Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Lord's Prayer Play Dough Mats: Hallowed Be Your Name

We're gearing up for 'Thy Kingdom Come,' an international wave of prayer starting on Ascension day, and we're getting excited!

As part of our activities, we're running a prayer day in the local Church of England infant school.  The children will explore the Lord's Prayer through 7 different prayer and reflection stations and the first one will focus on 'hallowed be your name.'

I've made 2 different play dough mats to help children to explore this phrase- partly because some of the children will be at foundation stage so lots of words might be counterproductive.  The idea is that children can explore and decorate names for God and think about how they can use the play dough to make them look 'special.'

As usual, it's great to laminate the mats because then they can be reused as many times as you want and it makes it so much easier to get the play dough off at the end!

Have fun!

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Reflective Colouring Sheet: John 14:6-7- I am the way, the truth and the life.

Tomorrow's lectionary gospel reading is from John 14, so here is a reflective colouring sheet to help children engage with some of the verses.  We'll be using this, amongst other things in our children's activities.

Click here to print off the sheet and enjoy colouring!

Friday, 5 May 2017

Sensory Spice Painting Prayers!

I have to admit to liking a bit of incense every know and again.  Multi sensory prayers are my favourite thing and one of my favourite images in the Bible is of the smoke of the incense rising with the prayers of God's people in Revelation 8:4.  I love it when all of the senses get involved- but smell is pretty hard to achieve, especially as we have to be very careful if working with people who have asthma. After seeing some posts about painting with spices, I thought I'd have a go at applying it to prayer.  I wasn't disappointed!

This prayer activity works really well if you can get hold of some strongly coloured spices.  I would have loved to use some saffron, but it was a bit out of my price range. Turmeric worked really well for a yellow though!  

You will need: cupcake cases, water, spices- I used paprika, cinnamon, ginger, cumin and tumeric, paintbrushes, paper

Put about a tablespoon full of spice into each cupcake case (one spice per case).

Mix some water into the spice to make a paste. Gradually add water until you get a paintable consistency.

Ask children to paint their prayers for people and places or to say thank you to God in words and pictures.  Be ready for some wonderful spicy smells to rise up as they pray!

Monday, 24 April 2017

Light of the World: Name Circuit Prayers

I came across something on Pinterest the other day that amazed my non-scientific brain...
You can draw an electrical circuit with graphite pencils!!  No need for wires or anything.  This, of course, got me thinking on prayer activity lines :-)

Here is how to help children pray that they can be the light of the world, bringing hope to dark places- in a very individual way!

“You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid... your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven." Matthew 5: 14, 16

You will need: paper, Graphite pencils (they MUST be graphite or this won't work- I tried! You can get them from art shops/ drawing supplies.  I got these ones), a 9V battery, a 3mm or 5mm LED bulb (see this Amazon link), sellotape.

Draw a simple circuit first to test the idea out.  Imagine that you are drawing two wires instead of using physical ones. First draw a line with your pencil and then fill in a much thicker line.  
Leave about 1cm between the ends of each 'wire' you have drawn (see above).

Bend the ends of the LED bulb to make little 'feet' and sellotape them to one end of each 'wire' (see above).

Place the + and - parts of the 9V battery on the ends of the lines you have drawn at the other side of the circuit.  Your bulb will light up!  If it does't light, turn the battery so that the + and - ends of the battery touch the end of the other wire to the way you tried first.  For some reason (I am not scientific so someone can explain it to me!) this seems to work.

Now get adventurous and write a joined up version of your name and repeat the process!

Invite children to draw a joined up version of their name and use it to make a circuit and light a bulb as shown above.  As their bulb lights, ask them to pray that they will help to light up the world!

Have fun :-)