Dorcas Sunday School Lesson,
Crafts, and Activity Ideas
for Sunday School
How to Make Crafts and Activities Relating to: Dorcas,
Helping the Poor and
Scripture Reference: Acts 9:36-43
Concepts: helping others, helping the poor
The following crafts and activities come from the Sunday school lessons "Dorcas Serves Others". You can find the complete lesson on The Resource Room.
Poor Stick Puppet Craft
for Sunday School
1. Sew Clothes Using Fun Foam and Plastic Needles
Fun Foam is a great medium to use to learn to sew. Young children can use plastic children's needles to sew shapes onto fun foam with a little help from parents and teachers.
What you will need: Fun Foam or Flexi-Foam (not Foamies, they are too thick), Children's plastic needles, scissors, yarn or embroidery floss.
How to Make Puppet Clothes Using Fun Foam and Plastic Needles:
1. Cut a Shirt Shape (PDF Pattern) from Fun Foam. Cut out circles for buttons, pocket shapes, or other decorative shapes.
2. Mark dots on the fun foam around the edge of the coat about a half an inch apart with a black sharpie. Punch tiny holes through the fun foam at the dots using a sharp needle. Turn the coat over and mark dots on the other side of the coat where you can see the holes. Mark the dots farther apart for younger children.
3. Have the children sew from dot to dot using plastic needles and embroidery floss or yarn.
* My 3 1/2 year old child can do this project with some help. I would not recommend doing this project with children under 5 if you have a large group because they will need a lot of help with it. If you want to do this with younger children, cut out a simple shape like a small heart. Put about 10 dots around the edge of the shape and let them practice on that.
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2. Make Clothes for Stick Puppets
What you will need: Large and regular sized craft sticks, hot melt glue, scraps of material, scissors, yarn, and markers.
How to Make Clothes for Stick Puppets:
1. Before class glue a jumbo craft stick and regular-sized craft stick together to form a cross.
3. In class let your ch ildren pick the pieces they would like to use on their stick puppets. Show them how to place the hole of the coat over the head and then tie it to the puppet with yarn. The tunic goes over the coat with the slit part in the front, and can be tied with the coat.
4. To make the head covering glue it to the forehead of the stick puppet and then flip it over to the back of the head scrunching up the material around the face. Tie it in place with a piece of yarn.
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3. Act Out the Story with a Puppet Skit
Children will enjoy making their own puppet skits. Place them in groups of two or three children and have the groups take turns acting out the story with their puppets. If you didn't make the puppets, you can have them act out the story without the puppets. Assign each child a character from the story and help them write a skit.
If you have younger children, you can prepare the puppet skit and just have the children watch the skit, or have your children act it out as you narrate the story.
Children can serve people like Dorcas of the Bible by reaching out in their communities. Older children may not be able to sew clothes for the poor, but they can make things using fabric to serve others. Check out the following web sites for ideas:
1. No-Sew Pillows and Blankets - Cut them out and have your children help tie the knots and stuff them.
3. No-Sew Sachets - Made with fabric scraps and potpourri.
5. Bible Verse Review Game (Older Children)
1. Before class prepare the game pieces. Print out the game pieces onto card stock (heavy paper) and cut them apart. (Patterns available to members only.)
2. Make them into game pieces that stand up by folding the cards where indicated (see the diagram below). Tape the folded bottom of the paper to the back of the paper to make a stand.
3. Print one word of the Bible verse above each picture to make the verse. You will have to print more than one set of some of the game pieces depending on which Bible verse version you use.
4. In class place the game piece sin front of the room on a table or floor with the words and clothes pictures visible. Place the letters in order to spell out the Bible verse.
In class have your children stand about ten feet from the game pieces and throw a beanbag or ball at them to try to knock pieces backwards so that they piece fall over backwards and the word is not longer visible. After a child has thrown the beanbag and knocked over a word, he should say the verse. Keep playing until all the pieces are knocked over and the children can say the complete verse without and words visible.
6. Dorcas Clothes Match Game
1. Before class print out the game cards onto card stock (Heavy paper) and cut them apart.
In class places all the cards face down on a table. Have your children take turns turning over two cards at a time to see if they match. If the two cards match the child gets to keep the cards. If the cards don't match, turn them back over and the next chile takes a turn. The child with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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