48 - God calls Moses

 
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Blow paint bush

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
A burning bush template (see Printables)
Red, yellow and orange washable poster paints
Aprons
Straws
Teaspoons
Small dishes to mix paint in
A jug of water

How to prepare:
Print or photocopy enough templates for one per child. Put some paint into the small dishes, keeping the different colours separate. Add a small amount of water to each dish and mix into the paint to make it slightly runnier.

How to make:
1. Make sure all the children are wearing aprons. Give each child a burning bush template. 

2. Using a teaspoon, the children will need to put small blobs of paint onto their template. 

3. Demonstrate how they can place the end of a straw close to the paint and blow to make spiky paint shapes.

4. Encourage the children to have a go, but make sure they know they need to blow not suck.

5. After a while introduce different paint colours until the bush is covered in red, yellow and orange spiky flames. 



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50 & 53 - Frogs, flies and hail & Goodbye!

 
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A hungry frog

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Children's party blowers – enough for one per child
Frog and fly template (see Printables)
Scissors
Colouring pencils and/or felt-tip pens
Glue sticks
Sticky tape

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

How to make:

 
 

 

1. Colour in and cut out the templates. 

2. Fold the frog along the dashed lines as shown in the picture. 

3. Carefully cut out the mouth shape as indicated.     

4. Unravel the party blower and feed the foil part through the frog's mouth. Stick a fly on the end. You may need to use sticky tape to secure the fly in place. 

5. Blow through the party blower to make the frog's tongue unravel.
 



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53 - Goodbye!

 
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Fancy Sandals

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
A4 sheets of thin cardboard
‘At once…’ textbox (see Printables) 
Different coloured balls of wool or long white shoe laces
Crochet hooks (optional)
Hole punch
Colouring pencils and/or felt-tip pens
Glue sticks
Scissors

How to prepare:
Print textboxes for one per child. Make a sample ‘fancy sandal’ so the children know what they are making. 


How to make:

 
 

 

1. Place a piece of card on the floor. Take off a shoe and place your foot on the card. Carefully draw around your foot and cut out your foot-shape.

2. Colour in and cut out a textbox. Stick the textbox in the middle of your paper foot.  Use the hole punch to punch holes in your paper foot as shown in the picture.

3. To make the straps for your sandals choose one of the following options: 
a. Cut three lengths of wool, each about 140 cm long. Plait the lengths together to make a long woollen plait.

b. Ask somebody who knows how to crochet to help you crochet a foundation chain of about 90 cm in length. 

c. Decorate a long white shoe lace with felt-tip pens

d. Or simply use a single length of wool, of about 90 cm. 

4. Thread your sandal strap through the holes in your foot-shape. If you are using a length of wool you could add some beads to your sandal as you thread the strap through the holes.

Hang up your sandal as a reminder of the day the Israelites left Egypt.



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54 - God leads the way

 
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Pillar of fire nightlight

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Pint-sized plastic cups
Red, orange and yellow tissue paper
PVA glue, paint brushes and pots
Glow sticks that are age-appropriate for the children in your group (available from supermarkets or online stores) – enough for two or three per child

How to prepare:
Print or photocopy sufficient instructions for one between three or four children. Make a sample ‘pillar of fire nightlight’ so the children know what they are making. Cut the tissue paper into strips or semi-circles and dilute the PVA with a little water. You need an approximate ratio of 1:3, glue to water.

How to make:

 
 


1. Dilute the PVA with a little water. You need an approximate ratio of 1:3, glue to water. Cut the tissue paper into strips or semi-circles.    Brush glue onto the cup then stick the strips of paper to it. The strips need to completely cover the cup. 

2.  Brush a little more glue over the cup once it is covered in paper to make sure all the strips are stuck down. 

3. When you are ready for your night light to start glowing, with the help of a grown-up, bend the glow sticks then place them inside your cup,

4.    ...or take the glow sticks home with you and, if it is OK with your family, at night time you could set up your nightlight in a dark room and watch it glow. 

