Zacchaeus Bible Crafts and and
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Scripture Reference: Luke 19:1-10
Concepts: Jesus showed people he loved them, Jesus loves you. Be kind to one another.

 

Zacchaeus Game

sunday school Zacchaeus in a Sycamore Tree bible craftZacchaeus sitting in a treeTape leaves onto a tree to make a mural and then play "Tape Zacchaeus to the tree" game - Before class draw and paint a tree with lots of branches (draw one or two branches that would be good for Zacchaeus to sit on) onto butcher paper, approximately 4' x 4' and then tape the tree on the wall. Draw a picture of Zacchaeus and cover it with contact paper, front and back, and then cut him out.

Have the children color and cut out pictures of leaves to tape onto the tree. After reading the story about Zacchaeus, have the children play a "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" like game. Have them take turns trying to tape Zacchaeus to the branch. There doesn't have to be a winner. The children will enjoy just seeing how close they can get Zacchaeus to the branch. As an alternative to taping on leaves, cut leaf shapes from sponges and have the children sponge paint leaves onto the tree. (A Pattern of Zacchaeus sitting in a tree is available to members of Danielle's Place on The Resource Room.)

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Find Zacchaeus Activity Sheet

sunday school Zacchaeus in  a Sycamore Tree Activity bible craft Use the Lift the flap to find Zacchaeus coloring sheet.

Print out the patterns (Set Printer to Landscape Mode) , page1 (PDF Pattern) and page 2 (PDF Pattern). (Printing Problems?)

Use a copy machine to make enough copies. (Be careful when using the copy machine. Make sure the patterns are placed in the exact same spot so that they line up.) Cut out the windows with a razor and glue (use rubber cement) page 1 on top of page 2 so that the windows line up with the pictures. Be sure not to put any glue where the window are.

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Jesus Knows Your Name Bible Lesson about Zacchaeus

sunday school Zacchaeus Coloring Sheet bible craftIn this lesson children learn that they are special to God. He knows their name and even knew them before they were born.

zacchaeus sitting in tree bible color sheet and game for Sunday SchoolExcerpts from the lesson:

"Zacchaeus could hardly believe his ears. Jesus knew his name! He not only knew his name, but he spoke his name the way it was intended to sound. Jesus spoke to him like he was important, like he was pure and innocent and righteous. Jesus saw Zacchaeus the way he was supposed to be.. . .

Jesus knew Zacchaeus before he every met him. He knew what Zacchaeus needed, and he knows your name and what you need. He cares about you. The Bible says that God knew you before you were ever born. He loves you and made you special. He has a plan for your life. He wants to come live with you. He is calling your name. All you have to do is invite him in. It says in John 14:23, "Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him." (A Complete Lesson about Zacchaeus is available to members of Danielle's Place on The Resource Room.

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Zacchaeus Craft - Jesus Knows My Name Name plate or Sign

sunday school Jesus Knows My Name bible CraftFold a piece of card stock in half. Write "Jesus Knows My Name" on a folded edge of the paper. Have your children use letter stickers or markers to spell out their name and then decorate the name plates with other stickers. >

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Zacchaeus "Find Your Friend" Bible Game for Sunday School

Write each child's name on a half piece of card stock. Write them in front of the class so that everyone can see you write them. Say each letter out loud as you write them. When you have written each name mix up the cards and hand one out to each child. Tell the children that they need to find the friend whose name is on the card and give them their card. When a child has found his friend and has been given his card he should sit down. Tell the children that you will be timing them so they need to hurry. Do it a second time to see if they can beat their time. (A Complete Lesson about Zacchaeus is available to members of Danielle's Place on The Resource Room.

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Play "Remember My Name" Bible Game for Sunday School

Have the children sit in a circle. Pick a child to start. He says his name and something interesting about himself. The child to his right repeats what the first child said and then adds his name. The child to his right repeats what the first two children said and then adds his name and something interesting about himself. Keep going until all the children have had a turn. For example, the first child may say, "My name is Marty and I like to play softball." The child to his right will then say, "Marty likes to play softball. My name is Steve and I have a dog named Spot." The next child would say, "Marty likes to play softball. Steve has a dog named Spot. Have the children sit in a circle. Pick a child to start. He says his name and something interesting about himself. The child to his right repeats what the first child said and then adds his name. The child to his right repeats what the first two children said and then adds his name and something interesting about himself. Keep going until all the children have had a turn. For example, Marty may say, "My name is Marty and I like to play softball." The child to his right will then say, "Marty likes to play softball. My name is Steve and I have a dog named Spot." The next child would say, "Marty likes to play softball. Steve has a dog named Spot. And my name is Rudy and I have a brand new bike." My name is Rudy and I have a brand new bike." (A Complete Lesson about Zacchaeus is available to members of Danielle's Place on The Resource Room.

