The children in our mixed-aged Bible class last Sunday created some awesome pictures using marbles and paints. The lesson for the day was about when the Lord spoke to Moses from a Burning Bush
We talked about how God was concerned about the suffering of his people and was giving Moses the important job of rescuing them. After the lesson we gathered our supplies and made these lovely pictures. Younger children needed more help and the older ones were able to do each step on their own. Of course, the best part was being able to chat about the story as we worked on the craft!
- A baking pan or shallow box with sides (one for each child or take turns)
- A large paper cut to the size of the bottom of the pan or box
- Paints in fire colours like red, yellow, orange, brown and black (tempera or acrylic works well)
- Marbles (heavy ones work better and we had 3 per child)
- Damp paper towels or items of choice for clean-up
- Children draw a free-style bush on the paper using the crayons. This is the best time to write names or titles on the drawings, too.
- Place the paper in the tray and secure the edges with a few pieces of tape.
- Sparingly dot the paper with various colours of paint (thick globs don’t work).
- Place the marbles on the surface of the paper and move the trays around slowly in a rolling or gentle wave-like motion. As the marbles roll around they will pick up paint and distribute it over the paper.
- Remove the marbles and hang the pictures to dry.
Other Stories for this Craft
Use this same method and different colours of paint to create effects. Generally, the student will draw the main picture and then use the paints to create the effect. Alternatively, you could provide a printed colour sheet and then have the children create the paint effect over it.
- Fire using red, yellow, orange and a bit of brown, black and white.
- Storms, Water or Waves using blue, green, white and a little black as needed.
- Wind using white and a little black on gray paper.
- Sermon at Pentecost (Draw the people or steps of the colonnade and then create the wind with paint)
- Mood or Feeling using multi-colours on coloured or black paper. This is more abstract but can be very effective.
- Plants using green and a few dots for flowers.
- Light using white or light yellow on black paper. Fill the page with the colours of light. Add some glow in the dark paint for fun.
- Fire and Brimstone using red, yellow, orange or just use yellow and white with a little red to highlight the brimstone. Draw the city first and then create fire and brimstone with paint.
- Hair using brown or black. Draw Samson’s face first and then create the hair with paint.
How to Use on Any Story
Create a frame around any verse or picture by taping a paper over the centre of the paper (where the words are written) and only leave a blank space around the edges of the paper exposed. Once the painting is complete then remove the paper.