Monday, December 1, 2014

Baby Moses Pop-Up Page




Baby Moses
Exodus 2

Everywhere I go, I look for pretty bulletin board borders that can be used for various things.  I found some beautiful grass border and used it to make a pop-up page the children can make and take home.  For instructions on how to make a pop-up page, click here.

Instructions:
  • Cut two strips of the grass border the same size as the width of the page.
  • With a glue stick, glue one piece of the grass border to the back of the page. This one will sit right above the pop-up piece shown in the pop-up page instructions.
  • Glue the other piece of the grass border to the small square that pops out (see instructions page).
  • From a strip of border that looks like wood, cut a small basket.
  • Set the basket between the two layers of grass border but do not glue it.
  • Children can pretend to float the basket down the river between the reeds.


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

God Descends Like a Dove on Jesus


Jesus' Baptism
Matthew 3:13-17

Children enjoy moving the dove on this wooden movable craft project.  I found the wooden cloud and blue bird (already painted) at Michael's and Hobby Lobby.  Since the bird was blue, I used white acrylic paint and painted it white to be the dove.  I hot glued a string to the back of the dove.  To enable the string to move on the back of the cloud, I used two pieces of Scotch tape. Where the string is going to pull through, I overlapped the tape so that there was a smooth surface (rather than a sticky surface) in the middle section. Then I stuck the leftover edges down to the back of the cloud.  Just pull the dove or pull the string to make the dove move.  

The bird project could also be used as the dove that Noah sent out (Genesis 8) or the ravens that feed Elijah if painted black (I Kings 17).


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Achan's Sin Takehome



Achan's Sin
Joshua 7
Movable pages can be a fun way for the children to retell the story.  Children can make one of their own and discover the robe, shekels of silver and bar of gold under Achan's tent.  

Instructions:
  • Get one piece of brown construction paper.
  • Turn it portait style.
  • Cut out a tent from the brown construction paper and glue it close to the top of the page. For a tent pattern, click here. (This pattern is smaller than the tent pictured.)
  • Cut a small piece of fabric to be the robe.
  • Cut a small piece of gold paper to be the bar of gold.
  • Hole punch several small circles from silver paper to be the shekels.
  • Glue them into place between the two folds.  (See pictures above.)
  • Fold the tent over the pieces to hide them.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Peter and John in Front of the Sanhedrin





Peter and John in Front of the Sanhedrin
Acts 4:1-22

Pop-up books like these are always a favorite of the children.  The jail is the first part that pops up.  

Instructions for making the pop-up jail:
  • Fold a piece of blue construction paper in half.
  • Cut a small rectangle from black paper and cut slits to be the bars. 
  • Fold the black paper in half.  
  • Fold each end of the black paper under about 1/4 - 1/2 an inch. 
  • Glue one fold to the top half of the blue page. 
  • Glue the other fold to the bottom half of the blue page.  
  • Fold the blue page in half again while the glue is still wet to make sure it will close correctly.
Instructions for making the people stand up:
  • Cut a small rectangle about 2 inches by 1 inch.
  • Fold one end of the rectangle about 1/2 inch.
  • Glue the folded end of the rectangle to the page allowing the rest of the rectangle to stand up.  (See pictures)
I made the people using a Sizzix little body die cut machine.  A coloring page pattern or other small person pattern will work. 

When reading about Peter and John sitting in prison, set the men in the prison.  When reading about them standing in front of the Sanhedrin, lean them up against the small blue standing rectangles.  

When letting the Kindergarten or First Grade children make one, I put a mark where they should glue the jail pieces.  It makes it a little easier.

Other stories that the pop-up jail craft could be use with include Paul and Silas in Prison (Acts 16) and an Angel Frees Peter from Prison (Acts 12).


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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Jesus Loves the Little Children Pop-Up


"Let the little children come to me."
Matthew 19:14, Luke 18:16, Mark 10:13-16

Children love to make pop-up pages.  For instructions on how to make a pop-up page, click here.

Instructions for this page:
  1. Cut one piece of grass border to match the width of the paper.
  2. Cut out 8 little children and clothes.  I used a Cricut machine.  
  3. Cut out 1 Jesus and clothes.  I used a Cricut.
  4. Glue 3 children to the back of the left side of the grass border.
  5. Glue 3 children to the back of the right side of the grass border.
  6. Glue the Jesus figure to the middle of the top page.  Have him stand on the piece that pops out.
  7. Glue one child on either side of the Jesus figure.
  8. Glue the grass border with the children onto the piece that pops out.
  9. Fold it while the glue is still wet to make sure it folds correctly.



