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A "Zaccheus Climber" Art Workshop Lesson
Making "Zacchaeus Climbers" and discuss how and where we "climb" to meet and learn more about Jesus.
- Wooden or cardboard cutouts of Zaccheus prepared in advance.
- Permanent Markers
- Index Cards
- Glue or strong tape to fix the straws to Zaccheus' "hands"
You will also want to identify enough doorknobs or other "hanging points" in your classroom where students can attach and demonstrate their Zaccheus Climbers. In a pinch, you can temporarily tie or tape or use a hook to attach the top of the yarn loop to the back of a chair.
Welcome the children, introduce yourself, and open with prayer.
Demonstrate your Zaccheus Climber to show them what they'll be doing today. Have someone read the Zaccheus story from the Bible as you make your Zaccheus climb and come down.
Scripture and Art Project
Read from Luke 19:1-10.
Ask: Have you ever been to a parade, or sat in church, and you couldn’t see what was happening in front of you? How did you feel?
Ask: Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus so he climbed a tree.
- What was he hoping to see or learn?
- What excuses could Zaccheus have made for NOT climbing the tree?
- What DID Zaccheus learn when he met Jesus? (consult the scriptures for clues!)
Activity: Make "Zacchaeus climbers" using the instructions found at the Science Toymaker site: https://sciencetoymaker.org/cl...eature-instructions/
Materials: Wooden cutouts of gingerbread boy or girl (available at craft store), or made out of heavy cardboard, permanent markers, cotton string, drinking straws, scissors, glue/tape.
The following instructions use glue to fix the straws to the Zaccheus figure, however, the straws can be fixed using strong tape (like Gorilla Tape) which will save time.
- Children are given a wooden Zacchaeus figure. On one side they may decorate to look like Zacchaeus. On the other side they may decorate to look like themself. (Alternately, cut it out of heavy posterboard)
- After decorating with permanent markers, glue ½ inch straws onto both sides of hands. Important: straws must be glued on at a 45 degree angle. (see example)
- Set climbers aside while glue dries.
- Decorate “Jesus” block. Attach angles as needed.
- When glue dries on Climber, thread 6-8 feet of string through straws. Knot bottom of string so that it doesn’t slide through straw. Thread top of string through Jesus block. Attach Jesus block to top of a door.
- Alternately pull knots near climbers hands and watch climber head up to Jesus!
- Read story. When Jesus calls climber down, release string and watch climber slide down. Read story with Z and with children’s names.
- Why did Zacchaeus feel the need to look for Jesus?
- Why did others think Zacchaeus wasn't big enough/good enough to be with Jesus?
- What did Jesus learn by getting himself in a place to meet Jesus? (Zaccheus learned that he was loved and accepted by Jesus --inspiteof what the crowd thought of him, inspiteof his sins.)
- How do you think Zaccheus' life changed after finding Jesus' love and acceptance?
- Where and how do YOU meet Jesus? (Sunday School is one such place.)
As students suggest places they can "meet and learn more about Jesus" write these on index cards and tape them above the "doorknobs" where the students have attached and demonstrated their Zaccheus Climber.
Make sure each student can explain the Zaccheus story as they demonstrate their toy climber to others. Close with a prayer that each of us would "keep climbing" to look for Jesus everyday, knowing that he loves us no matter what, and calls us to be his examples of love in the world.
A lesson posted by Belchertown UCC in Belchertown MA with additional improvements from the Rotation.org team!