Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Palm Sunday Discovery Basket

I've put together a discovery basket for younger children when we do our Easter family activities morning. This basket looks at the story of Palm Sunday and I'll have some story books with it so that parents can help children to engage with the items!

Contents include: 

Donkey puppet, plastic palm leaves, palm crosses, a crown, strips of fabric of different textures (to represent the cloaks put on the ground).

Coconut halves (donkey hooves!), bells to make some noise, a heart, a stone (to represent the road Jesus travelled along) and a small tin with magnetic letters spelling 'hosanna' and 'Jesus.'

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Easter Family Activity: Planting New Life (With Printable Instructions!)

We are holding a special Easter activities event this year aimed at families. Most, if not all, of the families do not attend church, so I wanted to produce something they could take away and do that would carry the message of Easter in a easy to approach way. This is what I came up with and there will hopefully be enough for each person to take a bag away with them.

The activity involves planting the seed paper and linking the growth of the flowers to the hope and new life Jesus brings at Easter.

You will need: Little drawstring bags or envelopes, enough printed strips for each bag, a piece of plantable seed paper for each bag (it is cheaper to buy A4 seed paper sheets and cut them up than buy pre-cut shapes!)

Print out the 'Planting New Life' Strips and cut them out. Fold and put into a bag with a rectangle or square of seed paper that will also fit the bag.  Give out and watch prayers and hope grow in the community!

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Rough Times Sandpaper Prayers

I love sensory prayers and sandpaper is a great touchy-feely medium to use when praying about things that are difficult and grind us down.

You will need: Colouring pencils, sandpaper cut into small strips, a cloth

God is our protection and source of strength.    He is always ready to help us in times of trouble. 
Psalm 46:1

Feel the roughness of the sandpaper. 

Who do you know who is going through a rough time at the moment? 

On a piece of sandpaper draw or write the name of a person, place or situation you'd like to ask God to help. Pray that these people and places will know that God is there for them, whatever they face.

Place the sandpaper on the cloth as you give your prayer to God.

Friday, 22 February 2019

The Parable of the Mustard Seed Play Dough Mat (Printable)

I've been thinking a lot about the parable of the mustard seed (Matthew 13: 31-32) recently, and for some reason it keeps cropping up all over the place! Because it's been on my mind, I've made a play dough mat to help children in their exploration.  The seed is a little bit bigger than it should be if we're going to keep accurate proportions, but I wanted children to at least be able to see it!

As usual, if you laminate the printed sheets, its much easier to clean up the play dough and you can also keep the mats for repeated future use!

To print the mat click here.