Wednesday

Castle Callout: Armor Up with Peace!

Bible Story: Mary’s Journey to Bethlehem, Luke 2:1-20

Activities: Foil Art Nativity, Marble Maze, Shoes of Peace

Science-y Fun: Marble Maze Instructions and Bible Connection

(Safety Warning: Do not allow children to put marbles in their mouths. Please supervise closely, especially if you have toddlers or preschoolers.)

Introduction:

In today’s Bible story, Mary had to go on a long journey to reach Bethlehem. You’re going to send some marbles on a journey across our table.

In this activity, you’ll try to control a marble by blowing it through a maze, using a straw. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1. Have an adult or older child draw a path on your piece of yellow cardstock (see below). Paths should have two or three turns. Turns at right angles (90 degrees) will be easiest to navigate.

Step 2. Use straws to blow the small marble through the maze. If the marble escapes the path, start over. You may wish to have a partner work with you. You may find that quick, short bursts of air work best. Be prepared to stop the marble by blowing from a different direction before it escapes the path!

Step 3. If there are places on your path where the marble always escapes, tape a curved chenille stem onto the paper (you may want to cut one in half first). Does that help your marble stay on the path?

Step 4. Practice until you can get your marble all the way through the path without it escaping.

Step 5. Now try to blow the larger, heavier marble through the maze. How is the experience different when using a heavier marble?

How does our marble maze activity connect to the story of Mary’s journey to Bethlehem?

Mary’s journey to Bethlehem was not easy, but it did help bring God’s peace to people. Sometimes being peacemakers can feel as difficult as navigating a path with a marble. God gives us “Shoes of Peace” to help us bring peace into the hard situations in our lives.

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Armor of God: Shoes of Peace

Today’s piece of armor is the Shoes of Peace. Your child won’t be able to wear this craft, but it’s a great chance for them to use their imagination! Your child can decorate the shoe coloring page – the shoe itself and the space around it. Encourage your child to decorate the shoes they would like to wear to spread God’s Peace and Love throughout the world. Maybe they can draw pictures of things that remind them of peace and love, or of themselves being kind and loving to someone. Maybe they can write some words that remind us of God’s peace and love.

We’d love to share photos of everyone’s Shoes of Faith. When your child has had a chance to finish decorating the Shoes of Peace page, take a picture of it, and add it to our shared Google album. It’s up to you whether you’d like to include your child(ren) in the photos; if you add photos of your child to the shared album, you are agreeing to allow us to use the photo in our online worship service or other church communications.

If your child would like to decorate another shoe, here are some more that you can print: