What? Your church doesn’t focus children’s lessons on the stoning of people?!! =:0 Well, there is persecution and all you need to do is look at the world we are living in right now. Christians are being beheaded and shot in other countries just for being christians. It is certainly relevant and I had a very hard time with this craft, I mean, how am I supposed to make a craft about a martyr? Rocks. That’s about all I could come up with. Very original, I know. So what did I come up with? Two crafts. These crafts require a certain level of preparation in addition to what I usually post.
The first one, I would say any age can do. It is a bit messy, but it’s fun. I found this recipe for rock dough via Sense of Wonder http://kristin.asenseofwonderplayschool.com/2011/10/more-dinosaurs-as-promised.html where she used it to make dinosaur prints. It worked great and was simple and the kids really enjoyed it. Here is the recipe: Take 1 cup of used coffee grounds and 1/2 cup of cold coffee. Mix it together with 1 1/2 cups of flour (our dough was a little runny so I added another 1/2 cup of flour) and 1/2 cups of salt. Kneed the dough together.
Objective: Children will make their own rock to remind them of how Stephen forgave just as Christ forgave.
- Pre-portioned bags (flour and salt, coffee grounds)
- Large bowl
- Large spoon
- Tooth picks
- Template for flags
- Glue sticks
Time: 5-10 min
- Cut out the Stephen flags. You can pre-assemble the flags for your children if you like.
- Instruct them to wad up the dough into a lump until it looks like a stone.
- Pass out bowls/plates and pass out chunks of dough to each of the children.
- Take the crumbly dough and knead it until it is smooth and pliable.
- Pour in your coffee and stir until well incorporated.
- You can either have the children help you drop in the ingredients and stir or you can make it on your own. Take out your bowl and spoon. Poor in dry ingredients and give it a stir.
- Have them lay their stone on the bowl/plate and set aside.
- Pass out one tooth pick, a flag and a glue stick. Have children apply glue to the side without the words and pictures and then fold in half with the toothpick in the fold.
- Have them stick the toothpick in their rock
- Remember to tell the moms that the rock will dry in about 24 hours.
Fairly simple, and dries pretty hard over night. I had the rocks placed into styrofoam bowls to go home with the kids, but if you are just at home, I’m sure they could just sit out on some waxed paper to dry.
The second craft I came up with was more symbolic and not as hands on for the kids, but I would still suggest it for older children. I had to use some serious glue called E6000 to get metal to stick to the rock, but the necklaces came out cute and it was a reminder of the price that people have paid as they took up for Christ and also how Stephen, in pain and being killed, still forgave these people.
I bought some thin wire made a loop and twisted it so that it would not poke the children. Then I squeezed out a glob of the E6000 onto a small rock, the kind that you’d stick in a vase, and covered the wire in it. Left them to dry overnight and then check to make sure the wire was not sticking out. If it was sticking out, I added more of the E6000 and then I was certain it would not scratch the children.
Objective: Children will make a rock necklace to remind them of how Stephen forgave just as Christ forgave.
- Rocks with hooks glued to them
Time: 5-10 min
- Cut the ribbon into 30” strips, one for each child in your class.
- Pass out the ribbon.
- Let the children choose their rock.
- Have the children fold the ribbon in half.
- Stick the folded piece through the hook on the rock so about 1 inch is poking though, forming a little loop.
- Now feed the loose ends though the loop and tighten to secure.
- Tie a knot in the loose ends and cut off any excess ribbon.