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Monday, September 29, 2014

Gideon's 300 Chosen Men


God Chooses 300 Men
Judges 7

Gideon had to follow God's instructions when choosing an army to fight Midianites.  God told him there were too many men.  Having too many men would not show God's glory and power.  The first set of instructions to follow was that Gideon was to say to the people, "Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mt. Gilead."  Gideon followed God's instructions exactly and 22,000 men left.

God said there were still too many and gave him more instructions.  He told Gideon to "separate those who lap the water with their tongues as a dog laps from those who kneel down to drink."  300 lapped like dogs.  God told Gideon to send the others home.

In the middle of the night, God told Gideon to take his servant and go listen to what the Midianites were saying so he would have courage.  Gideon did so.
After a short, surprise battle, God gave Midian over to Gideon and his army.

If Gideon had not followed God's instructions, the Lord would not have let the battle be successful.

God has given us a set of instructions on how we ought to live our lives.  It is called the Bible.  If we follow His instructions, we will win our battles and join Him one day in Heaven.

I give the children all the materials they need to make this project at one time.  (I don't typically do that because they get in a hurry and don't wait for instructions.)  I tell them to wait for instructions so their project will turn out the right way.  

I begin giving them instructions:
  1. Draw a face on the BACK of the spoon.  Then I wait until they are finished.
  2. Then give another instruction:  Tape the spoon to the back of the card with the face showing.  Then I wait until they are finished.
  3. At this point, the puppet I bring to class each week "makes" the craft like theirs but does not wait for instructions. (This could be done by a class helper.)
  4. I tell the kids to tape the pipe cleaners on to be the hands (showing them an example).  See top picture of finished product.
When we are all finished, we show our projects.  I have a bear puppet (or a helper in the room) who made his but did not wait for instructions.  He shows his but gets very sad because his didn't turn out right (see 2nd picture).  We talk about what happens when we don't follow instructions - it doesn't turn out right.  When we don't follow God's instructions, our lives don't turn out right either.  

Then I give the bear puppet a chance to remake it and follow instructions which he does very well.  Following God's instructions is always the correct thing to do.

Click on the picture to print out the words to this project.


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Parable of the Sower and the Seed Movie

The Sower and the Seed
Luke 8:1-15
A Kids' Modern Day Application Movie

When teaching this parable to elementary children, I wanted them to make sure they understood what this parable means to them today.  So, as a class, we created a modern day application movie.  I split the class into groups.  The children created and performed skits based on their section of the parable. I videoing the skits in the order in which the parable describes them. 

Group 1 had verse 12 "Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved."  (The kids acted out friends who taught their friend about Jesus, but other people talked him out of ever going back to church or learning more about Jesus again.)

Group 2 had verse 13 "Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root.  They believe for a while, but in the time of testing, they fall away."

Group 3 had verse 14 "The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature."

Group 4 had verse 15 "But the seed on the good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

The kids did an outstanding job of acting out scenes that would occur at school or home or playground that represented all four scenarios.

After church, I electronically sent the videos to each child so they could show their friends and family. (I made a DVD for some who didn't have internet access.) Thus, they were able to retell that story to many people and were very excited to do so!


Advanced Preparation:
  • If necessary, ask extra adults or teens to assist with this project. I recruited one adult for each of the four groups.
  • Obtain video equipment (a video camera, iPhone, iPad, or something like that)
  • Prepare assignments for each group.
On the Day:
  • Assign children to 4 groups.
  • Give each group a copy of the parable highlighting the section that they are creating a skit for 
  • Explain to each group that they are to create a modern day skit focusing on one particular part of the parable.  For example, one group focuses on what it would look like at school or on the playground if the seed was falling on rocky soil 
  • Have each group go to different areas of the room or a different room to plan and practice their skits with a specified time to rejoin as a large group.
  • Come together as a large group.
  • Each group performs their skit (in the order of the Bible parable) as someone videos it.
  • Send the video to each child through e-mail, Dropbox, or make a DVD to give to each child.
For printable list of these directions with highlighted pages for each group, click here.
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Frayed Knot


Frayed Knot Lesson

When studying Bible stories where people might be afraid such as when Jesus Calming the Storm, the Twelve Men who went to Spy on Canaan, Moses and the Israelites in Egypt, Elisha and the Blinded Syrians, and more, reading scriptures and discussing times when not to be afraid is more than appropriate.  

