This worksheet for Ruth is all about poverty, gleaning and the blessings we sometimes can only see when we strip away the privilege many of us have. It challenges the kids to think about God as someone who blesses rather than someone who just provides. With colouring, counting, circling and discussion there is a mix of activities suitable for independent readers to work thorough in small groups.
To complete the worksheet you will need colouring pens or pencils, something to write with and either some story notes or even better the real text!
The PDF can can be downloaded by clicking on the image.
| Ruth’s story is tied up with the barley harvest and sheaves of wheat and barley are great shapes. This craft is a lovely quiet threading activity, simple enough for younger participants but effective enough to satisfy older children.
Want to add in a prayer activity? – Use this so that each head of grain represents a prayer!
Ruth was poor and a foreigner but she had strength and God’s blessing on her side. These games look at her strength and the practice of gleaning. Some are best as introductory games and others are better used after the story.
To hunt to Glean – Grab a few big tubs and fill them with brown or yellow tissue paper. This is a hunt for the grain in the sheaf and mud. Use real grain or small objects like craft gems. Give each team a minute to find as much grain as they can. Talk about how gleaning was a hunt, and one that was often messy.
Stranger – Give one group of children the following instructions – you must only speak using the letter ‘h and p’, you must bow before you talk, you must not touch anything’. Tell the other children that they are going to meet a new group of people, they should welcome them and try and find out their customs. Give the 2 groups 5 minutes maximum to meet. At the end ask the two groups how they felt and what obstacles they found to being together. Talk about Ruth being a foreigner in Bethlehem and how life must have felt strange to her.
|The Naomi lesson had a pull tab craft so here’s one for Ruth. This one is really simple. It illustrates the moment Ruth would have returned home to show the fruits of her labour to Naomi.|
If you want the teachers page then please click on the image for the pdf.
Today’s hero is Ruth because she shows us the gift of Poverty
Essential Teachers notes:
Chapter 2 is the perfect place to meet Ruth and asses her character. Her grand gesture in chapter one is now a reality and she’s dirt poor. Naomi’s relatives may have helped find them somewhere to stay, but none have taken the two widows into their household to provide for them. Now harvest has come and provision must be gathered for winter. Gleaning is back breaking, it’s humbling, it’s not always fruitful, and a lone woman is very vulnerable in a field of hired men. As the text suggests Ruth is childless, Naomi was probably only in her forties, but Ruth is determined and goes alone to glean. There in her lowest moment, in her poverty and obedience, God provides, and provides in abundance.
Main Passage : Ruth 2
Additional passages : Ruth 1, Leviticus 19:9-10
Here are the images you need for the hero’s attributes linked to Ruth (Ruth 2).
Each hero set contains a high quality graphic of the character, a take home bible card and a colouring page.
The images are displayed small here, click on the image you wish to have, then save the image that loads.
(Please note : these images have no watermark but are not copyright free, they are only intended for classroom use.)
Extra’s for this lesson
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