Samson - Judges 13-16
Samson grass heads
|Our grass-heads with a previously made one.|
Sadly I could not attend Toddler Praise this week, due to our 5 year old having chicken pox. These things happen and sometimes we are still able to provide a simple craft and sometimes we can't. Due to the lovely weather we are having in England at the moment, it was decided to have outdoor play. This meant today's craft could go ahead without much supervision, it doesn't matter if the soil goes everywhere. However I don't have any photo's of our toddlers making them, fortunately our chicken poxed 5 year old was keen to have ago one afternoon this week.
Making grass heads is such a lovely activity to do with toddlers and older children, also perfect for our story of Samson; whose hair should never be cut. Toddlers love doing things that are messy; they love the sensory experience of it and the creativity in decorating their own cups. Then they watch in awe as the grass begins to peep through the soil and bit by bit they can see it grow more and more each day. Then there is the fun of cutting the grass, giving the grass heads hair styles. There's lots of fun to had with this craft. Our eldest son made one a few weeks a friends birthday party.
Like so many characters in the bible, Samson was born to a childless couple. God often shows his glory and power in this way. Samson was the son of Manoah and an unnamed woman, although it is the woman that an angel keeps appearing too. The angel tells the woman that she will bear a son and that she is not to eat or drink of the vine or any other fermented drink and not to eat anything unclean. Samson's hair should never be cut, for he is to be a Nazirite, set apart for God's plan in order to deliver Israel from the hands of the Philistines who rule over them.
Samson becomes a very strong man, the power of the Lord is upon him and he defeats the Philistines on many occasions. He becomes a Judge or ruler over the Israelites, the Philistines fear him. The Philistines dream up many plots to capture Samson but he either defeats or evades them, until Samson, falls in love with the wrong woman, Delilah.
The Philistines pay Delilah to persuade Samson to tell her the source of his great power. Many times she asks him what is the secret of his strength and how can he be subdued but Samson does not tell her, giving her false scenarios, such as tying him up in fresh thongs (bow strings) or new ropes or weaving his hair into fabric. Each time Delilah did these things, then told him the Philistines were coming and each time Samson broke out of his bounds. After constant nagging by Delilah, Samson finally told her the truth, the source of his power was that his hair had never been cut. Delilah informed the Philistines and then cut and shaved his hair off. When he woke Samson's strength had gone, he was captured by the Philistines, taken prisoner and made to do hard labour. They also blinded him.
The Philistine rulers and powerful people all gathered to celebrate and worship their false god. They put Samson on show in the centre of the temple, between two pillars. Samson called upon the Lord to give him great strength one final time, in order to bring down the temple. Samson was filled with the Lords power, he pushed over the two pillars, bringing down the roof of the temple, killing Samson and all the rulers and powerful people of Philistine. The Israelites were finally free from their rule.
|Materials at the ready|
· Plastic cups
· PVA or fast tack glue and spreaders
· Googly eyes
· Red marker pen
· Compost in container
· Small trowels or spoons
|A decorated cup|
· Grass seed
· Pour compost into easy to access container, I used a seed tray.
· Water the compost
|Filling up with soil|
1. Draw a smiley mouth before gluing.
2. Glue on googly eyes and sequins.
3. Using a trowel fill cup near to the edge.
|Sprinkle the seeds|
4. Sprinkle on grass seed.
5. Put light covering of compost over the seeds.
Draw the smiley mouth first with the pen because glue ruins pens and the pen will not work anymore. I watered the compost first, otherwise the children's decorations might get washed away. It's handy if you can make one a few weeks before, so the kids can see what will happen.
|A week later they look like this!|
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