Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Activity C2 - Lesson 1: Samson's Hair

Sunday Schoolhouse Series Activity - Green Unit C2
Lesson 1: Samson Knocks Down the Walls (Judges 16:4 - 31)

Create Samson's Hair - Materials Needed:
- 1 - 2 skiens of yarn
- Construction paper
- Scissors, stapler, and masking tape
- Markers

Before class, cut six strands of yarn per student. Each strand should be 12 - 16 inches in length. When it is time to do the activity, give each student 3 strands of yarn and a piece of tape. Invite kids to tape the top of their yarn to the edge of a table or desk, to keep it secured. Demonstrate how to make a simple braid (take the left strand of yarn and fold it over the middle one, placing it between the right and middle strands; take the right strand and fold it over what is now the middle one, placing it between the left and middle strands; repeat). Tie the braid at the top and bottom with shorter pieces of yarn. Have kids do the same thing to make a second braid.
Next, cut construction paper into 1 - 2" strips, and fit them around each student's head. Staple strips together to make headbands. Using masking tape, have the student attach a braid to each side of the headband. If some finish before others, they may help younger classmates or decorate their headband with markers.
Note: If you have time and extra yarn, you could have each of the students make seven braids to represent Samson's seven locks of hair.

Activity: True Strength
Bring in two index cards for each student. Give each student one card and challenge everyone to make the card stand upright on its own without bending the card. Next, give students a second index card, and repeat the challenge (kids will succeed by leaning one card against the other). In today's lesson, students will learn about a man who thought he was strong on his own. He needed to learn that true strength comes from leaning on God.

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