Resources for Schools
These could be incorporated into art lessons.
(the pumpkin that celebrates All Saints!)
You will need: old colour magazines, glue sticks (or pots of glue
and spreaders), newspaper, card, a candle and matches.
First of all, adult lights a candle and asks the children to describe
the colours of the flame (heath & safety point - at a safe distance, and
not in a draft or a confined space). Ask the children to produce a 2D
collage of the candle and flame by ripping up the necessary colours from
old magazines and gluing them into position on some card (you could use
card from old cereal boxes). Lastly, cut around the candle shape and display.
Art: KS1 - 1a, 2a, 2c, 5a, 5c; KS2 - 1a, 2a, 5a, 5c.
Pumpkin (the pumpkin that celebrates All Saints!)
You will need: pumpkins, adult helpers, knives (health & safety
point - to be used with adult help), spoons, nightlights, matches, newspapers.
Spread out the newspaper, place the pumpkin on top and cut the top off.
Hollow out the pumpkin (this could be done in small groups with an adult
helper each if a large group of children). Cut a smile, two eyes and a
cross on the 'forehead' to create a happy face. Put the night-light inside,
and light the candle. The candle signifies the light of Christ (see the
You could tell the children of the story of the transfiguration when Jesus'
"face shone like the sun, and his clothes become as white as the light"
Matthew 17: 1-13. Jesus' body is filled with his light. In baptism we
become part of Jesus' literal body, and so we too are filled with His
Use the transfiguration link and
pumpkin above to teach the concept of Jesus as being the 'Light of the
World'. You could precede this by doing some work on forms of light (sun,
torch, candle etc), and how light interacts with the world e.g. essential
for seeing, a guide in the dark, promotes growth etc. When the children
are then introduced to the concept of Jesus as 'Light of the World', they
can begin to see that this points to how Jesus is like light, and how
His light is essential to guide us in the world. However, the children
have a choice to follow his light.
Technology KS1: 2b, 2c 3.
You will need: rich tea biscuits, tubes of coloured icing, or other
sweet decorations - optional. (Health & Safety point - check no food allergies
Decorate biscuits with happy faces, stars, or candles. Enjoy!!!
You will need: A4 sheets of black sugar paper, coloured sugar paper
shapes e.g. squares, triangles, rectangles, circles, etc., glue, newspaper,
hole punch, ribbon or string).
Instructions: Build up 2D representations of fireworks with coloured
sugar paper geometric shapes (link to light not Guy Fawkes!!) and glue
onto black sugar paper. Use hole punch to cut two holes at top of picture.
Thread ribbon or string through holes and tie at back. Use to hang up
Art: KS1 - 1a, 2a, 2c, 5a, 5c; KS2 - 1a, 2a, 5a, 5c. 5.
Star mobile for
You will need: wire coat hangers, gold/silver or yellow ribbon
or thread, yellow card, star templates, scissors, pencils, hole punch.
Instructions: Draw around star template on yellow card 6 times
(template could be made out of old cereal box). Cut out stars. Use the
hole punch to put a hole at the top of each star. Write on the stars something
that Jesus brings us e.g. love, light, joy, peace on both sides. Cut 6
lengths of ribbon or thread and tie the end of each to a star. Tie the
remaining end to the bottom of the coat hanger spaced out to equally distribute
the weight. Hang up!
There are 2 ways of making candles interesting to children that we have
You will need: a night light each, a lump of clay each, a tool
for marking the clay e.g. pencil or blunt cocktail stick, paints, brushes.
Instructions: Stick your thumb into the clay and squeeze the outside
to make a thumb pot. Fit the night light into the space inside the pot
so it fits snugly. Use the tool to mark decorations into the outside (don't
forget to put your name on the base). When dry, paint the pot bright colours.
Rolled Wax Candles
You will need: wax sheets cut into triangular strips - see instructions
(you can purchase sheets of wax at some art suppliers, or specialist candle
distributors by post), length of suitable string to make wicks, matches,
(to be followed by children):
Before we start! IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE TAKE GREAT CARE WITH
CANDLES. Do Not light a candle without an adult present. Do Not
put matches near face or play with them.
Your teacher will give you a long
shape of wax. (Make sure it is warm).
2) Cut a wick the length of
with a little bit to spare at the end. Press it onto the end like this:
Gently roll the wax around the wick, all the time lining up the bottom
is very important!
When you have rolled up your candle, you may need to push the bottom gently,
so that it stands straight.
Place in a candle holder! (see picture)
not put matches near your face.
your teacher to light the candle.
play with lit candles.
Art: KS1 - 2a, 5a, 5c; KS2 - 2a, 5a, 5c.