Philip and the Ethiopian Craft

Here’s a fun Bible Story idea about the story of Philip and the Ethiopian.  This story comes from Acts 8:26-40 .  Here’s a shortened version of the story: An angel of the Lord told Philip to go toward Gaza.  On his way, he met an Ethiopian who was reading a Bible scroll and didn’t understand.  Philip asked him if he wanted him to explain what he was reading.  He climbed into the chariot and explained that the passage was about Jesus dying on the cross to take the punishment for our sins.  The Ethiopian believed what he heard.  He believed that Jesus Christ is the son of God (vs. 37).  They were passing a body of water.  The Ethiopian wanted to be baptized.  Philip baptized him.

I used this craft in my Kindergarten Sunday School class and they loved it!!


This craft is sooo simple.  It uses an Arby’s Sauce packet and a water bottle.  That’s it!!  I tried many different types of ketchup packets, but I found the Arby’s Sauce packet worked the best for me.

Be sure the packet will float when you initially put it in the bottle.

Squeeze the bottle and the pressure makes the packet sink.  When you release it, he will float back up.


6 Replies to “Philip and the Ethiopian Craft”

    1. Sorry you’re having trouble Nanci! Try a different packet. I went through several to find one that worked. Arby’s packets were the ones that were best for me. If I remember, you have to make sure you have enough water in the bottle and squeeze kind of hard. Hope that helps.


  1. Actually, I tried the Arby packets first…and they won’t float! The packet that I found that will float is a salsa packet from Taco Bell, but I have tried all different levels of water, and it simply won’t sink! I was hoping to use it this past Sunday because my lesson was Philip & the Eunuch, but I couldn’t get it to work! 😦


    1. I am so sorry! It’s been a few years since I did this craft, so I think I’ll try it again and see if I can offer more help. I know it will be too late for your class this time, but maybe you could use it later like with the story of Jesus being baptized. I wonder if the type water bottle makes a difference. We used water bottles this past Sunday for a craft on the story Jesus Calms the Storm. I noticed the bottles were made of super thin plastic. If I remember, you need a bottle that will allow for a lot of pressure – not squishy. Again, sorry about your trouble with this craft!


  2. The bottle may be the problem…it is the thin plastic. Unfortunately, I think most of the water bottles are the same way. I’ll try to find something thicker. Let me know if you figure it out! 🙂 Thanks for your help!!


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