238 - Hoping and praying

 
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Countdown crown

15 minute Craft planner

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

You will need:
Paper plates – enough for one per child
Tinsel, glitter and collage material
PVA glue, pots and brushes
Chocolate coins - enough for five per child
Scissors and double sided tape or sticky tape
Colouring pencils and/or felt-tip pens
A ruler
Date textboxes

How to prepare:
Before the session print or photocopy enough ‘date textboxes’ for one set per child. Follow the instructions to make an example countdown crown so the children can see what they are making.


How to make:

 
 


1. Fold the paper plate in half.

2. Make three cuts as shown in the picture.

3. Open out the plate and cut along the fold line. Do not cut the rim of the plate. Fold out the sections, standing them upright to make a crown.

4. Cut out and colour in the ‘date’ textboxes.

5. Place the ‘Christmas Day textbox’ to one side. Stick the remaining textboxes in the correct order to alternate ‘points’ around the crown. Between the ‘1st Sunday’ and ‘4th Sunday texboxes’ stick the ’Christmas Day textbox’. On the same points use double sided tape to stick on the chocolate coins. Decorate the crown using the tinsel, collage material and glitter.

Explain to the children that, on every Sunday until Christmas and on Christmas Day, they should eat or give away a chocolate coin. 



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239 - The promise of a baby

 
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A pomander

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:
Textboxes (see Printables)
Firm and unblemished oranges or satsumas
Whole cloves, approx ½ ounce per child*
Knitting needles
Ribbon (metallic ribbon would be suitable if you don’t have traditional ribbon)
Whole cinnamon sticks
Sticky tape

* You can buy these in bulk online or in supermarkets specialising in Asian food.

How to prepare:
Before the session print enough templates for at least one per child. For younger children you may want to cut out the textboxes before the session. Make a sample pomander so that the children know what they are making.


How to make:

 
 


1. Tie a long piece of ribbon around the orange and hold it in place with sticky tape. Tie a knot in the ribbon close to the orange but leave the ends free.

2. Help the children to use a knitting needle to gently make three or four holes in the skin of the orange. For very young children this should be carried out by an adult.

Encourage the children to push whole cloves into the holes made by the knitting needle. Only the heads of the cloves should be seen at the surface of the orange. The children should keep making holes and inserting the cloves until they have decorated their orange.

3. Cut out your textbox. Place a piece of cinnamon stick on top of the orange and place your textbox on top of the cinnamon. Tie the ends of the ribbon around the cinnamon and textbox.

Make a loop in the ribbon so that the pomander can be hung from a Christmas tree as it gives off its scent.



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240 - Journey to the hills

 
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‘A quiet space’ sign

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Cork floor tiles or cardboard box card
'A quiet space' textbox
A ruler and a pen
A pair of scissors
Brown string cut into 50 cm lengths
Coloured pencils and/or felt-tips
PVA glue, brushes and pots

How to prepare:
Print or photocopy sufficient text boxes for one per child. Make a sample sign so that the children know what they are making. Cut the cork tiles or cardboard into six pieces following steps one to three of the instructions. Roughly cut out the textboxes.


How to make:

 
 


1. Before the session an adult will need to prepare the cork tiles or card. Use the ruler and pen to divide the cork/card into rectangles, approximately 15 x 10 cm. Use a large pair of scissors to cut along the lines.

2. Cut two 1 cm slits in your rectangle approximately 2 cm from the top edge.

3. Tie the ends of the piece of string together to make a loop.

4. Slide the string into the slits in the side of your cork/cardboard rectangle.

5. Cut out and colour in a ‘quiet space’ textbox.

6. Stick the decorated textbox to your piece of cork or cardboard. 



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241 - ‘Call him John!’

 
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Candy heart card

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:
Plain white or coloured card
Enough candy canes for two per child
Plastic Christmas greenery/flowers and/or Metallic ribbon/tinsel
‘He will bring…’ textboxes (see Printables)
Christmas sticky tape or coloured electrical tape
Felt-tip pens and colouring pencils
Scissors
Optional – ‘Happy Christmas’ stamper

How to prepare:
Before the session print enough textboxes for one per child. For younger children you may want to cut out the textboxes before the session. Make a sample candy heart card so that the children know what they are making.


How to make:

 
 


1. Fold your card in half and cut out the textbox.

2. Keep the candy canes in their plastic wrappers and place them on top of the card in the shape of a heart. Use coloured tape to hold the canes in place.

3. Weave your textbox through the candy cane heart.

4. Select a couple of pieces of plastic Christmas ‘greenery’ or tinsel and tuck them around the heart. If necessary secure the decorations with a piece of tape.

