Many people enjoy jelly beans, and most grocery stores carry them. Sunday school teachers can use a variety of jelly bean colours and flavours to create interesting, edible crafts. Several bags of inexpensive jelly beans can provide enough supplies for a large class of preschool through elementary-age students to create jelly bean prayer crafts, even if they eat a significant number of the candies in the process.
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Jelly Bean Prayer
The eight standard colours of jelly beans can symbolise things to pray for. Red gives thanks for Jesus' blood, and green reminds you to pray for the Earth. Orange signifies revival's fire, and black the darkness of sin. White symbolises the life restored, and purple reminds Christians of Jesus. Yellow gives thanks for the joys of life, and pink embraces the love of family and friends. Print the symbolism of the colours on a slip of paper that you can wrap around a glass bottle, and then fill the bottle with jelly beans. Tie a ribbon around the top and give it as a gift.
On a piece of paper, trace around one hand held in the position you use for praying. Print the eight colours of jelly beans with their meanings in the centre of the hand. Glue a jelly bean of the appropriate colour next to its meaning. Staple the hand to one side of a sandwich-size plastic bag and fill the bag with jelly beans. Print I Thessalonians 5:16-18 on a strip of paper and attach it to the other side of the plastic bag to remind the recipient to always pray and give thanks.
Easter Egg Prayer Craft
Print out copies of the "Jelly Bean Prayer" and give each child an equal number of prayer copies and large plastic Easter eggs. Punch a hole in an empty section of the prayer sheet and tie a piece of ribbon in the hole. Fill the Easter egg with jelly beans and place the ribbon inside the egg before putting the two halves together and taping them shut. Use markers and stickers to decorate the eggs.
Tin Prayer Box
Paint small metal mint tins with white acrylic paint and let dry. Write "My Prayer Box" across the top edge of the tin lid and "Hear my prayer, O Lord. Psalm 54:2" across the bottom edge. Place the Jelly Bean Prayer inside the tin and fill the tin with jelly beans. Let the children decorate the tin with stickers and markers.
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