Have you ever tried to explain the holy spirit to toddlers, or young kids, or teenagers, or adults? Not easy is it. I tend to get myself in a knot of words and ideas which confuse more than enlighten. As Pentecost approaches the challenge emerges again.
This year I really want to find a way of illustrating the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost which will work for toddlers, and also for the rest of us who find it tricky to fully understand. We are all toddlers in our understanding of faith after all.
Here is a craft that is easy to resource, prepare and create; and that provides a physical demonstration of the coming of the Holy Spirit.
The holy spirit fan
Paint - yellow and red
Paint the paper plate yellow
Paint the doily red
Glue the doily onto the plate
Fold the plate back and forth to make a fan
Gather the bottom of the fan and Sellotape together
Fan out the top sections
You can make the craft even easier by painting the plates and doilies in advance.
The great thing about this craft is that is not just a representation of the flames of Pentecost, but it also creates a wind of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is all around us, it is God's love in the world. We can think of the Holy Spirit like the wind; we can't see it but we can feel it. When we wave our Holy Spirit Fans we can feel the movement of the spirit all around us.