In the story of Jesus and the woman at the well, Christians are taught about how to treat others and of Jesus' forgiveness. The woman was a Samaritan and Jesus was a Jew; the Jews and Samaritans didn't interact with each other. But Jesus spoke to her and forgave her sins, explaining that he was "living water," and with his grace, she would never thirst. Hands-on activities will help children understand the story and remember its lessons.
Well Pencil Cup
Have the students create brickwork on construction paper precut to fit around a pencil cup. While the students decorate the paper, tell them the story of Jesus and the woman at the well and its meaning. After telling them the story, help them glue the brickwork paper to the pencil cup to turn it into a "well." The well pencil cup can serve as a reminder to them of the lessons in the story of Jesus and the woman at the well.
Perspectives of the Woman at the Well
Have the students draw two pictures of the woman at the well. One picture should show how the other women saw her and the other should show how Jesus saw her. Have the students explain each of the differences in their pictures. Explain why Jesus saw her differently than the other women did. Use this activity to teach them how to view and treat other people in their lives.
The Woman at the Well Skit
Have the students act out the story of Jesus and the woman at the well told in the Bible. It can be an informal improvisation, or you can write out a script for them. Acting out the story will help reinforce it in their minds and getting involved in the story will bring it to life for them. After the students act out the story, have them explain what it means and why it's an important story from the Bible.
"Living Water" Drops
In the story of Jesus and the woman at the well, Jesus tells her that he is "living water." Explain to the students that this is because of the forgiveness he offers for people's sins. Give each student a construction paper to shape like a drop of water and have them write words of forgiveness on it. Have each student explain what words they chose and why.