Come on, you know Dad doesn’t want flowers! Treat him to a cool drink with a simple tag. You can hand them out, or even more low key, just put them on a table in the back and they can grab one as they come or go. Here’s the tag: Dews for Dad Happy Father’s Day!
James 3:3-12 tells us that from the same mouth comes both praises to God and cruel words to others. I tried to convince my class that good words came from the mouth and bad words came from your pits (because they are the pits), but they said no and giggled. I have to have a little fun teaching!
What a great lesson for all of us, even me. It’s the end of the school year, I still have concerts and commencement to get through. And those people (teenagers) are just as excited about summer as me. Kind words that build each other up are going to go a lot further in making it a great end of the year than grumpy words. I’ve written about kind words before and saying things that build people up. You can read about it here.
- 1/2 sheet white paper folded into thirds
- 1 tongue (I had red paper on hand, but you can easily do white and have the kids color it)
- 2 strips of paper
- tape, scissors, glue, markers
If you watch the video, you can see how it is all put together. Fold the white paper into thirds, tape on the strips (see how I cut them from the scraps around the tongue?) for finger holders, glue down the tongue and draw the eyes and nose on. Pretty simple.
When you are finished, have the kids take turns having their mouths say nice things. You will love what they come up with!
Here are a couple other crafts you might like that have open and shut parts:
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Telling the good news of Jesus rising from the dead should not be taught on just one Sunday of the year. Easter is the good news that needs to be told all year. Without the resurrection, what hope do we really have? Everything in the Bible would just be another story. Aren’t we lucky it’s not? Good for you for being a teacher of little ones and sharing the good news that He is risen!
- one piece of construction paper
- one He is Risen square He is Risen card
- small piece of tissue/napkin
- scissors, tape, markers, glue
Ok, so this requires a little prep on your part, but if you make one pattern, the rest just get done quickly. A template for your project is to the right. It’s really simple. Cut out two at a time, they don’t need to perfect. After all, it’s a cave with a stone.
Let the kids decorate the outside of their cave. Tri-fold the paper and tape the bottom together. Glue the stone to the long, thin piece of paper and the He is Risen and piece of tissue (Jesus’ empty burial clothes) inside. Weave the long stone paper through the two slits and you should be good to go.
If your kids like things with moving and pop up parts you may want to check out these crafts that move!
John 14:3 – If I Go I Will Come Back
Exodus 14 – Parting the Red Sea
Romans 5:12 – Sin Enters the World
Isaiah 14:12 – The Fall of Satan
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you with me that you also may be where I am going.” John 14:3. How many times do you think the kids you teach have been let down? How many promises have been broken? You have such a great privilege of teaching young children the word of God.
I will come back. Jesus makes this promise and He will fulfill it. There are so many unknowns out there for kids. But when you teach the Bible, they will learn the truth. They might not believe in your class, but they will remember and your words of the Bible and Jesus will work in their hearts until they are ready to accept Jesus as their savior.
- one paper with pieces per child John 14 3
- one straw per child
- one piece of blue paper per child
- stapler, glue stick, crayons, scissors
To put this craft together, I did a few things ahead of time. I suggest stapling the blue paper in half and cutting a small slit for the straw in the blue paper. When you are ready, have the kids color Jesus and the grass first. Next they can cut out all the objects. Glue the grass and clouds to the blue paper and tape Jesus on the back to the straw. Pop the straw through the slit in the blue paper and then read the verse and the kids can move Jesus up and down.
Sometimes the Bible reads like a sci-fi thriller. And I quote, “Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” Acts 2:2-4. That is some good imagery.
Since it’s probably not a good idea to use an open flame in the lesson, I modified it a little to make the story more kid friendly and approachable. So, using a trusty straw (they are so handy and good for crafts), some crepe paper, fake flames, and Google translator you have a great craft for the kiddos.
- one flame paper per child Acts 2
- crayons, tape, hole punch
- crepe paper (I had some) or ribbon or even construction paper will work
To put the craft together, have the kids color the paper flames different colors and cut them out. I punched holes at the ends to make it easy to put on the straw. Then alternate putting on the flames with crepe paper on the straw. My straws had a bend at the top and so I just folded it over and taped around it to hold everything in place.
Now, go over what each flame says. Just do the best you can or some kids might be able to help you out! Ask the children to imagine being able to hear “Jesus loves you” in their own language. For kids, it is like when they learn something new at school. It can be confusing until someone else shows them and then they understand and it makes it so much easier. We don’t want the story of Jesus to be scary for the kids. Use this craft to help tell it to them in a way they will understand.
So, my son asked me what the craft was going to be one Sunday and I said I wasn’t sure yet. He then wanted to know what the story was about. Well, we are going through the Story of Hope for kids and were at the resurrection of Jesus. Good stuff! Well, he is familiar with that and says he will do the craft. Ok, so off he goes. A little bit later he comes back with this.
