Kids love outdoor summer fun - playing
in the park, swimming, and catching fireflies under the star-lit
sky. Help your kids appreciate the wonder of God's creation this
summer by creating a Starshine Water Globe. When you're done, read
Psalm 8 and reflect on God's glory seen in his creation. Here's how
to get started:
What Kids Will Need: 20-oz. plastic soda
bottles, funnels, light corn syr
up, water, blue food coloring, star-shaped confetti, silver and
gold glitter, tacky glue, and paper towels.
Preparation: Line a table with newspaper and
set the bottles, measuring cups, funnels, and paper towels on it.
In another location, place the confetti, glitter, and glue. Keep
the corn syrup, water, and blue food coloring out of the children's
reach until you begin.
Place the funnel in the opening of your empty soda bottle.
Measure ½ cup of corn syrup in a measuring cup, and pour it into
the soda bottle.
Place one drop of blue food coloring in the bottle, and then
fill the bottle with water, leaving about a thumbs length of air on
top. Replace the lid and shake to mix the food coloring.
Reopen the lid and pour in some star-shaped confetti and
Pour a little glue inside the bottle cap and screw it onto the
bottle. When the glue has dried, shake the bottle to see the stars
Tying It Together
Have the children hold their water globes as you read aloud
Psalm 8. As you read verses 3 and 4, let the kids shake their water
globes. When you finish reading the psalm, ask:
- What do you think the writer was thinking about when he looked
at the nighttime sky?
- How can the moon, stars, and planets make us think of God's
- How do you feel, knowing that the same God who created the
stars also created you?
Say: "When the psalmist looked at the nighttime
sky, he must've wondered what kind of great God could create such
beauty in such a huge space! No one can put any boundaries on the
sky and section it off -- the sky stretches around the whole world!
Think about how great God is to create something so amazing!"
Excerpted from The Encyclopedia of Bible Crafts for
Children. This must-have children's ministry resource includes
nearly 200 fun crafts that illustrate every major Bible story. Use
it for your next Sunday school, midweek, or children's church