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Sewing flames

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Flame shape templates (see Printables)
Sewing instructions (see Printables)
Red and yellow wool
Hole punch
Thin cardboard such as cereal box card
Sticky tape
Glue sticks
Scissors
Colouring pencils and or felt-tips

How to prepare:
Please note, preparation for this craft could take at least an hour! Select the template suitable for the age of the children in your group. Print or photocopy sufficient templates and sewing instructions for your group. Mount the flame shapes onto the cardboard. Cut out the shapes and punch holes as indicated by the dots. Do not worry if the holes do not exactly coincide with the dots. Cut the wool into one meter lengths. Make sure there is enough for each child to have a length of red and a length of yellow wool. Secure the yellow wool to the first hole and the red wool to the last hole. Wrap a piece of sticky tape around the tip of each length of wool. Make a sample ‘flame’ so the children know what they are making.

Notes
Take time while telling the story, or before making the craft, to explain that part of today’s story is about shapes that looked like flames. Clarify that the flame shapes in the story were safe; they were not hot and didn’t hurt anybody. 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.

How to make:

1. Give each child a mounted flame shape with the wool attached.

2. The children need to thread the wool in and out of the holes.

3. Try and encourage the children to thread the yellow wool around the outside and the red wool across the middle. Younger children may want to adopt a more random approach to their threading. Older children could follow the sewing instructions.



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Pentecost streamers

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Orange, red and yellow crêpe paper
String cut into 30 cm lengths – enough for one length per child
Sticky tape
Scissors

How to prepare:
Make a Pentecost Streamer to show the children what they are about to make. 
NB. It may be easier if the children worked in pairs to make their streamers


How to make:

 
 

1. Cut the crêpe paper into strips approximately 4.5 cm in width and 2 m in length. Roll up the strips to make them easier for the children to handle.

2. Choose two different coloured strips (e.g. orange and yellow) and place them at right angles to each other as shown in the picture. Use two small pieces of sticky tape to secure the strips together in this position. 

3. Pass the orange strip from the right to the left as shown in the picture. 

4. Pass the yellow strip from the top to the bottom as shown in the picture. 

5. Pass the orange strip from the left to the right as shown in the picture.

6. Pass the yellow strip from the bottom to the top as shown in the picture.

7. Repeat steps four to seven until you reach the end of the paper strips. Secure the end pieces together with two pieces of sticky tape. 

8. Open out your Pentecost streamer and stick a piece of string to the end.

Hang the streamers up around your teaching space or stick a piece of string to the end of the streamers so that the children can whirl them around. 



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Blow-paint flames

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
A flame-shape template (see Printables)
Red, yellow and orange washable poster paints
Aprons, newspaper and a floor covering
Drinking straws
Teaspoons
Small dishes to mix paint in
A small jug of water
Glitter and newspaper (optional)

How to prepare:
Print or photocopy sufficient templates for one per child. Put some paint into the small dishes, keeping the different colours separate. Add a tiny amount of water to each dish and mix into the paint to make it slightly runnier. Make sure all the children are wearing aprons and the floor and tables are protected. 

How to make:
1. Encourage the children to put small blobs of paint onto their flame shape using a teaspoon.

2. Show the children how to place the end of their straw close to the paint and blow to make a spiky paint shape. Make sure the children know to blow, not suck.

3. After a while introduce different paint colours until the flame is covered in red, yellow and orange spiky shapes.

4. Place the flame shape on a piece of folded newspaper. Sprinkle the shape with glitter. Tip the excess glitter onto the newspaper. You should be able to carefully transfer the excess glitter from the folded newspaper back into a container.

5. Leave the flames somewhere to dry. If there is time, create some more flames.

6.  When the flames are dry display them on a board or propose they are temporarily placed around the church building as a reminder of the Day of Pentecost.