5. If you have a Christmas stamper, stamp a Christmas message inside your card.

6. Decide who you are going to send your candy heart card to this Christmas.



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242 - Joseph

 
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Peg angels

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Wooden pegs – enough for one per child
Cotton wool pads – enough for two per child
Hole punch reinforcement stickers
Tinsel
Scissors
Glue sticks
Optional – silver and gold sequins
Colouring pencils and/or felt-tip pens
Elastic bands

How to prepare:
Before the session follow the instructions to make an example ‘peg angel’ so the children can see what they are making.


How to make:

 
 


1. Cut one of the cotton pads in half. Cut a ‘pie shape’ out of the second pad, as shown in the picture.

2. Stick two reinforcement stickers to the cotton wool ‘pie shape’ as shown.

3. Use a glue stick to stick the ‘pie shape’ to the peg as shown in the picture. The reinforcement stickers should be behind the cotton wool.

4. Arrange the two halves of the cotton pad so that they look like wings. Place the small piece of tinsel on top of the ‘wings’. You may want to glue the pads and the tinsel together to hold them in place.

5. Turn the peg over so the angel is face down. Keeping the peg flat on the table press down on the bottom of the peg to open the ‘pincer part’ or ask someone to hold the peg open for you.

6. Holding the ‘wings’ and tinsel together carefully, slide them into the pincer part of the peg. Slide the elastic band into the notch at the top of the peg. Close the peg again so that it grips the band, the wings and the tinsel.

7. Stick a third reinforcement sticker to a remaining piece of cotton pad cut around the sticker. Turn the cotton pad circle over so that the reinforcement sticker is on the bottom. Stick a forth reinforcement sticker just behind the circle to look like a halo. Carefully draw a face on the pad.

8. Decorate the rim of the angel’s robe with a row of sequins.

9. If you have time, use the felt-tip pens to decorate the back of your peg. Your peg angel is now ready to hang on a Christmas tree.



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243 - Jesus is born

 
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A paper manger

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
‘Paper manger’ templates (see Printables)
Large craft lollipop sticks cut in half
Round cotton-wool pads
Felt-tip pens and pencils
Scissors
Glue sticks
Straw or shredded paper
Buttons (optional)

How to prepare:
Before the session print enough templates for at least one per child. For younger children you may want to cut out the templates before the session. Make a sample paper manger so that the children know what they are making.


How to make:

 
 


1. Cut out and colour in the two parts of the manger template.

2. If you would like your manger to have legs, select one part of the manger to be the base and cut out four sections as shown in the picture.

3. Carefully fold along the dashed lines so that the lines are on the outside of the fold.

4. Apply glue to the tabs and stick them in place to construct the two parts of the manger.

5. Ask an adult to cut your craft stick using a pair of scissors. You will need a piece measuring 5.5 cm.

6. Apply lots of glue to your cotton pad and wrap it around the short length of craft stick. Draw two little eyes on the stick and, if you have one, stick a button to the outside of the cotton pad.

Place your straw or shredded paper in the manger and tuck the Baby Jesus inside.



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243 - A Christmas poem

 
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A cereal manger

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:
One ‘Weetabix’ per child
One ‘Shredded Wheat’ per child
Kitchen towel
Paper plates - enough for two per child
Jelly babies
Scissors
Dinner knives
Teaspoons
Coloured pencils and/or felt-tips

How to prepare:
Print or photocopy sufficient instructions for one between three or four children. Make a sample manger so that the children know what they are making.


How to make:

 
 


1. Colour in one of your paper plates.

2. Place a Shredded Wheat on your second plate and ask an adult to carefully cut it in half as shown in the picture.

3. Place one of the Shredded Wheat halves on your decorated plate with it's cut side facing down. Place the second half on top of the first with it's cut side facing upper most.

4. Place a Weetabix on your second plate and use the teaspoon to make a shallow hole as shown in the picture.

5. Place your Weetabix on top of your Shredded Wheat to make a cereal manger.

6. Cut a strip of kitchen towel…

7. …and wrap it around a jelly baby.

8. Place the wrapped jelly baby in the cereal manger. You could scatter some cereal crumbs around the manger to look like the floor of a stable.



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244 - The Shepherds's story

 
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A bauble sheep

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Sheep templates (see Printables)
Christmas tree baubles
Cotton wool
Double sided tape
Glitter
Sticky tac

How to prepare:
Before the session print or photocopy enough ‘sheep templates’ for one set per child. For younger children you may want to cut out the templates before the session. Follow the instructions to make an example ‘bauble sheep’ so the children can see what they are making.


How to make:

 
 


1. Cut out your sheep face and legs templates. Fold along the dashed line on the legs template as shown in the picture. Stick a piece of cotton wool to the sheep face.

