Verse patterns and question patterns are available by downloading the pdf version of this project (see below).
- 10¾ oz. (empty) soup can, 1 per child
- Leopard print duct tape, one 9-in. piece per child
- Black cardstock, 1 sheet for every 2 children
- Tan construction paper, one 9x12-in. sheet for every 4
- Verse patterns 1, 2, 3, and 4
- Yellow copy paper, 1 sheet for every 14 children
- Green copy paper, 1 sheet for every 18 children
- Blue copy paper, 1 sheet for every 26 children
- Red copy paper, 1 sheet for every 26 children
- Jute, one 12-in. piece per child
- Conversation Can Questions patterns 1, 2, and 3
- Orange cardstock, 3 sheets per child
Tools and Basic Supplies
- Glue sticks
- Office paper cutter
- Photocopy the verse patterns (1–4) onto the colored
copy paper (pattern 1 on yellow, pattern 2 on green,
etc.) and then quick cut to separate the verses, one of
each per child. The kids will do the finish cutting.
- Photocopy conversation can questions patterns onto
orange cardstock, one 3-page set per child.
- Apply the leopard print duct tape to the top of each
can. Start on the outside, about ¾-in. from the top, and
fold the excess into the can so that any sharp edges
are covered. The tape folds over easier if you cut it in a
- Cut the black cardstock into 3½x9-in. strips (assuming
a 10¾ oz. can), one per child. Larger cans will require
- Cut the 9x12-in. tan construction paper into fourths,
one 4½x6-in. piece per child.
- Cut jute into 12-in pieces, one per child.
Show the sample craft and say:
Today you’re making a conversation can to use at mealtimes
with your family. When you’re eating together, take
turns drawing a card. Then everyone can have fun answering
You know, God cares a lot about our conversations. He
cares about the words that come from our mouths. In
fact, He uses the word mouth over fifty times in the book of Proverbs and the word lips forty times! He left a lot of
important advice about our speech!
Before we speak, we should think: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it
necessary? God wants us to use our tongues in good ways.
Have fun doing that as you use your conversation cans!
Class Time Directions
- Take one end of the black cardstock and roll it up.
Then unroll it and repeat, starting at the other end.
Then unroll it again and apply glue stick liberally to the
entire “curled” side.
- Cover the can by wrapping it with the black cardstock.
Then smooth it with your fingers so it fits snuggly. If
the end isn’t staying down, peel it back a bit, apply
more glue stick, and press it back into place.
- Trim the four Bible verses as desired, then space them
out on the piece of tan construction paper and glue
into place. Then cut them out so there is a tan border
around each verse.
- Glue stick the verses randomly onto the can. It may
help to curl them a bit first, to keep them from pulling
away from the can.
- Tie the jute onto the can, near the top, using a square
(double) knot. Trim the ends, if necessary.
- Cut out the orange question strips and place inside
- Black 9x12-in. construction paper can be substituted for
black cardstock and will accommodate 3 children per
sheet, rather than 2. It’s less expensive and curls a little
easier, but its color isn’t quite as vibrant.
- The tan construction paper can be omitted to simplify
- Send this craft home in a lunch sack, so question strips
Super Simple Idea
Try the following Oriental Trading Company craft kit. (Call
1-800-875-8480 or visit www.orientaltrading.com.)
- AMAV Rock Painting Kit (IN-13663343)—Paint words
and symbols on your rocks that have to do with today’s
teaching (e.g., “Be kind!”, “Guard your lips!”, “Don’t be a
big mouth!”, “Tame your tongue!”). Manufacturer recommends
this for ages 6 and up.