Thanks to Ben Mizen at http://dopcandy.portsmouth.anglican.org/jesse-tree-ideas/ for the following:
The idea of the Jesse Tree can have more uses than just making the symbols and hanging them on a tree:
•Photocopy two sets of the symbols on to thin card & cut them out. Play Pelmanism (matching pairs) with younger children. As they turn over each symbol just mention who/what it represents. The winner is obviously the one who gets the most pairs!
•Scatter a set of symbols face up. Challenge the children to put them into biblical/historical order. Time them & challenge them to improve their time. (Make sure you know the correct order!!!!)
•Make a set of names/events to match the symbols. Scatter them with the symbols face down and play Pelmanism – matching symbol & name. Winner is the one with the most pairs.
•Make a set of Biblical references to match the symbols. Scatter them with the symbols –play Pelmanism as above.
•Drive your group crazy – and play Pelmanism with Symbols, Names AND Bible references! Matching 3 rather than 2!!
•With older children – hand out the Biblical references and challenge them to design a symbol for the character/event.
And of course you can just make the symbols & hang them one by one on a tree during Advent J
This site has a good set of simple symbols for copying (with some unusual characters and a decent proportion of women) along with the Biblical References. Use the bmp format for printing rather than the gif. http://www.kingofpeace.org/advent/advent.htm
And Going for Growth has links with a whole bunch of other Jesse Tree links http://www.going4growth.org.uk/growth_through_the_year/advent/the_jesse_tree