’s date. Hold the star so that the correct month is pointing uppermost.

Alongside this craft teach the Bible story...

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