Staple strips of crepe paper to the end of a paper towel roll.
God Created Animals
We used these and many other assorted pieces of "recyclables"
in an art lesson for "God Created the Animals" and had our
age 3-5 class make an animal of their choice.
Paper towel rolls were
used to make birds by attaching precut-out wings and tails and adding
eyes with a black permanent marker. But don't let this be your only
idea. Ask the children, they will make all sorts of things - mice,
octopi you name it - their imagination is limitless. We then
used this in the lesson as we talked about land, sea and sky animals,
then had the children place their animal in the place it lived.
Rain Sticks - You'll need a long cardboard tube (from
wrapping paper, 30"-36"). Crunch together a 5'-6' long sheet of tin foil into a
"stick", then twist coils into the foil. Insert coiled foil
into the paper tube. Tape off one end of the tube. Pour a 1/2 cup of
corn kernels or small beads into the tube. Seal off the other end of
the paper tube with tape. Decorate the tube using torn pieces of
colored tissue paper and Modge-Podge. Once it's dry, slowly turn the
tube up and down to hear the "rain" fall.
Bible application: the flood (Gen.
6:11 ff); God provides (Deut. 28:12, Zech. 10:1); God sends rain on the
righteous and the unrighteous...love your enemies. (Matt. 5:45).
Additional decorating ideas: Cover
tube in brown paper and stamp with green leaf prints or cover tube
with a natural covering such as thin sheets of coconut palm tree bark.
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Fruit of the Spirit -
Galatians 5:22-23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love,
joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and
self-control." Make a tree using a paper towel (or toilet paper)
roll for the trunk. Using green construction paper, preferably card
stock weight, cut out the tree top in the shape of a cloud and tape or
glue to the end of the roll. Then, glue fruit shapes on the
tree. I used coloring book pictures of fruit that the kids could
color, cut out and glue on the tree.
God's promise to Abraham - Genesis 15:5 "Look
up at the heavens and count the stars-if indeed you can count
them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring
Make a telescope using a paper towel roll by decorating the outside of
the roll however you like*.construction paper, stickers, glitter, etc.
Attach a piece of colored cellophane (yellow worked good) over one end
of the roll using a rubber band. Then place small star shaped
stickers on the cellophane. When the kids look thru the roll, it
appears like a starry sky.
Armor of God - use paper towel roll for a handle to make a
shield or sword.
Make music for the Lord - Fill the inside of the paper
towel roll with dry beans or rice to make a maraca. Tape or
staple the ends shut. Decorate the outside anyway you like.
Each scroll uses two rolls. The
children can design their own scroll - make a picture or word story on
one long piece of paper. You can cut strips of paper from brown
paper bags, or use packing paper, or whatever you have available. When they have finished the story tape each end of
the paper onto a roll, and roll together like a scroll. We have
used these as props for plays as well as projects to take home.
The children love them, and they are chunky for little hands.
Hoffman Estates, IL
Before you get to the end of the
roll, use toilet
paper for stories that are about injured people. For Bible
stories where people couldn't walk, I wrap toilet paper
around a child's legs or eyes to show they were hurt. My husband and I
teach 4 and 5's and they love the hands-on visuals. After
you are done with the roll use the cardboard tube to place candy or a
small gift in to be wrapped and given away as a neighbor gift or
Christmas gift. Glory to God!
year we had a church camp at the beach. I used paper towel rolls to
hold lots of little goodies for a treasure hunt. Cover one end with a
piece of paper, taped to the roll; fill it with whatever you want;
cover the other end with paper and tape it to the roll. I then wrapped
each roll in gold paper, and applied a label "The Greatest
Treasure" which quoted 1 Cor 13:1 - 7. The kids loved them.
Yours in Christ,
God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good"
Say something like, "What a wonderful world God has created for
us!... To SEE all that He has made; from the smallest speck of sand -
to the largest mountain. This is perhaps the most wonderful thing of
all... that God has allowed us to be here - living in His greatest
creation. Let us enjoy seeing all the things God has made."
Make a pair of binoculars to look through...to enjoy the view of God's
Take a paper towel roll and carefully cut it in two equal pieces.
Decorate both pieces with crayons, markers, glitter, stickers, etc.
Attach the two pieces together by stapling them together at both ends.
Take a paper punch and make holes on the outer edges of each tube. Cut
a 20" piece of yarn and string each end of the yarn through the
holes, tying the string to them.
Now wear them around your neck and peer through them to see the world
kindergarten class consists of 8 children (7 boys and 1 girl), and
find I'm constantly challenged with the high energy of the boys.
We had a great time with a lesson called "Joshua at
Jericho", Verse: Joshua 1:20.
The story is about how God gave Joshua and the Israelites instructions
for making the walls of Jericho come tumbling down. When they
marched around the walls, seven priests played seven trumpets made
from rams' horn.
Not much thought had to be given as to the craft - Trumpets. I just
knew the kinders would be excited, and yes, they were.
Each child was given a paper towel roll and asked to place it so the
end of the roll was centered on the bottom of a plastic container
(Like a margarine or sour cream container.). They traced around
the paper towel roll, and then cut the plastic circle out. The
paper towel roll was pushed through the whole of the container, about
1 inch, making sure the bowl was facing outward. They covered
the roll and container with colored construction paper. On the
roll they wrote the words "God is with Us All the Time!" and
on the bowl, they wrote the numbers from 1 to 7, as the passage speaks
of 7 days, 7 priests, 7 trumpets, and the 7th time the soldiers
marched around Jericho. The children decorated the rest of the
roll however they pleased. I had pre-braided long wool ropes so that
they could feed it through their 'Trumpet' rolls and tie the rope ends
I had also collected a lot of 2 liter milk cartons and painted them
brown to symbolized blocks. The children built a milk carton
tower that stood about 5 feet tall. This towering building
illustrated the City of Jericho. With their trumpets slung over
their shoulders, we marched around our City of Jericho and sang the
song "Oh, When We March" to the tune of "When the
Saints Go Marching In". For the first verse, we marched and
sang, and then for the second verse, we marched and sang through our
Oh, when we march around the wall.
Oh, when we march around the wall.
We know that God will give us the victory.
When we march around that wall.
On, when we blow our trumpets loud.
Oh, when we blow our trumpets loud.
We know that God will give us the victory.
When we blow our trumpets loud.
We sang this song continuously and when we were about to finish
singing it for the seventh time, I kicked out the bottom milk carton
and the City of Jericho came tumbling down.
The kids thought that the walls came down because of all their
marching, singing and trumpet blowing. What a wonderful way for
them to live the story, as Joshua and the Israelites did. The
lesson made such an impression that I am told by parents that the kids re-lived it at home many times over.
We ended the lesson by discussing the Faith Trait of perseverance.
I said that doing something seven times for seven days is hard.
Joshua and the Israelites may have wondered why God asked them to
march every day for seven days, but they did what God asked. When a
person does something many times, even when it is hard, we say that
person shows perseverance. One way to encourage perseverance is to say
"Stick with it!" God wants us to show perseverance so
we will keep believing and doing what God wants us to do. So "Stick" your hands together in prayer, and know that 'God
is with Us All the Time!'