344 & 345 - Journey to Damascus & A changed man (Light catcher bread biscuits)

 
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Light catcher bread biscuit

15 minute Craft planner

Beware of allergies – make sure it is safe for the children in your group to handle the ingredients used in these activities.

You will need:
Large-sized pastry cutters approx 7 cm in diameter
Smaller-sized pastry cutters approx 3 cm in diameter
Paper plates
Sliced bread – enough for at least two slices per child
Boiled sweets – enough for four or five per child
Baking sheets
Lemon juice in a small bowl
Baking parchment
Cotton buds
Icing sugar and a sieve
Colouring pencils
Access to an oven*

* If you don’t have access to an oven you will need to send the children home with cooking instructions (see Printables)

How to prepare:
If you don’t have access to an oven print or photocopy sufficient ‘cooking instructions’ for the children to take home with them. Cut the baking parchment into squares 12 x 12 cm.

How to make:

 
 

1. Clean the surfaces in your activity area and encourage wash your hands thoroughly.  Cut out four shapes from the bread using a large pastry cutter.

2. Using a smaller pastry cutter cut out a hole in the centre of each bread shape. Place the bread shapes on squares of parchment and position a boiled sweet in the each hole.

Dip a cotton bud in lemon juice and write your name or initials in the corner of the parchment squares. (Once the lemon juice has browned in the oven you will be able to see your initials and work out which are your biscuits.)

Ask an adult to cook the biscuits. They don’t take long so there will need to be an adult helper in the kitchen all the time.

Cook the biscuits at Gas mark 4/180C or 350F for 5 – 7 minutes (checking after 5 minutes). Once the boiled sweets have melted the biscuits are ready.

3. If you have time while your biscuits are cooking, decorate the edges and underside of their paper plates with coloured pencils. Give the biscuits a quick dusting with icing sugar.

4. Do not touch the biscuits until the sweets have completely cooled.

Remind the children that light flashed around Saul on the road to Damascus.



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344 - Journey to Damascus

 
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Shiny bunting

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Bunting flag template (see Printables)
kitchen foil
String cut into 40 cm lengths
String cut into 10 cm lengths
Hole reinforcement stickers
Glue sticks
Small scraps of felt, a yellow duster or other soft fabric cut into small pieces

How to prepare:
Print one or two templates. Use the templates to cut out sufficient bunting flag shapes from the kitchen foil for one or two per child. Make a bunting flag so that the children know what they are making. 

How to make:

 
 

1. Draw around the template and cut out a bunting flag from a sheet of kitchen foil. Fold the flag in half. Open out the flag and place a 30 cm piece of string in the fold.

2. Arrange pieces of string and stickers in a pattern on the bottom half of the flag.

3. Spread a thin layer of glue on the top half of the flag. Fold the top and bottom halves of the flag together. Gently rub the small piece of cloth across the foil until you can clearly see the raised pattern beneath.

4. Collect together the flags made in your group. Tie the pieces of string together to make a length of shiny bunting. If you have time make a second flag and add it to the bunting. Hang the bunting somewhere in your church building where it will reflect the sunlight.

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Sparkly battery-candle holder

15 minute Craft planner

Beware of allergies – make sure it is safe for the children in your group to handle the ingredients used in these activities.

You will need:
Glitter of various colours
PVA glue, brushes and pots or an ice cube tray
Craft lollipop sticks
Shop-bought clay or homemade air drying clay (see Printables)
Rolling-pins
Paper plates
Battery tea light 

How to prepare:
Before the session make a sample sparkly battery- holder so that the children know what they are making.

How to make:

 
 

1. Mould the clay into the shape of a large pebble or roll it until it is flat, but remains at least an inch thick. 

2. Press the base of the tea light into the clay then remove it.  An impression should be left large enough for a tea light to fit in once the clay has dried.

3. Score a pattern into the clay using a craft lollipop stick. The impressions need to be shallow, but at least a couple of millimetres wide.  Mix the glitter into the PVA glue. Carefully fill the impressions in the clay with the glitter glue. 

4. Leave your clay somewhere safe to dry. N.B. Models made with air drying clay will take two to seven days to dry.

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Upside-down frown

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Face templates (see Printables)
Body templates (see Printables)
Scissors
Sticky tape
Coloured felt
Black, brown or yellow wool
Colouring pencils
A clothes peg
Woollen gloves
Paper plates
Glue stick

How to prepare:
Print or photocopy sufficient head, body and nose templates. For younger children you may want to cut out the templates before the session. Make a sample puppet so that the children know what they are making.

How to make:

 
 

1. Colour in and carefully stick your head template to the middle of your paper plate.

2. Cut around your template and cut out a small strip 8 x 2 cm from the paper plate.      

3. Cut the wool into three or four strands approximately 6 cm in length. Use the nose template to cut out a ‘nose’ from the coloured felt. Stick the nose to the face, tucking the strips of wool underneath to make a pair of eyebrows/moustache.

4. Turn the face over and lay the strip on the back. Bend the strip slightly then secure the two ends with sticky tape. You should now have a small ‘handle’ on the back of the face.

5. Put on a woollen glove and slide your index and middle fingers through the handle. Your face will either have a frown or a smile – turn the face upside-down to change its expression.

6. To make a body for your puppet colour in and fold the template along the dotted lines so that the dots are on the outside of the folds. Stand ‘the body’ upright. Clip a clothes peg to the top of the body template. 

7. Slide the ‘handle’ on the back of the face over the peg as shown in the picture. Turn the frown upside-down. 



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