251 - A new leader

 
rocky road 1.png
 

Rocky treats

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:
25 paper cake-cases
1 cup of mini-marshmallows
2 ½ cups of chocolate buttons
1 cup broken digestive or Rich Tea biscuits
1 cup sultanas or raisins
35-40 g butter cut into cubes
Plastic mugs/cups
Rolling pins
Potato mashers
Wooden spoons
Metal teaspoons
A set of scales
One or two large non-breakable bowls
Paper plates
‘Peter – the rock’ textboxes (see Printables)

For a dairy-free alternative replace the butter with a dairy-free spread and make sure the remaining ingredients are all dairy-free. If you can only find large dairy-free marshmallows chop them into smaller pieces.

How to prepare: 
Before the session melt the chocolate on a very low setting in a microwave –checking every few seconds. Leave the mixture to cool. You want the chocolate to be warm but not hot.


How to make:
1. Clean the surfaces in your teaching area and encourage the children to wash their hands. If you have a large number of children divide the group into two.

2. Allow the children to help drop the cubes of butter into the warm chocolate and stir until the butter has dissolved.

3. Place the biscuits in the bowls. Ask the children to gently crush the biscuits using the end of a rolling pin or a potato masher. Make sure some larger chunks of biscuit remain.

4. Encourage the children to stir the mini-marshmallows and the dried fruit into the crushed biscuits.

5. When all the dry ingredients have been mixed together pour in the cooled melted chocolate and stir the mixture until all the crumbs are covered.

6. Help the children place a teaspoonful of the mixture into each paper case.

7. Arrange the ‘Rocky treats’ on the paper plates. Place a textbox next to the treats. Put the treats to one side (if possible in a fridge).



Alongside this craft, teach the Bible story...

 
 
Print Friendly and PDF

253 & 254 - 'Follow me!' & Doctor for the sick

 
IMG_20181125_110329.jpg
 

Spinning hearts

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
A 'Spinning Heart' template (see Printables)
At least one salad spinner
Water-based paint in various colours
A jug of water
Small pots
Teaspoons
A pencil and sticky-tac
Scissors
Short lengths of coloured wool approx 20 cm long
Aprons and a floor covering

How to prepare: 
Print or photocopy sufficient 'heart' templates for one per child. You might want to cut out the hearts for the younger children in your group. Pour a small amount of paint into each of the pots. Do not mix the paints but keep the colours separate. Dilute the paints slightly by adding a little water - you want the paints to be runny but not too watery.

How to make:
1. Give each child a 'heart' template. If the hearts have not already been cut out encourage the children to do so. Make a hole in each of the paper hearts by placing a piece of sticky-tac underneath the heart, then pressing through the paper into the sticky-tac with the point of a pencil.

2. The children will need to work in groups with one salad spinner per group. Help the children to take it in turns to place their paper heart in the salad spinner and then place small amounts of coloured paint onto the paper shape using the teaspoons. With the lid firmly on encourage the children to spin the salad spinner. After 10 seconds of spinning, their paper hearts should be decorated with swirly patterns.

3. When everybody has had a turn, either, encourage the children to replace their paper hearts in the spinner and decorate the other side or give them a second template to try some different colours.

4. Thread a short length of wool through the hole in the top of the paper heart. Tie a loop so that the heart can be suspended.



Alongside this craft, teach the Bible story...

 
 
Print Friendly and PDF

270 - Sowing seed

 
image4229.png
 

Paper seed tray

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:
Paper planter template (see Printables)
Bird template (see Printables)
Paper clips
Green pipe cleaners
Sterilised potting compost
Washed gravel or small pebbles
Fast germinating seeds such as radishes, cress, cabbage, broccoli or cauliflower
Colouring pencils
Teaspoon
Jug of water or water spray bottle

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

How to make:

 
 


1. Cut the strip off the side of your template. Fold the template into quarters and then open it out again.

2.  Turn the template over. Fold the four corners into the centre.

3. Turn the template over again and fold the four corners into the centre.

4. Carefully turn your folded template into a paper chatterbox.

5. Turn your chatterbox upside down to make a ‘paper planter’ with four compartments.

6. Put a small handful of stones into the 'thin soil' and 'the hard footpath' sections. Put a teaspoon of soil into the 'thorns' section with a coiled pipe cleaner on top. Sprinkle some soil on the stones in the 'thin soil' section and place three teaspoons of soil in the 'rich soil' section.

