15 minute Story planner
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor page 10
1. Setting the scene - 2 mins
Find the Old Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about 'The Old Testament FlashCards' card one
2. Starter question - 1 min
Did you know that the smallest fish in the world is less than one centimetre long? That’s probably smaller than your thumb nail. Such a tiny fish can be found swimming in forest swamps in Indonesia. The largest animal in the world can also be found in water… but this animal needs a deep ocean to swim in. The largest animal is the blue whale. The blue whale can be as long as thirty metres. That’s more than 3,000 times bigger than the smallest fish and if you lined up three buses one behind the other, a blue whale would still be longer. The Bible tells us that God made the whole world. He made the biggest and the smallest creatures.
3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
- Gather some leaves, flowers and seeds and arrange them on a tray.
- Bring in a selection of library books showing a variety of animals and plants or download images from the internet, but be aware of copyright regulations.
Click on the images at the beginning of this post for more resources from the web
4. Story activity - 6 mins
Option 1 - Enjoy the puzzles in this weeks Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)
Option 2 - Play a game with sock fish
You will need: at least twenty pairs of socks, hole-reinforcement stickers, masking tape and two buckets or plastic boxes.
1. Before the session stick a strip of masking tape to the floor.
2. At a distance of approximately two and a half metres from the tape place two buckets. The buckets should be about a metre apart.
3. Divide the socks into two piles; keep the pairs together but make sure they are not attached to one another.
4. Encourage the children to sit in their teams behind the line of tape. Explain that they are in a fish factory making fish! Give a pile of socks to each team. Show the children how to make a pair of socks into a fish shape following the instructions below. Explain that, as fast as they can the children need to make all their pairs of socks into fish. Then, whilst remaining seated they should throw their fish into their bucket. If a fish misses the bucket they must pick it up, sit back down behind the line and try again.
How to make sock fish instructions:
- Take a pair of socks and place one sock on top of the other.
- Holding the socks together turn the ankle part of one sock over until you have made the two socks into a sock bundle.
- Wrap a small piece of masking tape around the sock bundle as shown in the picture. The hem of the sock will form the fish's tail.
- Place two hole-reinforcement stickers on your sock fish to look like eyes.
The first team to complete the challenge and successfully throw all their fish into their bucket is the winning team.
Help the children to reflect on how amazing it is that God made all the different varieties of fish that can be found around the world. You might like to talk briefly about how unlike real fish the sock fish are.
5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father God we thank you for your wonderful creation. Thank you for all the magnificent creatures that you have made. Thank you for the tiny fish that swim in swamps and the enormous sea creatures that swim in oceans.
Father, when we think of your creation - trees growing from tiny seeds and galaxies that go on and on and on, we realise that you are far bigger and far greater than we can ever imagine.
Father God, thank you for making this beautiful earth and filling it with so many wonderful things. Amen
Alongside this story, make a craft...