Children's Work Resources & Activity Books

Material and advice to help with Children's Church, School and Home activities.

Puzzles, Quizzes and Other Stuff

- 101 More Things to do With Children and Young People

by Tirzah L. Jones


Having found Crafts, Crafts and More Crafts a useful addition to my bookshelf I was really pleased to see a new book by Tirzah Jones.
Here is a great selection of code breakers, crosswords, word searches and quiz questions. This book would be a fantastic timesaver for anyone working with children and young people in a Christian setting.
Each quiz or crossword has a page of its own which can be photocopied. There is also a handy CD to accompany the book which contains all the material for those who prefer printing to photocopying.
Sadly there is no index, which makes searching for material on a theme a little tricky. I found myself turning to the answers page to find suitable code breakers to use. Perhaps it would be easier to choose your themes around those used in the book! As well as those focussing on a particular story there are also general quizzes covering New Testament, Old Testament and the whole Bible. These worksheets would be a handy resource for any church youth group, Sunday school, children’s group or family service leader. Lots of fun and well worth having in your collection!

As noted we were unfortunately unable to include an index due to space, however to solve that problem we have made them available on the website as downloads - Publisher

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Review by Kathy Bland  (08/10/11)
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A4 Paperback
Price: £10.00
Publisher: Day One Publications
Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-846-25277-8

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Creative Ideas for Advent & Christmas

- 80 Seasonal Activities for Use With Children

by Jane Tibbs


This is without doubt the best collection of children’s advent and Christmas resources that I have come across. How refreshing it is to have such a good mix of old favourites and interesting new ideas. With 80 activities to choose from, it will be a book that I will use year after year.
Whether you are a parent, church leader, teacher or children’s worker; this book is the only resource you will need to give some inspiration to your advent preparations this year. I have found myself thinking “Ooh!”, “Wow! And “Brilliant!” whilst turning the pages of this book.
I could list some of the ideas but then you might not bother reading the book, which would be a shame. Categories for ideas include those for your community, crafts, prayers, party games, worship at home, decorations, ideas for counting down, cooking and special saints. There are also a number of sample liturgies for advent services and a good collection of useful templates for stars, angels, holly leaves and the like.
If you would like to start a posada or lead a Christingle service, if you want to hold a Christmas tree or nativity scene festival, if you need prayerful ideas to help you and your family prepare for advent, if you are looking for advent themed party game ideas or if you could do with some craft or cooking inspiration then look no further.
This is a comprehensive advent manual for children and families and I recommend it wholeheartedly!

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Review by Kathy Bland  (05/10/11)
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Paperback
Price: £8.99
Publisher: Barnabas imprint of BRF
Published: September 2011
ISBN: 978-1-841-01856-0

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On the Farm

- Rainbow Colouring Books

Illustrations by Ruth Hearson


This is one of a collection of colouring books, the others being On The Beach ISBN 978-1-846-25299-0, In The City ISBN 978-1-846-25300-3 and In The Country ISBN 978-1-846-25301-0
Importantly, permission is granted for copying to use in your church, youth group, school or similar organization. (See back page)
Big bold pictures for young ones to enjoy, but with enough detail for older children to spend many happy hours colouring in the finer details. Opposite each picture is an appropriate Bible Text to colour in and hopefully learn. I itched to have a go, I loved them.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (19/09/11)
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Stapled A4 Pbk.
Price: £2.50
Publisher: Day One Publications
Published: September 2011
ISBN: 978-1-846-25302-7

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Looking Forward to Christmas With Timothy Bear

- 18 five-minute Stories and Assembly Outlines for Advent and Christmas

by Brian Sears


Just right for any primary teacher to look at before the real countdown to Christmas begins. The book contains eighteen five minute stories which cleverly relate to the preparation and production of a Christmas nativity play. They also cover topical issues relating to Christmas. Giving and receiving, being disappointed, caring and sharing friendship and more. Each of the eighteen sessions also includes helpful hints for prayer and songs and links to the Bible. This is geared for school but could easily be used with Sunday School.

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Review by Hilary Morgan  (31/08/11)
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Paperback
Price: £7.99
Publisher: Barnabas imprint of BRF
Published: Autumn 2009
ISBN: 978-1-841-01623-8

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Parachute Fun for Everyone

- 50 Parachute Activities for Telling Bible Stories, Teaching and Worship

by Renita Boyle


The value of parachute games and activities to encourage children to work together, have fun and develop control skills has been long established within playwork. This collection of 50 activities shows a new dimension to their versatility as Renita Boyle offers ideas to use the playchute to assist the retelling of bible stories; create opportunities for reflection; activities for active fun as a group together and makes connections with other play tools for further exploration. The book is clearly set out into stories from Genesis, Psalms and the Gospels whilst offering games (of varying levels of energy), stories, crafts, role-play and songs. Helpfully offering guidance for programme planning and safe play, as well as differentiating for different ages and abilities to get you started. The group of 4 to 7 year olds I work with thoroughly enjoyed the activities and looked forward to how it was to be used each time; as a team we found the instructions easy to follow and were impressed by the impact of this interaction upon our sessions. Once again Renita has got it just right!

