Some related topics
Machines Materials Growing things Plants and animals
Preparation for the programme
Think and talk about how things are made. Look at objects in their own environment: where do they come from and how are they made?
Discuss where 'natural' objects originated. (This could tie in with a topic on materials or machines.)
The programme thinks about how some things are made, where they come from, how they work and what happens when they go wrong.
Suggestions for discussion whilst watching
Notice that like us Dottie and Buzz are finding out about where things come from.
Discuss whether natural or man made objects are going on the creation table.
Something happens to Buzz in the programme: it may remind some of the children about when something happened to them which meant that they too had to go to a special place to be looked after and cared for. They may need to discuss this in mid-programme!
Follow up activities and discussion points
Using the Website resources
The interactive game "Do I have a skeleton?" includes the following activities
The printable worksheet is a matching and sequencing activity, in which the days of creation and what God did on each day are matched and arranged in order. A prompt sheet is also available.
Language and Literacy
Set up a class creation table.
Add labels to the objects that the children bring in.
Cut and stick pictures in sets that are titled man-made and natural or god-made.
Add labels to the objects in the sets.
Name and label parts of their own bodies in a diagram.
Make your own creation table for children to add to.
Look at the changes in the school environment. Focus on trees, other plants, birds and wildlife. Discuss where things go as the seasons change and how they know when to come back.
Discuss ideas of safety and strangers looking at Dottie and Buzz at the park.
Discuss children's ideas about creation. Encourage tolerance of a variety of answers and a sense of awe and wonder at the inability to explain everything.
Use a collection of pictures to discuss and sort living and non-living things and those that are natural and man-made.
Match pictures of skeletons to those of their complete bodies.
Grow plants, discuss the care that they need. What is making them grow? Is it the children? What are they doing to help care for their plants?
Using the materials in a church context
Read the story of creation from Genesis. Try and remember all the groups of things that God created.
Continue by reading about Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve made a bad decision. They did not do what God had told them to. As a result of their actions they had to leave the beautiful garden.
Sometimes when we do things that are wrong we are stopped from doing things too. God made a beautiful world for us. It is important that we look after it because if we don't we will not be able to enjoy it anymore. This idea could be illustrated by thinking about a local park where the swings have been vandalised, or by looking at a book that has had a page torn out, or a game that has parts missing because it has not been looked after.
Encourage the children to think of simple ways in which they can care for their environment and by doing so can enable themselves and others to enjoy it (planting bulbs, a litter pick etc.).
Printable notes and Activity Sheets >>
(There is also a list of all the printed support materials for using Dottie and Buzz in church.)
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