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I like the idea of this art lesson, but I need help understanding part of it. It says that the items (such as lollipops and candles) were labeled by the kids with the explanation and Bible verse. How?  Any clever ideas?

Member Fulghum04 posted this unique idea. We have adapted and retitled it: 

Gifts FOR the Good Samaritan

It focuses on things Samaritans need to help, and to persevere. These items were labeled by the kids, and packed in a box that was decorated by the kids and given to others in the congregation.

A BANDAID to remind you to help heal all wounds.
He heals the brokenhearted, and bindup their wounds.
Psalm 147:3  

A CANDLE to remind you that you always have a light to share.
Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16

A LOLLIPOP to remember that God is Good, even in the midst of trouble.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:21

A CRAYON for coloring your world a little brighter when problems seem great. Or to draw yourself a door whenever you feel you're at a dead end.
He has made everything beautiful in its time.
Ecclesiastes 3:11

SANDPAPER to help smooth out the rough edges of life, and frayed nerves.
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13

GUM for sticking to your principles. 
Never tire of doing what is right.
2 Thessalonians 3:13

SNICKERS because laughter is the best medicine.
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart.
Proverbs 15:30

A Chocolate HEART for remembering what Jesus wants us to do, even when it's hard to do.
Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
1 John 4:21

A TOOTHPICK for picking out the good qualities in others rather than picking on them.
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
Philippians 4:8

A RUBBER BAND to remind you to be flexible and to let you know you can always stretch just a little bit more when God is with you.
The Lord will guide you always.
Isaiah 58:11

An ERASER to erase guilt and release others from the bondage of bad memories.
Stop doing wrong, learn to do right!
Isaiah 43:24  I am He who blots out your transgressions... and I will not remember your sins.

HUGS and KISSES (the candy) to remind you that you are loved by your Heavenly Father.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16


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Hi, @pizza*!

I think you are referring to the lesson idea here? It is more of a mission lesson idea kernel than an art lesson -- and even could be used as an object lesson/children's sermon -- so in some respects the labeling of individual items aspect of the lesson may not be as important as the message/reasoning for the kit.  The lesson summary:

Gifts FOR the Good Samaritan

It focuses on things Samaritans need to help, and to persevere. These items were labeled by the kids, and packed in a box that was decorated by the kids and given to others in the congregation.

Some of the items (toothpick and rubber band especially) would be hard to label. 

But a few ideas:

  • put a tag on a string and for items such as the candle that are hard to tie the string to, tape the string to the item. (google "tag punch" and all sorts of choices available at craft stores will come up)
  • tape the smaller items to their tag/label
  • make the list of items and accompanying Bible verses into a handout and put that in the box rather than labeling individual items


I would think a key part of the lesson would be the child unpacking the box and explaining each item in it to the person they are giving it to, so that the children have an opportunity to remember and share what they learned in class (which means class time may need to be focused more on discussing the symbolic objects in the story and the Bible verses rather than digging into the Good Samaritan Parable?)

Hope this helps!   If you use this lesson idea, come back and share pictures and your lesson plan to help others in the future! Thank you!!

Hey Lisa-Maria.

It's fun to see some of the great ideas at RESURFACE like long-lost treasure. Gifts for the Samaritan is surely one of them.

Over the years I've had the need to "label things" like those suggested.  Most objects can be taped to a decorated card, or have a decorated/explanative label attached to them with yarn.

The challenging part is the kids handwriting. It's really nice when they handwrite the notes/verses, and I know that when I receive a handwritten note from a kid it's wonderful. 

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