As I mentioned last week, Naaman has been the hot topic of Esmé’s class lately. One week, the focus was on mission; the fact that the young maid was far from home and witnessed for her God there. We talked about what a missionary is, how old you need to be to be a missionary, and how you can be a missionary at various places right near home. We also talked about the different nations of the world where people work as missionaries.
For a craft, I wanted to focus on the children of the world, and here is the colorful world we came up with.
- Construction paper in rainbow colors (with paper cutter to make strip cutting easier)
- Cardstock to print the children and the earth (with printer and scissors)
- Pencils (to wrap paper strips around) – unsharpened works best!
- White glue (poured onto paper plates)
- Colored markers and scissors (if you want to work on the children during class time)
- Print circular globe (or just a circle) on cardstock for each child. I used this white and black globe, printed on aqua cardstock. You may want to cut it out.
- Print children of the world on white cardstock for each child. I used this free children around the world printable; you can pick your favorite out of a fair amount of freebies online.
- Cut construction paper into strips about 1/4 or 1/3 inch wide. Use a variety of colors, and cut the length of the paper (not the width). One sheet each of 10 colors should be enough for 10 kids or so; we had lots left over. Group the strips into an assortment of colors you can place around the table for easy access.
- Curl strips for the younger ones by wrapping around a pencil. I had 4- to 6-year-olds, and most of them couldn’t get the hang of it; we were blessed with enough parents to help. Esmé did okay, but it didn’t keep her attention very long.
- Just before class, pour glue onto paper plates. You’ll want at least a plate between every two children.
Do the craft:
- Pass out cardstock globes and pencils. Place paper strips and glue-filled plates around the table in easy reach of all kids.
- Demonstrate how to wrap paper strips around pencil.
- Demonstrate how to dip a curled paper strip into the glue and then place onto the globe.
- Let them have at it! Encourage use of multiple colors. Talk about the many colors of God’s world and His love of variety.
- If you have time during class, bring out the children of the world coloring pages and markers. Due to lack of time, I just sent these home with the children. Esmé did a great job coloring a couple of hers; then I cut them out for her.
Remind them to be missionaries in their own homes, and to pray for children around the world as well!
For those in the northern hemisphere, I hope your summers are ending well! We’re planning to enjoy this Seize the Last of Summer printable list over the next week!
And a quick reminder that the back-to-school sales will be ending soon, and this is the perfect time to stock up for shoeboxes! Samaritan’s Purse is offering free materials for this shoebox season – “labels, posters, flyers, packing party guidelines, inspirational videos, and more…”
Last but not least, it’s been a hard season at work, I’ve been feeling a letdown that the summer is almost over without our doing much, and school registration holds many decisions for our little girl that are wearing me down… This Selah video is a reminder: there are far harder choices we could be facing, and no matter what, we will keep pressing on!