Tag Archives: 8-11s

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Open-ended response activity for the Easter story

I wonder what part of the Easter story you like best? Which part have you particularly noticed this year? I wonder what you might make out of these shapes? I love open end activities. We have creative materials out all the time for my daughters to create something whenever the mood takes them. And they do! Often before breakfast […]

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A family Passover celebration

We’ve celebrated Passover in our home for a number of years now, and each year it’s different, as we adapt it around who will be there. We tend to have a big feast-like meal interspersed with parts of the service (seder). We include elements which we use each week in our Shabbat meal, for example […]

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Advent Candle Idea: 25 Ways to be Thankful

I love Advent and candles. Here’s a really simple idea for using them to develop thankfulness in the run up to Christmas. It doesn’t take long, but a few moments each day will help develop a habit of thankfulness in a month when so much is trying to pull us away from it. You might […]

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My favourite nativity scenes

My name is Victoria and I’m a nativity scene addict. There. I’ve said it. I just love nativity sets, especially ones which everyone can touch, play with and enjoy. There’s some lovely ones about, and although it may seem like quite a bit of money, I’ve found this is one of the best ways to engage my […]

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Bible story with a tent

Set up a tent in the garden and share a Bible story together inside it. This activity is particularly relevant for the festival of Tabernacles, when Jews celebrate, among other things, God’s provision for them when they lived in the desert. However, a tent is a fun way to explore lots of different Bible stories […]

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Bubbles blessing

updated for 2019 This is a a great way to pray with people of all ages, including very young children. Get out the bubbles and say that they represent the blessings of God, that is, all the good things in our lives, as the Bible says that every good and perfect gift comes from God […]

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Cushion prayer (or silent prayers)

This may not immediately seem like an idea for children, for more and more research and experience is showing how little space we all have in our lives, including children, and how some quiet and even silence can really help us connect with God. I first tried this with my energetic, always bouncing, delightful god-daughter […]

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Simple Advent prayer

You may like having a wreath and doing a prayer which you add to each week of Advent. If so, here’s an idea of a family-friendly prayer you could use at home. Here’s a prayer which I love using during Advent. I light a candle and say this prayer. I found it’s simplicity meant I […]