A beautiful way to bring Lent into your CCD classroom or homeschool is with this I am the Vine Activity for kids. I love seeing the scriptures visually. It’s a great reminder and adds appeal to your class or homeschool room. I did this visual verse activity with my CCD class last year as a way to bring the message of the vine and the branches to them in a tangible way. I also used it to introduce ourselves to one another.
In order to bear good fruit we must stay connected to Christ no matter where we go or what we do. I also tied in the idea of each one of us being loved and treasured by God by adding the names to the vine.
[tweetthis]Create an I AM the Vine Activity for kids with this bulletin board idea.[/tweetthis]
I Am the Vine Activity for Kids
To create the vine all you need is:
- brown roll of paper- I used mailing/shipping paper
- used grape leaves & grapes (fake of course)
- stapler for bulletin board or safe/removable tape for a wall
To create the vine and branches start at the middle bottom and gently twist the paper. Make the base of the vine wide and as each branch branches off it gets more narrow. Eventually, each branch ends at a point. I tore the paper into different sizes as needed and used a more flat and wide paper at the bottom. Then add grapes and leaves about by stapling them on the branches.
To create the name tags you need some cardboard cut into small name plates, foam letters, and string. I had the children add the foam letters to the name tags for their names. In order to keep it visually pleasing, I limited the colors to green, purple, and white. They then added a neutral string to the name tag that we used to hang it from the vine with tacks. You could also staple them.
Through all this we discussed what it means to be connected to the vine and what we do to stay connected. We also discussed how that because we are all connected to Jesus, the Vine, that we are all connected also to one another.
You can read the vine scripture passage in John Chapter 15.
I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. ~ John 15:5
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