| The good Samaritan is, in many respects, a lesson in empathy and there is no easier way to teach empathy that by having the children act out the story. This little theater craft allows just that – minus the robbers and violence. It is a craft best done in small groups as there is quite a lot of cutting to do.
This is JWL’s second bible theater and you can use them interchangeably if you want to – the other was attached to the Andrew lesson.
|As well as the printout,to make this craft you will need a pair of scissors, some craft sticks and a glue stick. You may also need colouring pens if you are printing without colour.
For printing in full colour PDF – 2 pages
For printing in outline only PDF – 2 pages
Start by cutting everything out. Remember to cut the window in the theater front. Some of the pieces, like the grass, don’t need to be cut out exactly, while other pieces may benefit from being given borders.|
The theater is effectively a tube. Fold the front piece along the bold lines to form the sides and flap to attach the backdrop. These are all mountain folds and there is a small mountain symbol on each as a reminder.|
|Add glue to the inside of the flaps so they will be hidden by the backdrop.|
|Position the backdrop so that the slots on the side of the theater are at the base.|
|Those slots will hold the extra scene pieces. If you want to make them more rigid then glue craft sticks to the back.|
|Now we need to add some sticks to our characters too. The sticks can go upwards or to the side, this is particularly helpful for characters that won’t move too much like the man on the ground.|
|Time to get acting.|
|You’ll notice there is a graphic of the Jew before he’s attacked. This should allow you to complete the story with him being well again at the end too.|