7. Cut out and colour in the bird template. Stick the bird onto a paper clip using sticky tape.

8. Slide the paper clip onto the 'hard footpath' section.

Now you are ready to sow your seeds. Place a pinch of seeds into each of the sections and spray with a tiny amount of water. In the three sections that already contain soil sprinkle a little more soil on top of the seeds.

Over the next few days you should begin to see some tiny shoots appear in your paper planter – watch carefully to see in which section the healthiest shoots begin to grow.



Alongside this craft, teach the Bible story...

 
 
Print Friendly and PDF

274 - The storm on the lake

 
image4218.png
 

Baguette boat

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. Keep sharp knives out of children’s reach.

You will need:
One large baguette
Paper plates
Dinner knives
A bread knife
Kitchen foil
Thin straws
Gem lettuce leaves for the sails
A variety of toppings: Cream cheese/cheese spread, pesto or tuna mayonnaise.
Chopped salad pieces: olives, grated carrot, chopped cucumber, halved cherry tomatoes, chopped celery.

How to prepare: 
Make a sample ‘baguette boat’ so the children know what they are making.

How to make:

 
 


Clean the surfaces in your area and make sure the children have washed their hands.

Steps 1 and 2 should be carried out by an adult.

1. Cut the baguette into slices, cutting diagonally across the baguette.

2. An adult to take one slice and cut off the front as shown in the picture.

3. Turn the smaller piece upside down.

4. Use cheese spread (or an alternative) to stick your two pieces together. You should now have a boat shaped slice of baguette.

5. Give each child a piece of kitchen foil about 30 x 30 cm. Encourage the children to make wave shapes in the foil by pinching it into folds.

Wrap the wavy foil around a paper plate. If the children would like to, they could add creatures to their sea by carefully drawing fish shapes with a straw. The straw will make imprints in the foil amongst the waves.

6. Encourage the children to top their boat shaped baguette with their favourite toppings. Help the children to make a sail by sliding a lettuce leaf onto a straw.

Finally help the children to carefully lift their baguette boats and place the foil sea underneath.



Alongside this craft, teach the Bible story...

 
 
Print Friendly and PDF

284 - The man who came at night

 
baby pram 10.png
 

A biscuit baby

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:
‘BN biscuits’ (available from most supermarkets) at least one per child
Two paper plates per child
Paper cake cases
‘You must be born again’ textboxes (see Printables)
Split pins
Colouring pencils
Glue sticks
Sticky tac
Stapler

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

How to make:

 
 


Clean the work surfaces in your teaching space and ask the children to wash their hands.

1. Cut out a quarter segment from your paper plate.

2. Cut off the rim of your segment and cut two circles from the remaining piece of card.

3. Use the rim as a template to draw the same shape on your second plate. Cut out this shape too.

4. Make sure you have the same shapes as shown in the picture.

5. Place the first plate on top of the second plate and staple the two together as shown in the picture.

6. Use the two ‘rims’ to make pram handles and tuck them between the plates. Place the two circles over the staples - these are the wheels of the baby's pram. If you are not using split pins stick the wheels in place.

7. Colour in and stick your textbox onto the front of the pram.

If you are using split pins create holes in your wheels by placing a blob of sticky tac underneath then pushing through the card using a pencil into the sticky tac.

8. Place a BN biscuit in a paper case then slide the biscuit between the paper plates. Arrange the biscuit to look like a baby peeping out from a pram.