 

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 ‘God is with me’ door hanger


You will need: 

A 'door hanger' template (see Printables)
Cotton wool
Two or three spray bottles
Red, orange, and yellow poster paint
A jug of water
PVA glue
Paint brushes and pots
Scissors
Table and floor coverings and aprons.

How to prepare:
Print or photocopy sufficient door hanger templates for one per child. Pour a little red paint into a spray bottle and dilute with water. If you have enough spray bottles repeat this with the yellow and orange paint.

How to make:
1.Give each child a template and help them to cut it out. 
2. Demonstrate how to tear up pieces of cotton wool and stick them to the ‘cloud’ side of the templates.
3. Help the children to fold their templates in half and glue the two halves together.
4. In a suitable area cover the floor and a small table. Encourage one child at a time to put on an apron and place their template ‘flame side' up on the covered table. Assist the child to spray a little paint onto their template.
5. Leave the templates somewhere to dry. If too much paint has been sprayed on to the templates remove the excess with a piece of kitchen towel.



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59 - 'Hands up, Moses!'

 
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A pipe cleaner person

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Coloured pencils or pencils with a verse written on them - enough for one per child
Pipe cleaners - enough for two per child
Backdrop template (see Printables)
Felt tip pens and crayons

How to prepare:
Print or photocopy sufficient backdrop templates for one per child. Cut out the backdrop templates, cutting along the solid line. Practise making a pipe cleaner person. 

How to make:

 
 


1. Give each child two pipe cleaners and a ‘backdrop’. Fold a pipe cleaner in half.

2. Make a loop at the top. This will be the head.  Twist the two strands together in the middle to make the body. Separate the strands at the bottom to make two legs.

3. Fold a second pipe cleaner in half.

4. Twist the two strands together working away from the fold. Separate the ends of the strands to make a 'Y' shape. 
 
5.  Place the two sections next to each other.

6. Wrap the upright part of the 'Y section' around the 'body' until the two sections are twisted together.  

7. Make two small loops for hands and slide a pencil through to make it look as if the pipe cleaner person is holding the pencil in the air.  Bend the pipe cleaner person so that it is able to sit on the edge of a table. They are difficult to balance, but it is possible! 

8. Colour in a backdrop templates. Fold the backdrop along the dotted lines opening out the folds enough to enable it to stand unsupported. Position the backdrops behind your pipe cleaner person.



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61 - God's Mountain

 
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Cloudy mountain

15 minute Craft planner

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

You will need:
Paper coffee filters (cone-shaped or circular) 
Candyfloss*
Yellow, gold or silver pipe cleaners
Paper plates
‘Hundreds and thousands’ cake sprinkles or coloured sugar strands
Toffee flavoured ice cream sauce
Teaspoons
‘God’s Mountain’ textbox (see Printables)
Colouring pencils and/or wax crayons
Scissors

*Available from many pound shops or supermarkets. If you can’t find candyfloss cotton wool would work too.

How to prepare:
Print enough textboxes for one per child. Make a sample ‘cloudy mountain’ so the children know what they are making. 


How to make:

 
 

 

1. Colour in and cut out a textbox. 

2. Colour in both sides of your filter paper. If you are using circular coffee filter paper be careful not to flatten it too much as you colour it in. Fold the top of the filter paper over and cut a slit in the top as shown in the picture.

3. Open out your filter into a cone and gently shape it into a mountain-shape. Place your mountain in the middle of your paper plate. 

4. Bend one or two pipe cleaners into ‘zig-zags’. Push the zig-zag pipe cleaners through the hole in the top your mountain to look like lightening.

5. Take two or three small pinches of candy floss. Gently tease the candy floss apart to make it look like a cloud. Place the cloud on top of the mountain, partly wrapping it around the pipe cleaners to ensure it stays in place. Beware the candyfloss will go hard with too much handling.

