In Matthew 17:20, Jesus teaches that if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will be able to command mountains to move. These craft ideas can help children remember and reflect on the lesson in this teaching. You can find mustard seeds for these crafts where herb seeds are sold or with the spices in some grocery stores.
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Mustard Seed Bookmarks
Provide each child with a strip of thin card stock or construction paper. Apply glue in the shape of a cross and sprinkle mustard seeds onto the glue so that they stick. After the glue dries, let children decorate their bookmarks. Cover the bookmark with contact paper to protect it. Younger children can draw pictures of a mountain or of something that will remind them to have faith. Older children could write out Matthew 17:20 as a reminder.
Mustard Seed Necklace
Remove the paper backing of a large wiggly eye and take out the black piece of plastic. Trace a circle the size of the clear cover on a piece of paper and cut it out. Apply glue just inside the edge of the circle. Place a single mustard seed inside the circle and replace the clear wiggly eye cover to make a container for the mustard seed. Attach string, yarn or a fine chain to the container to create a mustard seed necklace.
Mustard Seed Wreath
Trace two concentric circles on a sheet of colourful paper. Cut out the big circle, then either colour in the smaller circle or cut it out, leaving the wreath intact. Apply glue around the inner and outer rims of the wreath and sprinkle mustard seeds to cover the glue. Write out Matthew 17:20 between the inner and outer rows of mustard seeds, and decorate the wreath with dried flower petals, ribbon or sparkles.
Growing Mustard Seeds
Let children plant mustard seeds in a small cup of dirt and place them in a sunny area. Water the seeds daily, allowing the children to do as much of the watering as possible. Each time a child waters her seed, remind her of what Jesus said about the power of even a tiny amount of faith. As the seed slowly grows into a plant, discuss how faith can grow from a tiny beginning. Compare the plant to a mustard seed to visualise how much it has grown.
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