Activity Sheets: NL4 Jan. 23

Here’s a FREE copy of this week’s Narrative Lectionary activity sheet for Year 4. Inspired by this week’s text our activity sheets include colouring activities, discussion questions, and images to accompany each week’s reading. Print your PDF in black/white on any home printer!

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Activity Sheets: NL4 Jan. 16

Here’s a FREE copy of this week’s Narrative Lectionary activity sheet for Year 4. Inspired by this week’s text our activity sheets include colouring activities, discussion questions, and images to accompany each week’s reading. Print your PDF in black/white on any home printer!

Want to get a month of activity sheets at a time? Check-out our Etsy shop to purchase a month-at-a-time all the way to Easter!

A sweet little Epiphany craft: Magi’s Shooting Star

I received these delicious Italian chocolate stars in my stocking this Christmas, and (of course) I immediately started thinking of a myriad of crafts I could do with them. Here is one super simple craft you can do with anything star-shaped (chocolates, paper cutouts, buttons…etc).

Create your own Magi’s Shooting Star

You’ll need… coloured paper, star-shaped foil-wrapped candies, a gluestick, and scissors.

  1. Cut strips of coloured paper roughly one inch wide
  2. Fold the strips of paper back and forth into a crinjkly zigzag pattern
  3. Pair up two to three strips of paper for each star and glue them one at a time on the back with a gluestick.

I’m always trying to think of little tasks different-aged kids can help with. Older children can cut out colourful strips of paper for their star’s tail, while little kids can master the crinkly zig-zag fold. And, of course, who doesn’t love a glue stick!?

Perhaps you want to pair this craft, as I will this Sunday, with a “witnessing” activity. Invite your families to give away some of their stars to others, just as the Star of Bethlehem invited outsiders, the Magi, to come and be a part of the Christ-Child’s story.

In that case why not add an extra strip of paper featuring the verse:

The light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness has never put it out.

(John 1:5)

Sharing God’s love is the best witness we have as people of faith. This might be a good beginning for your littlest Christ followers.

Activity Sheets: NL4 Jan. 9

Here’s a FREE copy of this week’s Narrative Lectionary activity sheet for Year 4. Inspired by this week’s text our activity sheets include colouring activities, discussion questions, and images to accompany each week’s reading. Print your PDF in black/white on any home printer!

Want to get a month of activity sheets at a time? Check-out our Etsy shop to purchase a month-at-a-time all the way to Easter!

Virtual Learning Survival Kit

Well, in Ontario we’re back to two weeks of virtual learning, and let me tell you folks are not happy! Teachers, parents, and students are all struggling. That said, my church and some local partners are looking to make some Virtual Learning Survival Kit to pass out to economically disadvantaged families in our town. Perhaps, you’d like to do something similar where you are? If so, I’m sharing our plan with you.

These kits are meant to be something you can put together quickly since virtual learning will (theoretically) only take place for two more weeks. They are meant to convey that our students and parents are seen and loved. We know they’re struggling and we’re here for them.

I will update with photos and more information as the project unfolds but here’s what we have so far.

The kits will include…

  • A water bottle
  • A chocolate bar
  • A fidget toy
  • Printed resources for students (one for kids and one for youth) – includes one calming activity and one stretching activity
  • Printed resource for parents
  • Stickers (for the younger kids these will be part of encouraging parents to provide positive feedback for their kids).

Other suggestions from parents have included…

  • Whiteboard and whiteboard markers. Pencil on paper is too hard to see when you hold it up to the screen.
  • Notebooks
  • School supplies appropriate for their grade level. Some teens pointed out many students borrow supplies from teachers and may no longer have access to them!
  • Toys to remind them to get outside and play.

So, what do you think? Is a Virtual Learning Survival Kit something you could see putting together? What might you include in it?

Check out our printable resources for Parents/Carers and Students

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