We’re doing something a little different this year for our Summer Outreach program. Instead of using a VBS curriculum, we’ll be using our regular mid-week curriculum and amping it up a bit (read all the details here). Because our regular curriculum doesn’t have many craft suggestions, I’ve been digging around to find some projects that fit the “EPIC LOVE” theme. I also supplemented with a few “Summer” crafts. Check out all my ideas on my Summer Blast pinterest board.
Here’s one craft we created to fit the first week’s bottom line which is “Love God by Loving Others” (Matthew 25:35-40). This is a very rough prototype created by my 2 year old daughter. I imagine when the kids do it at Summer Blast, there will be more decorating and general fanciness involved.
What you need:
- White construction paper
- Some random kids
- Washable Paint (I used Crayola Washable Tempera and it dries very quickly)
- Paint Brush
- Paper Plate
What you do:
Pour some paint onto a paper plate.
Using the paint brush, apply paint to random child’s hand and have them press down on the paper.
Repeat with second hand. (You could also use a stamp pad, I’m just partial to paint.)
Once both hands are in place, set papers aside and practice the memory verse (Matthew 22:39) or review the night’s lesson with the kids. Like I said, the tempera seems to dry super quick (of course, it is 100 degrees today, so that might be a contributing factor), so you only need to review for about 3 minutes or so. You could even leave the papers where they are and have kids put their hands in their laps (once wiped clean!) to review the verse.
After the hands are mostly dry, go ahead and write either the memory verse or the night’s bottom line around the hands. The bottom line is “I can Love God by Loving my Neighbor”. You could also do “I can Love God by Loving Others”.
If kids have extra time, they can decorate the edges or add a little more oomph to the project. Make sure they write their names on the back and move the projects to the drying table.
Whatever you do, do not leave the room when a two year old has a pile of paint and an adventurous nature. You may end up with this:
What about You?
What fun crafts have you done recently? Leave me a comment and tell me about (or link up to the post!)