Flame: Loom Band Advent Stars

Here’s a way to use up some loom bands in a reflective Advent activity.

You will need: loom bands (at least 55 per star) and 5 popsicle sticks.

Loom_Band_Star_smShare the story of the wise men using a children’s Bible or an appropriate translation of Matthew 2:1-12. Then, make 5 popsicle sticks into a star shape and secure each point of the star with a loom band (see picture). Now make chains of 10-12 loom bands each and use the first and last band of each chain to join it to one of the sticks. Now you have a colorful star decoration!

Making loom band chains is likely to take quite a while, so it’s a great opportunity to talk to the children about the long journey of the wise men to find Jesus. Here are some ideas for talking and praying.

Talk about:
• Why was the journey so important to the wise men?
• Have you ever been on a long journey? What was it like?
• What do you use to show you the way? Who helps you to know where you are going?
• How does it feel when you reach what you have been waiting for?
• Would you like to have been one of the wise men? Why?
• What does hope mean?

Pray:
• God gave the wise men a star to follow on their journey. They didn’t have to do things completely by themselves because God was always showing them the way. Thank God for all the things and people who give us directions and help. Ask the children to think of a situation in their lives where they would like God to help them and show them the way. Hang your stars as decorations and pray that God will guide each child.

This post first appeared at Flame: Creative Children’s Ministry.

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