I forgot to take pictures in class, but I managed to catch one of the kids in the parking lot! This little guy hasn't been coming to class very long, and he seems to be enjoying it. Our animal this week was zebras. We began our class a little bit differently. We made white handprints and I told them that by the end of class, that their handprint would be turned into an animal. They made lots of guesses, but no one guessed zebra! As I painted each kid's hand, we talked about God gave each person a different handprint. We then learned a few fascinating facts about zebras from a library book. For instance, they have excellent eyesight, hearing, and smelling. They are constantly at danger from predators, such as lions, leopards, & hyenas. We thought this picture was interesting:
It may look like they're being affectionate, but actually they are standing that way so that they can see predators coming from either direction. Of course, we talked about their stripes and considered the possibility that God gave them stripes as a form of camouflage. When zebras stand alone, they are easy to see. But they usually are found close together in herds, and predators have a hard time telling how many zebras are in a group. Also, the stripes help them to stay hidden in tall grass. The most interesting thing we learned about stripes is that each individual zebra has its' own unique stripe pattern. Even though they make look the same to us, no two zebras are alike!
Then it was time to go back to our handprints. Now we needed to add stripes. I gave each kid a black marker and of course they all made their stripes different. We talked about how God made each one of us different. I read some verses from Psalm 139 and we discussed that God designed us before we were even born and he knows every detail about each one of us. God is able to look at each of us and he watches us, no matter where we go, because he loves us so much.