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.)
- Print and cut out the Zacchaeus in color or in black and white. Click on the top photo for a printable Zacchaeus.
- Cut two pieces of a straw about 2 inches long.
- 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.
- Cut two pieces of string around 22 inches long.
- Slide one piece of string through one straw.
- Tie a bead on the end of the string so it won't go back through the straw.
- Repeat those steps for the other string.
- 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.)
- Cut another piece of string about 12 inches long.
- 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.
- 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.
- To make Zacchaeus climb, pull on each string alternately like in the video.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. It is well worth the money! Other items by him can be seen at www.corbinhillamdesign.weebly.com.