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‘Church is the people’ craft

15 minute Craft planner

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

You will need:
Church template (see Printables)
Ice cream cones
Jelly babies
Collage material such as tissue paper, sequins and feathers (optional)
Colouring pencils and/or felt tips
Scissors
Paper plates
Paperclips
Sticky tape

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

How to make:

 
 

1. Colour in and cut out your church building template, cutting along the solid lines.

2. Fold along the dashed lines. Using a glue stick, stick the flap to the inside of the building.

3. Secure the ‘tower flaps’ with a paperclip.

4. Place an upside down ice cream cone on top of the flaps to create a steeple.

5. Carefully place your church building on a paper plate and put your ‘people’ inside.



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‘Jesus is Lord’ wooden-mobile

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Large craft lollipop sticks, enough for two per child
Small craft lollipop sticks, enough for two per child
Wooden beads (plastic beads or straws cut into 1 cm lengths would also be suitable)
PVA glue, pots and brushes
‘Jesus is Lord’ textboxes (see Printables)
Colouring pencils and/or felt-tips
String or wool cut into 50 cm lengths (make sure the string can easily be threaded through the beads)
Scissors
Clothes pegs
Sticky tape

How to prepare:
Print off or photocopy sufficient templates for one per child. Make a sample mobile so that the children know what they are making.

How to make:

 

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1. Tie a knot in your string about 5 cm from one end. Take the end without the knot and thread three or four beads onto the string. The beads will stop at the knot.

2.  Apply plenty of glue to two small lollipop sticks – only put glue on one side of each stick. Just above the beads sandwich the string between the two small lollipop sticks and press them firmly together. Hold the sticks together until the glue begins to dry, then clamp the sticks together with two clothes pegs.

3. Thread three or four more beads onto the string. The beads will stop at the lollipop sticks.

4. Apply plenty of glue to two large lollipop sticks – only put glue on one side of each stick. Just above the second set of beads sandwich the string between the two small lollipop sticks and press them firmly together. Hold the sticks together until  the glue begins to dry, then clamp the sticks together with two clothes pegs. 

5. Thread three or four more beads onto the string. The beads will stop at the lollipop sticks. 

6. While the glue is drying colour in and cut out your textboxes.

7. If the glue still has not dried wrap two pieces of sticky tape around the lollipop sticks as shown in the picture. 

8. Carefully stick the textboxes to the lollipop sticks. If you have time colour in a second set of textboxes and stick them to the other side of the lollipop sticks. Tie a  knot in the top of your string so that you can hang up your mobile.



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Tear 'n' share bread

15 minutes 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:
2 x white part-baked French baguettes (approx. 25 cm in length)
A round cake tin (approx. 20cm in diameter)
4oz of cheese        
Optional – a pinch of dried mixed herbs
Butter or low fat spread
A plate
Dinner knives        
Cheese grater
A plate
Chopping board

How to prepare:
Before the session cook the part-baked French baguettes. Wipe the surfaces in your teaching area and place the ingredients and utensils somewhere accessible.

How to make:
1. Encourage your group to wash their hands thoroughly.
2. Grease the sides of the cake tin.
3. Place the bread on the chopping board and help the children to use the dinner knives to carefully cut the baguettes into pieces approximately 3 cm in length.
4. Spread a little butter or low fat spread onto one end of each of the pieces.
5. Place the pieces of bread in the cake tin with their buttered ends facing downwards. Squeeze the pieces into the tin so that there are no large gaps and the pieces are unable to move.
6. If you are using dried herbs encourage the children to sprinkle a small amount onto the bread. 
7. Grate the cheese onto a plate. Allow the children to sprinkle the cheese over the surface of the bread.
8. Cook following the instructions below.

An adult will need to cook the bread
Bake the bread at 210°C/gas mark 6 for about 15–20 minutes or until the cheese is golden-brown and cooked through.  
BEWARE the bread will be very hot when first removed from the oven. Make sure it has cooled before giving it to the children.
If it is appropriate for your setting, serve the tear and share bread to the children and adults after the session. Encourage people to tear off a portion of bread from the edge. 
 

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Pizza dough tear 'n' share bread

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

You will need: 
Two packets of pizza dough mix  (gluten/dairy-free products available)
Plain flour
A jug of water
Tablespoon
Mixing bowls
An 18 inch sandwich tin
A small amount of olive oil and a pastry brush

How to prepare:
Wipe the surfaces in your teaching area and place the ingredients and utensils somewhere accessible.

How to make pizza dough tear 'n' share bread:
1. Encourage your group to wash their hands thoroughly.
2. Lightly grease the sandwich tin.
3. Follow the instructions on the packet of the pizza base mix.
4. Knead the dough well then divide it into small portions.
5. Roll each portion into a small ball about the size of a large marble. 
6.  Place the dough balls in the greased tin so that they are touching each other. Press them down very gently so that there are no large gaps between the balls.
7. Cook following the instructions below. 

An adult will need to cook the bread
Bake the bread at 220°C/425°F/gas 7 for about 15–20 minutes or until golden-brown and cooked through.  
BEWARE the bread will be very hot when first removed from the oven. Make sure it has cooled before giving it to the children.
If it is appropriate for your setting, serve the tear and share bread to the children and adults after the session. Encourage people to tear off a portion of bread – you might like to serve it with a little olive oil for dipping. 



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Pizza dough tear 'n' share bread

15 minutes Craft planner

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

You will need: 
Two packets of pizza dough mix  (gluten/dairy-free products available)
Plain flour
A jug of water
Tablespoon
Mixing bowls
An 18 inch sandwich tin
A small amount of olive oil and a pastry brush

How to prepare:
Wipe the surfaces in your teaching area and place the ingredients and utensils somewhere accessible.

How to make pizza dough tear 'n' share bread:
1. Encourage your group to wash their hands thoroughly.
2. Lightly grease the sandwich tin.
3. Follow the instructions on the packet of the pizza base mix.
4. Knead the dough well then divide it into small portions.
5. Roll each portion into a small ball about the size of a large marble. 
6.  Place the dough balls in the greased tin so that they are touching each other. Press them down very gently so that there are no large gaps between the balls.
7. Cook following the instructions below. 
    

An adult will need to cook the bread
Bake the bread at 220°C/425°F/gas 7 for about 15–20 minutes or until golden-brown and cooked through.  
BEWARE the bread will be very hot when first removed from the oven. Make sure it has cooled before giving it to the children.
If it is appropriate for your setting, serve the tear and share bread to the children and adults after the session. Encourage people to tear off a portion of bread – you might like to serve it with a little olive oil for dipping. 

 

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Tear 'n' share bread

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:
2 x white part-baked French baguettes (approx. 25 cm in length)
A round cake tin (approx. 20cm in diameter)
4oz of cheese        
Optional – a pinch of dried mixed herbs
Butter or low fat spread
A plate
Dinner knives        
Cheese grater
A plate
Chopping board

How to prepare:
Before the session cook the part-baked French baguettes. Wipe the surfaces in your teaching area and place the ingredients and utensils somewhere accessible.

How to make tear 'n'share bread:
1. Encourage your group to wash their hands thoroughly.
2. Grease the sides of the cake tin.
3. Place the bread on the chopping board and help the children to use the dinner knives to carefully cut the baguettes into pieces approximately 3 cm in length.
4. Spread a little butter or low fat spread onto one end of each of the pieces.
5. Place the pieces of bread in the cake tin with their buttered ends facing downwards. Squeeze the pieces into the tin so that there are no large gaps and the pieces are unable to move.
6. If you are using dried herbs encourage the children to sprinkle a small amount onto the bread. 
7. Grate the cheese onto a plate. Allow the children to sprinkle the cheese over the surface of the bread.
8. Cook following the instructions below.

An adult will need to cook the bread
Bake the bread at 210°C/gas mark 6 for about 15–20 minutes or until the cheese is golden-brown and cooked through.  
BEWARE the bread will be very hot when first removed from the oven. Make sure it has cooled before giving it to the children.
If it is appropriate for your setting, serve the tear and share bread to the children and adults after the session. Encourage people to tear off a portion of bread from the edge. 



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Paper cup chariots

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
‘Chariot wheels’ template (see Printables)
Paper cups, enough for one per child (plastic cups will work OK if you can't find paper ones)
Split pins, enough for two per child
Wool or string cut into 35 cm lengths
Scissors
A pencil and a blob of sticky tac
Colouring pencils or felt-tip pens
Large lollipop sticks (small will work OK if you can't find large)
Elastic bands
Scraps of fabric measuring 7 x 6 cm and 2 x 9 cm
Two or three wind-up walking toys of any type*

*These are not intended for the children to take home but are necessary for the chariot race.

How to prepare:
Print or photocopy sufficient ‘chariot wheel’ templates. For younger children you might want to cut out the wheels in advance. Construct an example chariot so the children can see what they are about to make. 

How to make:

 
 

1. Cut a section out of your cup to make it chariot-shaped.

2. Cut out two chariot wheels, colour them in and cut a hole in the centre of each. To cut a hole in the centre fold the wheels in half and cut a semi-circle in the middle of the fold.

3. Work out where the wheels need to be on your chariot. The wheels do not turn round so they will need to be positioned above the base of the cup. Hold the wheels in position and draw a mark through the hole in each wheel. To make the hole, place a blob of sticky tac inside the cup directly behind the     marks you have just made. Ask an adult to make a hole, using your mark as a guide, by pushing the tip of a pencil through the cup into the blob of sticky tac behind.  

4. Attach the wheels to your chariot with the split pins. 

5. Wrap a 7 x 6 cm piece of fabric around a lollipop stick and secure it in place with an elastic bands. Repeat this with a second lollipop stick. Draw a face and some feet on both lollipop sticks. Wrap the 2 x 9 cm pieces of  fabric around the ‘shoulders’ of each lollipop person. Tuck the ends of the fabric  into the elastic bands. 

6. Loop the ends of the string around the wheels to make reigns for pulling the chariot along.   Place the lollipop people in the chariot and hook the string around the wind-up toy. Watch as your chariot is pulled along.  

When everybody has made a chariot you are now ready to hold a chariot race. If you have two wind-up toys, two chariots can race, if you have three wind-up toys three can race. The children may find it easier to remove their lollipop people from their chariots during the race.
Decide with the children where the ‘start’ and ‘finish’ of the race will be. Attach the first chariots to the wind-up toys as shown in the instructions. Encourage the children to wind up the toys and hold them at the ‘start’. When you shout 'go' the children should release the toys and watch as their chariots are pulled to the ‘finish’. The first chariot to reach the ‘finish’ is the winner. Allow the next round of chariots to compete. Encourage the winners of each round to compete against each other. If it becomes obvious that one toy is faster than the other hold the toys behind your back and let the children choose by selecting either your right or left hand.


 

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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.

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



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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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A beautiful blanket

15 minute Craft Planner

You will need: 
A plain light-coloured fleece blanket (you may want one blanket per group)*
Washable felt-tip pens
A4 paper cut into squares (21 x 21 cm)
Enough sheets for two per child
Sticky tape
Scissors

*If you would rather not use a blanket decorate a large piece of fabric or a bed sheet.

How to prepare:
Before the session cut the A4 paper into squares.


What to do:

 
 

1. Cut the A4 paper into a square 21 x 21 cm in size.

Fold the square into quarters and cut shapes out of the folded edges.

2. Unfold the paper to reveal your ‘snowflake’.

3. Stick the snowflake to the blanket using sticky tape. Carefully colour in the shapes then remove the snowflake.

Select a different area of the blanket and re-use the snowflake to add to the pattern.



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Fancy gates

15 minute Craft Planner

You will need: 
Paper doilies, if possible silver or gold coloured – available from pound or kitchen shops
City template (see Printables)
A4 card cut into A6 pieces (10 x 15 cm)
Colouring pencils and or felt-tips
Paperclips
Paper plates
Craft or fridge magnets – available from online or high-street craft stores
Glue sticks
Sticky tape
Scissors

How to prepare:
Before the session print and cut out sufficient templates for one per child. Make some sample ‘fancy gates’ so the children know what they are making.

What to do:

 
 

1. Carefully fold your paper doily into quarters.

2. Open out your doily so that it is now folded in half. Cut the folded doily into two as shown in the picture.

3. Colour in and cut out your city template. Mount the template on an A6 piece of card. Fold the mounted template along the dotted line.

4. Fold the doily around the template as shown in the picture. The folded edges of the doily pieces should meet at the centre. The cut edges should form the bottom of the gates.

5. Stick the doily to the back of the card using two or three pieces of sticky tape.

6. Slide two paperclips to the bottom of each gate. You may also want to draw a couple of handles on your gates.

7. Position a paper plate so that half of it overhangs the edge of a table. Stand your gate on the half of the plate supported by the table. With one hand press down on the flap at the back of your gate – holding it steady.

8. With your other hand hold the magnet underneath the overhanging part of the plate. Press the magnet to the underside of the plate so that it attracts one of the the metal paperclips through the paper. Now slowly move the magnet towards the edge of the plate so that it opens one of the gates. This may take some practice.

9. When you have mastered opening one of the gates try opening the other.



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350 - The God's have come to Earth

 
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Crafting a compass

15 minutes Craft planner

You will need:
Paper case template (see Printables)
Paper compass template (see Printables)
Plain A5 card – optional
Scissors
Sticky tape
Colouring pencils
Glue stick

Making the compass is a group activity so you will need one each of the following items:
A strong magnet
A metal paper clip
A small plastic bowl
A polystyrene cup
A cork
A jug of water

How to prepare:
Print or photocopy sufficient paper compass templates for one per child. For younger children you may want to cut out the templates before the session. Before the session make a sample paper compass so that the children know what they are making.

