Here are some ideas to celebrate Father’s Day with your group (or to use at a summer picnic) and to encourage parents (particularly any dads, grandpas or other male figures present) to spend time and have fun with the children in their lives.
Here are some ideas for your toddler group based on the story of Noah. It presents the flood as God’s ‘spring clean’ of a world spoiled by people’s unkindness. It might fit in well with the themes of colours, animals or when the weather has been particularly wet!
Here are some ideas for a toddler group session based on the story of Zacchaeus. It might fit in well with the themes of friends, saying sorry, sharing, the seasons (autumn leaves) or a summer Teddy Bear’s picnic under shady trees.
Here are some ideas for a toddler group session based on the story of Jonah and the Whale. This storybook contains all you need to run a group session; the story, crafts, games, prayer and take home sheets for parents to go over the story at home.
This engaging story of Mary and Martha brings out the importance of making time for God, and how God loves his children to talk to him. It contains an interactive story, take home for parents/carers, a game and prayers.
Here are some ideas to help your toddler group celebrate Palm Sunday. Telling the story from the point of view of the little donkey that carried Jesus into Jerusalem will enable the children to “feel” all the noise and excitement of that day.
If you’re running a Light Party on or around the 31st October, here are some ideas to celebrate the gift of light that we see in the world around us, and to introduce the idea that Jesus is the Light of the World.
Here are some ideas for an end of term toddler praise service to give thanks for friendships made during the year and to say ‘goodbye’ to any leaving the group.
It is based on the story of Jesus blessing the little children.
Here’s an interactive story to use at a toddler group Easter celebration or for families to use at home. The account of the caterpillar provides a simple metaphor for the Easter story. The story leads well into an Easter egg hunt!
Essential Christian have teamed up with Playtime once again to create a special selection of praise songs for toddlers.
These songs are fun, great to dance to, and convey how much God loves us. Another fantastic resource to use within your toddler groups, play schools, churches and families.
Essential Christian have teamed up with Playtime to create a special selection of action songs for toddlers.
With fun and exciting song words, meaningful story content and melodies that are easy to move and dance to, these songs are ideal for toddler groups, play schools, churches and families.
More toddler group stories
Father’s Day story – Based on the Prodigal son.
Mother’s Day story – A Mother’s Day story to use within toddler groups or in church
Harvest story – A Harvest celebration for Playtime 2016
Teddy bears’ picnic – telling the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand
The Easter butterfly – A unique way of telling the Easter story to under-fives
The Day the Queen came to Tea – This has echoes of the Mary and Martha story in the Bible
Bring the little children – Care for the Family is launching an exciting new initiative to support and equip families to nurture their child’s faith at home. As toddler group leaders, this is something we can help families to develop within their own homes.
Toddler groups are communities of parents … but when do we ever have time to talk to each other? Jane Whitehorn introduces us to MOPS, a style of parent-toddler group that focuses on enriching us mums as well as our children!
A fantastic guide to toddler groups just starting up, as well as established group leaders and their teams.
The National Month of Prayer provides a focus for both individuals and churches to support church based toddler groups.
Playtime tips – From the 2016 conference
Easter, Harvest and Christmas services told through the delightful stories of ‘Teddy’s Adventures’.
A free resource designed to help your church toddler group think through its vision and develop its potential, and is full of ideas about how you might engage with the parents and carers who attend your group more effectively.
A poem for those who may find Mothers’ Day a difficult time.
Are there times when you feel isolated while running your group?
Would you like to be a part of a network where you can receive support and encouragement?
Facebook is a really effective way of communicating with other toddler group leaders. You can exchange new ideas, ask questions, make comments and give and receive support.
Why not join the Playtime Facebook group today and become an active participant in meeting new members and sharing your thoughts. It’s easy to do – just visit our Facebook page here . We look forward to hearing from you.