Living Memorial (New Year Activity)

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Your kids will enjoy creating this reminder of the past year.
You’ll need a large cardboard tube-similar to the ones inside large
rolls of paper or plastic. (Check with your newspaper office.)
You’ll also need tape, magazines, scissors, paper, markers, an
instant-print camera loaded with film, pipe cleaners, and anything
else you want to use for this living sculpture.

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Lay out all your supplies and tell children to work
together to create a living memorial of the past year by taping
images to the cardboard tube. Encourage kids to recall
faith-related experiences, such as answered prayers, lessons
learned, close encounters with Jesus, or fun times with Christian
friends.

Help kids remember all the wonderful experiences they’ve
had together at church or church events. If kids recall a funny
experience, have them re-enact it and take an instant-print photo
of them to add to the memorial. Kids can cut out words or images
from magazines to attach to the paper tube. They can sculpt images
from the pipe cleaners, or they can draw pictures or write words on
paper to recall events in the past year.

Keep your living memorial in your classroom as a reminder
of God’s faithfulness and presence in kids’ lives.

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