MOSES IN EGYPT
An easy toy to make that will yield lots of fun for very little effort. Children will enjoy re-telling Bible stories with this craft.
1. Spray-paint a cookie sheet.
2. Back Bible figures with magnetic tape.
3. Cutouts from magazines and old story books add to the fun.
4. To make the Pharaoh copy out the patterns for the figure, the robe and the head-piece below. Cut out, colour and back with sticky magnetic tape for creative play.
MOSES: SNAKE PUPPET ON A GLOVE
Here is a glove puppet to tell Bible stories— and how often is the serpent found in these stories! The fun of this puppet is that the snake can hide or peep out! You need two mismatched old gloves to make this puppet, preferably one in green. If you don’t have a green one you can paint one—you only need one finger from the glove to make the snake puppet. You can also use the fingertip from a rubber glove. The “grassy mound” is made from an egg carton cup.
To form the puppet:
1. Cut off a fingertip from the green glove. Bend the tip down a bit and glue to form the face. Add googly eyes and a red felt forked tongue.
2. Place the blue glove on your hand. Place the green “snake figure” over one finger of the glove. Glue the snake in place on the glove.
To make the grassy mound:
1. Cut out a cup from the egg carton. Cut a hole in the bottom just big enough to insert a gloved finger. The fit should be snug.
2. Paint the egg cup green. Glue on green felt (or paper) blades of grass around the sides of the egg cup as shown in the photograph.
3. Place the “grassy” egg cup over the snake figure. Now the snake can pop up its head or hide in the grass!
ESTHER: STICK PUPPET WITH LIMA BEAN HEAD
- Paint the lima bean “head”. Glue it to a craft stick. Add yarn hair and facial features.
- Cut a 6” (15 cm) circle of fabric or paper for the dress.
- Find the centre point of the “dress” by folding the larger circle in half and then in quarters.
Make a tiny snip at this point, just enough to slide the craft stick through. Glue the dress in place at the neckline. Re-fold dress at the sides according to the photo. Glue down.Add a paper crown and decorate the dress: Ditali pasta, painted a bright blue is the trim on the dress!
ESTHER: CRAFT-STICK PUPPET
An almost instant craft! So easy to make!
HOW TO MAKE THE PUPPET:
1. Paint the craft stick.
2. Print out the pattern for the arms and hair. Colour and cut out.
3. Glue the arms to the back of the figure.
4. Cut a slit in the hair; the craft stick is inserted through this slit to attach it to the hair.
PHARAOH CRAFT STICK PUPPET
A very quick puppet to make from a craft stick!
1. Paint a jumbo craft stick.
2. Print out two arms from the pattern. Paint to match the “body” of the puppet. Cut out and glue to the back of the figure.
3. Print, colour and cut out the head-dress from the pattern. Glue to the head.
JOSEPH PEG DOLL ON CAMEL:
In this craft Joseph is a peg doll riding on his clothespin camel!
HOW TO MAKE THE PEG DOLL:
1. Cut off about 1.25″ (3 cm) from the bottom of the peg. Paint the doll.
2. Have the children design their own unique Egyptian head-dress! Use the photo as a guide. Colour and cut out. Glue to the “head” of the peg doll as shown in the photo.
TO MAKE THE CAMEL:
1. To make the camel, print out the pattern, paint and cut out. Paint the clothespins the same colour and clip on to the camel.
2. “Sit” the peg doll on the camel. The camel can stand up on its clothespin legs!
3. Glue or tape the reins (a length of yarn or embroidery floss) to the back of the camel and the peg doll as shown in the photo.
1. Spray-paint a cookie sheet.
2. Add sticky-backed magnetic tape to Bible figures and children can re-tell Bible stories.
3. Cutouts from magazines and old storybooks will add to the fun.
For the figure of Joseph you can use a “stick-people” wooden doll available in craft stores or make your own cardboard figure from the pattern below. Use the patterns for the “Tell-a-Story Joseph” and the “Tell-a-Story Robe” as shown below. Glue the robe to the figure.
JOSEPH IN THE WELL
Joseph’s well is a grey sock which is stretched over a disposable plastic or paper cup.
1. Cut off both ends of the sock so that about 5”(13 cm) remain of the middle of the sock. You will need only this middle section for your project. Cut off the bottom of the cup as well so that the cup is open on both ends.
2. Place the cup inside the sock, tucking in the raw ends from both ends of the sock. Glue these down inside the cup.
3. With a black felt pen draw markings on the well.
4. Joseph’s face is a 1″(2.5cm) circle. Add googly eyes and yarn hair. Glue inside the cup showing only the top part of his face peeking over.
For this puppet you need an egg carton and a glove. A rubber glove would be fine. A knit glove would work too. They can be easily painted a skin colour. This will form the figure of Joseph.
TO MAKE THE WELL:
1. Cut out a cup from the egg carton. Cut out a strip from the egg carton 1/2″ (.75 cm) wide, long enough to go around the top section of the egg cup. Glue in place. This forms the rim of the well. Paint the egg cup grey.
2. Add black felt-pen markings to make it look like a well. Cut a hole in the bottom of the cup, just big enough to insert a gloved finger. You don’t want it to be too loose—then the egg carton will fall down! You want a snug fit.
TO MAKE JOSEPH:
1. Cut the finger from the glove. Paint it a skin colour. Add yarn hair and facial features. This will be Joseph!
2. Place the figure on your finger. Place the egg carton “well” over the figure of Joseph as shown in the photo. The narrow part of the egg carton is the bottom of the well. Joseph can now move up and down in the well!
MOSES STORY JAR
- A large plastic, peanut butter jar is ideal for this purpose.
- Fill it with toys or small objects to depict the story of Moses.
- Copy the pattern of Moses on to cardstock, cut out and colour. Glue to the jar.
- For durability, you might want to laminate the picture of Moses.
- You can paint the lid of the jar if you wish and add a decorative ribbon.
- Children pick out pertinent objects from the jar and re-tell stories about Moses.
- You can print out a picture of Moses to colour or make a collage from coloured papers. You can add googly eyes.
- For the collage, overlap the pieces according to the photograph: first, the head is glued behind the beard, then both are glued to the robe. The hands are glued behind the sleeves.
You can colour a picture from the pattern provided or make a collage of Moses:
NOTE: You use the same pattern to make this Noah as you do to make the Noah stick Puppet.