If you visited Meaningful Mama yesterday, you saw that I am beginning an AWANA Cubbies series to provide leaders with a craft that corresponds with every Bear Hug. Please check back for the full explanation if you want to know more. This is my World Craft – Awana Cubbies Bear Hug #2 Craft. I hope you will let your local Cubbies leaders know about this resource because I think it could be extremely helpful for them. This paper plate earth can be used to taught the AWANA Cubbies Bear Hug #2 lesson that is teaching about how “God created the heavens and the earth.” – Genesis 1:1. However, it is not limited to Cubbies. You could do this craft for Earth Day, lessons on the solar system or any lesson about our planet. It is accessible to preschool age kids and older.
Green Tissue paper or Crepe Paper
Kid Scissors (optional)
Blue Craft Paint
Sponge or Paint Brush (not pictured)
You will want a simple picture of the world. We prepped these for our leaders by cutting out one for each child. The AWANA Cubbies book has the earth you see above in the leaders guide that you can copy. It prints to the perfect size. However, I made a printable of a simple outline for our earth as well.
I also made a printable of the scripture for this Bear Hug. Print it out and cut into strips in preparation for your group meeting.
The kids will take the scripture and glue it on the back of the plate. Glue sticks work best. This is a great way to continue to instill the scripture for kids when they return home with their craft.
They will take the outline of the earth and glue it to the front of the plate.
There are different ways to prepare the tissue or crepe paper. We are sending whole pieces for the kids to either cut up with kid scissors or tear up by hand. You could prep this part if you want. When I did the project, I cut the tissue paper into strips and then cut the strips into into small pieces for efficiency sake. The kids would have fun tearing them up, but it really depends on time allowance for the craft. You will want to do this prior to painting the plate.
Using blue tempera paint, paint the front of the paint. Another type of paint would work well too, but it helps that you can see through the particular kind of paint I used (tempera). You will want to check that you can still see through the paint before starting the project. I just used a sponge brush to cover the entire plate.
It is time to stick on the little, green pieces of tissue paper. The tissue paper sticks directly to the paint – no glue required. If the paint is drying too quickly, you’ll want to just paint a little more on the green areas of the earth. Remember, we had an adult doing the one pictured above, so your kids’ plates will look a little more abstract. That’s OK. They’ll get the idea and have a lot of fun in the process.