Art Workshop Idea:
Making Haman Boo Buckets
After our Esther Bible study and focus on Esther 4:14 ("for just such a time as this"), we had our kids make their own "Haman Boo! Buckets." Of course, you know the Jewish tradition of booing the name of Haman. We taught our kids that tradition and had used it during the previous weeks computer lab lesson (Awesome Bible Stories CD's Esther) and in the week before that when showing the Video (Whats' in the Bible? DVD #7 Part 2 about Esther).
We taught them that, like Esther, they should "boo evil and wrong" whenever they see it or hear it. And discussed that in our Bible study.
After the study, we had the kids decorate a small 6" high galvininzed pail (buckets were $2 each at Hobby Lobby) that went home with them. Figure 20 minutes for making the buckets.
Four steps to making the Haman Boo! Buckets:
1. Have kids write "Haman Boo! Bucket" on a piece of tissue paper and glue it to the side of the pail.
2. Have kids write the short version of Esther 4:14 on a slip of white paper and glue it INSIDE the bucket.
3. Have kids tear up 1" x 2" pieces of colored tissue paper. On pieces of the tissue paper, have them write down one of the "Boo" words we discussed and LISTED on the board during the Bible study. Suggested "Boo" words: "unkind" "mean" "stealing" "bad word" "bully" "unforgiving" "unhelpful".
4. Glue the tissue papers to the outside of the pail to decorate it using Elmer's glue you have thinned with water. Use a small craft brush to FIRST brush the glue onto the pail, then place the tissue over the glue, and brush the tissue into the glue. (This is a familiar gluing technique in may art projects. You can use the product "Modge Podge" but watered down Elmers is the same thing).
What they did with the Buckets at home:
- They take them home and put them on the kitchen table.
- They put a bunch of COINS in a bowl next to the bucket and explained the Haman Boo! Bucket to everyone in their family. All can participate. (Could even be a dinner discussion.)
- Then whenever they hear a bad word, snippy attitude, or hear/experience an unkindness, they put a coin in the Haman Boo! Bucket. It makes a nice loud sound when you drop a coin into these galvinized pail.
Alternately, they could take a coin OUT of the bucket when they saw someone do right, do something kind, helpful, etc.
- At the end of the week or month, they collected the coins and "did something good for someone in need," or brought them to church for an offering.
- We gave each of the kids several dimes to start their buckets.
You don't have to use galvinized pails. We originally looked for plastic bowls. Another idea we had was cheap china bowls. The idea was that the coin would make a nice noise and sit on the kitchen table.