Print off the page in the picture for each child. Have the children draw a picture and, if possible, write a sentence about something they are not afraid to do because Jesus is with them.  Tell them to think about something they feel brave about. Let the children share with others what they have drawn.

Read some of the following scriptures and discuss why we should not be afraid.  
  • Deuteronomy 31:6
  • John 14:27
  • Romans 8:28
  • Psalm 27:1
  • Joshua 1:9
  • I John 4:18
  • I Peter 5:7
  • Proverbs 3:5-6
  • Isaiah 41:13

Cut a piece of thin rope about 6 inches long for each child.  Tie a knot close to each end of the small rope  (or have the children do this).  Fray the pieces on the ends that are sticking out.  Tell them that this is a "frayed knot". Tell them to put these tiny ropes in their pockets so that when they feel afraid, they can reach in their pocket and be reminded that if we have Jesus, we can be "afraid not".  We will not be afraid because we read of the promises God made in the above verses.  We will also be "afraid not" to share those verses with others who are afraid.

For printable page like pictured above, click on the photo. The printable page is not distorted like the picture above.


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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Words Can Hurt Object Lesson


Mimosa Pudica Plant
Also known as "Sensitive Plant"  

I came across this marvelous plant in Houston, TX, when I was visiting there. A friend took me to the Brookwood Community, "a nonprofit, residential facility and vocational program for adult with disabilities."  This place was incredible! To learn more about it or visit there, go to www.brookwoodcommunity.org.  You will be glad you did.

While I was there, I ventured into their garden shop and found the most incredible plants.  I had to purchase some, not only because they were absolutely gorgeous but because everything I purchased there benefited these fantastic adults with disabilities.

This one particular plant caught my attention because of its potential for an object lesson in Bible class.  This plant is very sensitive.  When you touch a leaf (pictured below), it's self defense mechanism immediately kicks in.  That causes the leaf to close up fairly quickly and the stem to wilt giving the predator the impression that it is dead. Therefore, it would not be worth eating!  Pretty cool.




Close up view of the wilted leaf.

If you touch very many of the leaves, the whole plant looks distressed and totally wilted like this. To see a short video of how this works, click here.  After about an hour, the plant will recover to look full and beautiful again.

In Bible class, we will pretend that the plant is Jesus.  Every time we sin, it is like someone touching a leaf and hurting Jesus.  The more sin we have (or the more people who sin), the more hurt Jesus feels.  

Another way to use this plant to talk about how our words affect other people. If you say something negative to someone, call them names, or lie to them, it would be like touching one or two of the leaves.  When touched in that way, they wilt.  People are like that.  When we say ugly things to them, they wilt on the inside.  When other people say something negative to that person or you say more negative things to them, more of their leaves and stems wilt. Pretty soon, not only is that person wilting on the inside, you can also see that person looking sad and wilted on the outside.

The good news is that over time, if the negative (touching the plant) is taken away and mostly positive things are there (living like Christ), the person (and the plant) can recover and be like new.





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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Naboth's VIneyard Pop-Up Page

Ahab and Naboth's Vineyard
I Kings 21

King Ahab desired to own Naboth's vineyard to use as his own vegetable garden because it was so close to his palace.  When Naboth refused, scripture says that Ahab "lay in his be sulking and refused to eat."

I created this pop-up page for the children to take home and retell the story. I used scrapbook paper for the floor and wall. 

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of scrapbook paper (or just use construction paper) to 9 x 12 inches.
  2. Make the page into a pop-up page.  For instructions, click here.
  3. Find a picture of a beautiful vineyard and print it out.  Please watch for copyrighted photos.  
  4. Cut out a frame to fit around the photo to look like a window frame.
  5. Glue the frame to the photo.
  6. Print and cut out the bed and Ahab.  For pattern, click here.
  7. Glue Ahab on the bed as if he were laying on it.  
  8. Glue Ahab and the bed to the pop-up tab (not to the back wall).  Fold the page while the glue is still wet to make sure the bed is in the correct position.
  9. Glue the photo of the vineyard on the back wall.


