Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Activity C3 - Lesson 3: Seeds of Faith

Sunday Schoolhouse Series Activity - Green Unit C3
Lesson 3: Parable of the Seeds and Soils

Create Seeds of Faith - Materials Needed:
- Marigold (or other easy-to-grow) seeds
- Potting soil or seed starter and trowel
- Foam, plastic or paper cups
- Permanent markers
- Newspaper and water

Spread newspaper over the work space. Give each student a cup. Let kids decorate their cups with permanent markers.

Have the children fill their cups 3/4 of the way with soil. Give each student three or four seeds which they can press into the soil. Water the seeds lightly. Instruct the children to keep the soil moist - but not soaking wet - for the next few weeks. Soon, a tiny sprout will emerge.

Activity: Sowing Seeds
Set a small bucket/box in the center of the classroom. Ask students to stand in a circle around the bucket, about 3 - 6 feet away. Let everyone take turns tossing a handful of unpopped popcorn into the bucket - being sure to toss the whole handful at once! See how many popcorn kernels hit their mark. Many won't make it. Explain that today's story is about a farmer who used this broad cast "scatter" method to plant seeds. What happened?

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