Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Saul's Conversion

Saul's Conversion
Acts 9:1-19

Verses 18 - 19 say, "Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength."

This visual will allow the children to see "something like scales" magically falling from his eyes. (See the first picture.)  I made the picture of Saul poster size.  I colored it using pastel chalks and laminated it.   I cut out two ovals from white paper so his eyes would not show through the "scales".  The "scales" were made from 8 layers of wax paper.  

To attach the "scales", I used an Exact o knife to cut slits just above the eyes.  I made the slits just large enough for the small part of a small paper clip to fit through.  I then layered one white oval and 8 wax paper ovals on each eye.  The paper oval is on the bottom.  I put the "scales" between the paper clip and his face.  (See closeup picture.  The kids cannot see this if the picture is a small distance away from them.)

On the back, you see the paper clips.  I attached a short string to each paper clip and then to a popsicle stick.  I looped a short string around the popsicle stick and taped the top of that string to the poster.  This loop will keep the popsicle stick in place until you need to move it.

For the fun visual effect, show the children the face and talk about it.  When you get to the part where the scales fall off, pull the popsicle stick upward slowly with your thumb.  The scales will begin to slide off one or two at a time.  (Practice ahead of time.  Pulling too fast does not get the correct effect.)

Click here for instructions and pattern.

The pattern is on an 8 1/2 X 11 paper.  Feel free to make it larger. 

The head was made with a pattern 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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  1. I adore this idea! I'm teaching this lesson to 1st and 2nd graders this Sunday and I just made this craft and tested it out! It is so cute and clever! Thank you!

  2. Ok, I LOVE this! We have just started a S S in our English speaking church in Taiwan and I'm getting to ready to train up some teachers and a leader before I leave. So glad to have come across your stuff for inspiration and resources! Bless you for making it available! LH

  3. Karen, Cheshire, EnglandMay 27, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    What a wonderful site! Thank you for providing these resources out of the goodness of your heart. I am using the Saul on the road to Damascus resources with 3-6 year olds. I will certainly revisit your site. Thank you.