This childrens church activity using fake fall leaves will show how God’s use of color gives us clues to how He cares for us on planet Earth.
Fall Childrens Church Activity: Leaf Bouquets and Leaf Placemats
– Poster Board
– Craft clear varnish
– Red, yellow, orange and brown construction paper
– Hole punch
Make templates of different kinds of leaves.
Childrens Church Activity Introduction
(Teach prompts in bold)
What I’m holding is a beautiful bouquet of fall colors. Leaves turn colors in the fall because plants make their own food using sunlight and something called chlorophyll. Chlorophyll gives leaves their green color. In the winter there is less sunlight, which means the chlorophyll goes away. We know that means that the leaves are getting older. Soon, they will die. But leaves are a little like Christians. The older they get, the more rich and lovely they become. The colors we see in the fall, orange, red and yellow have beautiful meanings from God. They are symbols.
Point to the different colors in the bouquet…
– Red is the color of passion, symbolized by Christ’s blood, shed for us.
– Yellow or gold is the color of purification. We get purified often by going through some fiery trials in life.
– Orange is a symbol of fire, and fiery trials that make us strong and courageous
– Green is the color of life.
– Brown is the color of earth.
Let’s make our craft and go over these again.
Leaf bouquet (for younger children)
1. Use templates to draw leaves on different colored construction paper.
2. Cut out the leaves.
3. Write on red ones: God’s Passion. Write on yellow ones: God’s perfection. Write on orange ones: God’s trials. Write on green ones: God’s gift of life. Write on brown ones: God’s gift of fertile soil.
4. Use ribbons to tie the stems of the leaves together to make a beautiful bouquet to take home.
Leaf placemat (for older children)
1. Draw shapes of different kinds of leaves on colored construction paper.
2. Cut out and paste the leaves on poster board. Use your imagination to create a unique and attractive pattern.
3. On the bottom of the placemat write, “Thank you God for the food we eat and for the gift of beauty in the leaves that decorate this placemat.”
4. Brush craft clear varnish over the placemat.
Let’s go over the symbols again, only this time with Bible verses:
– Red is the color of passion, which symbolized not only Christ’s love for us, but also His blood which was shed to show His love.
– Yellow or gold is the color of purification. When we go through the trials and tribulations that life brings to us the pain we endure can feel like fire. The good news is, we go into a trial more like coal, and we come out more like gold.
– Orange is the color of fire. 1 Peter 4:12-13 says, “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed.”
– Green is the Color of life. In John 15:5, Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
– Brown is the color of earth or fertile soil.
Very often, God leaves hints about what He’s like in nature around us. Let the leaves of autumn remind you that someday you will grow old. But when you do, you might be more wrinkly and crackly, but on the inside, you’ll be much closer to what God needs you to be so that He can welcome you into heaven!