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)

Pentecost Messy Church Ideas

Here are some Pentecost themed Messy Church ideas.  All have a fire or wind related element…

Flame headresses: ribbon, tissue paper, gold card, shiny red paper.

Fire streamers made from crepe paper, lolly sticks and elastic bands.

Flame biscuits: digestives, white water icing and fondant flames.

Blowing bubbles!

Birthday cards for the Church’s birthday!

Pentecost spinners!  Click here to print off.

Paint blowing pictures.

Windchimes: Cups, beads, bells, buttons and pipecleaners.

Holy Spirit suncatchers.  Click here for instructions.

Click here for a Pinterest board of even more craft ideas.

Christmas Messy Church Ideas

Here is a collection of ideas for using at a Christmas or Advent Messy Church…

Christmas Angel Craft

Shepherd Craft

Nativity Sticker Christmas Cards with stickers from Baker Ross

Wise Men Hats made from paper plates

Shiny Star tree ornaments

Nativity stick puppets (also using the stickers from Baker Ross)

Shaving foam snow sensory play

Jesus in the manger biscuits

Click here for a Pinterest board of even more Christmas and Advent crafts.

Jesus in the Manger Biscuits

This is one of our most popular Messy Church crafts ever!

You will need: Digestive Biscuits, icing sugar made into runny icing, crushed up shredded wheat, jelly babies, fondant icing rolled out and cut into squares big enough to cover the jelly baby
Take a biscuit

Ice the biscuit and crumble on some shredded wheat to make the ‘hay’

Lay a jelly baby on the hay

Cover the jelly baby with a fondant icing blanket

Eat!

Easter Messy Church Ideas

Here are some easy and fun activities for a Easter themed Messy Church…

 Shaving foam and paint marbled eggs

toddler sensory play with water beads, plastic eggs and polystyrene eggs

A baby area with hearts (to reflect Jesus’ love) and balls (close enough to eggs for new life!)

Special cups to think about the last supper (click here for details of how to make them)

Cards using stickers from Baker Ross

Palm Sunday spinners (click here for details of how to make them)

Crown of thorns biscuits (icing, digestives, broken up pretzels)

Tape resist crosses (click here for details of how to make them

Elastic band crosses on a nailboard (one of our 4 year old boys loved this!)
make your own marble mazes (thinking about the stone that rolled away from the tomb)
Click here to go to a Pinterest board of more ideas. Have fun!

Toddler Group Crafts

The key to great crafts at a toddler group is to find something easy and open-ended.  That way there is less work for the leaders and more fun and exploration for the children.  Just a warning- easy can also sometimes be messy so make sure you have a collection of aprons or old shirts to hand!

Here are some tried and tested toddler group crafts…

Painting with nature

Playing with oobleck (a mixture of water and cornflour)

Playing with shaving foam on a tray

Plastic bag rainbow painting

Rolling egg paintings

Click here to go to a Pinterest board full of more ideas!