“And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14 NIV
As we continue on in our lessons on patience, today I created a craft that went along with a cute story I found online about a boy trying to make an apple tree grow. It took patience, time and care to make it work, and at points he was discouraged. Here is the story I read to my kids:
After reading the story, we made our own apple trees. It is a simple craft, appropriate for kids a variety of ages. It also is made with materials your probably have around your house, which makes it very mom friendly. It would also be a great craft to do with a bigger number of kids since you can use recycled materials to make it happen.
Materials Needed to Make Apple Tree Craft
- Paper Plate
- Empty Paper Towel Roll
- Green paint
- Paint Brush
- Red Paper
How to Make an Apple Tree Craft
I had the girls cut out “apples” out of red paper. They painted the paper plate green. While the paint was still wet, they stuck their “apples” onto the wet paint. After letting that dry, I cut a slit in a paper towel tube, and and they were able to slide the paper plate into the paper towel roll. I actually had to cut my plate a little too because it was a plate with a rim. This tree can be hung in your home as a reminder of patience. When the kids (or you for that matter) are demonstrating impatience, simply point to the tree as a reminder of the wonderful moral story you read about patience.
Confession: While working on this project I completely lost my patience with the kids.