Grain Painting


Objective: Kids will learn to share with others.

Stuff you’ll need: A bag of unpopped popcorn, paper cups,
plastic spoons, construction paper, tempera paint, large shallow
boxes, and paper towels.

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Text: Ruth 1-2

Tell kids to:

  • Form four groups. One group is in charge of all the popcorn,
    one of all the paper, one of all the boxes, and one of all the
    paint. Use your supplies to make grain paintings. Popcorn is a
    grain. You’ll need to share your supplies to do this.
  • Each of you needs a cup and spoon. Fill each cup 1/4 full of
    unpopped popcorn. Add one spoonful of paint to each cup and stir
    until the kernels are coated.
  • Place one sheet of paper in each box. Pour the paint-coated
    kernels onto the paper and shake the box gently to create a
  • Remove your paper and pour your used kernels into a trash can.
    Continue this process until everyone has made a grain

Talk teasers: How did it feel to work with other groups
to accomplish your goal? Could you have made your picture if the
other groups hadn’t shared with you? Explain. How can you show the
same kind of generosity at home or at school?

Say: “In Ruth 1-2, Boaz was generous to leave grain for
Ruth. God blessed Boaz for his generosity. Whenever you see or eat
grain, think of Boaz and remember to be generous.”


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