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Abraham and Sarah Stick Puppets

Materials:

  • Brown bags, several
  • Popsicle sticks, 2 for each child
  • Crayons, markers
  • Stick glue
  • Several quarters
  • Old discarded rags, linen tea towels, or t-shirts
  • Sharp scissors
  • Child Scissors

Related Scripture:

Sarah & Abraham

Genesis 18: 1-14, 21:1-3

1 And the LORD appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. 2 He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth 3 and said, “O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. 4 Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, 5 while I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” 6 And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three measures of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.” 7 And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly. 8 Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them.  And he stood by them under the tree while they ate.  9 They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “She is in the tent.” 10 The LORD said, “I will surely return to you about this ]me next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?” 13 The LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the LORD?

Genesis 21: 1?3

1 The LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had promised. 2 And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the ]me of which God had spoken to him. 3 Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac.

Preparation:

Cut paper bags in half height-wise, starting in the center of the bottom and cutting to the center of the top. Have one half for each child.

Instructions:

1. Pass out bag halves, popsicle sticks.

2. Pass around the quarters.

3. To create puppet faces and limbs, have students follow these steps:

a. Using the quarters, outline two circles anywhere on their brown bag material.

These will be the faces of Abraham and Sarah.

b. Under the circles, have them draw a set of arms for each character complete with fists at the end or fingers.

c. On the faces, color in eyes, nose and mouth. Sarah can have crayon hair on her head, and Abraham can have a beard.

d. Cut out the faces and the arms.

While they are doing this, you can create puppet outfits like this:

1. Take the discarded rags, tea towels or t-shirts, and cut 2 rectangles for each child, measuring approximately 1”x6”.

2. Fold each rectangle in half lengthwise so that it is 1”x3”, and then cut a tiny “V” in the fold so that when you open the rectangle, it looks like there’s a diamond shape in the center.

3. Pass the outfits out to students.

To finish the puppets’ faces and bodies, children should follow these steps:

1. Cut out Abraham’s and Sarah’s faces that they drew.

2. Ball each face up, then reopen it so that it looks really old and wrinkly.

3. Using stick glue, adhere it to the top of the popsicle stick.

To finish Sarah’s and Abraham’s outfits, students should follow these steps:

4. Fold the rag rectangles in half again so that the V is at the top.

5. Slide each rag up the popsicle stick so that the V rests right under Sarah’s and

Abraham’s heads.

6. Put stick glue on the BACK of the popsicle sticks ONLY, then pinch the backs of the outfits to the sticks. The fronts should stick up in the air.

7. Cut out Sarah’s and Abraham’s arms and glue them to the front of sticks.

8. Run more stick glue down the FRONT of the popsicle sticks, then pinch the fronts of the outfits to the sticks so that the arms can be seen.

If more time is available, you can have students draw a baby Isaac, cut him out, and glue him to Sarah, then glue one of her hands to the top of him.

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Guest Post by:

Mary Kate Warner

Mary-Kate is a regular blogger at Christianity Cove -http://www.christianitycove.com/. You can often find her writing about Christian Motherhood, Homeschool Teaching, Bible Study and Sunday School Activities, Faith and inspiring children to love God.

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