Elijah and Elisha were prophets of God whose stories are told in the Old Testament. Elijah had many adventures, including encounters with King Ahab and his wife, Jezebel. Once Elijah's helper, Elisha took up the prophet's mantle when Elijah went to be with God and had adventures of his own. Reinforce lessons about these two men with crafts.
Using a shoebox, create a diorama that shows where Elijah spent his days during the drought. Build hills and a valley out of clay and paint each section. In the centre of the valley, add a blue brook, the Brook of Cherith. Cut ravens out of black construction paper. Add a white dot for an eye. Attach a piece of black thread with a needle. Attach the thread to the top of the box and let the ravens fly to Elijah. Make a man out of pipe cleaners and place him beside the brook.
Elijah was taken into heaven by a fiery chariot. Build a chariot with cardboard and a small juice or milk carton. Cut the top and one side from the carton and paint it white. Add red and yellow flames to the sides and short side of the carton. Trace the mouth of a glass on a piece of cardboard four times and cut the circles out to make tires. Paint them brown. Cut a 4-inch long "V" shape that is the same width as the carton from the cardboard and paint it brown. Glue the "V" to the section of the carton that lays flat when the missing side is upright. Leave 2 inches exposed. Push a wire through the middle of the two sides so it is exposed on both sides. Mount the wheels in the centre and twist the wire down so they stay in place.
Elisha receives Elijah's mantle as a symbol of the passing of the responsibility to be a spokesperson for God. Make a rectangle from four boards. Put headless nails in regular 1/2-inch intervals across the two short ends. The two ends should match up. Tie individual strings to opposing nails. Using scraps of cotton material, weave the scraps over-under-over-under across the strings to create your own version of the prophet's mantle.
Elisha helped a woman save her son from slavery by providing her with oil she needed to pay her bills. Give each child 3/4 pound to 1 pound of air-dry clay. Show the children pictures or examples of ancient pots that were used to hold oil during Biblical times. Have the students create their own clay pots. Encourage them to add details through handles, carving or other features that were seen in the photographs.
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