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Friday, August 15, 2014

Bubble Wrap Fish


Bubble Wrap Fish

I used a die cut for the fish.  I covered the table with plastic then let the kids use bubble rap for paint. 


Pour paint onto a paper plate. Choose any color(s) you wish.  Lay a piece of bubble wrap (bubble side down) onto the paint.  Pick it up and "stamp" the fish with it.  Glue the fish onto blue paper.




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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Zacchaeus Climbs the Tree


Zacchaeus
Luke 19:1-10


Zacchaeus gets to climb this tree (with the help of a few strings).  Watch the video to see the full effect. (It may take a few seconds to load.)

Instructions:
  1. Print and cut out the Zacchaeus in color or in black and white. Click on the top photo for a printable Zacchaeus.
  2. Cut two pieces of a straw about 2 inches long.
  3. Tape the straw to the back of Zacchaeus at a slant.  Make sure the widest part of the slant is at the bottom. See picture below.


  1. Cut two pieces of string around 22 inches long.
  2. Slide one piece of string through one straw.
  3. Tie a bead on the end of the string so it won't go back through the straw.
  4. Repeat those steps for the other string.
  5. Tie the other end of the strings to a popsicle type stick that has grooves in it so it won't slide on the stick.  (See picture below.  I found these at Hobby Lobby.)


  1. Cut another piece of string about 12 inches long. 
  2. Tie it on a large loop around the center of the stick.  Since there is no groove to hold it in place, tape it in place.
  3. This string can be hung on a doorknob and Zacchaeus can climb there (without the tree).  This is what I do when I allow the children to make one of these to take home.  They don't make a tree.
  4. To make Zacchaeus climb, pull on each string alternately like in the video.  
  5. To let Zacchaeus come back down to see Jesus, just let the natural weight of Zacchaeus slide down the string by letting the string go.

The Zacchaeus pattern was made with clip art from the book Bible Story Clip and Copy Patterns by Corbin Hillam.  This is one of my favorite books to use as patterns for many, many things!  This precious book is no longer in print, so Mr. Hillam has graciously allowed me to give you the pattern for free.  He is producing a CD with the art from this book.  The drawings are fantastic!  If you would like to purchase a CD for $15, you can contact him at corbinhillam@yahoo.com.  It is well worth the money!  Other items by him can be seen at www.corbinhillamdesign.weebly.com.



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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Balaam's Talking Donkey Craft



Balaam's Talking Donkey Craft
Numbers 22:21-39

The exciting part of this donkey is that his mouth can actually move (with a little assistance)!  In the Bible story, Balaam's donkey talks to Balaam. When that part of the story is told, the teacher (or child) can open and close the clothespin to make the donkey pretend to talk to Balaam.

For the donkey in the picture, I used a Cricut machine.  I used Noah's ABC Animals cartridge and put the setting on 9 inches.  For people who do not have a Cricut or this cartridge, I have designed and included a pattern. Click on the words "donkey pattern" in the instructions section. 

I always want the children to make something to retell the story at home. Fo them, I shrink the pattern and print it onto card stock. They can choose to color it however they prefer.  They will follow the instructions below. Smaller clothespins (often found at Dollar Tree) will be necessary for making their smaller donkeys talk. 

Instructions:
  • Print out the donkey pattern (by clicking on the top photo) onto plain or colored card stock.
  • Color it if desired.
  • Cut it out.
  • In order to make the donkey able to talk, cut on the dotted line where his mouth would be.  
  • Tape or glue a clothespin on the back.  Line up the center opening of the clothespin with the mouth. (See pictures above.)
  • Open and close the clothespin to make the donkey talk.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Deborah and Barak

Deborah and Barak
Judges 4

This cute idea came from Pat Autrey.  

Deborah is sitting on a paper chair. To make her sit, just fold at the waist and where the dress meets the legs.  I use a plastic palm tree for her to sit under. (I also found a fun foam palm tree at Michael's).  For her clothes (as well as Barak's clothes), I used a tissue art technique.  (Click here to see a video on this technique.)



To make Barak stand, I folded on the fold line just below his garment (where the legs connect to the garment) and glued a clothespin on the back.

