Craft: Feeling Bags

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Stuff you’ll need: Seven large paper grocery bags,
markers, hole punch, ribbon, scissors, six large Ziploc bags,
various items such as confetti, construction paper, crayons, gum,
small candies, balloons and tissues.

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Get ready: Lay a paper bag on a flat surface with the
folded bottom down. Write the title “God Made Feelings” across the
bag, starting at the closed end of the bag and writing toward the
open end of the bag.

Tell kids to:

  • Think about all the different feelings you have. Together,
    choose six feelings that you’d like to make a book about. Write
    each feeling on a different bag (in the same direction you wrote
    the title) in this form: I feel angry when… or, I feel happy
    when…
  • Lay your bags on top of each other and punch two holes in the
    closed ends of the bags about 1 inch from the edge and 3 inches
    apart.
  • Cut an 8-inch piece of ribbon and thread it through the holes.
    Tie a bow in the ribbon on the title side of the bags.
  • Look through these items and choose things that represent how
    you feel when you feel each of these feelings. For example, you may
    choose a balloon and confetti for when you’re happy. Or you may
    scribble an angry picture for when you’re angry. It’s okay if you
    each choose different things.
  • Put the “feeling” items together in a Ziploc bag and insert it
    into the paper bag with that feeling.

Talk teasers: Read the paper-bag book. As you read each
feeling, have children tell when they feel that feeling. Then take
out the Ziploc bag and give children an opportunity to each tell
why they chose their items. After each feeling, *ask: How do you
think God feels about this feeling? Is it okay to have this
feeling? How does God want us to show this feeling?

Extra: You can also have children make individual bags,
using paper lunch bags.

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This craft project was created for GRADES K-2.

Ruth Mooney
Grand Rapids, Michigan

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