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!

Esther colouring

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.

Storytelling with cards

This is a storytelling idea that is easy, portable and flexible for many stories.

You will need: 4 Card strips (judge size depending on how close the children are going to be and how big the group is.  You will probably need bigger strips for a bigger group, but expriment with what works best for you!), paper fasteners (split pins), something to make a hole with.

Make a hole in the end of each piece of card and join the pieces with split pins so that it looks as shown.  You now have your storytelling equipment!

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This is how you might use the strips to tell the story of the rich and foolish builders.

The wise builder went out one day to build his house and decided that he wanted it to be very safe.  He found some strong rock to build on

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He dug some foundations in the rock and finally, after a lot of work, finished his house.  He was very pleased and went inside to have some rest.

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The foolish builder went out to build his house and decided that he just wanted to get things done quickly.  He didn’t mind where he built it, so he found some sand and built his house there.

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He was very pleased and went inside to get some rest.

That night there was a huge storm.  The waves crashed

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and the lightning flashed.

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The rain came down and very soon, the house on the sand had been flattened!

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The house built on rock stood firm because it had strong foundations.

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Who do you think was most pleased?

The man who built on the rock is like someone who listens to God and does what He says.  Listening to God helps!

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Have a go at using the cards to tell other stories and do let us know how you get on!

Storytelling with playdough mats

Playdough mats are incredibly helpful as ways of consolidating stories and exploring their themes.  The idea is very easy: print out the mat, laminate it (so that the play dough will come off easily and so you can use the mat over and over again) and then get busy!  Here are some example play dough mats to print off and use but why not get creative and make your own or get children to make some to help others to learn about the story…

Jesus on the beach (John 21)

Jesus calms the storm

Creation Story

Pentecost

Story Bags

Story bags are brilliant at helping children to become involved in the story you are telling.  They involve a collection of toys that will both help you to tell the story and also help the children to play out parts of the story afterwards.  They need not be very expensive to make up (most stuff comes from the pound shop!) and can be borrowed by parents to use at home during the week.  Click on the links to take you to some examples.

Nativity Story Bag

Baptism Story Bag

Good Samaritan Story Bag

David and Goliath Story Bag

Lost Sheep Story Bag