Sunday School Crafts and Activities
Mary and Martha "Do the Right Thing" Sunday School Lesson
Do the Right Thing at the Right Time - You can find a complete lesson with crafts and activities on The Resource Room.
Bible Reference: Luke 10:38-42 and Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Teaching Concept: Sometimes doing the right thing is not always the right thing to do if you do it at the wrong time.
Children glue pictures that relate to each season in the appropriate place on the picture. (Patterns and Pictures for this craft are available on The Resource Room.)
The Printable Patterns are available to members on The Resource Room in both black and white and color.
Mary and Martha Bible Activities for Sunday School
1. The Right Time Activity for Sunday School
Have your children hold hands in the middle of the room and form a circle. Two adults hold hands to form a tunnel. The children walk around in a circle passing through the tunnel as they sing the song below. When the last word of the song is sung, the tunnel comes down and captures a child. The child then must answer a question (below) to be freed. Keep playing until all the children have had a chance to answer a question.
Do You Do the Right Thing?
Written by Carolyn
(Sing to the tune of "Do Your Ears Hang Low?)
Do you do the-right thing?
At the time you're supposed to do it?
Do you listen to your mom?
Do you listen to your dad?
Do you do it at the right time or do you wait to long to do it?
Do you do the-right thing?
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When is it the right time to brush your teeth - in the morning or before you eat?
When is it the right time to comb your hair - before you go to church, or when you're sitting at the dinner table?
When is the right time to clean your room - when your mother tells you to, or when you feel like it?
When is the right time to do your homework - when you get home from school, or on the bus on the way to school?
When is the right time to interrupt - when you mother is on the phone and you want to ask her a question, or when there is an emergency?
When is the right time to talk - when your teacher is talking, or at recess?
When is the right time to have dessert - before dinner, or after dinner?
When is it the right time to yell - when you are in the car, or when you are outside playing?
When is it the right time to stay home from school - when you don't feel like going, or when you are sick?
When is the right time to be quiet - during the church service when the minister is talking, or when you are asked a question?
2. Act Out the Story
Act out the story from the Bible or have your children place it in modern times and then act it out.
3. Play Charades Using Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Write the verse on pieces of paper. Have your children take turns picking a piece of paper and acting out what is written. The person who guesses correctly gets to take his turn next. Let each child guess only one time.
4. Bible Verse Review Game
Read Eccl. 3:1-8, and then hold up the pictures that your children have drawn one at a time. See if the children can identify which pictures go with which part of the verse. Place all the pictures in order and see if the children can say the complete verse by looking at the pictures.
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l teach the little ones aged from 18 months to 3 years old. l find your lessons and craft tips excellent. The children, myself and their Mum's are enjoying the lessons and activities. Thank you for this great service. Marion
"Friends Honor Each Other" Bible Lesson
Scripture Reference: John 12:1-11 - Mary honors Jesus by pouring perfume on his feet
Teaching Concept: Children learn what it means to honor someone. They learn how to honor their friends; and that Jesus showed honor to us by giving us the most priceless gift of all, his life.
The following crafts and Activity ideas come from The Resource Room a members-only section of Danielle's Place. A Complete Lesson is available on The Resource Room.
Mary, Martha and Lazarus Honor Jesus Bible Crafts for Sunday School
1. Have a quilting bee
At the turn of the century friends honored each other by spending time with each other and helping them make a quilt. Tell your children that they are going to have a quilting bee. Each child will make at least one quilt square to add to the quilt by gluing material pieces onto a paper pattern. Staple the completed squares in rows touching each other to make a large paper quilt. (Pattern available to members only on The Resource Room.)
If you don't have material, you can have older children make paper quilts. Print out the paper patterns onto white paper and make copies. Have your children pick one of the five patterns to color with markers or colored pencils. When they are done staple the squares to your bulletin board to make a large quilt.
(Pattern available to members only on The Resource Room.)
2. Sever One Another Cats
Children make 3-D stand-up cat figures - Print out the pattern for the cats and cut them out. In class have your children color them and then glue the heads on. (Pattern available to members only on The Resource Room.)
Mary, Martha and Lazarus Honor Jesus Bible Activities for Sunday School
1. Wash each other's feet
Explain to the children that back in Jesus' time most people had to walk to wherever they wanted to go. They wore sandals so their feet got very dirty. When visitors arrived at someone's house the servants would wash their feet. If someone wanted to show honor to someone, like Mary did in our story, they would take the job of the servant and wash the visitor's feet. Tell the children that we don't do this today, but there are many other ways we can honor each other. Pass out towels and split the children up into twos. Have them wash each other's feet in a bowl of water.
2. Serve One Another in Love Relay Race
Divide your children up into two or more teams. Give each child a Styrofoam tray. Place a plastic cup, bowl, spoon, and fork on the trays of the children that are first in line. The children must carry the trays with all the things on them to one end of the room and back with out dropping anything. If they drop something, they must go back and pick it up. Then they place all the items from their tray onto the next child's tray. Keep playing this way until one team wins. If you have older children, you can have them say the verse while they are "serving" the next child in line. If any of the children get pushy or mad because another team member isn't fast enough or makes a mistake, remind the children that the verse says, "Serve one another in LOVE."
3. Serving in Love at Snack Time
Bring in about five different types of snacks. Make sure they are small such as: Mini chocolate chip cookies, Oreo cookies, Teddy Grahams, bit size candy bars, etc. Place them all in a separate bowl on a table. Tell your children that they are going to practice "serving each other in love". Have the children take turns serving the child to his or her right. Each child will ask the child to his right what he would like to have. (Tell the children that they can have any combination of the five things on the table.) The child will then go and get the order for the child and bring it back to him. The child that has just been served will then ask the child on his right what he would like. Keep going until all the children have been served. Remind your children to say, "thank you" and to ask politely what each child would like to have.
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