Creche: Jesus calms the storm treasure basket

Sometimes it’s hard to think of how babies can be included in the themes of a story we’re telling at church.  I’ve been finding out something about treasure baskets recently.  Have a look at this excellent post from Little Acorns to Mighty Oaks that explains so much more about how treasure baskets can be made and used.

I wanted something I could use with the story of Jesus calming the storm and thought that a box with a rough/smooth theme would fit the bill- reflecting the rough/smooth water of the storm/calm. I cheated a little bit and put a velcro curler into the box (plastic is not usually allowed but the velcro on it has a great texture!)

The box includes:

  • cork backed coaster (smooth)
  • wooden block (smooth)
  • wooden spoon (smooth)
  • ribbon (smooth)
  • pine cone (rough)
  • natural exfoliator pad (rough)
  • unused shoe brush (rough)
  • velcro curler (rough)
  • pastry brush (rough and smooth)

Jesus Calms the Storm Session Ideas: 3-5s

Here are a celection of ideas to help explore the story of Jesus calming the storm with 3-5 year olds…

Tell the Story with Story Stones

Play with some water and think about floating and sinking.  Jesus won’t let us sink!

Make storm music

Play with some water streamers made of crepe paper, lolly sticks and elastic bands

Talk about times we are worried and how we can ask Jesus to help us.  Blow some bubbles and let the children pop them as a sign of Jesus ‘popping’ the worries.

Creche: Jesus Calms The Storm

Here’s an idea to gently introduce some of the themes of the story of Jesus calming the storm to children under 3…

Sensory bottles (fill used water bottles with the following and seal with superglue):

1. Water, green glitter and blue seed beads
2. Rice and matchsticks (to make rain/ storm noises)
3.Water, blue and green sequins and blue and green mini Pom-poms
4.Water, coloured with a little bit of blue food colouring  (filled to just over half way up the bottle), topped up to the top of the bottle with baby oil.
5. Baby oil, blue and green sequins and blue loom bands.

As you can see, the idea was to keep with a blue/green ‘water’ theme. The baby oil and water mix is great as there is a clear separation of the two after the shaken mixture comes to a rest.  Baby oil looks like water from the outside, but slightly slows down the sinking of the objects.

Let the children shake the bottles for the ‘storm’ and then watch as the contents settle and become ‘calm.’