"The Widow's Mite" Crafts

Updated April 17, 2017

At some point, children learn (and fight) about sharing and giving to others. Bible stories like "the widow's mite" help to teach kids about loving God, sacrificing for others and sharing their resources with the poor. While people of all ages benefit from remembering these values, children in particular learn well through multi-sensory experiences, like making crafts. In this way, they see and feel the values of "the widow's mite" story.

Children's Coin Crafts

Because the story portrays an old woman who sacrifices to give mere pennies in her offering, related crafts often utilise the image of coins. Guide children in making "embossed" coins of their own with foil and a wooden stylus, or gluing foil-wrapped chocolate coins to pictures of the story. With young children, make rubbings of coins by placing coins under a piece of paper and rubbing the paper with a crayon. Supervise the children's use of the coins to prevent them from swallowing them. Clearly communicate the relationship of the craft to the story by repeating simple themes of sharing and sacrifice.

Children's Offering Cups Crafts

Many people teach the story of "the widow's mite" to introduce children to the reasons for giving in worship settings. Crafts that support this emphasis include creating offering cups or giving barrels. Offering cups can be made, decorated and ,taken home with children, while giving barrels are usually decorated and left at the place of worship to collect donations of toys, clothes or food.

Making Crafts to Share

For older children in particular, make gifts during craft time that are unrelated to images from "the widow's mite" story, like ornaments or baked goods. The craft items should be simple enough that each child can easily make ten of them.

At the end of craft time, pass around a collection basket and allow the children to contribute as many or as few of the items they made as they wish. Explain that whatever is collected in the basket will be given to senior citizens at a nursing home.

Because this utilises crafts in an abstract way and calls on children to exercise independent thinking and volition, it is recommended for older children.

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Since 2005, Elly Turner's articles, essays, reviews and interviews have appeared regularly online and in print publications such as "Risen" and "Good News" magazines. She also has an essay in "The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes" from the University Press of Kentucky. She holds a Master of Arts in theological studies from Asbury Theological Seminary.