Read in 1 min Bible Activities and Sermons » Activity Type » Craft Print / Download Article Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Elementary Children’s Nicodemus Craft: Tin Can Lanterns Published: February 5, 2020 Nicodemus came to Jesus one night with questions. Jesus answered his questions and taught him. In this craft, children will learn from Nicodemus’ example that God wants us to go to him to seek answers to our questions. You’ll need: an empty tin can and a votive candle for each child, hammers, nails, and matches. Before class, remove the labels from the cans and wash them. Then fill the cans with water and freeze them. The cans will be very cold. You may want to bring potholders for children to wrap around the cans as they hold them. Children’s Nicodemus Craft: Tin Can Lanterns Ask: What can we use to help us see when it’s dark? Say: We’re going to make tin lanterns now. Then we’ll hear a story about someone who went through the dark to find answers to his questions. Form pairs. Give each child a frozen tin can. Set out hammers, nails, and potholders. Show children how to make designs in their tin cans by gently pounding nail holes. Have one partner hold the can with a potholder while the other partner carefully pounds holes: Then have partners switch roles. You may need to help younger children with hammering. By the time children have finished, you should be able to remove the ice from the cans. If the ice hasn’t melted, run the cans under hot water. Empty the cans, then set a votive candle in the bottom of each can to make a lantern. Light the lanterns, then have children arrange them on the table. Turn out the lights in the room and tell the story of Nicodemus, found in John 3:1-21. Ask: Why did Nicodemus come to see Jesus? Why do you think he came at night? Where can you go when you’re curious and you have questions? Say: Nicodemus went to Jesus to find answers to his questions. We can go to Jesus, too. We can find out what Jesus said by reading the Bible. Each time you see your lantern, remember to look in the Bible for answers to your questions. From Crafts and More for Children’s Ministry (Group Publishing, Inc.). 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!