Elijah is an important person in the Bible – probably the greatest prophet in the Old Testament, and he’s always appearing with Moses on Jesus’ left or right in the Gospels – so I thought it’s about time the children at Kids’ Club should be introduced to him. There’re such a lot of events in Elijah’s life that we can look at, but I always think of him standing on the mountain after he’s been running for his life (possibly because I love the hymn Dear Lord and Father of Mankind). God’s told him He’s about to pass by for Elijah to see, so naturally he’s looking for God in the wind, the fire and the earthquake – all very spectacular occurrences, but to no avail. In the end God appears to him in the gentle whisper – that still small voice which is so personal to Elijah, asking him what he’s been up to. God is then able to calm Elijah down, have a sensible conversation with him and to tell him what to do next!
I asked the children whether anyone had experienced God in any way. We were blessed and encouraged by the stories they shared!
Here’s a video that I used to show the children Elijah’s life story in a nutshell:
And here’s the craft activity that we did:
Step 1: Elijah colouring page
Print out this Elijah pdf. Colour in and then cut out the different parts. Stick the Wind, Fire, Earthquake and Gentle Whisper panels on a 9-inch paper plate, as in the photo…
Step 2: Secure Elijah with paper fastener
With the help or supervision of adults, carefully push a paper fastener through the central part of the Elijah circle and then through the middle of the paper plate. (Tip: You may need to reinforce the centre of the Elijah picture with some sticky tape.)
Let me know if you have tried this activity!
I’m always grateful for talented people to post their beautiful creations online for me to find, more so if they explain how to achieve them with step-by-step instructions. Last week, I was looking for a craft activity for our Kids’ Club session to tie in with Pentecost, and I came across this brilliant votive candle on Pinterest:
The Ink and Glue website has a set of very clear instructions of how to make it, so I shall not duplicate it here.
The only difference I made to the design was to make the bottom of the toilet roll centre solid so that when we put a LED tea light in, it would not fall out. So, instead of cutting off the bottom of the toilet roll centre, I drew lines for cutting along, then folding the strips inwards to form a base.
Also, instead of using glue sticks to stick the tissue paper onto the toilet roll centre, we used double-sided sticky tape. This worked very well, and was less messy.
Everyone was happy with their Pentecost flame, and I hope that the children enjoyed making them!
Did you know that the Easter Tree is nothing new? I thought it’s a novel idea, but apparently it’s a European tradition and our American cousins have had Easter Trees for a while. Anyway, that’s the activity Arthur had prepared for us on the last session of Kids’ Club before school broke up for the Easter holidays, but first of all we had to talk about the Easter story. The children were keen to show off their knowledge, so we had a Q&A time.
It turned out that a fair bit of prompting was needed, so we had a quick recap of Jesus’ death on the cross on Good Friday, and then how on the very first Easter Sunday, Jesus’ disciples and Mary Magdalene went to the tomb only to find his body gone. Two angels told them that Jesus was not there. He had risen from the dead! Much to Mary’s surprise, Jesus himself appeared to her in the garden where the tomb was, and her grief was turned to joy. Jesus also appeared to his disciples later, but that’s for another time. We wanted to focus on Easter Day in the session, and what it means to us.
To help with the explanation, Arthur had brought in a willow “tree” from his garden, or rather, a slender branch he had stuck in a pot of compost last year because it looked dead. He looked after it all winter, and a few weeks ago it showed signs of new life – fresh young green leaves sprouted from the twigs. So he thought it would be very apt to use it to illustrate the message of Easter – that of new life.
Talk of Easter to anyone and what excites them about it, and people think of Easter eggs, especially the children. So we asked our Kids’ Club children what the eggs have to do with Easter and with new life. At first they couldn’t move past the thought of chocolate eggs… Continue reading “Kids’ Club joins in new craze of Easter Egg Tree”
So last week I was thinking, what activity should I do with the children at Kids’ Club… Mothering Sunday is coming up, but it’s a week and a half away. Perhaps the usual making Mother’s Day cards and parcelling up a few fun-sized chocolates would be ideal. What Mum wouldn’t appreciate that? We’ve done that several times before, what could go wrong?
I cut out all the cards and folded them the right size, got boxes of fun-sized chocolates, found the colouring pens and pencils. Ah! And I’ve recently found some bargain mini stamps and mini ink pads from Hobbycraft. That brought back happy memories of me as a little girl stamping all over to make pretty pictures (or so I thought anyway) – so easy and quick, and nowadays you can get so many bright colours. Continue reading “Mother’s Day Crafts”
As I was mulling over craft ideas about Saul turning into Paul (yes, as if by magic!), I thought of the transformations that happen in our world, or on Cybertron – but thought it just might be a bit too tricky to make a car that turns into a robot. So I settled for the ever popular metamorphosis of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly. In my research on the internet, I came across several good-looking paper plate caterpillars, and since I had a stack of paper plates at home, I went one step further and added wings too.
Here’s how I made it… Continue reading “How to make a paper plate butterfly”