Chariots appear in several Bible stories. Elijah went to heaven on a chariot of fire, Phillip ministered to the Ethiopian Eunich in a chariot, commanders in wars rode chariots and Naaman travelled in a chariot. Chariots are also mentioned in stories about Joseph, Solomon and David, as well as in the book of Revelation. Chariot crafts help remind children of the Bible stories, as well as providing a variety of crafting projects to complete.
Milk Jug Plastic
The plastic from milk jug cartons is a little difficult to cut, but forms sturdy crafts. Have kids draw a chariot form at the bottom of a milk carton, starting at a corner and working outward. Mark both sides of the chariot as evenly as possible, and mark the bottom of the chariot to reach to the ends of both chariot sides. Cut the chariot from the milk jug, using heavy-duty scissors. Trim away any loose or sharp edges.
Kids can use permanent markers or paints to decorate their chariots. Kids can glue on some craft materials, such as gold cording or leather pieces to enhance their chariot craft.
If desired, cut two horse shapes from a milk jug. Cut a slit in the centre of each horse. Push a craft stick through the hole in both horses to make the pair of horses stand upright. Tie leather strips or gold cording around the horses' necks and create reigns that reach back to the chariot.
Waxed Milk Carton Chariots
Make an army of chariots inexpensively from waxed pint milk cartons. Lay a carton on its side, and cut away the top side. Cut away the spout end of the carton. Kids may cut the chariot shape as they imagine it should be, leaving the carton laying on its side. The bottom of the carton will form the back end of the chariot. Colour, paint or decorate chariots as desired. Kids can use plastic toy horses to create a play-set with the chariots.
Obtain at least one large appliance box from an appliance store. Lay the box so that it is longer than it is tall. Cut away the top portion of the box, so children are not closed inside the chariot.
Kids can paint and decorate chariots as they wish. Provide enough chariots so that the whole group can play together, fitting two or more children inside each chariot.
Foam Craft Chariots
Cut a U-shaped piece from craft foam. Cut a strip of foam, about three inches tall, and long enough to fit around the entire U shape, except the straight edge. Punch holes one inch apart around the U shape and along the bottom edge of the foam strip. Using plastic lacing, start at one side near the straight edge. Lace the two pieces together, forming the straight strip to fit around the U shape of the bottom piece of foam. Tie or tape each loose end of the lacing so it won't unravel. Decorate the chariots as desired.
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