Thursday, June 27, 2013

Naaman is Healed

II Kings 5:1-19
This Naaman dips in the water 7 times and then comes out clean. 

For printable instructions and pattern, click here.

Naaman face patterns (on next page)
2 pieces of brown paper 4 x 6 inches
1 popsicle stick
· Cut two pieces of brown paper 4 x 6 inches.
· Staple only the sides together.  Do not staple the top or the bottom.
· Cut waves at the top of the paper. 
· Draw waves on the front.
· Cut out and color the two faces of Naaman. 
· Draw leprosy on the sad face.
· Glue the two faces to a popsicle stick (back to back).
· Insert the popsicle stick with the heads on it in between the two pieces of paper showing the leprosy side first.
· Reach in the bottom and grab the popsicle stick.
· Dip Naaman in the Jordan seven times.
· On the seventh time, turn the popsicle stick over and he comes out clean.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Prayer Partners

Prayer Partners
This amazing husband and wife team are prayer partners for one of our Bible classes. They are the most praying people I have ever met!

Throughout the year, we ask for volunteers who will be willing to spend time in prayer daily for a group of children.  In June when our children promote to their new Bible class, we assign a set of prayer partners for each Bible class from birth up to grade 12. (Many times these prayer partners are older Christians who feel like they cannot physically handle teaching a children's Bible class but want to be involved in the spiritual growth of young children.) 

The prayer partners take a list of children in one Bible class and commit to pray for each child on that list individually for one year.  They take a little time to get to know the children either in Bible class or out of class and finds out some specific prayer needs for those children.  Some teams write notes of encouragement periodically to the children to let them know how they have prayed for them.  Other teams call periodically to let them know they have been praying for them.

When children have reason to rejoice or have a crisis, they typically contact these prayer partners and ask them to pray for them or with them. 

Praise God for this particular group of people!  God is using them for His Glory!

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Peek a Boo Box

Peek Box for Creation
Genesis 1
This box is a fun way to teach about creation.  I like to show the children the box with the lid closed like the first picture.  I build anticipation by asking them what is in the box and then looking inside and getting excited.  I tell them that inside the box there is a picture of something that God made.  When the children look at it, they look into the hole at the end of the box marked by a red arrow in the second picture.  I open the small section of the box lid to let light in and they are thrilled to see the picture of the family or animal or plant or whatever the picture is.  I change the picture and do it again.  The children get very excited about what is in the box each time!

  • Shoebox with removable lid
  • Black spray paint
  • Pictures from computer
  • Clear plastic of some kind or page protector 
  • Tape or hot glue
  • Scissors (and possibly an exact-o knife)
  • Spray paint the shoebox and lid black inside and out.
  • Tape or glue a clear pocket on the inside of one end of the box to keep the picture in place. :eave the top of the pocket open to insert pictures. (I use leftover lamination or a page protector.)
  • On the opposite end of the shoebox, cut a rectangle to be a peek hole (like the top picture). I used an exact-o knife.
  • Print out a variety of really cute pictures (animals, plants, people, sun, moon, stars, clouds, etc.) small enough to fit inside the pocket in the shoebox. Laminate if desired.
  • Cut a slit in both sides of the shoebox lid about 3 inches from the end.  Fold the lid up like in the middle picture.
  • Put one of the computer pictures in the pocket inside the shoebox.
  • Peek inside.
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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Israelites Make Bricks


Israelites Make Bricks
Exodus 5:1-23
After reading this story, we make some small bricks.  If the children are old enough, I let them put the mold together.  Then they can get some straw that I obtained from a local rancher and some Play Doh to make their bricks.  (The bricks need several days to dry.)  Some will complain about how pokey the straw is when they were forming their bricks.  Some will take a long time to finish because they are being so careful.  All of the many things that happen while making the bricks become object lessons and further discussion for the story.
Instructions for making the brick molds:
  • At a local craft store, purchase these craft sticks that have the grooves in them (like the middle picture). 
  • For smaller bricks (approx. 1 inch by 1 inch), break two craft sticks in half.  Connect the four craft sticks like the first picture. 
  • For larger bricks, do not break the craft sticks.  Just connect them similar to the top picture.
Instructions for making the bricks:
  • I typically take the time to make (cook) homemade Play Doh using the recipe below because it works the best.  Regular Play Doh will work but tends to crack too much for me.
3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups salt
6 tsp cream of tarter
3 Tbsp oil
3 cups water
Place all of the ingredients in a large pot. Stir constantly over medium heat until a dough ball forms by pulling away from the sides. Knead dough until the texture matches the consistency of a soft play dough (1-2 minutes). Store in plastic container or in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator. The play doh should last for about 3 months.

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