I've been super impressed by the number of you taking up the challenges during the week. Your creativity and enthusiasm is awesome! I'm sure we will all be putting on weight with all the amazing baking and cooking that's been happening!
Here is a short message from me for this week, and below you can find all the challenges. You can do one or two, or try the whole lot. You can enter multiple times. I am keeping a record of the winners, and prizes will be delivered when lockdown is over.
Keep smiling, washing your hands, and be kind to one another!
Let us pray:
Lord, I can't even count all the things I should praise You for - but I want to try! Please help me to remember to ring out your praises every day.
Here are some crafts and challenges you might like to try this week. Have a go at one, or more, send me a photo or video to be in with a chance to win a prize!
1. PALM SUNDAY QUIZ
Click HERE to do this week's D.A.T. online QUIZ!
2. MAKE A PALM SUNDAY ROCK PICTURE or VIDEO
Be inspired by the video above... can you use rocks, pebbles, stones or anything else you have around your home to make a picture or video of a scene from the Palm Sunday story? You might like to create a picture of Jesus riding the donkey, or someone in the crowd. If you don't have any stones, see if you can improvise with other objects - Lego, or pegs, or draw a picture in a plate of sand. Use your imagination!
3. CREATE A CROWD
Re-create the crowd that was there, shouting "Hosanna!" as Jesus rode into town on a donkey. You could use members of your family, toys, teddy bears, Lego, pets, or draw a picture. You could make a chalk picture on your driveway or footpath. Take a photo or video of your 'Crowd' and send it to me!
4. MUSICAL CHALLENGE
You can interpret this any way you like! Either take a photo of you with a musical instrument, make a video of you or someone in your bubble playing a musical instrument... you could make your own musical instrument, sing a song, write a song... anything that celebrates the love of Jesus!
You might like to make a rock concert, using stones (or tin cans, or other objects around your house). Here is a link to a video of some percussionists making music on the ringing rocks in Pennsylvania.
We look forward to seeing and hearing your joyful sounds!
5. MAKE A PALM FROND
Using thin paper, fold it accordion style, then cut in half at a steep angle. Staple and fan out the pointy ends. An easier option is to draw around your hand (either on green paper or card, or colour it in). Put your palm frond onto a straw or iceblock stick.
6. MAKE A DONKEY
I love this donkey, created from wooden pegs! Try making your own donkey. If you don't have pegs, you could use iceblock sticks, Lego, or draw one. Send me a photo!
7. MAKE A PALM CROSS
Flax makes a great palm cross, but if you don't have any, try making one from cardboard or thick paper.
8. JOYFUL FACE
Be inspired by this selection of smiling faces... make your own smiling face in a creative way. I especially love the painted rocks, and the upside down face with googly eyes on the chin!
9. CHAIN REACTION
Our CHYPS Youth Group have been busy making chain reaction videos using marbles, dominoes, cards... and other objects around the house. Why not have a go at making your own awesome chain reaction video and share it with us? I'll post a couple of videos on the blog in the next day or so, to give you some inspiration. Have fun, and be joyful!
Email your entries to me, and I'll do my best to put your photos/videos up on the blog for everyone to enjoy. Have fun!