Easter is a harder story to tell than the Christmas story, but really vital as it is central to our faith. There’s so much detail, so many layers of meaning and relevance, it’s sometimes hard to know what to leave in and what to leave out. For under 5s, it’s important to remember where they are at developmentally, […]
Looking for something to do which links in with what’s happening now? Here are some simple, creative activities you might like to try.
Every year I love it when I see snowdrops appear. I love their fragile beauty, intricate petals and flimsy stems buffeted by Winter winds. I love their tenacity at arriving while snow still threatens. While other bulbs keep warm below ground waiting for Spring sunshine, their scattering of white brings life to my otherwise drab garden. They tell me: Hang on, there! Spring […]
When having some fun in the snow, why not add in some prayer? The opportunity for this type of prayer is very seasonal and geographically limited, but maybe more special for it. Get everyone to to write, draw or make a snow model of something they’d like to say sorry to God for doing, something they […]
Home is the perfect place to have a nativity scene which children can play with. Often sets are so beautiful and delicate that they aren’t appropriate for children’s touch, which is a shame. There isn’t any other Bible story which has so many versions available, and play is a wonderful way for children (and adults!) […]
The run up to Christmas, traditionally celebrated as Advent, is such a busy time, but also a powerful time to remember, celebrate and absorb the incredible story of when God became a human baby. All families have traditions around Christmas, so all we need to do is be intentional about using them to give everyone […]
Cut a set of simple geometric shapes from felt and use them to create pictures of the Christmas story using this template. Here’s how to do it: 1. Choose your felt colours. You could cut all the shapes out of one colour sheet, or choose different colours. I chose colours which lent themselves towards certain […]
I looked everywhere for one of these, and found some good value ones in TK Max. Make your own ‘fillers’, especially if you want something which helps children explore the Christmas story over the 24 or 25 days. Here’s some ideas of what you could fill your pockets with (and don’t forget a chocolate might […]