Sometimes it’s nice to make a craft that you can also use for telling the Bible story. We have craft before and after story time but it really doesn’t matter – it can either be a taster for what’s to come or a recap of the story that’s just been told.
The story is from Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12 and Luke 5:17-26.
For the craft we made the man’s mat by decorating sugar paper with large pieces of tissue paper and then we made a man – on one side he was happy and on the other side he was sad. We used fabric for clothes and wool for hair.
When telling the story I pretended to carry the man up the steps to the roof and then lower him down to the feet of Jesus. The paper mat was rolled up as part of the story too.
One of the homes Jesus visited was the place where the paralysed man was healed. Luke 5:17- 26. If you look very closely you can just see crowds of people in the model of the house. To tell the story to young children you could use lego duplo figures.( Of course avoid the clearly identifiable charcters such as Bob the Builder) The mat is brown paper and material – chosen because it has to be rolled up. It fits really well in the duplo figures hand.
If you didn’t want to use duplo for telling the story you could let a small group play with the figures and model afterwards to retell the story to you.