by Karen & Grace Morris
Read Mark chapter 1 and make the Jesus heals crafts with your class. Kids can make a thermometer to remember the woman who had a fever. There are also bandages for the different people healed in the crowd. Then your class can make a paper bag puppet to represent the leper.
Jesus goes to the house of Simon Peter, where his mother-in-law is ill with a fever. She is immediately healed after Jesus takes her hand and helps her up. You can read the story in Mark 1:29-31.
Cut a rectangle approximately 8 by 3 inches from white card stock. Draw a 2 3/4 inch circle on the bottom. This will be the bulb of the thermometer. From the circle, draw a rectangle that is two inches wide.
Where the rectangle attaches to the circle, cut a slit approximately 1 1/2 inches wide.
Cut an 8 by 1-inch strip from red paper. Also, cut a 2 3/4 inch circle from red paper.
Thread the red strip through the slit so that it shows in front.
Glue the red circle on the bottom of the white thermometer.
Write ill at the top and healthy at the bottom of the thermometer.
After Jesus heals Peter's mother-in-law, a crowd came. Jesus healed the people of their various diseases. Mark 1:34.
There is also a passage in the Gospel of Luke where the crowds came to Jesus, and he healed them. The disciples of John the Baptist were also there. They asked Jesus if he was the Christ. Jesus answered and said that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear. You can read the account in Luke 7:18-22.
Cut six 1 by 4 1/2 inch rectangles from brown paper and round the ends.
Glue the bandages to the background piece.
Also, cut three red and two white 2-inch squares.
Make two oval shapes approximately 3/4 by 1 inch. Add five dots to the top to make feet.
For the blind man, stick two wiggly eyes in the center of the first rectangle.
Glue the feet to the next rectangle.
Leave the third rectangle blank for the lepers are cleansed.
To make the ears, fold a 2-inch piece of red construction paper in half. Cut out a heart shape approximately 1 inch tall. But, round the bottom of the heart.
Also, fold a piece of white paper and make a heart shape slightly smaller than the red heart.
Glue the two hearts together. Cut the hearts in half.
Glue the ears to the sides of a bandage number four.
Now, make a 1-inch heart shape from red paper.
For the last bandage, make a white oval. With a pen, draw a dollar sign. Glue to the last rectangle.
After you finish the craft, have the students say the verse while pointing to the pictures.
One day a leper came to Jesus asking to be made clean. Jesus had compassion for the man and healed him. Mark 1:40-42.
On the flap of the bag, draw a face. Add yarn for hair.
Cut a 5 by 2 rectangle. Fold the rectangle in half and round the ends so that it looks like a bandage.
Also, cut on the fold. Glue the ends to the paper bag. On the flaps, write, “lepers are“.
Fold the flaps back some. On the inside, write, “cleansed”.