Warning: Depending on the ages of your kids, this activity may get messy.
- Ensure that you have enough teachers/helpers for your lesson. Divide kids into manageable groups and assign a helper for each group.
- Be prepared with mops and rags to clean up any mess.
- If you are worried about dirtying your classroom floor or furniture, consider covering the floor and tabletops with plastic sheets.
- If you are worried about kids staining their clothes, inform them in advance to bring aprons (or old t-shirts to be worn over their clothes).
- Ensure that you properly seal each child’s jar/bottle with hot glue or sticky tape.
Make 1 Galaxy Jar in advance. (Follow the instructions below.)
You will need to show kids your sample Galaxy Jar.
You will need for each child:
- A plastic jar/bottle. Before class, fill about ¼ of each jar/bottle with glue.
- Warm water
- Food coloring
- A variety of fine and course glitter of different colors
- Clear glue
- Hot glue or sticky tape
Making The Galaxy Jar
1. Give each child a plastic jar/bottle (¼ filled with glue).
2. Add warm water to the plastic jar/bottle (until it is about ¾ full).
3. Add 1-2 drops of food coloring (start with less, you can add more later if you like).
4. Close the jar/bottle tightly and give it a good shake to mix it up.
5. Open the jar/bottle and add a variety of glitter.
6. Close the jar/bottle tightly and give it a good shake to mix it up again.
Notice that the glitter settles slowly to the bottom of the bottle.
7. Open the jar/bottle and add either water or glue to fill it fully.
If you like the glitter to settle more quickly to the bottom, add water.
If you like the glitter to settle more slowly to the bottom, add glue.
8. Seal the jar/bottle with hot glue or sticky tape.
Follow the above steps to make your own sample Galaxy Jar.
To avoid having kids close and open their jars repeatedly, you may decide in advance how much glue, water, food coloring and glitter you would like the kids to use in their Galaxy Jars. Then close and properly seal their jars with hot glue or sticky tape before allowing kids to shake their Galaxy Jars.
Give the Galaxy Jar a good shake.
Worship God with your favorite worship song!
Sunday School Lesson
This craft is taken from the following Sunday School Lesson:
Get Them Curious
Prepare kids for an exciting
Treasure Hunt in the Dark
Hunt for God’s creations in the dark with the help of glow sticks.
Show kids a video on the
God Makes the World
Creation (Genesis 1-2), by Saddleback Kids
Make it Stick
Help kids remember the
Storytelling With Treasure Hunt Cards
Kids tell the creation story with the help of items found in their treasure hunt.
Help kids grasp
the big idea.
God’s Pipe Cleaner Creations
Kids use pipe cleaners to make their favorite creations.
Walk the Talk
Help kids live out
the big idea.
Make Galaxy Jars as a reminder that God is the creator of the heavens and the earth.
Take it Home
Send kids home with a concrete action plan and fun midweek activities.
God Made the World
Kids respond in worship to our great Creator God.
You may also like God’s Pipe Cleaner Creations Craft in that same Sunday School Lesson.