Elijah was a powerful prophet whose story is told in the book of I Kings and II Kings of the Bible. Elijah was one of only two people described as not dying. He was travelling with Elisha when a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and carried him to heaven. His mantle fell upon Elisha, which fulfilled a request the younger prophet had made that a double portion of Elijah's spirit would fall upon him.
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Milk Carton Chariot
Make the chariot out of a pint-sized, clean milk carton. Draw a curving line down from the top of the milk carton down to the bottom corner to form the side of a chariot. Do this on both sides of the milk carton. Cut the top off the milk carton and then cut along the curved lines. Remove the back of the milk carton as well. Colour or paint the chariot. Use the lids from two-liter pop bottles to act as wheels. Paste them to the carton. Add orange tissue paper or crepe ribbons to represent the fire. You can also have students cut out horses from cardboard and have them pulling the chariot.
Provide students with quilting squares of scrap fabric (typically 12 by 12 or 18 by 18 inches), fabric glue, pipe cleaners and rick rack. Cut the fabric in half diagonally to form a triangle. Show them how to fold the top corner of the fabric over the pipe cleaner and glue it so that the pipe cleaner can act as a tie making the top of the mantle. Then let them cut the fabric into the shape of a cape and decorate it with rick rack, buttons or fabric paint.
Foam Cup Chariot
Use a styrofoam cup to create a chariot. Cut it in half vertically and then poke two holes opposite each other near the bottom. Stick a straw through the two holes. The straw is the chariot's axle. Make wheels out of construction paper or craft foam sheets. Poke holes in the middle of them and then stick them on either side of the straw axle. Paint the chariot and then attach orange tissue paper or streamers to act as flames.
Have students draw a picture of a mountain on a large piece of construction paper. Then provide them with craft foam that they can use to cut out representations of Elijah, Elisha, the flaming chariot, the flaming horses and the mantle. For younger children, provide them with templates or pre-draw the items on the foam for them to cut out. Have them place each of the items on the landscape as you tell the story.
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