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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wise Man/Foolish Man Illustration

Years ago I came across an illustration for the "Wise Man and Foolish Man" Bible story (from Matthew 7:24-27). The children enjoyed the illustration and got the point of building on a solid foundation. Since then I've used it a few times in women's classes to illustrate the same point. Here is the illustration:
First of all, take two pieces of white cardboard and drawn houses on them.  For the wise man's house, use a Sharpie or other type of PERMANENT marker.
Then take a WASHABLE marker and draw a house, but make "specks" for a sandy foundation.
For the storms, illustrate the story by using a spray bottle filled with water. Spray the "house on a solid foundation" first.  It won't change, but stay intact.  Next, spray the "house on a sandy foundation" with the water.  It will crumble and crack. 

If you have your posters hanging on a wall, you might want to put a trash bag under them...on the floor...to catch the dripping black marker.
 
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