Recognising the character in a story is a big part of how the bible comes to life for the youngsters. On JWL I try and give a brightly coloured, clear image for each character or story, if you chose to use that image or a different one, it doesn’t matter, but having a visual link will help the children identify with the characters strengths, weaknesses and importantly their journey through the story and their encounter with God.
Here is a mini directory of ways you can extend the use of the hero character through the lesson.
|salt dough – make a batch, give the kids a picture and see if they can create it. great for visual and kinetics learners.
|puzzle – print the picture onto card and cut along the black lines – great for a hide and seek style game, quiz answers and a craft with the very young.
|3D image – print out the character a few times and separate the various parts. use foam tape to separate layers and build a picture.
|standing characters – use this template from Stephen to add a small stand to your characters, build a scene with them to tell the story.
|Puppets – try attaching a character to a paper bag and turn it into a hand puppet, or use the standing characters but remove the bottom of the stand and have finger puppets.
|Masks – the images can be blown up large and printed onto card to turn into masks. cut round the hair and the chin and add an elastic strap (like Mary’s crowns).
|sticker on craft – incorporate them into other crafts by just printing and sticking it on (like Gideon’s horn)
|colouring page – it’s overdone, and yet many kids still like having a colouring page as an expansion activity.
|image transfer – make an object that incorporates your character by printing the image on T-shirt (or rub-on) transfer paper and add it to a T-shirt, baseball cap, flag, notebook, or stone.
|wooden characters – if you want to splurge then I ordered some characters out of wood, they work out about £0.50 each and they are great to add into craft, paint or colour in with pens as pictured.
This is a post in development, an ideas library I hope to add to, both with pictures as I use the ideas and with further ideas.