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Parable of the Talents

Art Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Children will hear the story the Camelephantelopelicanary then make either a wind spinner or a picture frame.

Leader Preparation:

  • Read the story ahead of time. 
  • Gather the materials.
  • Prepare story pictures for the Camelephantelopelicanary story, see note below for details.

Supplies List:

  • Paper
  • Pencils, crayons, markers
  • Wind spinner kits
  • Frames
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Glue 
  • Mosaic Tiles


Opening - Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

Open with a prayer.

Dig - Main Content and Reflection:

Begin by reading the story CAMELEPHANTELOPELICANARY. Follows this lesson plan.

Pass out paper. Have each person choose one piece. Put pencils, crayons and markers in the center of the tables. Have each person write his or her name on the paper. Write down one gift you think you have. Each person should then pass their paper to the others in their family and when you receive your family member’s paper, write down a gift that you think that person has, then pass the paper to someone else in your family.

Give these examples: Mom writes down “service” on Joey’s paper because she remembers Joey stays after school often to the help the teacher straighten desks and chairs. Sally writes “teaching” on Dad’s paper because she knows that Dad helps teach at The LIGHT.

Let this activity go on for a few minutes, then encourage them to finish it at home, continuing to add things as they see them.

Art Choices:

Families will have their choice of one of two craft activities: a spinner mobile or a picture frame. Show each sample and explain why these crafts were chosen:

1) Wind Spinner

In families who chose this craft, each family member will choose a different “plastic blade spinner”. The different color beads they add will represent different talents. Just like the wind will add the power to make the spinner spin, God’s Holy Spirit adds the “power” to our lives to enable us to share our gifts with others.

(This project pack was purchased from S&S Crafts - moderator could not figure out which S&S craft they used - suggest search for pinwheel crafts?)

2) Picture Frame

Families who chose this craft will receive a frame, paints and paintbrushes, glue and some mosaic tiles. All family members will use paints to paint the frame to show that they’re one family together. Take turns gluing on tile pieces, representing different talents of each person and unique gifts. 

In both projects, the idea is that the complete art is COMPOSED of many different things that work together.

NOTE: Let families know they can leave this project here to dry and pick it up the following week if they prefer.mosiac picture frame

(This project pack was purchased from S&S Crafts - pictured "Mosaic Tile Picture Frames Craft Kit".)

Have each family make one project at this time. They can complete it at home if they need to but are welcome to stay after class time ends to finish. 

As they work, encourage families to discuss among themselves the spiritual gifts and talents they have and concrete ways they can use those talents for God’s glory. 

If there is additional time, encourage them to go back to their affirmation pages and add to them. 

Story: Camelephantelopelicanary

(You can google this long name and see the picture)

By David Fleming, Kent, UK found at https://talks2children.wordpre...ephantelopelicanary/

Update 2016: 
Moderator Luanne notes the story of Camelephantelopelicanary has been retold since the 1920's (original author is unknown).  Clive Dale who had told this story for over 50 years and could never find a published copy finally decided to write one himself.  It's called Dales Tales: Clive the Magic Camel at the Zoo, by Clive Dale & Ben Gander (illustrator) Diverze Publishing, 2013, 9781909386204.


Materials: a roll of paper with the word CAMELEPHANTELOPELICANARY written on it. (Optional) An acetate of a camel onto which can be overlaid big ears, thin legs, a bill and a beak 

NOTE: I adapted it in this way: I printed out a picture of a camel from clipart onto a piece of cardstock. I printed out 5 copies of this. Then I printed out from clipart the remaining items needed and glued to the correct number of camels. In doing it this way I just held up a different picture with each part of the story.


Once there was a camel called Brian. (unroll wallpaper to read CAMEL). 

He was perfectly made for the desert where he lived. He had wide feet so that he didn't sink in the sand. He could close his nostrils in sand storms, he could store water for days in his hump. 

But he was not happy. You see he was bothered by flies all the time. They flew in his eyes and ears and really got on his nerves. 

He said "If only I had big ears like the elephant. Then I could flick the flies away." 

So he began to exercise his ears. He would wiggle them, and try to step on them to stretch them, until at last his ears grew and grew (SHOW PICTURE WITH BIG EARS). 

The other camels thought he looked ridiculous, but he did not care. He had no more flies buzzing round. His friends said "We can't call you a camel any more. We will call you a (UNROLL WALLPAPER) CAMELEPHANT..... 

Well, Brian was happy. For awhile. Then he began wishing he could run really fast like the antelopes. He thought it would be great. So he began a daily exercise routine. He’d get up really early and jog, and then do wind sprints and deep knee bends. And he ran everywhere instead of walking. 

The other camels thought he was ridiculous, but he did not care. He could run fast. His friends said "We can't call you a camelephant any more. We will call you a (UNROLL PAPER) CAMELEPHANTELOPE ..... 

Well, Brian was happy. For awhile. Then he began to wish that he could catch fish. He had seen pelicans with their huge bills just reach into the water and scoop up fish to eat. Brian thought that was a wonderful thing so he pinched and pulled and wiggled and waggled his snout and soon enough, he had a huge bill like a pelican!

The other camels thought he looked ridiculous, but he did not care. He could catch fish! His friends said "We can't call you a camelephantelope any more. We will call you a (UNROLL paper) CAMELEPHANTELOPELICAN ..... 

Well, Brian was happy. For awhile. Then as he listened to the canaries singing so pretty, he wished he could sing like them. So he tried. But he didn’t sing well at all. The other camels all covered their ears when he sang. But Brian kept singing. 

The other camels thought he looked and now sounded ridiculous, but he did not care. He thought he was singing beautifully. His friends said "We can't call you a camelelphantelopelican any more. We will call you a (UNROLL paper) CAMELEPHANTELOPELICANARY ..... 

Well, as time went on, Brian began having troubles. He kept tripping over his big ears, stumbling when he tried to run on his thin legs, dragging that bill that was too heavy, singing way off key and hurting everyone’s ears …. And finally Brian realized that he was much happier as he was made to be … as a camel!

The moral of the story is:

Don't spend your life wishing you were something else. God gives us all unique gifts and abilities. Use them. 


End with a prayer.

A lesson posted by member Jan of Napa

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