Craft: Rainbows

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Stuff you’ll need: A roll of clear contact
paper; scissors; a pencil or crayon; masking tape; several sheets
of red, orange, yellow, green and blue tissue paper; cotton balls;
hole punch and string.

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Get ready: On a long table, unwind an 5-foot
section of contact paper, with the backing still on it. Lay another
5-foot section of contact paper next to the first section. Lay the
contact paper lengthwise with the clear side up. Draw the five
divisions of a rainbow across both sheets. Turn the paper over and
remove the backing so the sticky side is up. Overlap the sections
of contact paper by 2 inches so they’re attached to each other. Use
masking tape at each end of the contact paper to hold it down.

Tell kids to:

  1. Cut the tissue paper into 2-inch squares and place it in
    same-color piles.
  2. Pinch the center of each tissue paper square so the sides of
    the tissue paper “fan out.”
  3. Stick the pinched part of each tissue paper square to the
    contact paper. Fill each section of the rainbow with many pieces of
    tissue paper. For example, put all the green tissue paper in one
    section of the rainbow and all the blue in another section. The
    colors in a rainbow are in this order: red, orange, yellow, green
    and blue.
  4. Fill in the remaining areas of the contact paper with cotton
    balls to make clouds.
  5. Using the hole punch, make holes 4 inches from the top of the
    contact paper. String up the rainbow in an open area so light can
    show through it.

Talk teasers

Ask: How do you feel about the way we worked
together? How do you feel about the results of our working
together? What would happen if everyone in the world cooperated
instead of fighting? (Read Genesis 9:12-17. Explain that a covenant
is an agreement between two people.)

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Say: God made a promise to us. When he looks at
a rainbow in the sky, he remembers that promise. Let’s promise to
work harder at cooperating with one another. When we look at our
rainbow, we can remember our covenant-or agreement-with one
another.

Have children say to one another, “I promise to cooperate with
you.” Then close in prayer.

Betty Lentz
Nashville, Tennessee

Grades K-6

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