Easter Story Stone Painting

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Stones are an important part of the Easter story because it is a massive stone that is placed in front of Jesus’ tomb and the same stone that is rolled away at the resurrection. Stones are also amazing tactile. They are something firm to hold on to and also something hard to help children to reflect on the hard times we all face in our lives. They are also a great surface to draw on and this craft was really popular at our Messy Good Friday service yesterday.

You will need:  Stones (enough for one each), paint pens, sharpies, felt tips (test the pens on your stones before starting as different types of pen work better depending on the kind of surface your stone has!)

Ask children to reflect on what they know of the story and of who Jesus is and to decorate their rock accordingly. They might want to use words or pictures or a mixture of both. Use the time they spend creating as an opportunity to speak to them about the story and what it means to them.

Prodigal Son Crafts

If you are doing a Sunday session about the Prodigal son, or if you are putting together a Prodigal Son Messy Church, here are some craft ideas for you!

IMG_0158Party hats: Paper. staples, glue, glitter, ribbon, stickers, sequins

IMG_0156Building the Father’s House (or the pig sty!) out of boxes and tape

IMG_0145Clay hearts to help think about the Father’s love

IMG_0144Cornflour and water ‘pigswill’

IMG_0142Pig biscuits: Biscuits, icing, marshmallows, chocolate chips

IMG_0147Jewellery for the returning son to wear, made of strawberry laces and cheerios (this was very popular!)

Have fun!

Noah’s Ark Story Bag

IMG_0434I’ve put together a bag of times to help tell the story of Noah’s Ark to some children under 5.  Bags like this are great because the children can then play with all of the items when you have told the story and you can also lend them to families to play with at home.  This bag contains…

  • A big gold gift bag,
  • a ribbon rainbow
  • blue and white ‘water’ streamers
  • blue tinsel ‘waves’
  • rain stick
  • wooden Noah’s ark with parts of animals
  • a fabric heart
  • blue fabric

I usually include a story book and then you are good to go!

Have fun storytelling 🙂

Joseph Messy Church Crafts

This month we looked at the story of Joseph at Messy church.  It’s quite a long story so we pulled out some of the main themes and events and had a lot of fun!  Here are some of the crafts we got up to…

joseph 1A coloured coat made of a length of brown paper (with a head hole cut out!).  We decorated the coat with pens, coloured paper, bubble wrap, felt pieces and lolly sticks and then used it as a costume when we told the story.

Joseph 3Coloured coat fuzzy felt: Felt coat shapes and scraps to decorate.

joseph 7Edible coloured coats: Wraps cut into coat shapes and decorated with icing and sweets.

joseph 5Egyptian collars made from paper plates and sticky shapes

Joseph 2Joseph’s jail made from Lego bricks

joseph 4Plaited straws (our attempt at wheat sheaves!)

joseph 6Paper plate cow faces.

Have fun!

The Exodus Story: Life in the Desert Sandpaper Painting

The Exodus story is a fabulously colourful and exciting one.  Miracle after miracle happens to the Israelites as they journey through the Red Sea and across the desert to the promised land.  This craft touches on the life bringing provision God brings to his people through manna, quail and water.

img_2747You will need: sandpaper (use quite fine sandpaper if finger painting as it is much less rough on fingers), paint.

The sandpaper is rough and reflects both the sand of the desert the Israelites are crossing and the hardship of life there.  Adding colour helps to reflect the life that God’s proven brings to them.

Encourage children to use their fingers or brushes to paint on the sandpaper.  They might want to paint something from the story they have heard or simply to create a colourful picture.  Use the time to talk about how God provided for the Israelites in the desert, bringing them life and showing his love.

Holy Spirit/Pentecost Discovery Basket

At our recent Pentecost service, we had a basket available to help babies and toddlers explore the colours and symbols of the Holy Spirit (specifically love, wind, fire, doves, red).  The children and parents really got stuck in to discovering!

Basket contents included:

  • Wooden doves
  • Wooden hearts
  • Fabric hearts
  • Battery operated candles
  • Red, yellow and orange ribbons tied to shower rings (streamers)
  • A gold glitter reflection bottle (gold glitter in water- shake it up and watch it settle!)
  • Windmills
  • Bubbles (carried on the wind)