Elijah was a prophet of God. His story is found in the Bible in the books of 1 and 2 Kings. Elijah often warned the people of God's wrath that was coming if they did not start obeying God and His laws. Make crafts that go along with the stories about Elijah, including stories about the prophets of Baal or the drought that caused a famine in the land.
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Fed By Ravens
During the drought and the famine, God hid Elijah in a special place. Each day ravens brought Elijah food to eat. Have the kids make a picture of this by using craft foam. Before class you may want to cut out enough Elijahs, ravens and brooks for each child. The kids will start with a full size sheet of paper and then re-create the scene from the Bible lesson using the cut outs and glue.
One day Elijah asked a widow for bread to eat, but the widow said she only had enough oil and flour to make one more bit of bread for her and her son before they starved to death. Elijah promised that if she fed him, her jars of oil and flour would not run out until the end of the famine. Have the kids make bread baskets using craft clay or homemade play dough. The kids can roll out the clay to about 1/4-inch thick and then cut out strips using a plastic knife. The kids can weave the strips together to form a basket. You might want to have disposable bowls to help hold the shape of the baskets until the clay or play dough dries. The kids can then paint the baskets, if desired.
Praying for Fire
Elijah and the prophets of Baal argued about whose was the one true God. Baal's prophets built an altar and called out for their god to bring down fire and burn up the sacrifice, to no avail. Elijah soaked the wood for his altar, and called upon God to burn up the sacrifice, and his prayer was answered. Make altars with the children using brown lunch bags. The kids can draw on the bags to represent the rocks needed to make the altars. Once the bags are completed, fill the bags with crumpled up newspaper and then tape them shut. The kids can add fire in the form of red, yellow and orange streamers and tape them to the top of the altars.
Chariot of Fire
Elijah is known to be one of two people who never died. Instead, God took him to heaven in a chariot of fire. His mantle or his coat fell off and was left behind for Elisha to pick up and take Elijah's place as the prophet of God. Make a chariot craft with your children to help them remember the story and share that story with others. Use a variety of materials to make your chariots --anything from toilet paper tubes to construction paper to plastic milk containers. The chariots will consist of the wheels and the box for the chariot rider. Use metal clasps to attach the wheels to the chariot and allow the wheels to turn. The kids can decorate the chariot using paints, crayons or markers. If desired, and if you have the supplies, make a large chariot out of an appliance box and take pictures of the kids in the chariot.
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