2. Carefully wrap a piece of double sided tape around the bauble as shown.

3. Roll the bauble in glitter so that the glitter sticks to the tape. Brush off any extra glitter.

4. Wrap a second piece of double sided tape around the sheep so that it crosses over the first piece. Stick the sheep face to the front of the bauble and roll the bauble in glitter a second time so that the glitter sticks to the exposed tape.

5. Use a small piece of double sided tape to stick the legs to the underside of the bauble. Your bauble sheep is now ready to hang on a Christmas tree.



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244 - The Shepherds's story

 
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Popcorn sheep

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:
Pre-made popcorn
A large bowl
One or two plastic cups
Individual sandwich bags - enough for one per child
Five clothes pegs per child
A sheep's face (see Printables)
Sticky tac
Colouring pencils and/or felt-tips

How to prepare:
Print or photocopy sufficient 'sheep faces' for one per child. Roughly cut out the faces. Make a sample sheep so that the children know what they are making. Tip the popcorn into a large bowl.


How to make:

1. Encourage each child to colour in and cut out a 'sheep's face'.

2. Help each child to put two cupfuls of popcorn into a sandwich bag.

3. Clip the bag closed with a clothes peg.

4. Attach the sheep's face to the peg with a small amount of sticky tac.

5. Clip the remaining pegs to the bag to look like the sheep's legs then stand the sheep upright.



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245 - Where is the prince?

 
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Star dust

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:
Star-shaped cutters – cutters of different sizes would work particularly well
Sliced bread
Dinner knives
Margarine spread or similar (dairy-free spreads are available)
Black sheets of paper
Sheets of cardboard such as cereal box card or paper plates
Paperclips
‘These stars were created by…’ textboxes (see Printables)
Clean tea strainers
Two or three of the following: cinnamon, icing sugar, powdered drinking chocolate, coloured sugar strands and/or chocolate ‘hundreds and thousands’
Sparkly ‘hundreds and thousands’

How to prepare:
Before the session print enough textboxes for one per child. For younger children you may want to cut out the textboxes before the session. Make sample stars so that the children know what they are making.


How to make:

 
 


1. Use the star cutters to cut out stars of various sizes. Place the bread stars on your paper plate. Place the largest star and the sparkly ‘hundreds and thousands’ to one side.

2. Use the dinner knives to spread a little margarine carefully on each star. Use the tea strainer to dust the stars carefully with your chosen toppings or shake ‘sprinkles’ on to the stars.

3. Arrange your stars on a sheet of black paper. Place the paper on top of a paper plate or a piece of cardboard.

4. Finally sprinkle the largest star with the sparkly ‘hundreds and thousands’ and add it to your black paper. Write your name on the textbox and clip it to the paper using a paperclip.



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245 & 246 - Where is the Prince? & Presents fit for a king

 
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A star calendar

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Calendar templates (see Printables)
Paper plates or thin A4 card
Colouring pencils and/or felt-tip pens
Split pins
Ballpoint pen
Large paperclips
Scissors
Hole punch
Ribbon (metallic ribbon would be suitable)
Sticky tac and glue sticks

How to prepare:
Print or photocopy enough ‘calendar templates’ for one per child. For younger children you may want to cut out the templates before the session. Follow the instructions to make an example ‘star calendar’ so the children can see what they are making.


How to make:

 
 


1. Colour in and cut out your star template. Stick the template to a paper plate or a thin piece of cardboard.

2. Cut around the star shape and punch holes in the points of the star as shown in the picture. Cut a small triangle from the cardboard scraps.

3. Stick a blob of sticky tac to the table in front of you. Stick the centre of your star over the top of the sticky tac. Ask a grown-up to push the tip of a ballpoint pen through the centre of your star and into the sticky tac below. Now stick the small triangle to the sticky tac. Ask a grown-up to create a second hole by pushing a pen through the centre of the triangle into the sticky tac below.

4. Place a paper clip over the hole in the centre of your star. Place the triangle over the paper clip. Push the split pin through the triangle, the paper clip and the star. Open out the split pin to hold the paper clip in place. You should still be able to rotate the paper clip.

5. Cut a 50 cm length of thread. Tie a knot in the thread to make a loop.

6. Thread the loop through a hole - the knot will stop it being pulled through. Show the children how to rotate and adjust the paperclip so that it points to today’s date. Hold the star so that the correct month is pointing uppermost.



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245 & 246 - Where is the Prince? & Presents fit for a king

 
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A tinsel star

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Tinsel star templates (see Printables)
A ruler
A dinner knife
Coloured pencils and felt-tips
Glue sticks
Paper clips, enough for at least one per child
Tinsel of various colours
String cut into 40 cm lengths

How to prepare:
Print or photocopy sufficient templates so that each child can make at least one star. Before the session score the templates for easy folding. Make a sample star so that the children know what they are making.


