Handwriting on the Wall
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.