- toys: boats, people and fish (or other sea creatures) would be perfect for today
- water play: if you have space, you could set out some dish pans of warm water, add some dish soap and let the kids play with the water and bubbles. Spoons, cups and pastic fish toys are nice to add to the water. Plastic aprons are a neccessity!
2) Songs: Start the Story Hour with the learning our names song. Go around the circle or table and introduce each child.
3) Prayer... praise God that he controls all of the weather: sunshine, rain, wind and storms. Thank God for the weather today.
4) Theme: Remind the children of the theme of the unit: God sends his greatest gift, Jesus Christ our Saviour. John 1:14 “we beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father”
Tell them that they are going to hear a Bible Story again today that shows the glory of God by Jesus commanding the wind and the rain. God made all things and nothing is outside of God’s control – even the wind and the seas obey him!
5) Bible Story: Today’s Story is about a Storm. Read pages 303-305 from the Read and Learn Bible (Scholastic).
6) Text: Today’s Text is: “Who is this Jesus, that he commands even wind and water, and they obey him?” Luke 8:25b
- Stormy Waters: You'll need:2 liter filled 2/3 with water,salt,blue food color,teaspoon,marker,dishwashing liquid Directions:Give each child a 2 liter filled with water 2/3 full. Have children add teaspoon of salt, one drop of dishwashing liquid, and several drops of blue food color. Have children put lids on the 2 liters and shake the containers by placing it in both hands and moving it in a circle to make a stirring motion. The mixture will form a funnel. Have child write their name on container to take home with them.
- Ocean in a Bottle: What you will need: rubbing alcohol, mineral spirits, food coloring,
water bottle. Fill half of the bottle with rubbing alcohol. Put two to three drops of food coloring into the bottle and shake. Fill remainder of the bottle with mineral spirits.
Put top on - Do not Shake. Hold bottle horizontally until clear, then raise and lower ends to create waves.
- Wave Maker: Ingredients: Clear Plastic Soda or Water Bottle, Food Coloring (blue),Vegetable Oil, Tap Water, Glitter or Metallic Confetti or small Trinkets (optional) Directions: Fill bottle half way full with water and add a few drops of food coloring. Confetti of glitter can be added next if desired, a few pinches at a time. Using a small funnel, fill the bottle the rest of the way to the cap with vegetable oil. Add a dab of glue around the threads on the bottle top, screw the cap on tightly to seal. Colored plastic tape can be wrapped around the cap for extra sealing protection and decoration. Tilt and rock slowly from side to side to create action in your wave maker! Finished bottle on the side - see the 2 layers? making waves!
- Coloring: get the 3 pictures (1 - the storm, 2- jesus speaks, 3- the calm) , and reduce the 3 pictures by 50% and cut them out. Give each child all three pictures. Have them color all 3 and glue them in order on a long sheet of construction paper. Here are some pictures you could use: http://baptist-church.suite101.com/article.cfm/jesus_calms_the_storm
- Painting: print out on the the pictures of Jesus calming the storm and give the children blue paint (maybe several shades?) Let them paint over the pictures to show wind and rain and water everywhere. Fingerpaints will work work, or watered down tempera paints or watercolors - anything that is thin enough for you to still see the picture through.
8) Closing Prayer... say the Lord's prayer together with the children
9) Going Home: Sing the closing together. Then, check to see if all the children have collected their crafts and coloring sheets before they go home. Say goodbye and tell them that you enjoyed learning about God together and were happy to have them today! You were, weren’t you?
10) Optional Coloring Pages:
Jesus calms the storm: http://www.sermons4kids.com/jesus-calms-storm-colorpg.htm