The Real Thing
Items Needed: coins or leaf (or other items to use in rubbings)
Pencils (or even crayons)
Paper (regular white copy paper works great)
Collect coins or leaves (or other objects) and make rubbings. Place the item (coins) under the paper and gently scribbling with the pencil back and forth across the item.
What showed up on your paper? (the image of the real thing)
Read Hebrews 1:1-3 together.
What do these verses tell us about Jesus? (He is the very image of God; He created the world; He holds everything together by His power; He is seated at right hand of Father God in heaven; etc.)
When we want to know what God is like, we can look at Jesus because He is God the Son.
Items Needed: several pints of different flavors of ice cream
Hold an ice cream tasting contest. Place the different flavors of ice cream on the table and invite family members to compare them and pick their top two choices. (This could be done with any kinds of food/treats – different flavors of pudding, cookies, fruit, etc.)
Talk about it:
Which is the best one? Why?
What would have made the second choice better?
It’s okay to disagree about which ice cream is better, but there are some things we all need to agree on and that is Jesus’ identity.
Who is Jesus? (God the Son, God’s Son) One way to identify things is to compare them to other things. This week students began studying the book of Hebrews and learned that Jesus is better…better than everything He created.
Make play-doh to create images.
A good recipe is:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp cream of tartar
- 1/2cup salt
- 1 to 2 Tbsp cooking oil
- 1 cup water
- Food coloring (optional – appearance only)
Mix flour, cream of tartar, and salt in a saucepan. Mix coloring with water, add oil to dry mixture. (Use a whisk to remove the lumps, and then switch to a metal spoon.) Cook over medium heat until thick (approximately 3 to 4 minutes – mixture will begin to pull away from the pan). Cool and knead until smooth. Store in plastic bag or container.
Let the kids shape their creations and talk about them.
What were you able to make/create?
You were limited by the materials we had on hand – the colors of play-doh, the utensils, etc. You were able to make something based on what was here. Jesus was not limited by anything. He is God and created the world out of nothing by His great power! He is greater than everything He created!