How much fun can you have with a cardboard box? ANSWER: LOADS!!!! Just look at the photographs here!! The children had a great time outside too despite the wind and snow. We have the dancing ribbons out and everyone had a fantastic time twirling, dancing and running, watching the colours in the wind (and now for the science bit..... it is great to building shoulders muscles needed for handwriting - oh yes, try it now, when you write your shoulder joint makes the movements!!)
We have had a great week so far..... if you get the chance to have a look at the children's Easter paintings you will see some fantastic artwork! We have talked about the signs of springtime and Easter and been singing lots of songs about what we can see at Eastertime. Natasha made a yummy simnel cake for the children to try, a traditional Easter cake decorated with 11 marzipan balls to represent the 11 true apostles.... Today we made and decorated Easter baskets, shredded wheat nests with some yummy chocolate eggs!!
This afternoon we had a lovely treat as Jill Rowe invited the children to the church for a special Easter story. As we had a small group this afternoon, we were able to walk to church and enjoy this special time.
Inside the church were 6 numbered area each representing a different part of the story.
The first area represented the path Jesus took in Jerusalem as the people welcomed him with 'sing hosanna'. We talked about our hopes and dreams. Each child drew a picture of something they would like to see.... we had Newquay beach, a lighthouse, and a flag.
Next was the special time when Jesus washed his friends feet. We saw a pretty bowl and each child marked a cross with the water on their hand to remember this.
Area 3 represented the Last Supper and we shared bread, and wine (well - ribena!).
Next was a garden and we concentrated on the peace and quiet, then made something special from playdo to decorate the garden..... we had crodociles and balls!
Area 5 was the cross with ribbons, and we all held a ribbon and thought of someone we loved. The children all loved another friend!
Lastly, we visited the empty tomb and talked about new life.... with each child received a little chocolate egg!
We had a great afternoon and thank Jill (Marcham's children and youth minister) for including the youngest children in this journey. The story was told in an appropriate way and level for these littlies to understand and be involved in the Easter story.