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Toddler Celebration

Summer Toddler Celebration!

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.

His love is for everyone

Teddy’s Easter Surprise!

Here’s an interactive story to use at a toddler group Easter celebration or for families to use at home. It involves a hen laying eggs, a bird building a nest, a rabbit and a caterpillar who turns into a butterfly. The account of the caterpillar provides a simple metaphor for the Easter story. You might like to invite your church minister to explain briefly to the adults how this metamorphosis mirrors the death and resurrection of Jesus. The story leads well into an Easter egg hunt!

A Party for Baby Jesus

A Party for Baby Jesus

An interactive nativity story for a toddler group Christmas party or celebration or for families to use at home.

Playtime tips – From the 2016 conference

 

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.

MOPS – making time for mums

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!

The Good Practice Guide – 2014

A fantastic guide to toddler groups just starting up, as well as established group leaders and their teams.

National Month of Prayer for church toddler groups

The National Month of Prayer provides a focus for both individuals and churches to support church based toddler groups.

 

Toddler services

Easter, Harvest and Christmas services told through the delightful stories of ‘Teddy’s Adventures’.

Building blocks

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.

‘You’re always there for me’ – by Joanna Fuchs

A poem for those who may find Mothers’ Day a difficult time.

‘My little hands’ – a poem for Father’s day.

Facebook – a great way to connect with us!

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.