The Big Red Book
Published by: Scripture Union
Target Audience: Anyone interested in Pre-school ministry
Each Big Book has an introduction to running a pre-school group with a photocopiable registration form, as well as ideas for welcome times and home times.
Within each session there are plenty of ideas for Play time, Game time, Making time, Story time, Rhyme time, Song time, Pray time, Extra time and Discussion starters for any accompanying adults. In addition, each session has an A4 photocopiable Activity page which could be used as a take-home sheet. Most of the activities are simple to organise, take 2-10mins to run (a few are longer) and are categorised with icons that relate to the Government's Early Learning Goals which is particularly useful in nursery settings. Crafts and songs could be useful in a Christian Toddler Group depending on its size and structure.
The 10 sessions on Christmas are:
Jesus is coming (Matthew 1:18-25)
An angel comes to Mary (Luke 1:26-38)
Going to Bethlehem (Luke 2:1-6)
Jesus is born (Luke 2:5-7)
Christmas presents: including a script which could be used for a pram service
Shepherds and angels (Luke 2:8-20)
Wise men from the East (Matthew 2:1-12)
See the star! (Matthew 2:1-12, John 1:1-14)
Welcome Jesus! (Luke 2:21-40)
In addition there are 5 sessions each on the themes of People we meet, Stories Jesus told and God gives us food.