This term in the Nest we are learning about the world around us to help us remember to be thankful for all the wonderful places God has created. This week we are looking at the Countryside!
Verse ‘I will give thanks to You, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonderful deeds.’ Psalm 9v1
Book Five Minute Bible Stories by Fiona Boon & Hayley Down (pages 71-91) (see link here). Tamsin, one of our fantastic Nest team, has recorded a video of this term’s book including a Makaton signed story and song (see link here).
Songs Who’s the king of the jungle - Creator God - If I were a butterfly - Praise the Lord - When I look (see the videos here) - Father God (to the tune of Old MacDonald, lyrics below, have a go at making up more verses with your child about other things you can find in the Countryside).
Father God made the world, E-I-E-I-O,
And in the Countryside He made a river, E-I-E-I-O
With a splish splash here, and a splish splash there etc.
Activity 1 Create some handprint paintings of animals you’d find in the Countryside. If you search online for ‘animal handprint paintings’ followed by an animal name there are lots of examples of each. The cow, chicken and sheep are good ones to try. You can also make a sheep using fingerprints for the wool.
Instead of painting you could create the handprints by drawing around your child’s hand and colouring it in to look like animals you’d find in the Countryside.
Activity 2 For something a little different you can use toy farm animals to make footprints and whole animal prints in some playdough. You could also make some prints beforehand and see if they can match them to the animal.
As your child paints/plays remind them that God made the Countryside and the animals that live in it - we can thank God for the wonderful Countryside.