Simple Craft Activities for Under Fives
Claire Wells www.ptgroupstogether.org.uk (see website for more ideas)
Claire ran a session at the 2008 Children’s Ministry Conference in Eastbourne. Here
is the basis of her presentation.
‘Wondering how to ‘survive’ creative/ craft activities? Practical ideas and tips
for 'making' and 'doing'. Takes account of developmental stages of children
and common issues for busy leaders and helpers running toddler groups and
Sunday /midweek church groups. Come and be inspired and encouraged!’
The title for this seminar is ‘Simple Crafts for the Under Fives’ and it’s just one of
the topics within the Under Fives stream this weekend. Firstly my apologies for being
a little more focused on parent toddler groups as this is my background.
I’m going to be concentrating on tips for enjoying and making the most of craft and
creative activities with this age group. The focus must be the enjoyment and needs of
the CHILD within this context!
Now I wonder if the thought of craft activities with the Under Fives fills you with
excitement and anticipation. or a sense of dread and anxiety? … or perhaps a
mixture or you’re going along nicely!?
Whatever we think, the benefits seriously outweigh the disadvantages. God is the
source of all creativity and when we ‘create’ we reflect the image of our Creator.
Just to get a feel for the extent of your involvement, let’s have a show of hands …
Who is involved with running or helping with
• Sunday groups with this age group more or less every week?
• Midweek toddler groups? (with parents or carers accompanying the children)
• Monthly Children’s specials (with a wider age range)
• Annual children’s clubs?
• Crèche and baby focused groups?
Or maybe you’re just thinking about it or supporting those who do!
Well the practical considerations will vary with each context. Each will have its own
opportunities and constraints but there are some factors common to all.
So where do we start and how do we go on? We