13 - Lot has first choice

 
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Squashed-in sheep

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Cotton wool
Sheep faces and legs (see Printables) 
Backdrop (see Printables)
Plastic shot glasses
Mirrors
Colouring pencils and/or felt-tips
Glue sticks
A jug of water

How to prepare:
Print sufficient backdrops for one per child. Print the sheep faces and legs; you will need approximately one sheet per child. Make a sample ‘Squashed-in sheep’ so the children know what they are making.
 

How to make:

 
 

 

1. Colour in your backdrop. 

2. Cut along the solid line and fold dashed line ‘A’ so that the dash is on the outside of the fold.

3. Fold the other dashed lines so the lines are on the inside of the fold.  

4. Cut out your sheep face and legs.

5. Roll a piece of cotton wool into a ball and stick on your sheep face and legs. Bend the legs to make the sheep stand. Make as many sheep as you can.

6. Stand your sheep on the backdrop.

7. Stand your glass on the ‘stony’ area. This is your well. 

6. Make sure your backdrop is standing on a level surface. Look through the plastic glass to see the direction that Lot chose to go.

8. Now fill your well with water. When you look through the glass you should be able to see the arrow pointing in the opposite direction. If you can’t see this at first keep looking through the plastic glass from slightly different angles.

9. To see the arrow clearly pointing in the opposite direction, remove the well and place a mirror next to the words. When you look in the mirror what do the words say and which way is the arrow pointing?



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14 - God's promise

 
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Starry spiral

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Star templates
‘God said to Abraham…’ textbox
A spiral template
Metallic ribbon
A hole punch
Yellow or gold tissue paper
Scissors
PVA glue, brushes and pots
A paperclip
Sticky tape

How to prepare:
Print sufficient textboxes for one per child. Make a sample starry spiral so the children know what they are making.



How to make:

 
 

 

1. Colour in and cut out a spiral. 

2. Fold your piece of tissue paper into a square approximately 7 x 7 cm. Cut out a star template and place it on top of your folded paper. Hold it in place with a paperclip. 

3. Cut around your template to make lots of paper stars. 

4. Cut a piece of metallic ribbon approximately 80 cm in length. Cut out the textbox and punch a hole in it as shown. Pass the end of the ribbon through the hole in the textbox and tie a knot in it. Fix your star template to the other end of the ribbon using a small amount of sticky tape. 

5. Just below the textbox, use a piece of sticky tape to fix the central part of your spiral to the ribbon. Hold the textbox so that the ribbon hangs in the middle of your star spiral.

6. Use the glue to stick the stars on your spiral. 



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14 - God's promise

 
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Starry night light

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
‘God said to Abraham…’ textbox (see Printables)
Black A4 paper and plain white A4 paper
A thick towel
Two paperclips per child
Ballpoint pens
Scissors
Glue stick
A battery-operated tea light or age-appropriate glow sticks
Sticky tac
Silver pens (optional)
Images of star constellations from a library book or the internet (beware of copyright regulations)

How to prepare:
Print sufficient textboxes for one per child. Make a sample night light so the children know what they are making.



How to make:

 
 

 

1. Stick a piece of white A4 paper and a piece of black A4 paper together. This will give you a thick piece of paper with a white side and a black side. Place your double-sided sheet of paper on the towel. Make a hole in it by pressing the nib of the ballpoint pen through the paper and into the towel beneath. Repeat this over and over again until your paper is covered in lots of holes. If you have a sky map you could make the shape of a known star constellation - such as the Big Dipper. If you have a silver pen try tracing the shape of your constellation. 

2. Carefully roll your paper into a wide tube with the black side facing outwards. Secure the tube at the top and bottom with two paper clips.

3. Cut out and colour in your textbox. Cut along the solid grey lines to make two slits. Slot the textbox into the top of your night light. 

Turn on your battery-operated tea light and place the paper tube over the top. If your battery tea light isn’t very bright you may need to use two.  In a dark room your night light will look like the stars in the night sky.

 If you are using glow sticks, snap the sticks so that they start glowing. Stand the sticks upright on a flat surface using pieces of sticky tac. Place the paper tube over the top of the sticks. If it’s OK with your family set up your night light in a dark room and enjoy your starry sky.



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19 - Isaac is born

 
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Sweet smiles

15 minute Craft planner

Beware of allergies – make sure it is safe for the children in your group to handle and taste the food used in this activity

You will need:

‘Isaac means…’ textbox (see Printables)
Sliced bread, enough for four slices per child
6.5 cm round pastry cutter (optional)
Dinner knives
Jam and raisins* 
Paper plates enough for two per child
Scissors

*If you would prefer to make ‘savoury smiles’ use red pesto instead of jam and black olives (cut into pieces) instead of raisins. 

How to prepare:
Print sufficient textboxes for one per child. Make a ‘sweet smile’ so the children know what they are making.


