Sometimes the Bible reads like a sci-fi thriller. And I quote, “Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” Acts 2:2-4. That is some good imagery.
Since it’s probably not a good idea to use an open flame in the lesson, I modified it a little to make the story more kid friendly and approachable. So, using a trusty straw (they are so handy and good for crafts), some crepe paper, fake flames, and Google translator you have a great craft for the kiddos.
- one flame paper per child Acts 2
- crayons, tape, hole punch
- crepe paper (I had some) or ribbon or even construction paper will work
To put the craft together, have the kids color the paper flames different colors and cut them out. I punched holes at the ends to make it easy to put on the straw. Then alternate putting on the flames with crepe paper on the straw. My straws had a bend at the top and so I just folded it over and taped around it to hold everything in place.
Now, go over what each flame says. Just do the best you can or some kids might be able to help you out! Ask the children to imagine being able to hear “Jesus loves you” in their own language. For kids, it is like when they learn something new at school. It can be confusing until someone else shows them and then they understand and it makes it so much easier. We don’t want the story of Jesus to be scary for the kids. Use this craft to help tell it to them in a way they will understand.