Flame: Psalm 23 – Overflowing Cup

Verse 5 of the twenty-third Psalm speaks about the overflowing cup that God gives and this craft is a way of exploring and thanking God for His many gifts. Each creation will be unique!

You will need: plastic or paper cups (one per child), tall plastic or glass cup, pitcher of water, large plastic mixing bowl, glue, scissors, strips of paper, markers, buttons, sequins, other collage items, tape (optional)


Let each child decorate strips of paper with words, pictures, or items that represent things that they would like to thank God for. This might include people, places, natural objects, possessions—let their imaginations run free. Glue or tape one end of each paper strip to the inside of the cup and let the strip ‘overflow’ out of the cup. Allow time for the children to share their creations with each other and to celebrate God’s gifts!

Prayer: Set a tall cup or glass inside a clear plastic mixing bowl and slowly fill it with water. Children can take turns pouring a little water into the cup and saying one thing that they would like to thank God for. Watch as the cup starts to overflow as a symbol of the many gifts God gives to us.

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

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