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A donkey sock puppet

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You will need:
Old socks
Scraps of fabric
Coloured felt (optional)
Donkey templates (see Printables)
Scissors
Colouring pencils and/or felt-tips
PVA glue, pots and brushes
Double-sided sticky-tape

How to prepare: 
Print sufficient ‘donkey templates’ for each child. For younger children you may want to cut out the templates before the session. Make a sample sock puppet so the children know what they are making.

How to make:

1. Encourage the children to colour in their templates or use them to cut out felt shapes or shapes from the fabric.

2. Without using any glue show the children how to carefully arrange their shapes/templates on their sock – moving them to where they want them to be.

3. When they are happy with their positions, use the PVA glue or double-sided sticky tape to stick the shapes in place.

4. Allow the children to select a piece of fabric to represent a coat and use sticky tape to attach it to your donkey puppet.

5. When the donkey puppets are ready encourage the children to place them on their hands – if you have time you could hold a couple of donkey races before the end of the session!



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326 - Preparing the disciples

 
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A paper house

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
A house template (see Printables)
A roof template (see Printables)
Home furnishing catalogue (optional)
Glue sticks
Colouring pencils and/or felt-tips
Scissors

How to prepare: 
Print and cut out sufficient templates for one per child. Make a sample ‘paper house’ so the children know what they are making.

 
 

How to make:

1. Fold your house template along the solid lines as shown in the picture.

2 & 3. Make the ends of your house by folding in the corners.

4. Stand up your folded template to make the inside of a house.

5. ‘Furnish’ your room by drawing items on the inside ‘walls’, or cut out and stick on items from a home furnishing catalogue.

6. Make the roof by cutting along the solid lines of your roof template and folding along the dashed line.

7. Colour in the roof and assemble your paper house.



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A folded cross

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:
‘A folded cross’ template (see Printables)
Two or three small Easter eggs per child
Tissue paper
Paperclips, enough for four per child
Scissors
Colouring pencils and/or felt-tips
Glue stick
Thin cardboard (optional)
Collage material such as sticky shapes and PVA glue (optional)

How to prepare: 
Print and cut out sufficient templates for one per child. Make a sample ‘folded cross’ so the children know what they are making.

 
 

How to make:

1. Cut out and colour in your template. To make your cross stronger mount the template on some card. Use a glue stick to stick the template to the card then cut around the template.

2. Fold the flaps under the template to make a cross shape.

3. Fold the template into a box and secure the sides with four paperclips. Scrunch up a piece of tissue paper and put it in the box. Place two or three small eggs on top of the paper.

Practice opening the box into a cross shape to reveal what Jesus said to the High Priest.



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An Easter mobile

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
‘The stone has been moved’, ‘He is alive!’ textboxes (see Printables)
Angel templates (see Printables)
Face tissues
Flowers and greenery – from a florist*
Pieces of string approximately 65 cm long
Yellow or orange tissue paper cut into 7 x 7 cm squares
Sticky tape
Glue sticks
Scissors
Colouring pencils and or felt-tips

*We used large flowers and leaves, however, a small flower such as gypsophila would create a more delicate arrangement.

How to prepare: 
Print and cut out sufficient templates and textboxes for one per child. Make a sample ‘Easter mobile’ so the children know what they are making.

 
 

How to make:

1. Fold your paper plate in half and cut a semi-circle in the folded edge.

Place the cut-out shape to one side – this will be your stone.

2. Open up the folded plate and thread the string through the hole. Use a piece of sticky tape to stick the end of the string to the ‘stone’ shape.

3. Cut out and colour in your textboxes and angel templates. Cut your tissue paper into a strip.

4. The tissue will represent the linen wrappings found where Jesus’ body had been lying. Fold up the tissue and tie it just above the ‘stone’.

5. Use sticky tape to attach the angels to the string and stick the square of tissue paper over the tomb entrance on the inside of the plate.

Use the glue stick to stick the textboxes to the front and back of the ‘stone’.

6. At regular intervals stick small pieces of sticky tape over the semi-circular edge of the tomb. See arrows. The sticky tape will create divisions in the plate that will help to keep the foliage in place.

Your mobile is now ready to display. You may need to display it against a wall to support the foliage.



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336 - 'Do you love me?'

 
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A sparkly fish

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
A fish template (see Printables)
12 cm x 12 cm squares of sticky-back plastic
Sequins of various colours
Some small bowls
A large piece of netting from a garden centre and clothes pegs (optional)

How to prepare: 
Print or photocopy sufficient templates for one per child. For younger children you may want to cut out the fish making sure the middle section of each fish is carefully removed. Place the sequins in the bowls.

How to make:

1. Assist the children to cut out their fish and remove the middle section.

2. Help the children to peel the backing off the sticky-back plastic squares and gently place them sticky side down in the middle of their fish. When they turn the fish over it should have a sticky area in the middle.

3. Allow the children to decorate their fish by pressing sequins onto the sticky plastic.

4. If you have a large piece of netting and some clothes pegs, display the fish by pegging them onto the netting.



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Sticky clouds

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:

A loaf of bread that can be cut into cloud-shaped slices – a baguette may be suitable depending on its shape
Silver edible glitter (optional)
‘Jesus template’ (see Printables)
A large sheet of blue paper or blue paper serviettes
A large tray or baking sheet
Paper plates
Teaspoons
Butter knives

Any of the following white toppings: dairy spread, honey, cream cheese, white chocolate spread, ‘Fluff’ (marshmallow spread – available from most supermarkets), popcorn, white mini-marshmallows

How to prepare: 
Before the session print or photocopy sufficient instructions for one between two or three children. Print one ‘Jesus template’ if you are making a group collage, or one template per child if the children are working individually. For younger children you may want to cut out the templates before the session. Make a sample sticky cloud so that the children know what they are making.

How to make:

1. Ask an adult to slice the bread. You will need two or three pieces per child.

2. Choose the topping you would like for your first cloud. If you are using popcorn or marshmallows you will need to spread a small amount of dairy spread or honey onto your bread to make it sticky.

3. Choose a topping for your second and third clouds.

4. If you have a blue serviette lay it over your paper plate and place your ‘Jesus template’ on top.

If you are working in a group, place a tray where everybody can reach it. Cover the tray with serviettes then place a ‘Jesus template’ on top.

5. Arrange your clouds on top of the serviettes. Place one of the clouds on top of ‘Jesus’ so that only his feet can be seen.



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