The first day of fall marks a time when things in the forest start to fall to the ground and die. In the spring, life will rise, and the change is much like what happens in us when we accept Jesus. Use this Bible craft of fall seeds and spring flowers to remind students that Jesus can make us bigger and stronger than we ever dreamed if we give him our hearts.
• Three different kinds of hard beans (beans are actually seeds!)
• Cotton balls
• Black-and-white printer
• White card stock
• Craft glue or stick glue
Make copies of the following scripture and provide to students or print scripture on the board for children to add to their seed flower art.
“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 times what was sown.” — Matthew 13:23
1. Glue the cotton balls in the center of the bloom.
2. Cover the ring around the flower center liberally with stick glue and cover it with the first type of bean.
3. Cover each flower petal liberally with stick glue and then with the second type of bean.
4. Finally, cover the stem and leaves with the third type of bean.
5. Write the scripture and a special prayer with fall-colored markers.
It’s the first week of fall. Does anyone know why we call the season “fall?” Let them guess. We call the season “fall” because it is a time when life in the forest falls to the ground and dies. We call the opposite months “spring” because it is a time when life springs forth again in the forest.
Jesus spoke about fall in the Parable of the Sower. Lots of seeds fall to the ground, and they don’t spring into plants in the spring. They blow away, or birds eat them, or they fall onto rocks and thorns.
Jesus said we should be like good seeds that fall into the rich soil. There, we will get nourished and arise as beautiful flowers. He means that we should “fall” into his promises, get nourished by his love, and become the kind, loving and faithful people he intends us to be.
We don’t want our spirits to stay tiny, like little seeds. We want them to grow into big, beautiful flowers. Let’s ask Jesus to nourish us with his love this fall and winter!