9. If you would like to, add two paper cases to your pram to give it fancy wheels.



Alongside this craft, teach the Bible story...

 
 
Print Friendly and PDF

285 - The woman who came for water

 
splash catcher 4.png
 

Catch the splash

15 minute Craft planner

This craft is based on a marshmallow shooter.

You will need:
‘Splash’ textbox (see Printables)
Plastic cups
Balloons
Blue pom-poms
Scissors
Metallic blue ribbon
Sticky tape
Colouring pencils and/or felt-tips

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

How to make:

 
 


1. Tie a knot at the end of your balloon and cut the end off. You need to keep the end with a knot in it.

2.  Ask an adult to cut off the base of a plastic cup. If your cup is made from thin plastic you may need to use two cups, inserting one inside the other. Stretch the balloon over the lip end of the cup.

3. Colour in and cut out the ‘splash’ textbox. Use sticky tape to stick it to the pom-pom. Cut an 80 cm length of metallic ribbon. Use sticky tape to attach one end to the inside of the cup and the other end to the pom-pom. Place the pom-pom inside the cup. To shoot the pom-pom out of the cup pull back on the knot then let go.

To catch the ‘splash’ shoot the pom-pom into the air then try and catch it in the cup. If you are right-handed hold the cup in your right hand and pull back on the balloon knot with your left hand as it will then be easier to catch the pom-pom. If you are left-handed hold the cup in your left hand.



Alongside this craft, teach the Bible story...

 
 
Print Friendly and PDF

287 - The lost coin

 
image4182.png
 

A plate of pennies

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:
Foil dishes of two different sizes
Pennies
A tea towel or cloth
Sticky tape
White chocolate buttons either the regular size or large variety (enough for nine per child)
Edible glitter or cake decorations, preferably sparkly
Runny water-icing made from icing-sugar and water mixed to a runny paste
Pastry brushes
Plates
‘The woman searched and searched for her lost silver coin’ textbox (see Printables)

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

How to make:

 
 


1. Arrange nine chocolate buttons on a plate so that there is a gap between each. Using a pastry brush carefully brush a tiny amount of runny water-icing onto the buttons. Wash and dry your pastry brush.

Put a little glitter on a plate. Use the clean brush to apply the glitter to the buttons. These buttons will represent the woman’s nine silver coins.

2. Place a real, one pence coin under your largest foil tray. Using the cloth rub over the coin leaving an impression in the base of the foil tray. Move the coin underneath the foil tray then rub over it again. You will now have a second imprint in a different part of the tray. Keep repeating this process until you have ten imprints.

Turn your smaller foil dishes over so the base is facing uppermost. Roll a piece of sticky tape into a loop with the sticky surface on the outside. Place the sticky loop in the middle of the base of the small dish and place the large dish on top.

3. Place your nine chocolate buttons on the dish on top of the coin imprints. One imprint will remain uncovered.

Colour in your textbox and place it amongst the ‘coins’.



Alongside this craft, teach the Bible story...

 
 
Print Friendly and PDF

261 - The sermon on the mount

 
bird 5.png
 

Felt and seed birds

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:
Bird templates (see Printables)
Bird seed (optional)
Felt squares of various colours
Sequins
Wooden pegs
Scissors
PVA glue, brushes and pots
Pencils
Branches arranged in a large vase or bucket (optional)

How to prepare: 
Print and cut out sufficient templates for one per child. For younger children you may want to cut out the felt shapes in advance. Make a sample ‘felt and seed bird’ so the children know what they are making.

How to make:

 
 


1. Cut out the template. Stick the templates to the felt squares using PVA glue. Cut around the templates.

2. Decorate the wing of your bird with bird seeds or sequins. Stick a sequin in the centre of the bird’s eye and add a few sequins to the bird’s tail.

3. Stick the body of the bird to a wooden peg.

4. Stick the wing on the body of the bird and the eye in position.

If you have some branches arrange them in a vase or bucket. Display your birds by clipping them to the branches.



Alongside this craft, teach the Bible story...

