What you'll need: sand, powdered tempera paint,
glue, card stock, small bowls, paintbrushes, water, and
Here's a new way for kids to celebrate God's creation.
For each sand color, pour ¼ cup sand and 1 tablespoon powdered
tempera paint into a small bowl or paper cup. Have children follow
• Draw a picture with a crayon on a sheet of card stock.
• Use glue to "draw" over the lines on your drawing.
• Sprinkle colored sand on the glue.
• Allow picture to dry for 10 to 15 minutes before you shake off
the extra sand.
• To cover large areas of a picture, paint the areas with diluted
glue. Then sprinkle colored sand on the area.
What you'll need: wooden spoon for each child,
glue, foil, markers, cotton balls, yard, fake fur, fabric, ribbon,
These spoon puppets become great storytelling props for
Give each child a wooden spoon. You can even have kids bring
these from home to keep the costs down.
Tell kids to:
• Choose a person from the Bible and draw that person's face on
the oval part of your spoon.
• Dress your person according to what he or she would've worn.
Suggestions: Cotton balls or yarn can be used for beards or
hair. Fake fur and fabric work for clothing. And foil makes great
weapons and armor.
Once the spoon puppets are made, have kids use them to retell
Fairfield Colade, Tennessee
PAPER BEAD NECKLACE
What you'll need: colorful magazines or
catalogs, scissors, jewelry cord, small craft beads, toothpicks,
This is a beautiful environment-friendly craft.
Have children follow these steps:
• Cut colorful magazine pages into 25 long triangles. These
triangles need to be 1 inch at the base and at least 8 inches
• With the most colorful side facing down, place the toothpick at
the base of the triangle.
• Roll the toothpick toward the point, wrapping the paper around
the toothpick as you roll.
• Add a dab of glue at the paper point and press against the rolled
paper. Once the glue has dried, remove the toothpick.
• When all the paper beads are dry, string them onto the jewelry
cord and place craft beads between the paper beads.
What you'll need: several colors of polymer
clay, wax paper, rolling pin, knife (adults only), small cookie
cutters, permanent marker, pin back for each child, and a hot glue
gun (adults only).
Children love squishing clay with their hands. Once they've
pounded, kneaded, rolled, and shaped this clay, they'll have neat
clay pins to wear or give away.
Tell kids to:
• Choose two colors of clay.
• Knead the clay until soft.
• Flatten one color of clay into a rectangle.
• Place the clay between two sheets of wax paper and flatten with a
rolling pin. Roll until you have a rectangle that is 1/8 inch
• Follow the previous steps with the other color of clay.
• Peel off the wax paper and stack the rectangles on each
• Have an adult cut the layers into strips 3 inches long and 1/8
• Place four strips side by side with alternating colors facing up.
Repeat with four more strips, and place the second stack on top of
the first, creating a checkerboard pattern.
• Have an adult cut the stack into 1/8 inch thick slices.
• Place slices side by side to create a larger checkerboard.
• With a cookie cutter, cut the checkerboard piece into a
• Use a permanent marker to write your initials on the back of the
• To harden the clay, bake it according to the clay's package
Once the clay is hardened and cool, help the kids hot glue a pin
back to the back of their design. Allow the glue to dry before
What you'll need: 4x6 index cards, magazines,
old greeting cards, scissors, and glue sticks.
With kids on vacations this summer -- and with sporadic church
attendance -- this is a great craft to keep kids in touch with one
Have kids cut out of magazines words or phrases that have
friendship themes, such as "friends forever," "best friends,"
"pal," or "buddy." Kids can also cut out words that make them think
of friends, such as "giggling," "fun," or "good times." Have kids
glue the phrases on one side of each 4x6 card to create friendship
collage cards. Kids can make more than one card. Collect the cards
when they're complete. When a child is absent, use the blank side
of the card to write a note and the child's address. Attach a
postage stamp and drop the card in the mail.
Please keep in mind that phone numbers, addresses, and
prices are subject to change.