Naaman Bible Crafts

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Susan Elliott

    About the Author

    Susan Elliott is a poet, fiction and non-fiction writer. She has written eight books, and has been writing for more than 10 years. She has written for several magazines and journals; including, Christian Woman, Virtuous, and Poesia. She is a member of the Valley Chapter of the Virginia Writer's Club.

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    The story of Naaman being healed of leprosy is a Bible school favorite found in II Kings 5: 1-11. Whether it's retelling the story with puppets or exploring it in other way, you can bring the story to life with crafts and other hands-on project that work for children of all ages.

    Letter for the King

    In the Bible story, the king of Syria sent a letter to the king of Israel requesting that Naaman be healed of his leprosy. Encourage older children to use typing paper and fountain pens in creating their own letters to the king of Israel.
    To make the letter look more authentic, crumple the paper, then flatten out and place the paper under a heavy book overnight. This allows the paper to retain some of the wrinkles, which mimic the texture of an animal’s skin. Beige, white or gray paper work especially well.

    Stick Puppets

    The Syrians attacked Israel and took captives, including a little Israelite girl who was assigned to serve Naaman’s wife. She told Naaman’s wife that God could heal her husband’s leprosy. It was because of her belief that Naaman was able to meet with Elisha.
    Help children retell this story with stick puppets of the king of Syria, the king of Israel, the Israelite maid, Naaman, Naaman's wife and Elisha. Have them draw the front and back of the characters' head and face, coloring them and cutting them out. Glue or tape them to large craft sticks. For Naaman’s stick puppet, encourage students to draw a face with dots on one side (to show the leprosy) and a face that is “clean” on the other side.

    Washed in the River Jordan

    Elisha sent a messenger to tell Naaman to wash seven times in the Jordan river and his leprosy would be healed. One simple way for children to demonstrate this is to make a moveable picture. Provide children with pictures of a river that they can color. Cut a slit into the center of the river, so a picture of Naaman can be slipped through. Let children glue a picture of Naaman to a craft stick and insert it through the picture of the river. Allow the child to pull Naaman up and down in order to dip him in the river Jordan seven times.