Friday, 25 July 2014

Moses and the Burning Bush: Bleeding Tissue Paper Flames

This is a fun way make flame pictures that gets quite messy!  This would work especially well with under 5s, but I really enjoyed it too!

You will need: Tissue paper (yellow, orange, red) cut into flame shapes; water in a spray bottle; paper

Arrange the tissue flames on a piece of paper but don't stick them down!
 Spray the flames with water from the spray bottle until they are soaked.  Now pull the tissue paper off (this is where it gets messy!) and see how the colour has bled from the tissue onto the paper.  Wait for the art work to dry
 Cut around the flames and admire the colour mixing!
Things to talk about:

  • In the story of Moses and the burning bush, God takes something ordinary and turns it into something extraordinary.  How did the tissue paper bleeding surprise you?  Did it turn out as you expected? Sometimes God does amazing, unexpected things in our lives and makes us think about things in new ways.  Has God ever done anything unexpected in your life?
  • God tells Moses to take off his shoes because he is standing on Holy ground.  What does 'Holy' mean?  Somehow God is part of a place.  His presence is there, just like you can see where the tissue paper colour has become part of the paper.  What might a Holy place look, feel, smell, and sound like?
Prayer ideas:

  • Moses knew that God was with him.  Think about times when you have felt God being near to you, or times when you wanted God to be near. Light a candle and watch the flame.  Spend some time in silence and pray that everyone will know that God is with them during the coming week.

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