6. Squeeze a small amount of toffee sauce around the base of your mountain. Use a teaspoon to spread the sauce around the mountain. Sprinkle ‘hundreds and thousands’ around the mountain allowing them to stick to the sauce. These cake sprinkles represent the thousands of Israelites who stood watching the Mountain as it shook and rumbled with God’s power.  Lean your textbox against the bottom of the mountain. 

Don’t leave it too long before eating your candyfloss - it won't stay fluffy for long once removed from the packet!



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61, (63, 64) & 65 - God's mountain, The Ten Commandments & The Agreement

 
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Sky blue crafts

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
A hula hoop
Garden netting
String
‘How to attach the netting’ instructions (see Printables) 
Blue fabric to cut up or blue J-cloths if you don’t have any fabric 

How to prepare:
Attach the netting to the hoop using the string. Cut the fabric or J-cloths into long strips about 2 cm wide. You will need around six or seven strips per child.

How to make:
1. Place the hoop with the netting attached in the middle of a low table. 
2. Demonstrate how to tie one end of a piece of fabric to the netting then weave the other end in and out of the holes.
3. Give each child a strip and help them to weave it into the netting. You could either allow the children to do this in a random fashion or follow a pattern.
4. When the hoop is full of fabric, cut the string and trim the netting to make a mat or wall hanging.

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Sparkly playdough

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:
Either shop-bought or homemade blue playdough (see Printables for playdough recipe)
Blue, silver or gold glitter
Playdough tools and cutters
Paper plates

How to prepare:
If you are using homemade playdough make it in advance following the recipe. Keep the playdough in an airtight container to stop it drying out.

What to do:
1. Encourage the children to write their names on a paper plate and place the plates to one side.
2. Give each child a piece of playdough. Allow each child to sprinkle a teaspoonful of glitter onto their playdough. Encourage them to mix and knead it into the dough then create shapes and patterns with their sparkly dough.
3. At the end of the session place the children’s playdough on their paper plate to take home.



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66 - God's Special Tent

 
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Tie-dye curtain

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Good quality plain white paper kitchen towels
Elastic bands
Washable red, blue and purple felt-tip pens
Water spray bottles
Flat trays such as baking trays
Garden netting
Clothes pegs

How to prepare:
Follow the instructions to ‘tie-dye’ a piece of kitchen towel so that the children know what they are making.

How to make:

 
 
 

1. Bunch up a small piece of the kitchen towel and wrap an elastic band around it. 

2. Repeat this until you have lots of the towel tied up in bundles. 

3. Draw circles around the bundles following the line of the elastic bands. You could draw two or three circles around each bundle using different coloured felt-tips.     

4. Carefully undo the bands to reveal your multi-coloured towel. 

5. Spray the towel with just enough water to dampen it and make the colours run.

Use pegs to attach the tie-dye towels to the garden netting. When everybody has pegged their towel to the netting it should look a little bit like a multi-coloured curtain. Lay the netting on the floor or attach it to a wall (be aware that the tie-dye towels may be very wet and might drip).



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67 & 68 - The calf made of gold & Putting things right

 
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A gift of forgiveness

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Gift box template (see Printables)
‘God forgives’ textbox (see Printables)
Ribbon cut to 30 cm lengths (preferably fabric although metallic ribbon would do)
A hole punch
Coloured or white card
Plasticine or sticky tac
Canapé decorations*, tinsel and/or drinking straws
Scissors
A ruler
Sticky tape
Coloured pencils and/or felt-tips

* Available from online stores such as partypieces.co.uk or Amazon

How to prepare:
Print enough textboxes and templates for one per child. Cut out the gift box templates. Make a sample ‘gift of forgiveness’ so the children know what they are making.


How to make:
 

 
 

 

1. Colour in and cut out a textbox. Cut out your template, cutting along the solid lines. Use a ruler and a closed pair of scissors to carefully score four lines around the base of the gift box.

2. Punch a hole in the tip of each triangle as shown in the picture. Attach the textbox to a canapé decoration or a straw. Cut the decoration so that it measures no more than 5 cm in height. Place a ‘blob’ of sticky tac or plasticine in the middle of the base of the gift box. Push the end of the canapé decorations into the blob of sticky tac. Fold in the sides of the gift box. 

