Tag Archives: 8-11s

new lazarus book

The GodVenture Lazarus Book – a slow, prayerful read of his story

I’m so excited about the new family activity sticker book: GodVenture through the story of Lazarus It’s a collaboration with Yvonne Morris from the Diocese of Oxford, and perfect for using during Lent due to the poster in the middle with 40 days of Bible verses and activities. Don’t worry! It’s designed to be easy […]

storystacks review

Review: Story Stacks

Title: Story Stacks Author: Becca Stileman Useful for: parents of children age 3-10 wanting to do faith together at home, childrens groups where Bible stories are shared Best bit: large sturdy, bold character cones Worst bit: the cardboard box they arrived in was a bit worse for wear to use to keep them in Price: RRP £34.99 for 25 […]

write your own poetry

Write-your-own ‘magnetic’ poetry

This activity provides an open-ended opportunity to respond to a story using words. I’d probably use it for children age 7+ after sharing a Bible story with them as I don’t want negotiating the words to become the focus for early readers. For them I’d use something similar but picture based like this. This set […]

Christmas cards

Explore the story with old Christmas cards

Have you got some old Christmas cards stashed? Here’s some ideas of ways you can use them to explore the Christmas story together: 1. Sort them Go through your cards and split them into two piles: ones which feature something in the Christmas story and those which don’t. You might need to do a quick […]

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DIY Christmas Story Photobook

I love making books (being a publisher, that helps!) so here’s a way to make your own Christmas story photobook. We often make photobooks with FreePrints who print 20 page photobooks for £6 including P&P! All you need to do is download their phone app, upload the photos and wait for your luscious new book! […]

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New Year with God

New Year isn’t necessarily a particularly family event especially for younger children. My youngest, currently four, has put in a request to stay up late this near year, and watch The Beegees, which is what she considers to be ‘New Year’. (Just to clarify, last year we DID watch a documentary about the Beegees with […]

30 Ways to Celebrate Jesus at Christmas

30 Ways to Celebrate JESUS at Christmas

  Christmas can be a very busy time, so we need to be intentional and make plans to make it a faith-infused celebration. I love finding fun ways to celebrate Jesus, to explore the story of Jesus’ birth, to pause, reflect and pray and to bless others. Here are 30 of my favourites:   1 […]

29 Explore nativity art

Explore nativity art

Search online for nativity art, and look at how the same stories have been depicted differently by different artists. You might like to look for pictures of the angel visiting Mary, the angels and the shepherds, the shepherds visiting Jesus and the wise men arriving. Which picture do you like best? How does it speak […]

12 Nativity Photo Booth

Nativity Photo Booth

Have fun creating some nativity photos by dressing up as the characters. As you make your outfits, chat about why you’ve chosen each character and what you think they may have been like. What part do they play in the story? Could we leave them out and still have all the story we need? You […]