How to make:

 
 

 

1. Wash your hands and make sure the surfaces in your area are clean. You will need two paper plates. Take one slice of bread and place it on one of your plates. Use the cutter to cut two circles of bread. If you are not using the cutter cut your slice into quarters using a dinner knife.

2. On one circle/quarter spread some jam. On the other  use the dinner knife to cut a slit for the mouth and make two holes for the eyes. 

3. With your finger make the mouth-hole slightly bigger shaping it into a mouth-shape. Place the second circle/quarter on top of the first. Press a raisin into each eye-hole. 

4. Place your completed ‘sweet smiles’ on a plate. Tuck the textboxes around the faces to show why you made them today. Offer the ‘sweet smiles’ to the adults after your session.  



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24, 25 & 27 - Jacob's bargain, Jacob's trick & Esau's return

 
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‘A big pot of soup’ collage

15 minute Craft planner

Beware of allergies - make sure it is safe for the children in your group to handle the food used in this activity.

You will need:
A big pot of soup template (see Printables)
Sticky back plastic
Orange and red tissue paper scrunched into small balls
Fresh or dried herbs
Small dishes for the herbs and tissue paper
Teaspoons

How to prepare:
Print sufficient templates for one per child. For younger children cut out the central area of the template to make an oval window in the centre of their pot. Carefully cut the sticky back plastic into rectangles: 21 x 11 cm. Divide the scrunched tissue paper and herbs between the little dishes.

How to make:

1. Give each child a template and a piece of sticky back plastic.

2. If the central area of the templates have not yet been cut out assist the children to do this.

3. Encourage each child to peel off the backing paper of the sticky back plastic and place it sticky side up on the table in front of them. Each child will then need to carefully lower the reverse side of their template on to the plastic. The sticky plastic should be visible through the oval window in the pot.

4. The children will then need to scatter the scrunched tissue paper pieces onto their template (leaving spaces in between) and press them down with their hands. Older children might like to carefully arrange the scrunched paper in a pattern.

5. Encourage the children to pick leaves off the herbs and add them to their collage, pressing them in between the tissue paper pieces. Alternatively allow the children to sprinkle a teaspoon of dried herbs onto the sticky spaces between the paper pieces.



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27 - Jacob's dream

 
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A climbing angel

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
An angel template (see Printables)
Cereal-box card or equivalent (paper plates could be used instead)
String cut to 1.5 m lengths
A drinking straw
Sticky tape
Glue
Colouring pencils and/or felt-tip pens
Scissors

How to prepare:
Print or photocopy sufficient templates for one per child. You may want to cut out the templates for the younger children in your group. Follow the instructions to make a sample climbing angel so the children know what they are making.

How to make:

 
 

1. Colour in and stick the template to the card. Cut out your cardboard angel.

2. Cut the drinking straw into 3 cm lengths. 

3. Turn the angel over and use sticky tape to secure two pieces of straw to the tips of the angel's wing. Wrap the sticky tape over the top of the wings to make sure the pieces of straw are held in place. Thread the string through the straws as shown in the picture. Wrap masking tape around the ends of the string.

4. Hook the string over a door handle and gently pull first on one end of the string and then on the other. As you pull with one hand allow the other hand to move up with the string. As you repeat this your angel will climb to the top of the string.

You could stick the paper ladder (see ladder template in the Printables) to the door to make it look like the angel is climbing the ladder. 



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28 - The trickster tricked

 
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A lollipop bride

15 minute Craft planner

Beware of allergies make sure it is safe for the children in your group to handle the food used in this activity.  

You will need: 
Lollipops – enough for one per child
Bridal gown template
White voile, white netting or white tissue paper
Scissors
Colouring pencils and/or felt-tip pens
Glue sticks
Sticky tape or double sided sticky tape
Sticky googly eyes
Optional – coloured tissue paper and paper doilies for decoration

How to prepare:
Print sufficient templates for one per child. You may want to cut out the bridal gowns in advance for the younger children in your group. Follow the instructions to make an example bride so the children know what they are about to make.

How to make:

 
 

1. Cut out the templates and a strip of voile or white tissue paper approximately 8 x 12 cm. 

2. Cut a hole in the arm/bouquet template as shown in the picture and colour in the flowers or use tissue paper to create a beautiful bouquet.     

3. Make the dress template into a cone and secure it with a piece of sticky tape. Make sure there is a small hole in the top of the cone. 

4. Stick the googly eyes onto the lollipop. Use a piece of double sided sticky tape to secure the voile or tissue paper on top of the lollipop. 