Instructions for making the box, click here.
For patterns, click here.


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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Handwriting on the Wall Craft

Handwriting on the Wall
Daniel 5

For this craft, I printed the page with the picture of the king and the wall. Then I put a page (which contains the words Mene Mene Tekel Parsin) under the first page so I can use it as a pattern.  Using a white crayon, write the words "MENE MENE TEKEL PARSIN" in the box.  Make sure you press really hard. 


I tell the story until I get to verse 5.  Before reading verse 5 (the hand appears and writes on the wall), I tell the children that I forgot to put color on their pages and I need help finishing that part.  I tell the children that they need to first paint the wall (the rectangle) and that we will paint the king later.  As they watercolor paint the wall, letters and words begin to appear! After they have finished, we finish reading and telling the rest of the Bible story. 

For the younger preschool children, I used Elmer's White Glue and traced the letters using glue on the page that has MENE MENE TEKEL PARSIN on it. I let it dry. I make one page like that for every child.  

I give the children a page with the words and then lay the picture on top. They use crayons to color the wall.  As they color the wall, the words will magically appear.  (Like a penny rubbing.)



For pattern, click on photo.


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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Spoon Lion

Daniel and the Lion's Den
Daniel 6

The children made these lions from plastic spoons.  I had pre-cut the yarn. The children drew a lion face on the back of their spoons with permanent markers. (Obviously, my teen helper drew this face as a sample.)  The children then turned the spoons over and put a lot of glue on the spoon.  Then they put the yarn in the glue.  We made these at the beginning of class so they would be mostly dry by the end of class.
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Monday, June 9, 2014

Telling Lies - Ananias and Sapphira



Ananias and Sapphira
Acts 5:1-11

As an application story for Ananias and Sapphira, we spent time discussing telling the truth and telling lies. Sometimes we tell "little white lies" to cover up something so we won't get into trouble.  But then we find we have to tell another lie to cover up that one, then a bigger lie to cover up that one, then a bigger lie, and so on.

When we were discussing this, I had a large tan paper (card stock) pocket in my hand.  When I told them about the little white lies, I pulled out the little bitty snake. (They could not see the other snakes.) I told them that when they tell lies, it's like this little snake was in their own pants pocket.  It might bite but it wouldn't hurt much.  Then as the lies got bigger, so did the snakes. Each time the snakes got bigger, the children got more and more worried. I told them that if the larger snake bites, it hurts worse and worse.  When we got to the largest snake, their eyes opened wide.  

Telling little lies often grows into bigger and bigger lies.  Even telling a little lie is bad.  It's like having a little snake in your pocket.  The best thing to do is to tell the truth even if it means you will get into trouble.  God always wants us to tell the truth.

The snakes are all connected with fishing line.  The fishing line is taped to the back of each snake.  There is about 6-8 inches between each snake so when one snake is pulled out of the pocket, the next larger snake cannot be seen.

I let each of the children make one of these to take home.  Instead of fishing line for them, I let them use a thin string. (Fishing line curls up too much and made it too difficult for the children to make by themselves.) 

For my snakes, I did not find a pattern nor did I have a die cut; but since I had 30 children in the class, I had to find a machine to cut them all out.  I actually used a pattern of a lion's tail on a Cricut die cut cartridge (Paper Doll Dress Up).  I cut 5 different sizes of the tail.  I cut the snakes out of creme colored card stock. The children colored each one to look like a snake and then taped them to the string.  They created the pocket for the snakes out of two half pieces of construction paper. 

When this step was complete, the children glued the application story on the pocket so they could retell the application story at home.

I created a snake pattern for you.  For the snake pattern, click here.

For story to glue on the pocket, click here.




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Friday, May 30, 2014

Ananias and Sapphira - God Knows What's in Your Heart


Ananias and Sapphira
Acts 5:1-11

When teaching the story of Ananias and Sapphira, I depended on assistance from my teenage daughter.  We acted out a small application story.  I would ask her questions.  Her answers would not be in line with her actual feelings. For example, while I was pretending not to listen, she told the kids how mad she was with her friend because the friend.  I came over to her and asked how things were going.  She would say they were going well.  I told her that God knows what is really in her heart.  I told her there was anger in her heart. She would open up the Valentine heart and a picture of an angry face with the word "anger" was inside.  We then discussed how she could forgive her friend and change what is inside her heart.

