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Elisha and the Widow’s Oil craft ideas

In 2 Kings 4:1-7 We read about Elisha helping a widow who needed to pay her debts. He told her to borrow as many empty jars of oil as she could from neighbours and then go inside her home and close the door. What happened next shows us God’s care for his people.

Telling the Bible Story

Bible Truth for Toddlers – God cares about us

To tell the story to young children – you need a bottle of oil.

‘There was once a woman who had two sons. Sadly, her husband had died and she was in trouble. She owed some bad people money and she had no way of paying them back.

She went to see Elisha. He was God’s prophet. ‘I am in trouble. Can you help me?!’ she asked

What do you have at home? Elisha asked

I have one jar of oil. (Show the oil)

Elisha told her what she must do. ‘Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your neighbours. Then go home. Shut the door and start to pour the oil into the empty jars and then sell the oil and pay your debts’

What would the woman do? She started to borrow empty jars. She went to one home and then another and then another. Soon she had lots of empty jars.

Then she went home and closed the door.

Her sons helped her start to pour the oil into an empty jar. And something amazing happened. As they filled the empty jar the oil that they had started with didn’t run out. They filled another jar and still it didn’t run out. Soon all the jars were full of oil. And once they were all full the oil that they had started with stopped flowing.

Now oil is expensive and the woman was able to sell all this extra oil. She had enough money to pay her debts and money left over for her and her sons to live on.

Elisha was able to help because he was God’s prophet. God cared about this woman and her sons. God cares about you and me too.’

Craft ideas – free downloads

One idea is to colour/decorate jars of oil. The other is to add more jars of oil to the picture and then colour or decorate.

Decorate the jars of oil

‘Thank you God for yummy food’ craft

To Make

  • You need A4 card with holes punched at the top (landscape) centre and thread added
  • Stick on lots of pictures of fruit and vegetables (from gardening catalogues)
  • Add the ribbon/banner. See download below.

Hang up in the kitchen!

While you are making talk about the names of the fruit and vegetables, their colours and where they grow (in the ground, on trees etc). When you eat something that is on your picture you could add a smiley face 🙂

Easter Stained Glass

Stained glass for Easter

How to make your own Easter Stained Glass picture

You will need

  • Black paper plate
  • Tacky back
  • Tissue paper in bright colours
  • Cross cut from the plate centre or black paper
  • Glue

To make

  1. Cut out the centre of the plate (use this to make the cross)
  2. Add the tacky back – you need the sticky side to be the same side as the black plate rim
  3. Stick tissue paper all over the tacky back to make the stained glass effect
  4. Add the cross on top of the tissue paper using glue.

Display in a window!

Cup cake cases are lovely for crafts! They can be used to make lots of things including caterpillars! Just flatten them and glue them slightly overlapping each other. You can make patterns by alternating two colours or use one colour or go for multicoloured! You can even use metalic cases. Use what you have. Add a smiley face and some grass (I’ve used tissue paper). You can add some smaller circles at one end too.

How to make an angel – craft video

This is my first attempt at a craft video (sorry for the pause in the middle – my phone did that all by itself!). Enjoy!

Angel tree topper instructions

I made these angels last year for our toddler group. There are some instructions here on the blog in a previous post but this printable instruction leaflet is much easier to print and share.

Easter Garden to make at home

Easter or Resurrection Gardens are a great way to celebrate Easter. They are a reminder of the Easter story and are fun to make. Traditionally they would be made using soil, moss, flowers etc but this version is made entirely from paper and card – if you haven’t got easy access to soil and plants this is for you!

I’ve used – paper plate (a piece of card would do too), cereal box to make the cross (make two cross shapes and glue together so it will stand up), paper ice cream tub for the tomb ( a roll of paper with card glued over an end would be fine), a paper circle for the stone, tissue paper for the path and grass and pictures of flowers from magazines/garden catalogues.

To attach the cross add a fold and glue the tab
Add the tomb – this might need to be glued and then held in place till it has stuck. Make a fold on the edge of the circle for the tomb then glue the tab that you have made and glue down. If you want to add the words do that first.

Fish in the sea craft

There are several Bible Stories that you could use this craft for – creation, calling of the first disciples, the large catch of fish.. It is mini fish cut out of sugar paper, tissue paper water and sea weed, some cellophane, blue, green and yellow crayons and a piece of sugar paper.

Man with four friends craft

Sometimes it’s nice to make a craft that you can also use for telling and retelling the Bible story.

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 of a house and then lower him down to the feet of Jesus. The paper mat was rolled up as part of the story too.

The people shapes are from Baker Ross via Amazon

This is a short video of this story

There is another craft idea here..https://lettheirlightshine.com/2018/01/08/man-through-the-roof-craft/

Angel!

There are lots of Bible stories that include angels so this craft isn’t just for Christmas! But obviously we often make angel crafts at Christmas so here is a paper plate angel that stands up and could be used as a tree topper.

All you need – paper plates (cheap and quite thin as you want to cut them in half and fold them), doilies (not too large and cut or folded in half), wool for hair, stars and shiny paper to decorate, glue and crayons to draw on features and glue.

If you are making these in a toddler group do all the cutting out prep beforehand and have a made angel to give an idea. If you want to do the folding of the plate ahead of time you could.

Enjoy!