Esmé’s class at church has been reviewing the story of Naaman for several weeks now. One of our crafts, a “secret-message” butterfly, turned out kind of cute! The young maid was brave enough to share God’s message with a powerful captain, and this is a fun way for our kids to share messages from God.
Each butterfly had a “secret” message from God inserted into the body, and the kids were asked to deliver the butterfly to a friend during the week…
- Colorful “toilet paper” rolls (found at Michaels).
- Various colors of cardstock (with printer and scissors)
- Pipe cleaners for legs (optional – didn’t stick well with glue, so we used craft glue dots. Hot glue gun may work better if available.)
- Plastic “gems” (optional, made project more fun for kids)
- White glue (poured into recycled plastic cups and dabbed onto project with q-tips)
- Colored markers (optional to write name, decorate)
- Print hearts for wings on various colors of cardstock. I used my computer’s “Snipping Tool” to copy the the DLTK printable butterfly wings B&W template – and then pasted them into Microsoft Word so I could fit a complete set of wings onto one cardstock page.
- Print butterfly faces on a sheet of cardstock. Once again, I used my computer’s “Snipping Tool” to copy just the face of the butterfly from the DLTK printable butterfly B&W template, and then paste 12 times onto one sheet in Microsoft Word – to minimize wasted cardstock.
- Print messages from God on cardstock. The free printable Love Notes at Mod Squad blog worked perfectly for this!
- Cut heart wings, faces, and messages. There are a number of kids in the class who don’t have great scissors skills yet, so this makes things run more smoothly. Get help if you can; it is a LOT of cutting.
- Cut pipe cleaners for legs if used – one pipe cleaner into 6 parts.
- Just before class, pour glue into plastic cups for use. Also set out q-tips to use with glue, as well as markers to decorate butterfly and/or write name on craft.
Do the craft:
- Have children choose two large, two medium, and two small hearts in the colors of their choice.
- Pass out glue and have them glue their wings: medium heart onto large heart; small heart onto medium heart.
- Pass out colored toilet paper roll; have them lay wings down flat, points together, and glue toilet paper roll onto the wings. Let glue dry for a couple of minutes.
- Pass out butterfly faces (and gems if used); let them decorate however they choose (markers can be used to color in eyes, etc.) and glue faces onto toilet paper tube.
- Pass out pipe cleaner legs if used; white glue didn’t work well, so may need to use glue dots or hot glue.
- Pass out messages; read them, have children curl them and insert into toilet paper rolls.
Send them home to be messengers for God!
And for a little PSA, Kidology has three years of open source (“free”) children’s ministry curriculum available! These studies can be used for grades 1-6.