Children’s Session Don’t Be Afraid

Children’s Session Don’t Be Afraid

Children’s Session – Don’t be Afraid This is a session designed to encourage children and volunteers to talk about the things that they are worried by, stressed by or fearful of and give some practical ways to negotiate these. Introductory Activities Stress Balls All you need to make stress balls are flour, a funnel, a black sharpie and balloons. Stretch the opening of the balloon over the end of your funnel. Scoop flour into it and shake down till it fills your balloon. Tie the balloon off and draw on your face with the black sharpie! When things get stressful or difficult giving the balloons a squeeze can help relieve some tension. Mini-Marshmallow Popper 1. Cut the bottom part off of your plastic cup. 2. Tie a knot at the end of your balloon and cut off about 1/2″ from the other end. 3. Now stretch the balloon over the end of the cup. Set up some a target that the children can shoot at – we had the word fear written in large cut-out letters. We asked children to name their fears and the challenge was to knock them down. Magic Message Craft Before the session prepare some white card with the message ‘God is with us don’t be afraid’ using a white crayon. Encourage the children to use different coloured water colours to uncover the message. God is always with us, we don’t always see him but he is always there. When we are having a difficult day we can tell him how we feel and ask for his help. Worksheets My Fears Worksheet What is he afraid...
Children’s Session: Showing Kindness

Children’s Session: Showing Kindness

Children’s Session Showing Kindness “It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.” Matthew 10:42 Team Game: Steal the Beans This game can be used to introduce the idea that sometimes we just think about ourselves and often our success depends on others losing out. Five hoops are arranged with one in each corner and the other in the centre of the room. Place an equal number of beanbags in each hoop. Divide the players into four teams and have each team stand in a line behind their designated hoop.  The object of the game is to steal beanbags from the centre and outside hoops, return them to the home hoop, and have the highest number of beanbags at the end of play. On a starting signal, the first player from each team runs to the centre hoop or any one of the outside hoops to “steal” a beanbag. After returning the beanbag to the home hoop, the player runs to the back of his or team line, and the next player then begins. After all the beanbags have been taken from the centre hoop, players must steal from the hoops of the other teams. The following rules are to be enforced: • A player can take only one beanbag at a time. • Only one player from each team can be stealing at one time. • No team can defend or protect its beanbags from being stolen. • No throwing...
Edible Paint

Edible Paint

This is a really simple but effective craft idea that I can see children’ absolutely loving. All you need for making edible paint is: Condensed Milk Food Colouring Toothpicks Paintbrushes Marshmallows Just pour the Condensed Milk into small containers (ice cube tray works great too) and mix in some food colouring using a toothpick. Once mixed it can be used to paint onto the marshmallows. It can also be used for painting on paper...
String Easter Egg Craft

String Easter Egg Craft

With Easter approaching this is a creative craft for children of all ages. Inflate an oval balloon or a water balloon. You can blow it up to just about the size of an egg or make it as large as desired. Cut cotton yarn, crochet thread or embroidery floss into 12 to 24-inch long strands. You can go with 1 color or use several colors of thread. Mix together some white glue diluted slightly with water (about 3 parts glue to 1 part water, or add just enough water to achieve a workable consistency) Soak several strands of yarn or thread into the paste. Take one strand, pulling it between your thumb and forefinger to remove excess paste. Wrap the wet thread around the balloon Continue doing Steps 5 and 6 with the rest of the strands of thread. Wrap them in various directions to create crisscrossing patterns around the balloon. You can wrap the balloon with as much thread as you like for a more covered or solid look or use less thread for an egg with lots of open spaces. Hang up the egg to dry. It will take about 1 to 2 days to dry completely. Once dry, use a pin to burst the balloon. Carefully pull out the deflated balloon from the egg. These colorful String Easter eggs will look great inside a basket or large bowl. For an extra decorative touch fill them with...

Easter Jelly Bean Poem

Another really pretty Easter craft – ideal if you’re looking for a quick activity this weekend. All you need is some jelly beans, sandwich bags, some ribbon, and card to print the template on. Template...