5. Push the lollipop stick through the hole in the arms/bouquet template then through the hole in the top of the cone.



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30 - Jacob meets Esau again

 
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A goat puppet

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Goat puppet templates – enough for one per child (see Printables)
Paper plates, 23 cm in diameter – enough for one per child
Cotton wool
Colouring pens and/or pencils
Scissors
Strong sticky tape

This craft were partly inspired by ‘paper plate animals’

How to prepare:
Print and cut out sufficient templates for one per child. Make a sample goat puppet so the children can see what they are about to make.


How to make:

 
 


1. Press down on the paper plate to flatten it. Cut out the goat puppet template and stick it to the back of the plate.

2. Cut along the thick solid lines of the template. Your template should look like the one in the picture. Don’t forget the slits.

3. Fold along the dotted lines of the template so that the dots are on the outside of the fold.

4. Secure the back of the puppet with some strong tape creating a finger pocket.

5. Bend the template back on itself along the two dashed lines.

6. Carefully thread the tips of the horns through the two slits on top of the goats head. You may need to trim the paper plate to the size of the template, making the horns slightly thinner.

7. To hold your goat puppet, slide two fingers into the ‘pocket’ at the back.

8. Gently pull the horns through until they are sticking out the top of the goats head and bend the goat’s ears back. Stick a little cotton wool between the goat’s ears and on its chin. If you have time colour in your goat puppet.




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31 & 32 - Trouble at home & Dreams!

 
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A colourful coat

15 minute Craft planner

Beware of allergies - make sure it is safe for the children in your group to handle and taste the food used in this activity

You will need:
Paper plates
Sliced bread
Dairy spread (or a diary-free option)
Raisins
Dinner knives
Mutli-coloured sprinkles
Small gingerbread man/woman cutters (gingerbread women cutters work well as they look like Old Testament characters wearing long tunics)

Alternatively you could use pre-made gingerbread people. Instead of diary spread you will need water icing - made from icing sugar and water mixed to a spreadable consistency (add the water slowly to avoid making the icing too runny). 

How to prepare:
Before the session clean the surfaces in your teaching area. Make one or two sample people with ‘colourful coats’ so the children know what they are making. 

How to make:
1. Encourage the children to wash their hands.

2. Give each child a paper plate and a slice of bread. 

3. Show the children how to carefully cut one or two people out of their bread. 

4. Using a dinner knife carefully cover the cut-out people with spread. 

5. Encourage the children to liberally scatter sprinkles over the clothes-part of their person.

6. Finally, help the children to use raisins to make two tiny eyes and a mouth for their person.



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33 & 34 - Into the pit & On to Egypt

 
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Joseph's well

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
A paper cup or paper mache plant pot
A ‘Joseph's well template’ (see Printables)
Craft lollipop sticks
String cut to 20 cm lengths
Scissors
Sticky tape

How to prepare:
Before the session make a sample well so the children know what they are making. For younger children you may wish to prepare the paper cups and cut out the Joseph templates in advance. 

How to make:

 
 
 


1. Starting at the rim, cut two triangles in the sides of the cup as shown in the picture. The triangles need to be directly opposite each other. 

2. Turn the cup 90 degrees and cut two rectangles opposite each other. The rectangles should be between the triangles.

3. Cut out and colour in ‘Joseph’ and the well roof.
    
4. Using sticky tape stick Joseph to one end of the string and the lollipop stick to the other. Attach the string to the centre of the stick.

5. Place Joseph inside the well and wrap the string around the stick. Slide the stick into the triangular notches of the cup. 

6. Fold the roof in half and balance it on top of the cup. Turn the stick to wind Joseph up and down the well. 



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35 & 37 - Slave in charge & The meaning of dreams

 
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Prison food

 

15 minute Craft planner

Beware of allergies - make sure it is safe for the children in your group to handle and taste the food used in this activity.

 

Grape punch

To make grape punch you will need:
1 litre red or white grape juice
1 litre apple juice
2 litres ginger ale
A large jug or punch bowl
A ladle
Plastic cups
Optional - strawberries and mint leaves. Dinner knives and chopping board for preparing the fruit.

How to prepare:
If you have strawberries and mint leaves wash and prepare the fruit.

How to make:

 
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1. Mix the juices together in a jug or bowl. 

2. If you have strawberries and mint leaves place a leaf and a few pieces of fruit in each of the empty cups.

 2. Pour a ladle of punch into each cup. If appropriate offer the punch to the adults after the service. Ask the children to talk about the Bible stories they heard today as they serve the punch.

 

A baker's basket

To make a baker's basket you will need:
Dinner knives
Chopping board
Paper plates
Scissors
Colouring pencils
Napkins
Coissants, brioche, mini donuts or other pastries
Bird templates (see Printables)
Optional - craft feathers and googly eyes
PVA glue, brushes and pots
Paper clips

How to prepare:
Before the session make a sample basket so the children know what they are making. For younger children you may which to cut around the rim of the plate and cut out the bird templates in advance.  