 
 
Print Friendly and PDF

295 - A glimpse of glory

 
rect4164.png
 

A cloudy lantern

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Paper lantern template (see Printables)
See-through pint size plastic cups
Cotton wool
Silver pens or glitter-glue (optional)
Silver or gold sequins
PVA glue, brushes and pots
Sticky tape
Scissors
Battery-operated tea-light
String cut into 50 cm lengths

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

How to make:

 
 


1. Fold along dashed line ‘b’ so the line is on the outside of the fold. Cut along the solid lines.

2. Fold along both the dashed lines labelled ‘a’ so that the lines are on the inside of the fold.

3. Tear off pieces of cotton wool and carefully glue them to your template. If you have sequins or glitter glue decorate the cotton wool. If you have a silver pen decorate your template between the cotton wool.

4. Wrap the template around the rim of your plastic cup. Attach the paper to the top of the cup using two or three pieces of sticky tape. Do not attach the base of the template to the cup however use a couple of pieces of tape to hold the lantern in a cylindrical shape.

5. To make a handle tie the string around the rim of the cup leaving one end of the string much longer than the other.

6. Pass the long end of the string over the cup and tie it to the loop of string on the opposite side of the rim.

7. Switch on your tea-light and place it inside your lantern – you will now have a glowing cloudy lantern.



Alongside this craft, teach the Bible story...

 
 
Print Friendly and PDF

297 - The soldier's servant

 
image4246.png
 

A centurion helmet

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Paper plates
Scissors
Colouring pencils and/or felt-tips
String
Hole punch
Sequins or silver foil optional

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

How to make:

 
 


Teacher's note: Make sure you have made a helmet in advance so you are familiar with each step. If you have a large group it may be appropriate for the children to follow steps 1 to 5 only.

1. Draw a dot just above the centre of the plate. Draw two lines either side of the dot. The lines should start at the edge of the plate and stop at the inside rim.

2.  Cut along the lines then fold in the flaps. You might like to use a ruler to keep the lines straight.

3. Cut a small piece off the top of each flap.

4. If you would rather not cut out your helmet, you could at this stage draw a picture of a face and colour in your helmet.

5. If you would like to cut out your helmet draw two lines. The 1st line should go across the plate from one flap to the other. The line should not reach the rim on either side of the plate. The 2nd line should go down the middle of the plate starting at the dot you drew in ‘step 1’.

6. Cut along the lines you have just drawn. Turn your helmet over and ask an adult to punch two holes in the side flaps.

7. You have now created two new side flaps. These will go around the side of your head. Bend the side flaps back so that your helmet looks like the picture.

8. Thread a piece of string through each holes and tie them securely in place. Colour in your helmet. You might like to decorate it with sequins and kitchen foil.

Your helmet is now ready to try on.



Alongside this craft, teach the Bible story...

 
 
Print Friendly and PDF

311 - The three servants

 
image4335.png
 

A hidden coin

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
A spade template (see Printables)
Balloons (preferably green)
Balloon pump
Enough pennies for one per child
Kitchen foil
Colouring pencils and/or felt-tips
Metallic ribbon or string
Sticky tape
Scissors
Glue stick
Cardboard – cereal box card would be ideal

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

How to make:

 
 


1. Colour in your spade template and mount it on a piece of cardboard. Cut out the template.

2.  You may want to add some kitchen foil to your spade as shown in the picture. Stick the foil in place using the glue stick.

3. Push the penny inside a deflated balloon. Ask an adult to help you inflate the balloon using the pump. Tie a knot in the balloon. Tie one end of a 50 cm strip of metallic ribbon or string to the balloon.

4. Stick or tie the other end to the handle of the spade.

Now that your craft is complete, try spinning your penny inside the balloon; hold the balloon with both hands and move the balloon in a circular motion – before long your penny will be whizzing around the inside of the balloon.



Alongside this craft, teach the Bible story...

 
 
Print Friendly and PDF