Thinking about supplementary materials for God so loved the world/ God loves me etc. or any from the love themed stories/ passages in the Bible, I've made these heart pockets. They could be used to colour match people to (I may even make a set to coordinate to the Jesus loves the little children song, we currently have pictures of children dressed in those colours to accompany the song), to put little hearts inside, crosses, matching coloured sheep etc.
Friday, 12 July 2013
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
To support prayer times, I have created prayer prompt blocks with "jenga" type blocks by burning widget symbols on of themes children may like to pray about. These can be used; to hold during related prayers, to communicate what children want to pray for non verbally (if there are language or communication difficulties or just choice) ; to prompt prayers; to pray about many things each adding a prayer until a wall is built etc.
Monday, 8 July 2013
I was thinking of possible ways of communicating key verses to children, and thought wooden cubes/ blocks would be a great way to communicate a short verse in 6 symbols. I have attempted to draw Widgit symbols to communicate the most famous verse in the world John 3:16. The bold words are the symbols (ish)
"For God so loved the world He gave his only son, that who ever believes in Him shall not die but have eternal life."
I feel this will support all children, but will be of particular value to non readers and those who have additional needs.
Thursday, 4 July 2013
Someone just reminded me on Facebook Group a song we used to sing A LOT, so found the picture cards to go with it and thought I'd share. The cards were created to create structure and consistency (I have several of them and will post them) for a little one with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. The song is sung to tune of Old MacDonald and the cards are used as follows.
The above card is on board/ floor (add velcro to the squares if on board) children take it in turns to choose two matching animals and place on the boat (or one choses one animal and another child finds the pair) we then sang the verse and put the animals in a box until we'd finished the song.
The cards can be downloaded here for free (sorry for any copy write breech) You'll need to print two copes of the animals
Wednesday, 3 July 2013
Sensory/ discovery bottles are popular around the world with babies and toddlers (and even preschoolers) and can be used in a variety of ways; to look at and explore, to prompt a story/ song/ concept, sorting, knocking down etc. Here are a few ideas for sensory bottles relating to Bible stories, they can be used to simply explore independently or with support or to accompany the story getting each bottle out in turn (for preschoolers you could number them so they can retell the story)
- Black tissue paper
- Neon sticks (cracked and put inside – will last few hours)
- Glow in the dark stars and star sequins
- Silk flowers (ones cut off a hawaiian leis from pound shop are great)
- Water, oil and liquid soap bubbles (add blue food colouring)
- Water and little fish beads/ sequins/ tiny plastic ones
- Tiny plastic animals (put some sand in also)
- Hand and feet buttons/funky foam cut outs and googly eyes
- White tissue paper (symbolise rest)
- lolly pop sticks and match sticks (Noah built ark)
- Bottles filled with objects of a single colour (as above) in rainbow colours
- Rainbow bottles (fill with objects of rainbow colours e.g. beads, pom-poms, match sticks, buttons, feathers etc.)
- Tiny animals
- Water oil and blue food colouring
- White feathers (dove)
- Fake leaves off of silk flowers or funky foam (the leaf the dove returned)
- Sand/ soil
That classic children's song/rhyme Row Row Row Your Boat, has a few verses added by creative persons along the way no doubt but most people stick to merrily rowing and screaming at crocs. So I've collected them together including some lovely Christian verses that would most defiantly complement a few Bible stories (including Paul at Sea)