3. Thread the ribbon through the holes and tie the ends to make ‘a gift of forgiveness’.


 
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69 - The Promised Land in sight

 
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Grape big potato prints

15 minute Craft planner

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

You will need:
Thin dowelling rod cut to one meter lengths, or a trouser/skirt hanger
A pillow case or lining paper
String cut to 90 cm lengths
Sticky tape
Plain paper (optional)
‘Just look at the fruit we found!’ (see Printables)
Vine leaf template (see Printables) 
Potatoes
Purple, blue and red paint
Paper plates
Paint brushes
Green marker pens
Green felt, green card or green paint
PVA glue, brushes and pots
Green colouring pencils and/or crayons
Aprons
Floor and table coverings
A cloth, a bowl of soapy water and a towel

How to prepare:
Decide how many banners to make with your group. Print sufficient textboxes for one per banner. Print sufficient vine leaf templates for one per child. For younger children you may want to cut out the leaves in advance. Follow the instructions to prepare the number of banners you require. It is up to you how much of the preparation you do in advance and how much you choose to do with the children. 


Making the banner:
 

 
 

 

Option 1. Cut along the side seams of a pillow case and open it out into a long piece of fabric. Your piece of fabric should still have a hem at the top and at the bottom. Thread the dowling through the widest hem. Tie the string to the ends of the dowling as shown in the picture. 

Option 2. Cut lining paper or parcel paper into a 1.8 meter strip. Place the dowling at the top of the strip. Fold the paper over the dowling and secure with sticky tape. Tie the string to the ends of the dowling as shown in the picture. 

Option 3. Cut along the side seams of a pillow case and open it out into a long piece of fabric. Clip a trouser/skirt hanger to the top of the fabric. 

Option 4. Cut lining paper or parcel paper into a 1.8 meter strip. Clip a trouser/skirt hanger to the top of the fabric.


Printing the banner:
1. Lay the banner flat on a table or on the floor.

2. Pour a small amount of purple paint onto two or three paper plates. Add a small amount of red paint to one of the plates and a small amount of blue to another. Having different shades of purple will make the individual potato prints easier to see.

3. Give each child half a potato and encourage them to press their potato first into the paint and then onto the banner, or use a brush to paint their potato. Younger children may prefer to print on plain paper; when the paint is dry cut oval shapes from the painted paper and stick them to the banner. Explain that the potato prints will be grapes in the final picture. Encourage the children to space out some of their ‘grapes’ and put some in clusters. 

4. Give each child a vine leaf template. Encourage the children to either colour in or paint their template, or use it to cut out a leaf shape from a piece of green felt or card. 

5. Carefully stick the leaves to the top of each bunch of grapes.

6. If there is space around the grapes use the green marker pens to add some curly tendrils. 

7. When the banner is dry hang it in your church building for people to see.


 
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74 - Moses says Goodbye

 
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A house memo

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
‘Three houses’ template (see Printables)
‘Back-drop’ template (see Printables)
Sticky tac
Clothes pegs - enough for three per child
A4 document wallets - enough for one per child
Drinking straws
Coloured thread or string cut into 50 cm lengths
Colouring pencils and/or felt-tip pens
Scissors

How to prepare:
Before the session, print or photocopy sufficient ‘three houses’ and ‘back-drop’ templates for one per child. Make a sample house memo so the children know what they are making.

How to make:
1. Give each child a back-drop and three houses. Encourage the children to colour in their houses and back-drop using the pens and/or pencils.

2. Help each child to slide their back-drop into a document folder.

3. Show the children how to cut out their three houses then use sticky tac to stick them to three wooden pegs. Younger children may need you to do this for them. 

4. With the houses stuck to the pegs show the children how to use small pieces of sticky tac to stick the pegs to the bottom of their document wallet.

5. Help the children to attach a piece of thread to their document wallet to make a hanger for their funky house memo.

6. To add support - thread a straw through the holes in the top of the wallet.



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