An old letter
15 minute Craft Planner
Beware of allergies - make sure it is safe for the children in your group to handle the items used in this activity
You will need:
Tracing paper or baking parchment torn into 15 x 20 cm strips
Used tea bags – enough for one per child
String cut into 30 cm lengths
Coloured felt-tips including a brown felt-tip pen
Gold pens (optional)
How to prepare:
Before the session print sufficient textboxes for one per child. Soak the tea bags in a small amount of hot water. When cool squeeze the excess water out of the bags and put them to one side.
What to do:
1. Place the tracing paper or parchment strip on top of the ‘Dear Hebrews...’ textbox. Position the strip over the word Hebrews and carefully trace the word onto the parchment. Put the parchment to one side.
2. Rub a used tea bag over your ‘Hebrews...’ textbox. The tea bag is likely to split but don't worry – keep rubbing the tea leaves into the paper. Brush off the excess tea leaves. If the paper is slightly damp leave it some where to dry.
Meanwhile decorate the word Hebrews on the strip of parchment. If you have a gold pen outline the letters in gold.
3. Your old looking paper should now be dry. Carefully tear tiny pieces from the edge of the paper to make it look even older, then use the brown felt-tip to colour in the edges.
4. Place the decorated parchment on top of the old looking letter. Carefully punch two holes through the layers as shown in the picture. Thread a piece of string through the holes.
Alongside this craft teach the Bible story...