Easter

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These ideas are in addition to the Easter post from last year. https://mybbresources.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/easter/ 

Here are some colouring sheets Easter coloring and a difficult word search Easter giant word search.  For the older ones here is a rabbit quiz Rabbit quiz and a chocolate quiz. chocolate Here is a blank egg, so that they can design their own egg. blank eggIMG_2895

We will be making Easter nests with shredded wheat, chocolate and mini eggs (dairy free chocolate and jelly beans instead for those who can’t have dairy).

We are also decorating pretty paper bags (very cheap from Ebay) to use for colleIMG_2891cting our Easter treats.  We bought foam stickers from Hobbycraft and foam letters from BakerRoss. With the little ones they had an Easter Egg Hunt and for the older ones the eggIMG_2890s etc will be prizes for the word searches and quizzes etc.

Decorating eggs is always fun and here is a sheet of cartoons which can act as inspiration! inspiration sheet I will addIMG_2893 photos of the creations later on!

Here is a sheet of 10 facts which could be a discussion IMG_2892starter for young people.  easter facts

Science Week – Milk and Cows

cowAs it was science week we tried an experiment with milk. Details are here: Swirling Milk and here is a video (not mine) of it all happening https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuKHMKIUUHU

So linked to this we had some milk and cow themed things.  A colouring colouring picture cow colouring and mask cow mask for the little ones.  There is also a spot the difference Cow spot the difference. We also use the Activity Village Cow Breed Wordsearch http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/cattle_breeds_word_search.pdf and also this Quiz quiz milk with the older Juniors and Company Section.  Thanks to http://cyberdrone.deviantart.com for this Cow Box Craft idea, print on card, then cut out and make – cowboxcraft.

You could also make milkshakes or flavoured milk!

Palm Sunday – Donkeys

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Here are a few donkey/Palm Sunday themed ideas.  To start with for the Anchors there is a simple colouring picture.colouring donkey Also for the Anchors are some finger puppets.  Print onto card and cut out, the Anchors then colour them in and can ‘act out’ little scenes.  There are 4 on a sheet. donkey finger puppet

Also for the little ones there is a donkey dot to dot.  Join the dots and then colour it in. Donkey Dot to Dot

For the Juniors you could print this onto card and cut out/colour in.  Attach two pegs to give you the legs and you have a stand up donkey.Donkey pegs The Juniors might also like a Shrek Style Donkey Mask, have a look at the one on this link: http://craftscope.com/images/template-free-kids-mask-donkey-craft-children-1.jpg

Here is a link to a Donkey/Shrek themed drama piece too http://www.hiveresources.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/PalmSunday.pdf

Last Supper

IMG_2799With Easter approaching, here are some activities for a last supper or communion themed evening.

Here is a colouring picture for the younger children to enjoy. last supper  And here is a word search puzzle suitable for Juniors to complete after hearing and discussing the story. There are no words listed to find but all words are directly from the story (even though our Juniors decided ‘yum’ would have been said this wasn’t one of the words).This makes the puzzle a little more challenging. last supper wordsearch

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IMG_2800We also made sandwiches with the Anchors and Juniors.  Learning to butter bread was obviously a skill that some of the children really needed practise but they had great fun making their sandwiches.  The older children enjoyed ‘designing’ their own sandwiches.

Noah – Following instructions

noahHere is some ‘stuff’ from a recent children service on Noah, but they could easily be used for a Company Devotions or a series of activities with a range of age groups as they can easily be adapted.Screen Shot 2015-02-08 at 16.56.49

Before the bible reading I used this Wordle image to ask people to guess the theme and the bible reading to follow.

Here is the Bible Reading from Genesis 7 v 1-10 read by the puppets Max and Topple (Thanks Jack)! I have had to link to Dropbox files for the video files as this site does not support MP4 format. https://www.dropbox.com/s/aut6xawl9knpirr/Noah%20Bible%20Reading.mp4?dl=0

We played a game of Simon Says which fitted really well with this topic. Here is a link to a fun Simon Says song for little children https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLXZV456Or0

We use two clips from Evan Almighty which are available on YouTube.  here is the link to the first https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80x9FmKsyg4 and here is the link to the second https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnUvSn9pVaA.

We also made paper boats following these instructions boat and using a sheet of A4 paper each.  You could always try sailing them too! Here is a video of almost the same set of instructions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IGLytIMG_2398QmdjM 

We also had a dog who followed instructions to do a live demo in our service, but here is a video in case you don’t have access to anything similar! Kaspar did amazingly well performing his tricks! https://www.dropbox.com/s/49r8jg0zwu1yv78/Kaspar%20video.mp4?dl=0

If you want to sing we used ‘Arky, Arky Noah’, ‘In the Jungle’ (Dave Godfrey) and ‘King of the Jungle’.  We also sang ‘I, the Lord of Sea and Sky’ (Number 663 in Singing the Faith)

Here are the Prayers of Intercession as written by our young people. Prayers They will need some adaptation depending on when and where you use them.

Fairtrade Fortnight

fairtradeIt’s Fairtrade Fortnight so why not try one of these ideas! Remember to check for allergies if you are going to be using food!

1. Fairtrade food tasting – you could just taste some Fairtrade food or you could try a blind taste test of the Fairtrade v non Fairtrade products.

2. Fairtrade wordsearch – have a go at this one Fairtrade_Fortnight or this one Fair-trade Wordsearch or for the younger children try a colouring sheet Fairtrade_colouring like the one from http://www.emillustration.co.uk/images/cafod_fairtrade.jpg

3. Have a look and share the stories on the Fairtrade wordsearch http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/

4. Visit a local shop or a major supermarket and see which Fairtrade products are available. Write to them and ask them to stock more Fairtrade products.

5. Hold a discussion about Fairtrade and what part it can play in your life.

6. Make Fairtrade hot chocolate or coffee – a great activity to teach Juniors how to do this safely.

7. Fairtrade baking – have a look at these recipes http://www.fairtradecookbook.org.uk/courses_index/desserts.htm

8. Buy and blow up (together as a team) a Fairtrade banana. It will take longer than you think!

9. Try out the 2015 Fairtrade QuizThe Fairtrade Quiz 2015 8+ from http://schools.fairtrade.org.uk/resources/activities-and-games

10. Try out this fairtrade game which I found at https://mybbresources.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/12ea2-fairtradegame.jpg  fair trade game