Whether you are teaching in a religious school or a religious education program, you will at some point come across the concept of patience in the Bible. Some children may have heard of the term before, whereas others will be coming across it for the first time. Use crafts to enrich the learning experience for all sorts of learners.
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Fruits of the Spirit
Galatians 5:22--23 states, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law." Patience is another term used for long suffering. Have students create a basket of fruit, in which each piece of fruit stands for a different one of these attributes. Students will use a lemon to represent patience and long suffering, as you have to eat it slowly to get through all of it.
God promised Abraham that he would have as many descendants as there were stars; however, he had to be patient for those people to arrive. He did not even live to see them all. Tell the children to go look at the stars with their parents one night, and be patient while waiting for the craft the next day. Have them cut out stars from construction paper or a cereal box. They can glue foil all over their stars. Punch a hole in one end of each star and have the children string a piece of yarn through the top and hang it in the classroom.
Noah's Ark Craft
Remind students that Noah was very patient while waiting for his family to be delivered to safety. Have students draw animals on paper, cut them out and paste them to craft sticks. Another option is to have them make paper bag puppets by drawing Noah, his wife and any of the animals on the puppets. Read the story of Noah's ark aloud to the class and have them act out the parts, including the long wait on the ark.
Select passages from the Book of Revelation that depict the glorious scenes of what awaits all of those who obey and follow God. As you are reading the story, allow the students to draw a picture of what you are describing as they envision it. Once they have completed their pictures, ask them if they know one of the qualities they need to get to these beautiful images. The answer to this question is patience.
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