How to make:

 
 


1. Before the session an adult will need to score along the dotted lines using a ruler and a dinner knife.

2. Cut the template into strips and colour in your strip. Concertina fold the strip along the dotted lines, folding first one way then the other.

3. Put glue on the shaded rectangle and join the two ends of the strip together. Arrange the concertina folds to make a star with five points.

4. Slide a paper clip over the join.

5. Tie the ends of the piece of string together to make a loop. Slide the loop onto the paperclip. Cut a small amount of tinsel off a strand. Push the tinsel into the centre of the star.



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247 - Escape to Egypt

 
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A wooden pot stand

15 minute Craft planner

You will need:
Wooden pegs (approximately 30 pegs per pot stand)
PVA glue, brushes and pots
A4 document wallets
Felt-tip pens (optional)

How to prepare:
Separate the two halves of each peg by removing the wire 'springs'. Glue two halves together as shown in steps one and two of the instructions.

Notes:
Help the children to make one wooden pot stand between five or six children, or if you have time, allow older children to make a pot stand each. Work through the instructions one step at a time.

If gluing the peg-pieces together (steps five to seven of the instructions) is too difficult for the children in your group encourage them to decorate the peg halves with felt-tips then simply glue them together as shown in steps one and two.

After the session, glue the decorated peg-pieces together to make one or two pot stands. Allow the pot stand(s) to dry, then show them to the children the following week.

The pot stand is not suitable for hot pots but could be used for a small plant pot or a decorative pot.


How to make:

 
 


1. Before the session an adult will need to separate the pegs. Carefully twist each peg to remove the wire ‘spring’.

2. Using a generous amount of glue, stick two peg halves together as shown in the picture to make a ‘glued peg-piece’. Squeeze the peg halves together and slowly count to 20. To make a pot stand you will need around 30 peg-pieces. If you are making one pot stand with your group keep gluing peg halves, until together you have sufficient peg-pieces. If you are making your own pot stand you will need to glue 30 peg-pieces.

4. Without using any glue carefully arrange the peg-pieces in a circle on the plastic document wallet. Keep adjusting the pieces until there are no gaps and there is an almost perfect empty circle in the middle.

To glue the peg-pieces together you will need to remove every-other piece, brush it with plenty of glue then replace in the ring.

Carefully work around the ring until all the pieces are glued. Leave the pot stand somewhere safe to dry.



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251 - A new leader

 
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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).



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

 
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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.



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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.



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274 - The storm on the lake

 
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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.



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Nazarene nibbles

15 minute Craft planner

Beware of allergies - make sure that all the children in your group can safely handle and taste the food used in this activity.

You will need:
Pitted green and black olives
Dried apricots
Olive oil
Dried figs
Four mixing bowls
One or two tins of chickpeas
Raisins
Dessert spoons
Pitta bread
Three trays
Lemon juicer
Cumin seeds
Plastic plates and bowls
Garlic crusher
Coriander seeds
Dinner knives
Tin opener
Garlic (optional)
Pestle and mortar
Cloths for wiping up spills
One or two lemons, halved
Potato masher

Recipes for marinated olives, hummus and mixed dried fruit (see Printables).

How to prepare:
Print the three recipes (see Printables). Try and set up three different areas in your teaching space for preparing the three different dishes. Place the appropriate food and equipment in each area. If you have limited space, place the food and equipment for each of the recipes on three different trays.


How to make:

1. Clean the surfaces in your activity area and encourage the children to wash their hands thoroughly.

2. Prepare one dish at a time spending five minutes on each. Once you have finished a dish either move on to the next area or put the completed dish to one side and produce another tray of food and equipment.

3. When the session has finished share the Nazarene dishes with the rest of the church.



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279 - Two by two

 
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A fruity frog

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:
A fruity frog template (see Printables)
Colouring pencils
Scissors
Glue and brushes
Paper plates
Green apples
Grapes
Raisins
Dried spaghetti
Dinner knife
Chopping board
Small bowls

How to prepare: 
Print sufficient fruity frog templates for one per child. Make a sample ‘fruity frog’ 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.

1. Break the dried spaghetti into 3 cm pieces and cut the grapes in half. Place the spaghetti, grapes and raisins in separate bowls.

2. Encourage the children to colour in their template and stick it to their paper plate.

3. Only an adult should cut the mouth shape. To make the mouth cut a wedge shape out of the apple perpendicular to the apple core.

4. Push half a grape and a raisin onto a piece of spaghetti to make a frog eye. Repeat to make a second eye.

5. Push the end of the spaghetti pieces into the apple to secure the frog eyes in position.

6. Place the frog's head on the template to make a 3D frog.

Remind the children that if they want to eat their apple later they need to remove the spaghetti first.



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284 - The man who came at night

 
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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.



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