A pop up card activity! Who doesn’t like a good pop up book or card? So, we polished it up. I did the writing, he did the drawing and I think it turned out well. The kids had fun putting them together. And although many had heard the story, this craft just gives them another way to remember it.
For this craft you will need:
- one paper per child Luke 24 6
- crayons, scissors, tape or glue
- hole punch
- something to tie it together (my son got out twisty ties for his class to use…he is thrifty!)
- something to cover the table
Have the kids color everything first, then cut out Jesus and the cross. Kids might need help accordion folding, but they’ll get it. Fold your paper into a book and glue the pop ups down. Then you just need to punch and hole and tie it together. There you have it a great craft by an eight year old, sure to please and be understood by other kids! Have fun.
The greatest love is God sending His son to earth, to die on the cross so that our sins could be forgiven and we could have eternal life. Jesus loves us so much that He was willing to do this. He knew it had to happen and He did it!
Jesus carrying His cross and being crucified is not a story that should be reserved just for Easter. Kids need to be reminded of what happened throughout the year. As they learn other stories in the Bible, they need to see how they all point to Jesus.
Today’s craft uses 1 Peter 3:18 which says, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.” See, Jesus loves you!
- one cross paper per child 1 Peter 3 18
- different colored construction paper for hearts
- glue, crayons, scissors
- something to cover the table
Let the kids cut out their own hearts. I cut the paper into strips ahead of time so they could just fold it in half and have about the right sized hearts. Glue the hearts on and let them decorate. As you put the craft together, share stories about a loving God! Don’t be afraid to let the kids personalize theirs, it’s a little window into their hearts!
Here are a couple of other love crafts your kiddos might enjoy!
1 John 2:15 – Love the Father
Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice, He is Risen!
Here’s a craft that can be a great conversation and review piece as you do your lessons before Easter (or anytime) that tells about things leading up to Jesus’ death. Matthew 26 has the great verse in it where Jesus says, ” But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Prophecies fulfilled and people didn’t realize it. How often do we read the Bible and not listen to the message?
Today’s craft will allow your kiddos to match a word with a picture. If you’ve already read Matthew 26, use it to recreate the story. The pictures aren’t in order, but it’s really more about knowing what has happened. And, all the things that had to happen in order to get Jesus to the point where he died on the cross. After all, if he hadn’t died on the cross, our sins wouldn’t be forgiven and we wouldn’t have the hope of eternal life!
- one paper per child Matthew 26
- scissors, crayons, glue
- something to cover the table with
It’s easy to do. Have the kids cut down the solid black line and then cut out each word. Let older kids help the younger ones with reading if you need help. Then, match up the picture, glue it down, and color. That’s it. Have fun continuing to help your students learn the story of Jesus!
If you need a craft for Easter, you might want to try this Rejoice craft.
No, it’s not a mummy, it’s Lazarus in his burial wrap! What a great story in John 11. At first, it is sad because Lazarus has died, even though they begged Jesus to come and save him. But, then Jesus comes and does a miracle! All in His time.
This is a great story for the kids because it shows that Jesus cares, but He has the situation under control, even when our emotions cloud our faith. Some great things Jesus says in this story are:
- verse 4: “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”
- verse 9-10: “Are there not twelve hours of daylight?…It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”
- verse 11: “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”
- verse25-26: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
- one Lazarus person Lazarus Person Outline
- one straw or craft stick per person (this helps with durability and wrapping up Lazarus)
- toilet paper (imagine the giggles when you take that out!)
- crayons, tape, scissors
- something to cover the table
This is easy. Cut your copies in half because each kid only needs on body. Have the kids color the Lazarus and then cut him out. Tape on the straw and one end of the toilet paper and then you are all set. You can go through the story with their paper Lazarus and wrap/unwrap him as you read. Have fun!
Do you hold on tight to your kids hands when they cross the road or just because you can? Imagine how much tighter Jesus holds onto us. John 10:28 says, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand”. Sign me up!
The beauty of today’s craft is that there is a little mystery with it. It’s written like a spy. When you give your kiddos the blank piece of paper and tell them to read the message, they might be stumped. Then, give them the tools to find the hidden message. It’s like starting a relationship with Jesus. It can be a mystery until someone tells you! Lucky you, get to tell someone about Jesus so He is not hidden to them!
- one blank piece of white paper per child
- a white crayon
- water colors (read my sob story about these here) and paint brushes
- something to cover the table, floor, or sidewalk (again sob story here)
Prepare each paper by tracing your hand and writing “Choose Jesus!” with the white crayon. The kids can then watercolor over the entire paper however they want and the message should show up. Neat!
If you are looking for some other crafts about God having us in His hands, you might want to check out: