by Karen & Grace Morris
Have your kids make some Lydia Bible crafts to go with your lesson.
Paul goes to the place of prayer, where he meets Lydia. She was a seller of purple cloth.
Lydia was a worshiper of God. She listened to Paul's message. The Lord opened her heart and she believed the message about Jesus. She was then baptized.
After she was baptized, she asked Paul and his friends to stay with her.
The story is found in Acts 16:11-15.
It doesn't say if she wore purple clothes or not, but here is a craft that will remind you of what she sold.
To make the robe, cut a piece of felt 6 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches. Fold the rectangle in half. Cut a small hole in the center of the fold so that the spoon will go through. Also cut a 9-inch piece of purple yarn.
Cut two or three strands of brown yarn 12-inches. Fold the yarn so that it will fit the back of the spoon.
Put some tacky glue on the backside of your spoon. Cover the back of the spoon with the yarn. Depending on the thickness of the yarn, you may need two or three bundles to cover the spoon. Let your glue dry.
Cut the loops of yarn that hang from the bottom of the spoon so that it looks more like hair.
Add a face to your spoon.
Put the handle of the spoon through the hole.
Tie the piece of purple yarn around the center of the robe.
Lydia and her household believed that Jesus died for their sins. We can show this by making a cross.
On white paper, draw a cross that is 7 by 1 1/2 inches. The arms are 2-inches from the top and are 5-inches long. Cut your pattern out.
Cut your pattern out. Use your pattern to cut the cross from a piece of card stock.
Cut a 9 by 1/2 inch rectangle from purple felt.
Wrap the felt over the arms of the cross.
Where the felt overlaps, put a drop of glue on the bottom piece. Hold so that the two pieces stick together.
This quick and easy Lydia bible craft would be a great Sunday school project.
Download and print the PDF of the coloring page. (PDF will open in a new window)
Cut 8 pieces of 1-inch paper.
On one piece write a B. On the next piece write an E. Continue writing letters on each piece of paper until you have spelled the word BELIEVED.
Color the rest of the paper with your color crayons.
Rich people went to Lydia to buy purple cloth from her. She probably had a stand to sell her wears.
Heat up your hot glue gun. Take one Popsicle stick and lay it flat. On each end of the Popsicle stick, put a dot of hot glue.
Take two Popsicle sticks and place them in a steep angle on the dots of glue. Hold them in the position until the glue dries. Take another stick and glue it between these two sticks, about 1-inch from the bottom.
Take one more and glue it behind the two upright sticks. Tilt it slightly, having it about 1 inch above the other reinforcing stick. Make sure to hold each stick while it dries to keep them in the right position. Your cloth will sit on these two sticks.
Take another Popsicle stick and lay it flat. On each end of the Popsicle stick, put a dot of hot glue. Take two more Popsicle sticks and place them standing upright on the dots of glue. Hold them until the glue dries.
Take another Popsicle stick and glue it between the two upright sticks to reinforce it.
Glue the two angled sticks onto the two upright sticks to finish making your stand.
Cut a 4 1/2 by 1 1/2 inch piece of white felt. With the purple marker, write: “Purple Cloth for Sale”. Glue it on the tops of the two upright sticks of your stand.
Cut two 5 3/4 by 2-inches of purple felt.
Fold both of them in half, lengthwise.
Fold them over the two sticks at the front of the stand and glue them to stay. Let dry.
Lydia is an interesting story. She was a businesswoman who sold something rare and expensive. Purple was worn by royalty. The dye came from sea snails.
Not only did Lydia believe the gospel, she also practiced her faith by showing hospitality.
Have fun making Lydia Bible crafts for kids. They are quick and easy, so they will be great for Sunday school.