While I was talking with the kids a little about forgiveness, my daughter changed the picture and words inside the heart.  We performed several scenarios like this one.  One of them was a lie, one was sad, one was love.

God always knows what is inside our hearts even if our words spoken to people do not match what is actually inside our hearts.  Ananias and Sapphira said one thing to the people but God knew exactly what was in their hearts.

I was given this Dove Candy Valentine container (with candy inside!) for Valentine's from a child.  I saved the container hoping to use it for something like this.  It worked very well. Any Valentine's candy box would work.

I put tape on the back of the pictures ahead of time so my daughter could change the pictures out quickly.

For a script of this lesson, click here.
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Zechariah and the Angel Magic Window

 This picture is of Zechariah in the temple.

When you pull on the right edge of the top picture, Zechariah slides out of the frame and an angel "magically" appears.


Zechariah and the Angel
Luke 1:5 - 25

I use the black light sheet when telling the Bible story.  The children make one of these to take home so they can retell the story. 


Other Magic Windows

The magic window pattern was made with clip art from the book Bible Story Clip and Copy Patterns by Corbin Hillam.  This is one of my favorite books to use as patterns for many, many things!  This precious book is no longer in print, so Mr. Hillam has graciously allowed me to give you the pattern for free.  He is producing a CD with the art from this book.  The drawings are fantastic!  If you would like to purchase a CD for $15, you can contact him at corbinhillam@yahoo.com.  It is well worth the money!  Other items by him can be seen at www.corbinhillamdesign.weebly.com.
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Zechariah and the Angel Glow in the Dark Sheet

 (lights on)


(lights off)
Zechariah and the Angel
Luke 1:5-25

I found a coloring page for the pattern for this project.  I purchased a creme colored bed sheet and cut it into fourths.  This is painted on one fourth of that sheet.
I drew Zechariah with a permanent marker.  I painted the angel with Glow in the Dark paint.  It shows up in the top picture because of the way I took the picture.  When it is hanging up on the wall, the children cannot see the angel.

When I turn on the blacklight or turn off the lights, the angel suddenly appears.

After telling the story, I let the children make a magic window where at first you see only Zacharias and then, after pulling a tab, the angel magically appears.  They can take it home and retell the story.


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Monday, March 3, 2014

Repentance Activity



Repentance Activity
John the Baptist Prepares the Way
Matthew 3:1-12


Finding activities to go along with the story of John the Baptist can be rather tricky.  When creating this activity, I had in mind children who like to move around and not sit still or children who have been sitting all day in school.  

For this activity, you will need one set of the red, purple, orange, blue or yellow cards per team and one copy of the green cards.  The green cards have words that would show behavior of a person who has repented. The other colored cards show negative behaviors.

Tape or pin the green cards to the wall in different places around the room in a random order.  Give each team a set of colored cards (red, orange, etc.).  Have each team go around the room and find the repentant behavior card to match their card.  (I paired my struggling readers with my strong readers so they could help each other.)  

Have the children use an erasable marker to write the number of the green card on the back of their card.  For example, if their first card is “lies”, then they must find the green card that says “tells the truth”.  Because there is a number 3 on the card that says "tells the truth", the children would write the number 3 on their card that says “lies”.  (This way the other groups don’t see what they have chosen.)

When the groups have finished, come back together and discuss their findings.


The children have enjoyed moving around the room and working in partners on this activity.  

For instructions and printable cards, click on photo.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Aaron's Rod Turns into a Snake


Aaron's Rod Turns into a Snake
Exodus 7

The top picture is a picture of the back of a plastic snake I found at the Dollar Store.  I found some larger ones and some smaller ones.  When I tell the story, I use two larger ones connected together.  I take the head off of one and the tail off the other.  I connect the two snakes into one really long snake.  When holding it beside me to look like a rod, I hold the head in my hand where they cannot see it.  I make sure the kids see this back side of the snake so it looks like I have a rod in my hand.

When the story indicates, I toss the "rod" down and it curls up where the kids can see the snake side.  

I purchase these smaller ones for the kids to take home.  They aren't rod size for them but they do get the point across.  They get a kick out of turning their "rods" into snakes.

(Sometimes I paint the back of the snake to look more like a rod, but it is not necessary.)
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