Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Hero Headquarters Craft: Naaman Puppet

Let your students make a Naaman puppet craft for your Hero Headquarters VBS program this summer. The Bible story the first day is about the servant girl who told Naaman's wife that God's prophet would be able to heal him of his leprosy.

Before your first day of VBS, print the Bible memory verse (I Timothy 4:12) onto stickers or labels. Make one sticker for each child.

Give each child a craft stick, some small white hole punch dots (optional), glue, tape, blue construction paper, a paper cup, scissors, and markers. Copy the Naaman puppet pattern for each child. (There are two puppets per page.) This pattern is a download you can purchase for just $1.99. Then print as many patterns with instructions as you need. 

Let the child cut out the Naaman puppet and fold it in half. Have the child glue the figure around the craft stick so the stick becomes a long handle for the puppet. Have him add some round white stickers or hole punch dots (if you wish) to Naaman’s arms and legs on just the leprosy side of the puppet.

Help the child cut a slit in the bottom of the paper cup so the craft stick can fit into it. Let him cover the outside of the cup with blue construction paper or decorate it with blue markers so it looks like the Jordan River. Show the child how to put the end of the craft stick into the cup and poke it through the bottom of the cup. Let him pull the craft stick until the puppet is completely inside the cup.

If he wishes, the child can glue a small amount of tissue paper around the inside bottom of the cup around the puppet to give the effect of water. Push the craft stick up and down as if Naaman (with leprosy spots) is dipping himself in the river seven times. After the seventh time, turn the cup so Namaan comes out of the water without spots, cleansed of his leprosy.

Make sure names are on the cups. Let each child add a memory verse sticker to the craft. Kids can also print the Scripture reference, 2 Kings 5:1-14, on the cup as a reminder of Naaman’s story and where the story is found in the Bible.

As the children work, talk about ways they can tell others about Jesus this week. Say the memory verse together a few times.
Click on the image above to download the Naaman Puppet and craft instructions.

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