Friday, 17 March 2017

God protects us cupcake surprise

Next week our younger children will be exploring Psalm 121 and thinking about God's help and protection.  They really enjoy doing anything related to food, so here is an activity I have planned for them.  As it's about God's protection it would work equally well with any story that has that theme: Daniel in the Lion's Den, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, Jesus calms the storm... 

You will need: undecorated cupcakes, a knife or spoon, small sweets e.g. Skittles, fondant icing, rolling pin, circular cookie cutters.

Cut a hole in the top of a cupcake with a spoon or a knife.

Fill the hole with sweets.

Roll out some fondant icing and cut out a circle of it that is big enough to cover the top of your cupcake.

Cover the cupcake with the fondant and decorate it (maybe with the initial letter of your name). The sweets will be hidden under the icing and protected by it.

Bite into the cake to reveal the protected sweets!
Talk about: 
Link the sweets being kept safe by the icing to the idea of being protected and helped/
What makes us feel safe? Who makes us feel safe? Where is safe?
How might God help us and look after us?
Have you ever asked God to help or protect you?

Make another hidden sweets cupcake and decorate it for another person you know. Pray that God will help them and keep them safe.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Cupcake Case Prayers

If you are looking for a prayer activity using things you may already have at home, here is an idea!

Children can use this idea to pray for anything they want to and setting the cases on the water is very symbolic of giving their prayer over to God.

You will need: Cup cake cases (or liners).  I used mini cupcakes cases here, felt tip tens, water, a dish or container to hold the water

Ask children to choose a cupcake case and to write or draw their prayer on the inside of it.  When they have finished, set the case on the water and give the prayer to God.  Watch it float! 

Alternative idea: write or draw a prayer on a small piece of paper, fold it up and put it inside a cupcake case.  Then put the case to float on the water.

Have fun!

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Psalm 23 Play dough mat

We had some fun with these at Messy Church a few weeks ago!  I know I'm having a bit of a play dough mat overload at the moment but they are so useful!!

Click here to print off the mat, laminate for future uses and get play dough-ing!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Abraham: God's firm promises milk stars

This is a simple but fun craft with a real ‘awe’ factor when the children see the curds and whey separating.  The fact that something solid is made from the liquid helps children to reflect on the fact that God’s promises to Abraham are solid and firm and that Abraham can trust God to do as he says.  This activity is linked to the story of Abraham in Genesis 15, where God tells Abraham:

“Look at the sky. See the many stars. There are so many you cannot count them. Your family will be like that.”

You will need: 250 ml milk, 3 tablespoons vinegar, a sieve, a spoon, a bowl, kitchen roll, cookie cutter stars (or other cutters if you would like children to choose!), food colouring if you want to make coloured stars!

Heat up the milk until it is hot but not boiling and pour it into a bowl.  Add the vinegar to the hot milk and start stirring.  Very quickly, the milk will separate into solids (curds) and liquid (whey). 

Use the sieve to separate the curds fully from the liquid.  This in itself is a fascinating thing to do!  

Next, squeeze as much liquid as you can out of the curds with your hands and then use the kitchen roll to absorb even more.  

When you have removed as much moisture as you can, flatten the curds out with your hands and then use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of it. 

I used stars to fit with Abraham’s story, but let children choose what they feel is appropriate to their own personality.  

Talk about:
What are promises?
How does it make you feel when someone promises you something?
What is trust?
Who do you trust?
What is it like to trust God?

Pray: Lay out the shares you have made and thank God for all the people we trust.  Ask God to help us to trust Him