Saturday, November 12, 2011

Parable of the Vine and the Branches

This week's lesson will focus on the Parable of the Vine and the Branches. With some quick internet research, I've located a few resources to help us teach this lesson.

Sermons4kids features a nice description of an object lesson involving a lamp.  If it isn't plugged into the wall, there is no light.  Kind of like Jesus as the vine, supporting the branches (us) and helping us to bear great fruit.  We plan on using this for our circle time discussion after reading the story. New Church Vineyard also features a lesson plan with great discussion questions.

For our craft activity, I love the idea featured on Danielle's Place.  The craft is using Grape KoolAid as a watercolor paint to create a scratch and sniff portrait.  We have purchased a tablet of watercolor paper from Michael's, and will have the kids free hand draw a bunch of grapes and a vine on the paper.  For the paint, we added some red food coloring to the grape koolaid to help it look more purple instead of black.  We will then glue on some fake foilage around the vines to give more dimension to the project (we have left over greenery from our Crown of Mary craft featured on an earlier blog posting).  At the bottom of the page, we had the kids cut and paste on (and trace the letters) pre made tracer letter pages stating "I am the vine, you are the branches".  You can make your own tracer pages at .  We will also print out the entire verse for the kids to paste on the back of the page.

If your kids can't draw the grapes free hand, I found a grape bunch coloring page that might also work for you on First School's site.  This could also be used as an intro activity as the kids arrive to the classroom as a coloring page.

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