1 - God makes the world

 
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Blue Whales

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:
Whale templates (see Printables)
Paper plates
Googly eyes
Sheets of white tissue paper or small clear plastic sandwich bags*
Blue metallic ribbon
Scissors
Colouring pencils and/or crayons
Shell crisps or shrimp sweets
Glue sticks

* Do not give plastic bags to young children

How to prepare: 
Print or photocopy sufficient templates for one each per child. Make a sample ‘blue whale’ so that the children know what they are making.

How to make:

 
 


1. Colour in and cut out your whale template.

2.  Fold along the dashed lines so that the lines are on the inside of the fold. 

3. Now re-fold all the lines (except line ‘X’) so that the lines are on the outside of the fold. Line ‘X’ must remain on the inside of the fold.

4. Cut along the two solid lines as shown. 

5. Slot the pieces of the tail together to make your whale. Colour in the two flaps of the whale’s tail and stick two eyes onto your template as shown in the picture. 

6. Place a handful of crisps or five or six sweets in the centre of a sheet of tissue paper. Gather the edges of the tissue paper and tie it into a bundle with a short length of metallic ribbon.  Alternatively place a handful of crisps or five or six sweets in a sandwich bag. Tie the top of the bag with a short length of metallic ribbon. Curl the ends of the ribbon. 

7-8. Place the tissue paper bundle or the bag in the middle of the whale. The tissue paper or bag should look like the misty air coming out of the whale’s blow hole.



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2 - God makes people

 
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Holding hands

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Holding hands textboxes (see Printables)
Pipe cleaners
Scissors
Card or thick paper
Colouring pencils and/or felt-tips
Glue sticks

How to prepare:
Print or photocopy sufficient textboxes for one each per child. Make a sample ‘holding hands’ model so the children know what they are making. 

How to make:

 
 


1. Encourage the children to place one of their hands palm down on the paper or card. Help them to carefully draw around their hand. Cut out the hand shapes and textboxes. Encourage the children to colour in their hand shapes and stick the textboxes along one side. 

2. Give each child two pipe cleaners. Fold the first pipe cleaner in half.

3. Show the children how to make a loop at the top of the folded pipe cleaner. 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.

4-5. Fold the second pipe cleaner in half. Twist the two strands together working away from the fold. Separate the ends of the strands to make a 'Y' shape. 
 
6.  Place the two pipe cleaners next to each other.

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

8. Make four small loops for hands and feet, and bend your person into a sitting position. Sit your person on your paper hand. Use a pencil to slightly curl the fingers of your hand shape.



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Clay faces

15 minute Craft planner

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

You will need:
Shop-bought or homemade clay (see Printables for clay recipe)
Various tools – such as plastic cutlery and rolling pins
Paper plates
Googly eyes (optional)
A small bowl of water
A damp cloth for wiping tables
Aprons and a floor covering

How to prepare:
Make a sample clay face so the children know what they are making.

How to make:
1. Give each child a portion of clay.

2. Encourage the children to knead the clay until it’s soft and ready to work with.

3. Suggest that the children can…

a. Either make a face by rolling half their clay into a flat smooth shape, then creating eyes, mouth pieces etc from the remaining clay. To attach the eyes and mouth the children should wet the separate shapes and press them onto the flat clay before smoothing the joins with their fingers.

b. Or shape their clay into a ‘head’ then mould the facial features from the clay by pinching and squeezing it into shape. Finally the children could make two eye sockets and press two googly eyes into position.



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Fiery swords

15 minute Craft planner

During the session briefly talk about where the children might see flames. Use this opportunity to remind the children that they must not play near fires and never touch matches or lighted candles.

You will need:

Two or three sheets of newspaper per person
Paper cups or paper flower pots
Sticky tac
Red, yellow and orange crepe paper
Scissors
Sticky tape
Colouring pencils and/or felt-tip pens
Masking tape or duct tape

How to prepare:
Cut the crepe paper into long strips. If you have younger children in your group you may want to cut holes in the paper cups in advance. Make a sample ‘fiery sword’ so that the children know what they are making.

How to make:

 
 



1. Place a blob of sticky tac on the table in front of you and stand your cup/pot on top of it. Use a sharp pencil to push through the base of the cup into the sticky tac underneath to create a small hole.

2. Carefully use a pair of scissors to make the small hole in the base of the cup slightly bigger.

3. Roll two or three sheets of newspaper together to make a long tube. Try and roll the paper diagonally to create the longest tube possible. Secure the tube with a piece of sticky tape. Push one end of the tube through the hole in the top of the cup/pot. You may need a little tape to hold the tube in place

4. Carefully wrap two or three strips of crepe paper around the long end of your sword to make it look ‘fiery’. Secure the ends of the paper strips with small pieces of sticky tape.


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Fruit sticks

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:
Thin drinking straws
A selection of fruit such as seedless grapes, melon, pineapple (tinned or fresh), strawberries, kiwi, raspberries
Marshmallows
Chocolate sauce for ice cream (optional)
Sprinkles (optional)
Paper plates
Dinner knives

Note: These fruit sticks are intended to be eaten raw, no cooking is required.

