Star of Bethlehem

I needed a star of Bethlehem for my nativity scene on my Sunday School bulletin board. I was going to just color one from a coloring book, but then, inspiration struck! I quickly grabbed my journal, to bronze the moment. Okay, not really, but I am bronzing it here. Inspiration doesn’t strike me very often! Perhaps this idea will help other Sunday school teachers out there.

  • Coloring book page, or other picture, of a star shape.
  • Glue
  • Foil
  • Scissors
  • Ink pen

  • Place star picture over a piece of aluminum foil.
  • With an ink pen, trace around the shape, pressing down firmly to leave an indentation on the foil.
  • Remove star picture from foil and cut out the star shape indented in the foil.
  • Cut out the original star that you traced.
  • Glue foil star on top of the paper star shape to add stability.
  • Trim any excess paper showing beneath the foil edges.
  • Let dry and hang.

Believe it or not, the hardest part of this for me was locating a star picture! It was hard to find a Christian Christmas coloring book. Most of them were Santa and his elves. That’s okay if it’s just for your family, but Santa has no place on a Sunday school bulletin board. 😉 When I did find a star, it was small, so I enlarged it using our church copier. 
I was pleased to have not just a star, but a shiny star for our classroom! 🙂 

Merry Christmas!

The Mystery Can

I welcome your ideas for any easy game, object lesson or the like for children’s church. I am in charge of “super church”, for ages 3-11, and I am always needing fresh ideas to keep the kids interested and having fun!

Below is an idea I would like to share with you. (Courtesy of my Mom, the super teacher.) First, you take a 1 lb. coffee can, emptied and cleaned, and an old tube sock. It can have holes, because you are going to snip off the foot part only leaving a rim below the tube part of the sock. Tape the sock to the top of the can, as shown below. Then, cover the can with any type of contact paper that you like. This is to cover the writing on the can and the taping. You then place small items in the can and allow the child to reach in and feel whatever you have inside. They must try to guess what it is, since they cannot look! The sock fits snugly around the arm and keeps them from seeing! It is good way to illustrate the blessing of our senses, or just for fun!
Send me your ideas via my contact page or post a comment here. I need all the help I can get. 🙂