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Zacchaeus Bible Verse Review Game for Sunday School

zacchaeus treezaccheaus tree 3Zacchaeus Review Game

Before class draw a picture of a large tree on bulletin board paper. Cut out leaf shapes and tape them to the tree. Write one word of the verse on separate pieces of sticky notepaper and hide them under the leaves. Hide the picture of Zacchaeus under one of the leaves. (You can buy a bulletin board tree from Amazon.com - Big Tree with Animalszacchaeus tree 2 (You can also use it for the "Amos Wasn't Famous" and "Jesus Never Changes" lessons.) (Affiliate Disclaimer)

Leaf Shape and Zacchaeus Pattern - Print out onto green paper and cut out.

To Play:

1. Tell your children that Jesus knew exactly where Zacchaeus was all the time and he knew his name, but we don't know where he is. He is hidden behind one of the leaves on the tree.

2. The children will take turns turning over the leaves one at a time to try and find Zacchaeus. If they pick one of the leaves with a word, they get to help figure out what the Bible verse says. Stick the word papers up on the wall as the children find them. Have the children that find the word papers try to place them in order. If you have very young children, just place them in the correct order the read the words displayed each time a child finds a new word paper. The child who finds Zacchaeus wins. If you haven't found all the words before Zacchaeus has been found, you can hide him again under a different leaf and keep playing.

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"What Do You See?" Zacchaeus Game for Sunday School

Have your children stand in a circle and place a low stepping stole in the middle of the circle. Pick one child to stand on the stole and pretend to be Zacchaeus. Have the other children hold hands and walk around in a circle repeating this rhyme:

As the people were waiting patiently,
Zacchaeus climbed up in a great big tree.
They said,
"Zacchaeus, Zacchaeus, what do you see,
way up there in the Sycamore Tree?"

"Zacchaeus" then holds one hand up over his eyes and says something he sees. Keep playing until all the children have had a chance to be Zacchaeus.

If you have older children have them repeat everything the previous children have said and then tell what he sees.

Or you can have Zacchaeus repeat this rhyme:

I can see everything from up in this tree,
and I can see Jesus pointing at me.

(A Complete Lesson about Zacchaeus is available to members of Danielle's Place on The Resource Room.

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Zacchaeus Songs for Sunday School

1. I Am Special
(Sing to the tune of Frere Jacques)

I am special (Point to yourself)
I am special. Don't you see? (Make binoculars with your fingers)
Don't you see? Someone very special (Put hands out to the side, palms up)
Someone very special,
'cause God (Point to heaven) made me (Point to yourself)
God made me!

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2. There is No One Just Like Me
(Sung to "Here comes Peter Cottontail")

There is no one just like me
Look around and you will see
There is no one
Like me to be found

Some are short and some are tall
Some are big and some are small
I am very special Cause I'm me!

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3. Zacchaeus Was A Wee Little Man

Zacchaeus was a wee little man. A wee little man was he.
He climbed up in the sycamore tree, the Savior for to see.

And when the Savior passed that way, he looked up in the tree,
And he said, “Zacchaeus, you come down from there;
For I’m going to your house today, for I’m going to your house today.”

And Zacchaeus came down from that tree, and he said,
“What a better man I’ll be. I’ll give my money to the poor.
What a better man I’ll be. What a better man I’ll be.”

Elizabeth shared this on our bulletin board: "Our preschool & kindergarten children always like singing this with actions, crouching down for 'wee', pretending to climb up the tree. We put our hands over our eyebrows for 'the Lord he wanted to see'. And we sing at the end, 'and the Lord said, "Zacchaeus, you come down from there cuz I'm going to your house for tea", to this we point up in the tree for each syllable and then pretend to hold a saucer in the palm of one hand, and a tea cup in the other, and make loud slurping noises!!

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