How to prepare:
Make a sample ‘fruit stick’ so that the children know what they are making.

How to make a fruit stick:
1. Make sure the work surfaces in your teaching area are clean and ask the children to wash their hands. 

2. Give each child a paper plate and a selection of fruit to prepare. The fruit needs to be cut into chunks approximately 2.5 x 2.5 cm. Raspberries can be left whole and large strawberries should be cut in half.  

3. Give each child a second paper plate and a thin straw. 

4. Allow the children to select five or six pieces of fruit and two marshmallows. 

5. Help the children to slide the fruit onto their straw. If you have time the children could make two or three fruit sticks each.

6. If you are using chocolate sauce – show the children how to drizzle a small amount across their finished fruit sticks. For a finishing touch add a shake of sprinkles! 


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Fruity mini-meringue

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:
Mini - meringue nests
Whipped cream or squirty cream in a can
A selection of fruit such as seedless grapes, melon, pineapple (tinned or fresh), strawberries, kiwi, raspberries, peaches (tinned or fresh)
Fruit Jam
Chocolate leaves, stars or other edible decorations (optional)
Chocolate sauce for ice cream (optional)
Sprinkles (optional)
Paper plates
Dinner knives
Teaspoons
Whisk

How to prepare: 
Make a sample fruity mini-meringue so the children know what they are making. Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks. 

How to make:
1. Wipe the surfaces in your teaching area and encourage the children to wash their hands.

2. Wash the fresh fruit and drain the tinned fruit thoroughly. Chop any large pieces of fruit into smaller chunks. 

3.  Place the a meringue nest on a paper plate and spread a little jam in the bottom.

4. Spoon the cream into the nests and top with the prepared fruit.

5. Add some chocolate decorations, some sprinkles and a drizzle of chocolate sauce if using. 



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5 - The two brothers

 
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Sheep corn-crispies

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:
50g butter
50g golden syrup
100g white chocolate chips or buttons
100g Cereal flakes
Saucepan and a wooden spoon
Icing sugar
Tea-strainer
Teaspoon
Desert spoon
A large bowl
Paper cake cases
Sheep faces
Scissors
Paper plates and colouring pencils

Makes approx 12

How to prepare: 
If you have time make a batch of sheep corn-crispies in advance to show the children what they are making. Just before the session melt the syrup and butter in a pan, remove from the heat and stir in the white chocolate. As the mixture cools it will thicken slightly. Allow the mixture to cool for around 8-10 minutes - keep stirring to prevent it from separating or becoming too thick.  

How to make:

1. Place the cereal flakes in a large bowl and add the cooled chocolatey mixture.

2. Allow the children to carefully mix the flakes into the chocolate until all the flakes are covered.

3. Help the children to spoon the mixture into the paper cases. Leave the crispies somewhere safe to cool completely.

4. Encourage the children to cut out a sheep face and fold along the dashed line to create a tab. If you have time, allow the children to colour in their paper plates to look like a meadow, adding green grass and colourful flowers.

5. At the end of the session place a crispie on each paper plate. Encourage the children to sprinkle icing sugar over their crispie using a tea-strainer. Place the folded sheep face on top as shown in the picture.   



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Noah’s Ark memo pad

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
45 cm strands of coloured wool (if possible to include red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple)
Ark templates, enough for one per child (see Printables)
Small sticky-notes, enough for about ten each
Scissors
Colouring pencils or felt tip pens
PVA glue, pots and spreaders

How to prepare:
Print sufficient ark templates for one per child. Cut out the ark templates for the younger children in your group. Make bundles of coloured wool which include as many of the rainbow colours as possible. Fold the bundle in half and tie a knot to secure all the ends together, and form a loop. Make a sample Memo pad so the children know what they are making.

How to make:
1. Give each child an ark template and a loop of coloured wool. Encourage older children to cut out their ark, carefully cutting along the solid lines only.

2. Encourage the children to colour in their ark shapes and fold them in half along the dashed lines.

3. Assist the children to hang their folded ark over the loop of wool; to do this the children will need to carefully pass half of the ark shape through the loop until the wool sits in the fold.

4. To secure the wool and keep the ark from unfolding, apply plenty of glue to the back of the ark shape and press the two halves firmly together.

5. Carefully peel off ten sticky-notes from a sticky-note pad. Keeping the notes attached to one another stick them to the ark as indicated. 


 
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11 - The sky's the limit

 
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A cereal tower

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:
Ice cream cones (either use the type with a flat base or cut off the tip of the cones)
Shreddies or equivalent
Paper plates enough for two per child
Chocolate spread or honey
Dinner knives

How to prepare:
Before the session wipe the surfaces in your teaching area.

How to make a cereal tower:
1. Make sure all the children have washed their hands before starting this activity.

2. Give each child two paper plates. On one of their plates place a handful of Shreddies and a cone. The children will use their second plate to build on. 

3. Encourage the children to turn their cone upside down and begin to ‘build’ on the base. Demonstrate how to stack the Shreddies, spreading a little honey or chocolate spread between each to strengthen the tower. 

4. If a cereal tower collapses encourage the child to begin again. At the end of the session praise all the children for their work. 



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