Samson was a hero mentioned in the Jewish Torah and in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible.
Samson's gift from God was that he was very strong -- so strong that he was able to kill a lion and push down the pillars of a temple with his bare hands. Sadly when the temple collapsed, Samson was crushed and killed under it's weight.
Samson's one weakness was his long hair. He was betrayed by the woman he loved, named Delilah, who was paid to tell the secret of Samson's strength to his enemies.
This is a fun and simple color, cut and paste paper craft that uses a toilet paper roll as a base to give Samson a three dimensional effect.
I made two diffent versions of the craft -- one holding a dumbell so that children remember that Samson was strong. The other has him holding the "jawbone of a donkey" which was the weapon Samson used to defeat soldiers of the Philistine army.
- something to color with (B&W version)
- toilet paper roll
- Print out the craft template of choice -- you have the choice of Samson holding a dumbell to represent his strength or the choice of Samson holding the jawbone of a donkey which was the weapon he used against the Philistine soldiers.
- If using the black and white template, color in the template pieces -- have fun with it (we colored Samson's hair blue -- Kaitlyn thought it should look "different" than normal hair since without it he loses his strength).
- Cut out the craft pieces. Even beginning scissors users can help cut out simple pieces like the large rectangle.
- Assemble the Samson craft:
- Glue the large rectangular piece around the cardboard tube.
- Glue the thinner rectangular piece around the center as a belt.
- Glue the chest piece to the top of the cardboard tube.
- Glue Samson's head onto the top of the craft -- it should overlap the chest piece a little bit.
- Glue the arms onto the sides of the craft like he's holding his arms up. "making a muscle". We took this opportunity to show off our own "big" muscles *grin*.
- Glue the dumbells or the donkey jawbone into one of Samson's hands.
- Fold the feet along the dotted line and glue to give a 3 dimensional effect.
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).