In today’s spring craft, we have a wonderful flower pot activity that beautifully and easily teaches the Parable of the Sower, Matthew 13:1‐8, 18‐23.
Parable of the Sower Flower Pots with Seeds
- Styrofoam cups, 2 for each child
- Index cards, 1 for every 2 children
- Hole punch
- Aluminum foil
- Thin ribbon, pretty color, enough for each child to have a foot
- Planting soil
- Serving spoon
- Marigold seeds, enough for each child to have 3-6 seeds
- Sharp scissors or ball point pen
Parable of the Sower
Matthew 13:1‐8, 18‐23
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. S]ll other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty ]mes what was sown.
“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.
The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short ]me. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.
The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty ]mes what was sown.”
1. Cut circles of aluminum foil, 1 for each child, with a 10-inch circumference, perhaps using the rim of a small mixing bowl to trace around. Carefully preserve them, as they tear easily.
2. Cut index cards in half.
3. Using a hole punch, punch a hole near one corner.
Have children follow these steps:
1. Write on the half index card using marker pens, I AM PART OF GOD’S GOOD CROP. Draw a flower to decorate.
2. Place1 cup inside another for the sake of strength.
3. Place their Styrofoam cup set in the center of an aluminum foil circle.
4. Gently pull up on the sides of the aluminum foil until it fits around the cup, then tuck in the sides.
5. Apply stick glue along their piece of ribbon, from the middle to maybe 3 inches outward.
6. Keep the sticky side of the ribbon up, and lay the cup down on it so that the very top of the cup is even with the ribbon. Carefully press the ribbon to the side of the cup and tie it a knot. Help them with this step and the next, as they may require some adult dexterity.
7. Loop one end of the ribbon through the index card with the writing on it. Bring it up to the knot. On top, tie a bow so that the card is secure and sticks out a little. Don’t tie the knot so tightly that the hole breaks opened.
8. Staple the ribbon to the cup for extra reinforcement in a couple places.
9. Using the serving spoon, spoon enough soil into the cup so that it comes nearly to the top 10.Using their fingers, create 3 plant holes in the soil that go maybe an inch down (check your marigold instructions on the depth).
10.Place 3 marigold seeds in each hole and cover them over again gently.
11.Punch 2 holes gently in the bottom with the tip of a ball point pen or sharp scissors.
Send home with instructions to water!
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