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 🙂

Last Supper Easy Flat Bread Recipe

Children generally seem to love cooking activities and this is a recipe that lets them early get hands on!

As we build up to Easter, you might be thinking of a new way to explore the story of the last supper with your children.  Making flat bread is a great way to really get into the story!

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Explain to the children that Jesus and his disciples were celebrating passover so the bread they used at the last supper would in all probability be the unleavened bread Jews ate at the passover meal.  The bread is unleavened because at the original Passover, the Israelites had to be ready to move quickly and didn’t have time to make bread with yeast.

You will Need: 175g plain flour, 100ml water,2 tablespoons oil, a pinch of salt, baking tray, greaseproof paper (enough for 6 portions)

Pre heat the oven to 180°C.

Mix together the flour, salt, water and oil until a dough is formed.  You may need to add a little more flour if the dough is too wet to handle.

On a floured surface, take turns in kneading the dough over a period of about 5 minutes and then separate the dough into 6 pieces.

Place dough on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and bake for 15- 20 minutes.  Take the bread out of the oven and leave to cool.

When cooled, use the bread to act out the last supper and get the children to reflect on how the story makes them feel and what questions it makes them ask.

Bible Story Response: Styrofoam Prints

This is a really easy idea that can be use with any Bible Story whatsoever.  Just beware that it involves getting the paint out!

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You will need: paint, paper, flat styrofoam circles or squares cut from styrofoam plates or sheets, pencils, paint brushes

Talk to the children about their favourite part of the story, their favourite character or the most striking part of the story they have heard. Ask them to draw a simple picture of what they have shared on the back of the styrofoam circle or square, pressing lightly with a pencil.

When they have drawn their picture lightly, get them to press harder with their pencil on all of the lines so that the lines become quite deep (but not so deep that they cut through the back of the sheet!)

Paint a thin layer of paint over the etched in drawing and then press the paint side down firmly onto a piece of paper.

Lift up the styrofoam and you should be left with a print of your picture! Repeat and give the children time to share and explain what their pictures show.

Reflective Colouring Sheet: Jacob’s Ladder

The story of Jacob’s ladder in Genesis 28 is an amazing story, full of avenues to explore to explore with children: God speaking to us in dreams, God’s presence with us even when we don’t see Him, blessing, holy ground, protection…

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Colouring can be a very reflective activity and the imagery of this story really lends itself to pictures.  Here is a colouring sheet to help children to focus particularly on the concept of God being with us even when we don’t realise it.  Give your own testimonies about when this has happened in your life and then see what the children have to share- be ready to be amazed!  While the children colour speak to them about their experiences and reflections.  Who might they want to pray for so that that person comes to know God’s presence with them?

Click here to print off the sheet and enjoy reflecting!

Printable Nativity Figures: Colour and Play!

Here are some printable Nativity figures for you to print out, colour in and then use to help explore the Christmas story.Nativity figures

Click here to print out the sheet.  Colour the figures in and then cut them out.  For extended use, it might be best to laminate them!

You can stick them onto lolly sticks to make stick puppets, sellotape a bent paperclip to the back to help them stand independently or even stick them to wooden blocks- much more friendly for smaller hands!

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Enjoy your story telling!

Esther: Reflective Colouring Sheet

Using Colouring as a reflection tool is becoming more and more popular- not just for children but for adults too!

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Here is a colouring sheet based on the story of Esther which will help children to reflect on the story and to learn a piece of scripture.  It works well to have a quiet atmosphere with, perhaps, some music playing in the background. Encourage children just to colour and to think about the story and the words and images on the page. When the children have finished colouring ask them to share any reflections and be ready to be amazed!

Click here to open and print the colouring sheet.