Crafting a compass:

 
 

The step marked with an ‘*’ should be carried out by an adult.

1. To prepare your paper compass, cut out and colour in your templates. Fold the paper case in half. If you have pieces of A5 card stick the paper case to the card before folding it in half. Stick your ‘compass’ inside the case.  

2. To construct a compass,  Unfold the paperclip so that you have a straight piece of metal. Fill a plastic bowl with water. If you have a small bowl only partially unfold the paperclip. 

3. *Cut the bottom out of a polystyrene cup or, if using a cork, cut a slice off the end.     

4. Hold the unfolded paperclip flat on a table. Rub the end of the magnet along the length of the paperclip repeatedly in one direction. This will magnetise the paperclip. To make sure your paperclip is magnetised place a second paperclip close to the tip of the first paperclip. If  it is not attracted, repeat the steps to magnetise the first paperclip.

5.  Float the polystyrene disc or cork on the water in the small bowl. Carefully place the paperclip on the disc.  Allow the disc to settle. The direction the paperclip is pointing is magnetic north. 

6. Use the constructed compass to position your paper compass so it is pointing to magnetic north. Now work out the direction of south, east and west.  

Describe how travellers use a compass to work out the direction in which they need to travel. Talk about Paul travelling from place to place to tell people the good news about Jesus. 



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352 - Singing in prison

 
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The Jailor's key

15 minutes Craft planner

You will need:
 A key template (see Printables)
‘What must I do…?’ and ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus…’ padlock templates (see Printables)
Lollipop craft sticks
A small craft magnet
Coloured wool or embroidery thread cut into 60 cm lengths
A hole punch
PVA glue, brushes and glue pots
Colouring pencils and/or felt-tip pens
Optional – glitter

How to prepare:
Print or photocopy sufficient key and padlock templates for your group. For younger children you may want to cut out the templates before the session. Before the session make a sample ‘Jailor's’ key so that the children know what they are making.

How to make:

 
 

1. Colour in and cut out the key and lock templates. Cut a slit in the key and punch a hole in the lock as shown in the picture. Stick the lock templates back to back. 

2. Thread the wool through the slit in the key and the hole in lock. Tie the ends of the wool together to make a loop. 

3. Glue the lollipop stick to the back of the key and attach a magnet to the middle of the stick. If you want to add a little sparkle, apply some glue to your key and sprinkle on some glitter. 

4. Stick the key to your fridge as a reminder of today's story.  



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354 - The long sermon

 
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Chatty Paul

15 minutes Craft planner

You will need:
Chatty Paul template (see Printables) 
Scissors
Colouring pencils and/or felt-tips
Glue sticks
Printed Bible verses (optional) – beware of copyright

How to prepare:
Print or photocopy sufficient ‘Chatty Paul’ templates for one per child.  Before the session make a sample ‘Chatty Paul’ so that the children know what they are making.

How to make:

 
 

1. Colour in your template and fold it in half as shown in the picture. Cut out the shaded area inside Paul’s mouth.

2. Fold down a triangular flap from the edge of Paul's mouth to the centre.

3. Turn the paper over and fold the flap down on the other side as well.

4. Open out the template and fold it in half the other way. Fold it in half again as if making a card. Open out the ‘card’ and pull out the flap of Paul’s bottom lip. 

As you open and close the card, Paul’s mouth will open and close too.  If you have time, cut out and stick printed Bible verses next to your chatty Paul. Alternatively copy a verse from one of Paul's letters.



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355 & 356_Paul is arrested & The secret plot

 
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My Story bookmark

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Luggage labels
‘My story’ textboxes (see Printables)
Felt-tip pens
Scissors
Glue, glue pots and brushes
Beads of various shapes, colours and sizes*

*If threading beads is not a suitable activity for the younger children in your group, replace the beads with 20 cm lengths of coloured wool. Use a hole punch to punch holes along the edges of the luggage labels and encourage the children to thread the different coloured wool through the holes. 

How to prepare:
Print or photocopy sufficient ‘My Story' textboxes for one per child. Make a sample bookmark so the children can see what they are going to make. 

How to make:

 
 

1. Make sure the string is attached securely to your luggage label and has two free ends. Make one of the ends longer than the other. This will involve retying the  string. 

2. Colour in the textbox and stick it to your luggage label.

3. Try and think of five or six things that have happened in your life that you would like to be a part of your story bookmark. These things might include a special birthday, the day you got a pet or the day you started school. They could be big things or little memories. For each of these things find a bead that matches what you remember about that day or feeling. If you got a brown dog you might select a brown bead or a yellow bead might remind you of a really happy day.

4. When you have your beads, try and put them in the order that the things happened in your life. 

5. Carefully thread the beads one-by-one onto the string of your luggage label. Tie the ends of the string together so that the beads are secure.



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357 & 358 - Shipwreck! & Safe Ashore!

 
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An iced snake

15 minute Craft planner

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

You will need: 
Individual brioche rolls*
Water icing - made from icing sugar and water mixed to a spreadable consistency (add the water slowly to avoid making the icing too runny)  
Cake sprinkles and small sweets for decorating
Two larger sweets and raisins for the snake's eyes
A short length of strawberry shoe lace for the snake's tongue
A large board or baking tray (if you have neither use baking foil)
Dinner knives

*for a dairy-free, gluten-free alternative use specially prepared bread rolls


How to prepare: 
Clean the surfaces in your teaching area.


How to make an iced snake: 
1.     Encourage the children to wash their hands.
2.     Give each child a roll. Encourage the children to cover their roll with water icing. 
3.      On the board or baking tray, place all the rolls end-to-end to look like a snake's body.
4.     Help the children to decorate the snake with sprinkles and small sweets.
5.    Position the two larger sweets and strawberry shoe lace at one end of the snake to look like it's eyes and tongue.

 

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A snake sandwich

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

You will need:
A French baguette
Dinner knives
Sandwich fillings: cheese, ham, cucumber, tomato, mayonnaise, salami, cheese spread, lettuce.
A large board or baking tray (if you have neither use baking foil)
A bread knife*
Olives or grapes
Red and yellow peppers cut into thin slices

*Make sure all sharp knives are placed out of the children's reach during the session.

How to prepare:
Before the session clean the surfaces in your teaching area and cut the French baguette in half length ways. 

How to make a snake sandwich:
1. Encourage the children to wash their hands.
2. Working together place a variety of sandwich fillers on the bottom half of the cut French baguette.
3. Close the sandwich by placing the top half on top of the fillers. 
4. At one end of the giant sandwich place two olive slices for eyes. (Use grapes if you prefer.)
5. Make a ‘forked tongue’ out of a slice of red pepper and place it at the head end of the snake.
6. Decorate the snake’s back with thin slices of pepper.



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357 & 358 - Shipwreck! & Safe Ashore!

 
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A snake sandwich

15 minute Craft planner

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

You will need:
A French baguette
Dinner knives
Sandwich fillings: cheese, ham, cucumber, tomato, mayonnaise, salami, cheese spread, lettuce.
A large board or baking tray (if you have neither use baking foil)
A bread knife*
Olives or grapes
Red and yellow peppers cut into thin slices

*Make sure all sharp knives are placed out of the children's reach during the session.

How to prepare:
Before the session clean the surfaces in your teaching area and cut the French baguette in half length ways. 

How to make a snake sandwich:
1. Encourage the children to wash their hands.
2. Working together place a variety of sandwich fillers on the bottom half of the cut French baguette.
3. Close the sandwich by placing the top half on top of the fillers. 
4. At one end of the giant sandwich place two olive slices for eyes. (Use grapes if you prefer.)
5. Make a ‘forked tongue’ out of a slice of red pepper and place it at the head end of the snake.
6. Decorate the snake’s back with thin slices of pepper.

 

An alternative craft

 
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An iced snake

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

You will need: 
Individual brioche rolls*
Water icing - made from icing sugar and water mixed to a spreadable consistency (add the water slowly to avoid making the icing too runny)  
Cake sprinkles and small sweets for decorating
Two larger sweets and raisins for the snake's eyes
A short length of strawberry shoe lace for the snake's tongue
A large board or baking tray (if you have neither use baking foil)
Dinner knives

*for a dairy-free, gluten-free alternative use specially prepared bread rolls

How to prepare: 
Clean the surfaces in your teaching area.

How to make an iced snake: 
1.     Encourage the children to wash their hands.
2.     Give each child a roll. Encourage the children to cover their roll with water icing. 
3.      On the board or baking tray, place all the rolls end-to-end to look like a snake's body.
4.     Help the children to decorate the snake with sprinkles and small sweets.
5.    Position the two larger sweets and strawberry shoe lace at one end of the snake to look like it's eyes and tongue.



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