Friday, 18 April 2014

S-T-O-C-K-S in association with The Holiday Club

The childrens Easter Gardens

Good Friday

This day is one of the, if not the, most holy of holy days. It is the day that Jesus died for our sins in the most horrendous way one could. It is a day of sacrifice and it is important to help the children understand and remember this day for more than just chocolate. Keeping this day special with age appropriate lessons and activities is at the heart of St. Thomas' Church and we pride ourselves on providing a jam packed morning session for our youngsters.

Today we made Easter Gardens, told The Story Of Easter in a craft wheel, decorated and wrote Easter Cards, Crafted Flowers, made Chocolate Nests with Easter Eggs (well you've got to have some chocolate in there - if only for me to eat the left overs if nothing else). We also played hoopla, parachute games, ate hot cross buns and drank juice - this was all before the sing alongs with actions and a talk from our Vicar.

Jam packed but so much fun. All the children enjoyed their time with us today and we hope to see them all, and a few more, at next years event. Though there will be many more events where S-T-O-C-K-S and The Holiday Club come together - mainly because the leaders help out for both.

Here are some of today's activities, one with a how to step by step guide:


St. Thomas' Church Good Friday 2014

Our Church hall - The Wilbury Hall - all set up and ready for the day.

First table Make and Decorate Easter Cards
Samples of the childrens Easter Cards

My son Joseph's Story Of Easter wheel.

Joseph's Story Of Easter wheel, flower and Easter Card.


The childrens flowers, cards and the start of their wheels.

As you can see we had lots of fun but were very busy. Here is a 'How-To' make of the Easter Garden.

You will need:
Take away food tins (if you can recycle all the better but for health and safety purposes we could not at this time)
Toilecardt rolls (folded at one end)
Stones (big enough to cover one end of the toilet/card roll)
Pre-made cross made out of coloured lolly pop sticks (pre-made due to age range if older children they can make their own but depending on time as to whether the glue will hold the sticks etc)
Earth
Moss
Flowers


Sample of the tins we used.

Earth.

Moss representing the hillside.

Toilet/card roll representing the cave.

Stones for the rock in front of the cave.

 How to make your Easter Garden:
1. Cut the base of your flowers then place at the far end of your tin...
2. Scatter some earth around the flower and enough to cover the base of the tin...
3. Place your toilet/card roll on top of the earth so it emerges from the landscape...
4. Cover your 'cave' with some more earth...
5. Then add your moss to make it look like a hillside landscape...
6. Finally add your rock and then your cross...
7. End result, your Easter Garden


1. Cut the base of your flowers then place at the far end of your tin...

2.Scatter some earth around the flower and enough to cover the base of the tin...

3.Place your toilet/card roll on top of the earth so it emerges from the landscape...

4.Cover your 'cave' with some more earth...

5.Then add your moss to make it look like a hillside landscape...

6. Finally add your rock and then your cross...


7. End result, your Easter Garden

Mother and son's gardens side-by-side

What have you made this Easter? If you haven't made anything this Easter why not give one of these a go? 

Isaiah 40:8
The grass withereth, and the flower fadeth:
But the word of our God shall stand forever


Until next time,
Every Blessing

Kate at S-T-O-C-K-S

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