Z is for Zacchaeus

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I made this to use with under fives to tell the story of Zacchaeus. He moves up the tree which is great for keeping the young children interested. We are doing the story as part of our Bible Alphabet series.

The tree is a Pringles container covered in brown construction paper with large leaves stapled around the top. It’s important that the brown construction paper is taller than the Pringles container by about 4cm so you have space to staple on the leaves. Also leave the lid on so that Zacchaeus doesn’t fall inside while you are telling the story! The leaves were made from construction paper and lightweight card in two contrasting greens.

You can slide Zacchaeus up the tree trunk by blue tac-ing him to a piece of brown construction paper that has been folded and wound round the tree trunk and stapled to make a circular collar for the tree. This should be tight enough to stay in place and slide smoothly.When Zacchaeus has climbed the tree take him off the brown slider/collar and  blue tac him in the leaves.

The well known children’s song ‘Zacchaeus was a very little man (or very wee man) is great to sing. There are lots of versions on the web; some have music to sing along to and others also have animation. I’ve included a link.

http://www.worshiphousekids.com/worship-tracks/29908/Zacchaeus-Was-A-Wee-Little-Man

Board book – ‘I Believe in Jesus’ review

The board book ‘I believe in Jesus’ by John MacArthur and Pam Rossi is a little difficult to come by. But it is available second hand from Amazon and Abebooks. But be careful if you order because they have another title that is very similar. The ISBN No. is 1400303761.

The book is simply and colourfully illustrated. It tells the story of salvation from the Bible and there are Bible verses quoted which is more for the parents. The book begins with God the creator and explains how we can have God’s gift of salvation.

This book is very useful in helping adults explain the story of the Bible simply but accurately in Sunday school and would be great for Christian parents and grandparents to read with their children and grand children.

My second hand copy was well worth buying.

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