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Review by Siân Hancock  (16/08/11)
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Paperback
Price: £6.99
Publisher: Barnabas imprint of BRF
Published: 03 March 2011
ISBN: 978-1-841-01702-0

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The Life of Jesus

- Look Inside the Bible

by Tim Dowley


This is one of these books that makes you wonder why no-one has thought of it before – trust Tim Dowley to think of it!
The story of Jesus’ life and ministry is told very briefly on the inside pages of the cover which unfold into three pages, each telling the stories that happened in a particular place, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Capernaum, The Sea of Galilee and Jerusalem. The detail is on the centre pages. These unfold to give a four page spread to each scene, so the first page is ‘Nazareth: Jesus’ Home Town’ and here you can ‘Look closer’ to see the many different incidents illustrated on the same page. There is the Angel appearing to Mary, and Mary & Joseph returning with Jesus from exile in Egypt and many other scenes, not all biblical, but showing how life was lived in Jesus’ time. The sower broadcasting his seed, the boys playing hide-and-seek, the women grinding corn - all on the same pages.
Likewise the other locations are a compilation of events both Biblical and every-day happenings in Jesus’ time. Scenes you expect to find, such as Mary and Joseph being turned away from the inn at Bethlehem to men sitting on a roof top discussing the contents of the scrolls before them; in Capernaum, Jesus preaching in the synagogue and the Roman men in their bath and so on in the remaining locations.
Once you work out how the pages open – and a young child may need some help – this is a superb teaching aid that is fun and informative at the same time.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (30/07/11)
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Hardback
Price: £6.99
Publisher: Candle Books imprint of Lion Hudson
Published: 22 July 2011
ISBN: 978-1-859-85823-3

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Wipe Clean Activity Book 3 (and Book Four)



Text by Juliet David, illustrated by Marie Allen

ISBN: 978-1-859-85289-7
Price: £2.99

Published: 17 June 2011
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Amazing Bible Word Searches for Kids



by Richard & Ruth Spiering

ISBN: 978-0-736-92961-5
Price: £5.99

Published: March 2011
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The Ultimate Bible Quiz Book



by Douglas A Jacoby

ISBN: 978-0-736-93051-2
Price: £7.99

Published: 01 January 2011
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Anyone Can Tell a Bible Story

- Bob’s Guide to Storytelling – With 35 Great Stories

by Bob Hartman

ISBN: 978-0-857-21007-4
Price: £10.99

Published: February 2011
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Jumbo Bible Activity Book 3



by Tim Dowley Associates

ISBN: 978-1-859-85236-1
Price: £5.99

Published: Spring 2011
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Messy Cooks

- A Handbook for Messy Church Catering Teams

by Jane Butcher

ISBN: 978-1-841-01814-0
Price: £5.99

Published: March 2011
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Messy Crafts

- A Craft-based Journal for Messy Church Members

by Lucy Moore

ISBN: 978-1-841-01816-4
Price: £6.99

Published: Spring 2011
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Wait Till You See the Butterfly

- and other short stories for boys and girls

by Doreen Tamminga

ISBN: 978-1-848-71101-3
Price: £7.50

Published: 2011
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Relive Easter



by James Hamilton

ISBN: 9-990-00040-9
Price: £19.99

Published: 01 January 2010
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Assemblies for Spring and Summer Festivals

- 36 Ready-to-use Ideas for Key Christian Festivals and Other Special Days

by Martin Cox

ISBN: 978-1-841-01701-3
Price: £8.99

Published: 2010
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Story Assemblies for the School Year

- 36 Assemblies with five-minute stories, teacher’s notes and RE Follow-up

by Edward J Carter

ISBN: 978-1-841-01699-3
Price: £8.99

Published: 2010
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Bible Memory Game



ISBN: 978-1-859-85861-5
Price: £3.99

Published: 10 June 2010
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The Amazing Catch of Fish

- Stories to Remember series, Pupil Book

by Lynne Broadbent

ISBN: 978-1-851-75371-0
Price: £2.99

Published: 16 June 2009
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At Home and the Church

- Places for worship series

by By Lynne Broadbent and John Logan, Illustrated by Paul B. Davies

ISBN: 978-1-851-75375-8
Price: £14.95

Published: 07 May 2009
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