Ephesians 4:29 says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Good News trumpets will remind students that every person has winning qualities, and it’s better to focus on those than on what gossip may be flying around.
Bible Craft: Good News Trumpets
Bible Craft Materials Needed:
Sheets of light colored construction paper (one for each child), markers, stapler, glitter (optional) hole punch, ribbon.
Bible Craft Instructions:
– Have students form pairs. It’s better to avoid putting two best friends together, so mix up the pairs so that students have to really think about their upcoming challenge.
– Tell students, “Everyone has gifts from God as well as some great qualities. Look at your partner. Write on your sheet three things that are good about him or her.”
– Encourage them with examples: Friendly, nice smile, good posture, great giggle, pretty eyes, fun pet at home, athletic, sings well, etc.
– If you get a student who says, “I can’t think of anything about her,” remind quickly that that’s rude and there’s definitely good traits. Encourage by asking questions to his partner and pointing out nice traits.
Have each child:
– start with his sheet of construction paper in front of him so that the longer sides are at the top and bottom (landscape as opposed to portrait).
– write the three nice things about his partner in big letters on the paper, centered in the middle but large, so they take up a lot of space.
– decorate around the nice descriptive words with drawings of their choice, such as flowers, superheroes, smile faces, etc.
– write “[Name] Thinks Nice Things About” and their partner’s name.
– roll the sheet of construction paper sideways into a megaphone. To make it more like a megaphone than a tube, roll one side more tightly than the other so that one end is wider than the other.
– staple at the ends and in the middle.
– punch a hole in the narrow end.
– run the ribbon through the hole and tie a bow so they can use it to hang the megaphone up at home.
Bible Craft Discussion with Teacher’s Words:
There’s a famous saying: “If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.” What does that mean?
That it’s harder but more rewarding to look for the good.
Especially as we get older, we will hear a lot of people taking the easy way out in school – saying something thoughtless or even mean. As Christians, let’s try to remember to see others as God sees them – and as we’d want others to see us.
Have students use their megaphones to play “I’m Thinking of Someone at this Table.” Students take turns saying that much into their megaphone and following it with a compliment. The rest of the students have to guess who she is talking
about. Make sure everybody gets spoken nicely of. If someone has been missed, use a megaphone to take your own turn and include that person.
Bible Craft Conclusion with Teacher’s Words:
Let’s start by giving our megaphones to our partners so they can take home the good things we thought about them. Hang yours by the ribbon so you can see it, and all week long you’ll remember that someone thought nice things about you, and therefore you should pass nice thoughts on about others!
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