Colouring is a really good way to help children to take time to sit and reflect. It also provides a great opportunity for us to chat informally with them about what they think and are learning. I made these colouring sheets to help children to focus on the words of the Apostles' Creed and they might be especially useful to you if your church says the creed every week! The creed is quite long (though it's actually one of the shorter creeds!), so it's been split over 3 sheets.
Have a look at this guest post by Cathy Porter, all about her new book and then print off and play the memory pairs game she has made!
Hi, I’m Cathy. I’m ordained, married to a
vicar and mum of three children, 2 of whom are autistic and all of whom tend to
be anxious, questioning and inquisitive. We try to explore faith together at
home in a hands on, messy, all included, everyday kind of way. So I am often
over here gathering new ideas from Flame Creative Kids!
I asked Mina if I could let you know about
my latest book – ‘So many answers’ -all
about how God always answers prayer.
one of those go to books that will help you face the difficult questions and
disappointment when your kids can’t see how God has answered, or for the times
when he doesn’t give us the answer we hope for.
In ‘So many answers’ I open the faith-story
with the voice of a child expressing their doubts that God always answers
prayer, and gradually explore in a very visual way how we experience everyday
answers to questions in so many and varied ways. Coming back at the end of the
story to see in God a perfect parent
whose answers will always mean ‘I
love you!’ whether they are yes, no, maybe or not yet.
Paul Williams, Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, has this to say about the book: "‘A little book that engages with some big theology. With honesty, intelligence and humour, ‘So Many Answers!’ takes us on a journey of words and pictures to remind us that God’s love and desire for his children is unconditional, unfailing and often unexpected."
As with my other books, at the end are some
helpful Bible verses and discussion starters. And some activity pages to encourage
the exploring to carry on.
And just for Flame Creative Kids readers I
have also designed a memory pairs (memory prayers!) game about some bible
heroes who prayed and waited to see God’s answers. Click here to print and play.
Last week we went into our local church infant school to run a prayer workshop for each class in celebration of the 'Thy Kingdom Come' 10 days of prayer. This was one of their favourite activities!
We got the original idea from the cross in this great post at Easy Breezy Sunday School and then added a few little twists to it :-) We wanted the children to think about God being a provider (linked to the Lord's prayer and 'give us today our daily bread') and to know that God wants good things for us. My friend Charlotte built an amazing cross out of cardboard tubes of various sizes and spray painted it gold to make it extra special. In each of the tubes we put a sweet and then we asked the children to write or draw their asking prayers on a piece of paper, put it into one of the tubes and take a sweet as a reminder that we can ask God for things and that He wants to give us good things. We have done quite a lot of work with the children at the school and they are really familiar with the symbol of light to represent Jesus as the light of the world. Because of this we also gave them some battery operated candles to put into the tube with their prayer as a symbol of who they were bringing the prayer to.
When we went back a few days later for another meeting, the teachers told us that the children were still talking about what they had been doing!
We had a last minute planning situation at our children's group this last Sunday, due to a leader's illness. We were not deterred however! I got out my Godly play materials to tell the story of the Great pearl and then we had lots of activities to choose from that didn't take a lot of preparation.
As most of the children in the group are under 5, it's good when we have a craft that is a bit loose and free flowing and they absolutely love anything to do with food! This craft involved some stuff that I found in my cupboard the night before... You will need: Plain biscuits, icing sugar (made into spreadable icing), sprinkles, cupcake cases, white fondant icing rolled into 'pearls'. Spread some icing on top of the biscuit and then add sprinkles to decorate your 'treasure'.
Add a fondant pearl to the top of your treasure biscuit to remember that the pearl was the most special treasure of all.
Finish by covering the biscuit with a cupcake case so that the treasure is hidden. Take the cupcake case off to show the treasure that you can't see at first but have to look for like the merchant in the story!
When we had made the biscuits we spent some time talking about treasure and special things and thinking about heaven and what it might be like. Young children have some amazing ideas about the kingdom of God!