The Parable of the Red Flower with Green Stem

The Parable of the Red Flower with Green Stem

The Parable of the Red Flower with Green Stem Once upon a time there was a little boy who studied at a big school. One morning the teacher said “Today we’re going to draw.” “Good” thought the little boy. He liked to draw lions, tigers, chickens, trains and boats. He got his colour-pencils and started drawing. “Wait!! Don’t start yet.” said the teacher. She waited until all the students were ready and then said … “We’re going to draw flowers.” The little boy started drawing beautiful flowers with his pink, orange and blue pencils. “Wait” said the teacher. “I’ll show you how to do it.” And the flower she drew was red with a green stem. “Ok” said the teacher “now you can do it.” The little boy looked at the flower the teacher had drawn , looked at his own flowers and liked his best. He couldn’t say that so he turned the sheet of paper over and drew a flower just like the one the teacher had drawn – red with a green stem. Another day the students were having class outside and the teacher said … “Today we are going to play with clay.” “Great” the boy thought. He liked to play with clay. He could make things like elephants, mice, cars and trucks. He started to take some clay in his hands and make a big ball. Then the teacher said … “Wait ! Don’t start yet.” She waited until all the students were ready. “Now” she said “we’re going to make a plate.” “Good” thought the little boy. He liked to make plates of...
Where is God Art Project

Where is God Art Project

Where is God Art Project Where’s Wally? This is a good way to introduce the idea of searching. It’s not always easy to see God but he is to be found very much in the midst of our lives. There are a number of books that can be purchased through an online retailed such as Amazon. Imagination Worksheet You could give each child a worksheet or use larger sheets of paper (one square per sheet of paper). This is to create space early on in the session to allow children to express their creativy. Emphasis that everyone sees differently and their responses might well be different. ImaginationWorkoutGamePrintable Creative Drawing Idea This is an alternative introductory activity. Gather together some toy catalogues, brochures or instruction booklets you don’t mine cutting up. Cut out some images that are full of action and glue them to individual sheets of paper. (You want it to look unfinished so the children want to finish the picture). Invite the children to finish of the pictures. See the gallery below for some ideas… Photo-dash Before the session write each of the questions on a large sheet of paper. Split the children into two teams and have them race against each other. Print out the photos and place them at the top of the hall. The children have to choose the photo that best represents their answer to the question. Print out a selection of words to use for the last question. Make sure to leave come blank cards for children to write their own words. Where can you find God? What would God say to you? Choose an emoticon and fill in the speech bubble....
Photography Project Ideas

Photography Project Ideas

If you’re looking for a few ideas to begin involving children and young people in photography more, here are six creative photography projects and ideas to get you started. 1) Photo Collages Turn your photos into a hands-on project! Choose a theme, and photograph items that fall into whatever it is you choose. Some ideas to get you started could be: objects that begin with a certain letter, shapes, or colours. When you’re done, print out the images and glue them onto paper or canvas to create a photographic work of art that can proudly be displayed. 2) Happy Accidents Get out of the mind-set of perfection and practice creative composition with this one. Spend an afternoon snapping photos without using the viewfinder! Close your eyes, frame your shot, point, and click. Everyone will be surprised by how, even without trying, you can still get accidental shots that look great. 3) Time Capsule Treasures Set out to make a time capsule of images with your group. List out together some of the fun things you want to remember about the group eg. Your favourite games to play, places to go, people to see, or achievements made. Once you have your list, snap photos of each of these items. Print the images and place them in a sealed envelope. Five, 10, or 20 years from now, get that envelope of photos and open it up! 4) Gratitude Challenge On the days where everyone is grumpy, turn the mood around by going on a gratitude walk. Think of things that make you all smile and set out to photograph them. It’s...
Creative Drawing Idea

Creative Drawing Idea

Creative Drawing Idea This is a really simple way to freshen up children’s drawings rather than giving them just a blank piece of paper. Gather together some toy catalogs, brochures or instruction booklets you don’t mine cutting up. Cut out some images that are full of action and glue them to individual sheets of paper. (You want it to look unfinished so the children want to finish the picture). Invite the children to finish of the pictures. See the gallery below for some ideas…...
Creativity Worksheet

Creativity Worksheet

Sometimes it’s too easy to put a colouring-in worksheet in front of children – it can be a great time filler and they are relatively easy to source. I do wonder whether we are subtly teaching children to stay within the lines and hinder their creativity. This is a great resource that allows young people to be creative....