Zacchaeus: Grades 3 and 4

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Setting: For this Bible lesson about Zacchaeus,
from brown posterboard, cut out a 3-foot-tall tree trunk. Use a
marker to draw vertical lines of bark. Tape the trunk to the wall.
Then tape inflated green balloons to the top of the tree for
leaves. Sit at the foot of the sycamore tree during the
lesson.

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Bible Activity: I Can’t See-Form two groups. Have
one group huddle together and look at something. Have the other
group try to see what they’re looking at.

Afterward, read aloud Luke 19:1-10. Then discuss how Zacchaeus’
feelings compare with the children’s feelings who couldn’t see.
Discuss how Jesus felt compassion for Zacchaeus and how Zacchaeus
responded to Jesus’ love.

Craft: My Gift-Give children each two felt
squares. Have them staple together three sides of their squares to
make moneybags. Using gold construction paper, have them make
“coins” and write on them what they would give Jesus if they had
been Zacchaeus.

Snack: You’ll need: bread sticks, marshmallows,
pretzel sticks and gumdrops.

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Directions: Have children each poke a bread stick into a
marshmallow, but not through it. Have them poke several pretzel
sticks into the marshmallow. Then have them press gumdrops onto the
ends of their pretzel sticks. They’ll have a Zacchaeus tree to
enjoy eating.

Created for GRADES 3 AND 4

Contributors: Patti Chromey, Kathy Downs, Nancy Dunn and
Cindy Newell

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