How to make:

 
 
 

1.  Lightly fold the paper plate in half and  mark the half way points on the rim of the plate. 

2.  Lightly fold the paper plate in half the other way and cut around the inside of the rim - cutting up to the lines you have just made. 

3. Fold up the rim of the plate to make a handle. 
    
4. Repeat steps 2-4 with a second plate. Slide the second plate on top of the first.

5. Place a napkin on the flat surface of your basket. 

6. To make your bird, colour in and cut out the templates as shown in the picture. Fold along the dotted lines. You will need to concertina fold the wing and the tail. 

7. Cut along the solid lines in the middle of the bird's body and feed the wings through the slits. Glue the beak and tail in position. You may find it easier to secure the tail     with a paper clip. If using, add googly eyes and feathers to your bird.

8. Use the dinner knife to cut up the croissants and brioche and arranged the pieces on top of the napkin. Slot your bird onto the handle of the basket and serve your baked goods with the grape punch.



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38 & 39 - The prisoner and the king & The new prime minister

 
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Pharaoh's cattle

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Cattle templates (see Printables)
Paper plates
Black or brown wool
Reels of sticky tape
Colouring pencils
Scissors
Wooden clothes pegs
Sticky tac, glue or double-sided sticky tape
Optional - googly eyes

How to prepare:
Before the session print or photocopy sufficient templates for your group. Make a cow so the children know what they are making. For younger children you may wish to cut out the cattle templates in advance. 

How to make:

 
 
 

1. Cut out and colour in two faces and two noses from the cattle template. If you have googly eyes stick them in place.

2. Place a reel of sticky tape on a paper plate. Draw around the inside of the reel. Squeeze the reel to make an oval shape. Place the reel on the plate next to the circle you have just drawn, and draw around the centre again this time drawing an oval. 

3. Cut out your circle and oval shapes. Cut slits in the shapes as shown in the picture.
    
4. Cut a one metre length of wool. Secure one end of the wool in the bottom slit of the cardboard circle as shown in the picture. 

5. Wrap the wool around the card until you have about 5 cm left. Pass the final piece of wool through the top slit of the circle. 

6. If you have time make a knot in the very end of the wool and separate the strands to make a tail.

7. Clip the pegs onto the base of the circle to make two legs. 

8.  Stick the cow's face and nose onto the peg legs. 

9. Make a second cow using the oval shape. 



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40 & 41 - Food in Egypt & Benjamin's journey

 
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Grain sacks

15 minute Craft planner

Beware of allergies - make sure it is safe for the children in your group to handle the food used in this activity.

You will need:
Three or four balloons per child (not water bomb balloons)
Plain flour
Rice
Funnel
Chopsticks
At least two plastic bottles
Marker pens
Scraps of wool
Sheets of newspaper

How to prepare:
For younger children you may want to fill the plastic bottles with flour and rice in preparation. Before the session make a grain sack so the children know what they are making. 

How to make:

 
 
 

1. Cover your work surface with newspaper. Use the funnel to fill one of the plastic bottles with flour and the other with rice. You may need to push the flour/rice through the funnel using the chopsticks. 

2.  Spend some time stretching your three balloons. Working with an adult place the funnel in one of your deflated balloons. Tip a small amount of rice into your balloon. Repeat this with the flour - adding a small amount of flour to the rice already in the balloon. 

3. Keep adding rice and flour until you can't fit any more in to the balloon. Your balloon should only stretch a little so that it is not much bigger than the size of a golf ball.     

4.  Tie the end of the balloon then squeeze it into a second balloon. Tie the end of this balloon too. 

5. Squeeze your squashy grain sack into a third balloon and tie up the end. 

6.  If you have a marker pen add a face to your grain sack...

7.   ...and if you have some wool give your grain sack a spiky hairstyle. You can now squash your grain sack and watch the expression of the face change.



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42 & 43 - The missing cup & Family reunion

 
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A fancy cup

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Plastic cups
Foil tart cases
Scissors
Sequins and silver glitter
PVA glue, pots and brushes
Newspaper to cover the work surfaces
Paper plates

*For a slightly less messy option add the glitter to the PVA before spreading it on the side of the cups or, alternatively use strips of double sided sticky tape instead of PVA glue.

How to prepare:
Before the session make a fancy cup so the children know what they are making. 

How to make:
1. Place the cups upside down on sheets of newspaper. Encourage the children to cover the sides of the cups with PVA glue then carefully stick sequins to the cups before sprinkling them with glitter. 

2. When the children have decorated the cups help them stick a foil case to the base.

3. Ask the children to write their names on a paper plate.

4. Carefully turn the cups the right way up and transfer them to the plates. Either leave the cups somewhere safe to dry or allow the children to take their cups home on the plates.

5. Explain to the children that the fancy cups will look more and more sparkly as the PVA glue dries.  



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