I always get a kick out of the crafts that come home from Sunday School. Somehow the love of Jesus is conveyed in the coloring, cutting and glueing of a paper plate (and especially in the adhering of googly eyes.) Of course it is fun and it gives us something to talk about on the way home instead of what they ate for snack (Goldfish…always Goldfish). Sometimes the craft serves as a prompt for what they were supposed to learn and other times it distracts a bit from the overall teaching.
“Oh honey, you made a big whale! What story did you learn today?”
“Jonah was a whale and he lived in the ocean. We saw the dolphin movie. He lost his tail, but Jonah had a tail.”
This was a melding of what she learned in Sunday School and the movie she watched the night before (“A Dolphin Tail”).
I imagine each Sunday School session builds on the next and over a period of years the principles and values we want them to learn are understood. Is there complimentary educational value in the use of paper plate crafts in Sunday School? There’s a thesis waiting for you.