The Stoning of Stephen: Rocks: Acts 6-7

Acts 6 Preschool

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.

Supplies:

  • Pre-portioned bags (flour and salt, coffee grounds)
  • Coffee
  • Large bowl
  • Large spoon
  • Tooth picks
  • Template for flags
  • Glue sticks
  • Tarp
  • Bowls/plates

Time: 5-10 min

Preparation:

  • Cut out the Stephen flags. You can pre-assemble the flags for your children if you like.

In Class:

  • 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.

Acts 6 Elementary

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.

 Supplies:

  • Rocks with hooks glued to them
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

Time: 5-10 min

Preparation:

  • Cut the ribbon into 30” strips, one for each child in your class.

In 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.

Stephen

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Pentecost: Be Filled with the Spirit: Acts 2

 Acts 2 Elementary pic

Well, this year, my church is studying Acts so most of the upcoming crafts will be based out of Acts. I have seen the flame on head bands craft floating around Pinterest, but no one had a useable template, so I had to make it myself. I’ll save you the trouble. All you have to do is have some extra sheets of paper to add to the band to finish off the “hat”. The windpipe craft, I only gave to older children, but it was pretty cool to blow through the straws, and hear the rushing wind, so if you wanted to just pre make it and let the kids blow on them, I think they’d really enjoy it.

Objective: Children will make a Holy Spirit hat to represent the fire over their heads and a windpipe to be used to help them retell the Bible lesson.

 Supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Markers or crayons (red, yellow and orange)
  • Glue sticks
  • Scotch tape
  • Stapler
  • straws
  • Templates of flames and head band

Time: 10-15 min total

Preparation:

  • Cut out the strips for the headband. Each child will need the Bible verse strip as well as a blank strip. You may want to cut a few extra blanks just incase.
  • Portion out the flames so each child can cut their own flame.

In Class:

Hats:

  • Pass out the flames to each child and explain that the Holy Spirit came down like fire and set over the believer’s heads.
  • Have them pick out the red orange and yellow markers or crayons. Have the children color the flames.
  • Pass out the pre-cut headband pieces, glue sticks and tape.
  • Have the children glue the flames on top of the x’s that are in the center of the Bible verse.
  • Have the children tape down one blank strip to each Bible verse strip to form a band the band. If they need more length add an extra blank strip to the other side of the Bible verse.
  • Take each band and measure the child’s head and staple it with the flat part of the staple on the inside of the band.

Windpipe:

  • Take a long piece of tape for each child and tape the ends to the table so the sticky side is facing up, but it is secured to the table.
  • Take 12 straws and lay them tightly down on the tape taking care to line up the non-bendy ends. The non-bendy ends will be the strait side where the children will blow into them.
  • Roll the tape up and over the straws securing them.
  • Use the scissors to cut a diagonal line cutting off the bendy part of the straws to create the windpipe.
  • Children can blow into the straws creating the rushing wind sound of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2 Flames 1 of 2

Acts 2 Flames 2 of 2

Jesus crucified for our sins: Matthew 11:3-6; 16:15-16; 21:6-15 Luke 23:26-49 John 4:25-26, 42

Our sins on the cross

I was hoping to impact the children to make what Jesus did for them more personal. We know that Christ sided for us, but stoping to take the time to think about it and see it on paper was something I wanted them to participate in. You could do this by just coming up with any sins or you could personalize it with the sins that the kids know that they do such as lying to make them truly look within themselves. I found this Jesus on the web, but you could also make your own Jesus out of a different medium and use a wooden cross and write your sins on it with markers if you want it to last longer and be added to your Easter display.

Forgiven

 Objective: Children will make crosses to remind them of Christ’s sacrifice

 Supplies

Cross template

Jesus template

Markers

scissors

Glue stick

Time: 15 to 20 minutes

Preparation: You can cut out the crosses and Jesus’ if you’d like.

In Class:

  • Give the children the picture of Jesus. Have them color Him and cut Him out.
  • Ask the children to think of some sins. For every sin they think of they should write it down in a different color and direction on the cross. You may have to help them by writing some sins on the board for them.
  • Have them cut out the cross.
  • Have the children glue Jesus to the cross explaining that every sin we commit is what stuck Jesus on the cross.

our sins on the cross