Here’s a great fall craft to make good use of the leaves that turn colors in harvest time. It’s easy, and will give you an opportunity to talk about how changes are part of God’s plan to keep us strong and healthy.
– Glue or paste
– Poster board
There is a time table in what we call “nature.” Ecclesiastes 3:1:22 makes that clear: For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted”¦ At harvest time, we are aware that the beautiful green leaves of summer have changed. They’re now orange and red and yellow. In the winter they will turn brown and die. Let’s make some butterflies and talk about life and death afterwards”¦
1. Pass out leaves
2. Break twigs to the size that will fit the gathered leaves.
3. Glue berries on the twig body for the eyes. Let dry.
4. Glue to poster board for display.
The red and gold of the leaves means they are in the final stages of life. They will die and become compost, which means they will protect the earth in the cold of winter, and they will nourish the ground for next year’s leaves. So, rather than think of the leaves as dying, we should think of them as in the circle of life.
A butterfly is also in a circle of life. What was a butterfly before it was a butterfly? Did it come from an egg? Or did it grow on a tree? It came from a caterpillar.
Caterpillars are slow and clunky. They are sort of like people while they are alive on planet earth. When caterpillars go into a cocoon, it can look like they died. But what really happens? They are becoming butterflies.
People go through a similar process. It looks like death. But with the love of Jesus, we emerge on the other side as something like a butterfly – much more graceful and pretty and more free than we ever will be on planet earth.
Let’s let our butterflies remind us of the circle of life and the good news of the Gospel that Jesus promised in John 11:25-26″¦”I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.”
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