Read in 2 mins Bible Activities and Sermons » Activity Type » Craft Print / Download Article Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Elementary Craft: Simple Homemade Friendship Bracelets Have elementary children make their own friendship bracelets (including the beads!) from start to finish. Use these bracelets as a reminder to pray for one another! Salt Dough Recipe Salt dough can be used like clay; it’s easy to work with and will bake hard so creations last for a long time. This dough isn’t good to eat, but it can be used to form ornaments, beads, baskets, and sculptured shapes. You’ll need: a mixing bowl a large spoon 2 cups flour ½ cup salt ¾ cup water a cookie sheet a metal spatula acrylic paint brushes water-based varnish a large workspace access to an oven Pour the flour into the bowl and add salt and water. Stir the mixture into a ball, then dump it onto your work surface and knead it until it’s smooth. To make friendship bracelets and necklaces, you’ll need: a batch of dough per 5 children toothpicks dental floss To make a bead, each child will need only a pinch of dough. Have kids roll the dough between their palms until it’s round, oval, or the desired shape. Use a toothpick to make a hole for threading the string. Allow kids to shape their creations. Then carefully transfer the formed pieces to a cookie sheet. (Pieces that are too thick may crack or break when baking.) Bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour or until dry. Cool completely before handling. Then let kids’ imaginations run wild as they decorate their creations. After the paint dries, apply a protective coat of varnish to one side. Allow the varnish to dry, then apply varnish to the other side and allow it to dry. After the beads are baked and decorated, create necklaces or bracelets. Dental floss works great to string beads on; it’s strong and stiff enough to easily thread the beads. A Twist on Friendship Bracelets Making and exchanging friendship beads is a great way for kids to connect with each other and remember to pray for one another. Have children each make one distinctive bead from the clay for each person in the class. You’ll need: clay drinking straws cut in short pieces a cookie sheet access to an oven heavy twine or rawhide laces scissors Cover your workspace with newspaper, and remind kids to not eat the clay. Discuss with children the importance of friends. Show kids the clay and demonstrate how to roll the clay into small beads about ¾-inch in diameter. Shape the beads around a short piece of drinking straw to create a hole in the middle. Then have each child make one bead for each person in the class. Place the beads on the cookie sheet, taking care to mark each child’s beads in some way. Then bake the clay beads. When the beads are cool and dry, let the children share their beads with one another. Help them each string their beads onto their friendship bracelets. Looking for more craft ideas? Check out these posts! © Group Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No unauthorized use or duplication permitted. Get our FREE enewsletter! Join thousands of other children’s ministry leaders, getting fresh, helpful ideas delivered weekly to your inbox. Sign Up Please enter valid email address Sign Up Recieve offers and promos from Group? Got it! Would you also like offers and promos from Group? Yes! No Thanks, you're all set!