This craft would work for any sea or ship-themed program or party. I used it for preschoolers at Vacation Bible School. You could use it with primaries, letting them cut out their own project.
Approximate Time: 20 minutes, plus play time.
- plain, white paper plates
- simple coloring page of ship
- thinned white glue
- blue sand or glitter
- foil-wrapped chocolate coins*
- twine or yarn for hanging
- sea animal/fish stickers
*If chocolate or sugar is an issue, use goldfish or whale crackers, or allow them to string plain Cheerios on yarn for "jewelry" to hide in the plate.
- Pre-cutting: Trim around ship and glue to the paper plate. Punch hole in the top. Draw a wavy line resembling the sea across the center of a another plate and cut out.
- Allow the kids to color or paint the ship. Let dry, if painting. Add stickers to look like they are swimming alongside the ship, as shown in the photo.
- Spread thinned glue on another plate. Let the kids paint the wavy paper plate and sprinkle with sand or glitter. Let dry.
- Staple the blue waves on top of the ship, so it appears to be floating on the water. This makes the hiding place.
- Allow the kids to put their coins in the "secret" compartment.*
- Attach twine for hanging.
*Older kids could write the Bible verse on a little rectangle cut from a map and rolled around a pencil, to resemble a "secret treasure map."
Activity: Encourage the kids to share a coin with someone. Talk about other ways to share.
By Cindy from Waynesburg, PA