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Alphabet Wall: Special edition – d for dinosaur

You will need: Coloured paper, marker, scissors, glue, artblock sheet and crayons.

1. On your coloured sheet of paper, draw a lowercase block letter d. Also draw a dino’s head and feet. Cut these out.

2. Paste the letter d in the middle of the artblock sheet.

3. Paste on the head, feet and the tail of your dinosaur.

Decorate it any way you like!

WordCraft: Making… b for beads

As DD has started showing early interest in words now, this craft was thought up for her benefit.  Aside from being a fun way to learn to spell, I also like the element of fine motor skills practice.  🙂

Will WordCraft become a regular series?  Hmm…maybe….maybe…  😉

You will need the following materials: assorted craft beads, coloured paper, cardboard, marker, glue.

1. Paste the cardboard on the back of the coloured paper. This makes it sturdy so it can withstand the weight of the beads that will be glued on.
2. With the marker, write out the word “beads”.

3. Apply glue onto the letters…

…and arrange the beads. DD insisted on doing this on her own so I left her to it.

"Mummy, you don't help!"

I thought the end result was really pretty! 🙂

This could be a fantastic idea if your child’s name starts with B…like room door nameplates…or in a wooden frame above their bed…or on a bookcase…so many possibilities!

Alphabet Wall: Making…z for zacchaeus

My brain is deep-fried this week. There are so many things going on and so many tasks to get over the line.   😛

But I’m still trying to maintain the momentum on the weekly alphabet craft…just because I think it’s good to keep to the discipline.

So, we’re going back to the basic of basics. No prior prep, simple and extremely easy to execute, but don’t let the simplicity discount its ability to achieve the objective of the lesson.   🙂

Only need a very short list of materials: Artblock sheet, markers, crayons, colour pencils.

1. With a black marker, draw a picture of Zacchaeus in a tree, and Jesus standing at the foot of the tree, looking up at him.

2. Zacchaeus’s coat is intentionally drawn in a z shape with stripes, to serve as introductory writing practice for the letter z. (Anatomically inaccurate, I know, but then it wasn’t intended to be a biology lesson!)  😉

3. Colour the rest of the picture.

Sorry, this all took place so quickly I didn’t have time to take pictures of the steps!

Zacchaeus’s story is found in Luke 19:1-10.

Alphabet Wall: Making…x is for exodus

This reminded me of secondary school topography map work. 

And despite it taking a much longer time to prepare than most other Alphabet wall crafts, with DH and me complaining of aching fingers from crayoning large sections of desert, it has been fun in that we too, have now learnt the route of the exodus from Egypt.  🙂

You will need the following materials:  Artblock sheets, marker, crayons, scissors, craft foam, glue.

1. On an artblock sheet, draw with the marker, a map of the Israelites’ journey. I drew two versions – one large one for ourselves to use as a teaching aid, and two smaller ones for DD and DS to colour.

2. Colour in the different parts of the land – we used brown for the tall mountains, orange for the lower mountains, pale orange for the desert, blue for waters and green for the plains of Canaan.
3. With the scissors, cut out two x’s from the craft foam (one for the large storyboard, one for your child’s piece).
4. Also cut a picture of a crowd to use as a prop. (We pasted the picture of the crowd on craft foam backing to make it more durable for preschooler and toddler hands to handle.)

5. Walk the crowd through the route of the exodus on your storyboard.

6. Have your child colour their own maps and stick their own x’s to mark God’s promised land. We let DS do his own thing but I was happy to quietly observe DD following the colour coding on the larger map fairly independently.

And drew Pharaoh’s soldiers chasing the Israelites as well.

 

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Psalm 111  1 Praise the LORD.        I will extol the LORD with all my heart        in the council of the upright and in the assembly.  2 Great are the works of the LORD;        they are pondered by all who delight in them.  3 Glorious and majestic are his deeds,        and his righteousness endures forever.  4 He has caused his wonders to be remembered;        the LORD is gracious and compassionate.  5 He provides food for those who fear him;        he remembers his covenant forever.  6 He has shown his people the power of his works,        giving them the lands of other nations.  7 The works of his hands are faithful and just;        all his precepts are trustworthy.  8 They are steadfast for ever and ever,        done in faithfulness and uprightness.  9 He provided redemption for his people;        he ordained his covenant forever—        holy and awesome is his name.  10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;        all who follow his precepts have good understanding.        To him belongs eternal praise. *****

 

Note to parents:
Many Bible stories can be retold from this same map (crossing the Red Sea, the Ten Commandments at Sinai, wandering in the desert, Moses on Mt Nebo, crossing the River Jordan, etc.)  so it’s worth the effort of backing the map with cardboard or laminating to make it sturdier for repeated use. 

Fill in as many location details as you see fit for your own teaching needs.

Alphabet Wall: Making x is for ??

Sigh, I was stuck at the letter X for our capital letters alphabet craft. I’m on holiday but my mind’s wheels are still cranking away trying to get out of this stuck rut! 

x is for example…?

x is for exodus…?

So we are on a break this week till I figure this one out, or come up with another plan for the letter y instead.  Mail me if you have any good ideas!

Alphabet Wall: Making…w is for wall

Can’t believe I spent a week thinking about what to do for w, when this was staring me in the face all along!  Especially now I’ve just typed the title out…   😛

This craft is useful for a simple pattern exercise.

You will need the following materials: Pencil, artblock sheet, orange and blue craft foam, scissors, glue.

1. With a pencil, draw a brick wall on the artblock sheet.
2. I wanted to achieve the effect of a “w” appearing as a pattern on the wall, so I colour-coded the bricks by number. 1 for orange, 2 for blue. The blue bricks form the “w” shape.

3. Cut out enough orange and blue “bricks” from craft foam to make up the wall.

4. Paste, following the patterns.

5. And you’re done!

Related Bible story: Nehemiah – Rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem

We also brought out the wooden blocks for some building action of our own.   😀

Alphabet Wall: Making…v is for vine

I originally started out trying to use pipe cleaners for this craft but after an hour’s worth of twisting, undoing, retwisting and in the process, gaining tiny but painful, scratches all over my fingers from the exposed wires, I decided there had to be a better and more preschooler-safe way of doing this.

A couple of days later, an idea to use real twigs and brown string planted itself in my mind.  🙂

You will need the following materials: plant twigs, scissors, cellophane tape, brown string, purple colour paper, glue, artblock sheet, marker.

1. Duck out to a nearby park to gather twigs, ideally forked ones. Make it a family outing! 😀   (More power to you if you manage to find v-shaped twigs. I made do with y-shaped ones).

2. Trim the twigs to the shape required. Secure a few together with some cellophane tape to make your vine more sturdy.

3. (Optional step) If you are like me and can’t stand the fact that twigs keep shedding little brown bits, mix two teaspoons of water to one teaspoon of PVA glue and paint over the twigs.

This does not change the look and feel from a sensory standpoint but it does create a sort of sealer coat that lessens shedding to a great degree! 🙂   Leave to dry.

4. Have your child twine the brown string over the twigs. Talk about how vines are creepers that twine their way around whichever structure is available. Secure by tying a knot.

4. While your child is working on the twining, cut some grapes out of the purple colour paper.

5. With a marker, draw a block letter v on an artblock sheet.

4. Paste on your vine, and the grapes.

We added some leaves as well, cut from a forest background from an old magazine.  🙂

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John 15:5 – I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

God helps me
God helps me
In my Bible book I read that
God helps me

God keeps me
God keeps me
In my Bible book I read that
God keeps me

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