DECORATING YOUR SABBATH SCHOOL ROOM
Evaluate your room:
- Get down to the children's eye level and see what they see. Are the decorations at a suitable height?
- Watch the children as they enter the room; does anything catch their eye?
- How are the acoustics? - carpets or mats and wall hanging will stop sounds from echoing.
- Is it practical? - Edmonton
meets in a community hall, so all our decorations have to be portable;
thankfully the hall provides us with a cupboard and storage room.
- Is it safe? - Particularly for young children.
- Is it age appropriate?
- Does it suit your current lessons or theme?
you have a choice, think about the colours of the walls. Bright
or light coloured walls may make the room feel more cheery. Even
if you don't have a choice you can still set the atmosphere by using
banners, posters and pictures.
These silk screen
paintings were really easy to make. The silk I bought
online but everything else came from Spotlight.
- Prewash the silk and pin it onto a frame.
- Draw or print what you want onto paper and place it under the silk. (You can use clipart or even photos.)
Guta which comes in a tube with a nozzle to trace the picture onto the
silk. Do a test first - the black Guta I bought was too runny to
use reliably but the silver which I ended up using was a good
consistancy. Be careful not to touch the wet lines or you will
- Wait for the Guta to dry and then dab or brush the
silk paint onto the picture and watch as it spreads to the Guta
lines. I combined cyan, majenta, yellow and black paint to get
all the colours.
- See silk painting books or the internet for ideas and information about techniques which can be used to create special effects.
wall hangings can be made by sewing fabric together or using sheeting.
The blue wall hanging was made using house paint on cotton
sheeting. The sanctuary hanging was made by sewing together gold
satin with sheer maroon over blue satin. The Jesus and
children hanging was made by sewing the blue and green satin together.
I used a projector to trace the picture on, and then after
Sabbath School each week the children would glue squares of coloured
fabric on to make the picture.
provide an easy way to hang pictures and artwork and may also be
painted to add colour to the room. Pinboards or walls may be
painted with magnetic paint, allowing magnets to stick to them, chalk
board paint or chalk board fabric, or cover them in felt to
create a felt picture board.
Dolls and doll sized furniture can be used to create both modern and Bible time indoor scenes.
plants and flowers and stuffed toy animals can be used to create nature
scenes. Use blue satin to create rivers or ponds. Stars in
the night sky can be created by inserting christmas lights into black
satin. Add to a heavenly scene with a background of icicle
christmas lights in white organza; adding birds, bees and
butterflies between the lights gives a great effect..
Coloured mats, tablecloths and other accessories can also be used to add colour to the room.