Make playdough to create images.
A good recipe is:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp. cream of tartar
- ½ cup salt
- 1 to 2 Tbsp. cooking oil
- 1 cup water
- Food coloring (optional—appearance only)
Mix flour, cream of tartar, and salt in a saucepan. Mix coloring with water and oil, then add to the dry mixture. (Use a whisk to remove the lumps, and then switch to a metal spoon.) Cook over medium heat until thick (approximately 3 to 4 minutes—mixture will begin to pull away from the pan). Cool and knead until smooth. Store in plastic bag or container. ***There are tons of recipes on the internet if you don’t have these ingredients.
Let the kids shape their creations and talk about them.
What were you able to make/create?
You were limited by the materials we had on hand—the colors of playdough, the utensils, etc. You could make something based on what was here. Jesus was not limited by anything. He is God and created the world out of nothing by His great power! He created everything that is created, including you!
Make fingerprint creations! Gather items needed: stamp pad (or paint or even a marker), copy or construction paper, and markers or colored pencils.
Ask kids to make a picture by dipping their finger tip on the stamp pad (or in the paint) and then pressing it on the paper to make different animals or scenes (flowers; bees; caterpillars; etc.) Draw the rest with a marker to complete the picture.
Did you know…
- that no two fingerprints are alike? Identical twins aren’t 100% identical—they have different fingerprints.
- that your fingerprints were formed before you were born—at 12 weeks?
- that the natural oils in your skin leave fingerprints on almost everything you touch?
God made you unique!
Some of you may have seen or heard the object lesson about the $20 bill. Share it with your kids.
Who would want this $20? Would you still want it if I folded it up in to small pieces? (Do it.) Would you still want it if I wadded it up? (Do that.) Would you still want it if I stepped on it? (Throw it to the ground and do that.) Why would you still want it? (Because, it’s still valuable.) This $20 is valuable no matter what we do to it. So it is with our lives. We are valuable to God no matter what we look like, no matter where we live, no matter what we do.
What would happen if we really treated all people as if they are valuable to God? What would that look like?
God still loves and values every person!