Category Archives: Craft by Verse

Joy to the World Mini Book Craft

20151129_083345Are you doing a little history on carols or want to introduce your kiddos to a time tested carol? This mini book of Joy to the World is for you!

Be sure to play the song for them and let them sing along. Kids singing out is so great to hear!

20151129_083306For this craft you will need:

  • One book paper per child Joy to the World Book
  • crayons/markers
  • scrap material/construction paper optional

Putting this craft together is easy. Make sure you do all your coloring and gluing before folding it though. Fold on the solid line first, then the dotted line and you’ll have a great little book. I used some scraps of paper, felt, and foam stuff just to make it a little 3-D/touch me like. That’s all optional. Allow the kids to add onto the pictures as they want.

20151129_083332Have a great day. Here’s another Jesus is born craft if you need one!

John 4:13 Good News at the Well

20151121_151727It is likely that as you go through different curriculum that you will end up doing the same story again. Nothing wrong with this, as the Bible is full of stories that kids (and adults) need to hear again so that it sinks in. So today, here is another craft for the woman at the well in John 4:13. (Here’s another option.)

Here it says, “Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

As I read through, it just gave me a visual of the water literally shooting up. We need to be that excited when we know Jesus. We need to be that dam bursting and telling other people. After all, that is what the woman at the well did. She went and told everyone about Jesus. Is that what we do? A great lesson for all.

20151121_151221For this craft you will need:

  • one paper per child John 4 13
  • one piece of skinny gray/brown paper for the well per child
  • crayons
  • tape
  • something to cover the table

It’s pretty easy to figure out. Let the kids draw stones on the paper and tape it together in a loop. Color the picture and then tape on the well on.

Just for fun, you could have the kids squat down and jump up like they are the water shouting, “Jesus is the water of life!” Have fun. If you need another idea for the woman at the well, remember to check this one out here.

Matthew 4:4 – Don’t be Tempted

20151101_194556I love when kids have the opportunity to put themselves into a craft. If you like giving them some creative license, you’ll enjoy this today to see their perspective of themselves. You also might enjoy this manger scene from Luke 2:11, a maraca for praising from Psalm 150:6, the cell phone to God in Romans 8:28, or the crazy eyeball to help them see Jesus better.

But, today we are in Matthew 4:4 where it says, “Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” Jesus is being tempted, but he always responds with God’s word. Likewise, kids need to hear and learn to obey and follow God’s word. They need to be ready to defend their faith with strength and you are the teacher leading them to this! Exciting!

Kids need to see themselves following Jesus. That their life matters and can impact others. And so, a – is in order. (Yes, I could have done a big mouth, but passed!) Let students draw themselves so they can look at the picture, read the verse and see that it is them that needs to do what Jesus says. Teach them how to use God’s word as answers when something tough comes up.

20151101_194204For this craft you will need:

  • one paper per child Matthew 4 4
  • crayons
  • something to cover the table

Allow the students time to fill in their self- portraits. This can be a unique opportunity to see how the kids see themselves. Maybe that shy one  puts the bangs over the eyes to hide or the loud one colors on a crazy colored shirt. Take time to get to know your students and let them share with each other. Maybe you want to do one too. Have a great lesson!

Luke 2:11 – Jesus is Born!

Luke 2 11 CraftSo, last week it was cotton balls and this week it is craft sticks. I guess I’m just having fun with some good old, standard stuff for crafts lately! It’s only October, but the set of lessons we are using for the kiddos at church talked about Jesus’ birth today. Why? Well, Jesus is the reason we can have forgiveness of our sins. His birth on earth is the reason we have hope for eternal life. Why not celebrate that in October?!?

Well, here you go. It is pretty much a blank piece of paper, with the great verse from Luke 2:11 which says, “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you: he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Now, that is some Good News! PK would say we should call it the Great News.

Luke 2 11For this craft you will need:

  • one paper per child Luke 2 11
  • 8 craft sticks per child
  • glue, crayons
  • something to cover the table

You can see how I made the stable. The craft sticks just give it added dimension. You could certainly just draw them on. I left the paper blank, so the kids can use their imagination. Some will want to add animals and hay. Some might want the moon to shine and older kids may want to draw in Joseph and Mary too. Let their picture show how they understand the story of Jesus’ birth. Let them tell you.

Simple, yes. Effective, yes. The impact of you sharing a story many will already know, priceless because it is so important! Happy teaching.

 

Isaiah 53:6 Don’t Turn from God!

20151018_070510So, who doesn’t like a good cotton ball sheep? You can never have too many! Today’s craft goes with Isaiah 53:6 which says, “All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all.” This is the NLT and I chose to use it because it didn’t have the word ‘iniquity’ in it. That is a tough word to understand and use, even if you know the definition.

PK suggests telling kids, it’s like when their parents call for them, do they answer? Or do they pretend they can’t hear or run the other way. Our kids giggled when we asked them if they listen to their parents. We try, right?!

20151018_070451For today’s craft you will need:

  • one paper per child Isaiah 52 6
  • one cotton ball per child
  • crayons, glue
  • something to cover the table

It’s pretty self explanatory for putting together. If you’re looking for another visual of God holding kids in his hand, check out this craft for Isaiah 44.

Be sure kids get the idea that God is reaching out for them, we just need to stop going in the opposite direction. That’s a good lesson for adults too!

Numbers 21 – The Bronze Snake

20151011_065948I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to look at is a snake. I think they are gross even when they are behind glass in a pet place. They just stare at you all creepy like and curl around everything. So if God told Moses to tell people to look at his bronze snake and they would be healed, yikes, not at the top of my list of things to do. But, I would do it so I could live. Faith needs to be stronger than our fear.

Kids need to know that sometimes, we need to believe in the most far-fetched thing. We don’t know God’s plan, but he has it all worked out, we just need to trust him. Even though this craft goes with Numbers 21, we can be reminded of this event in John 3:14-15. It says, “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” The words of Jesus, Amen.

20151011_065838For this craft you will need:

  • one pipe cleaner per child
  • one straw per child (a pencil would work too)
  • two beads per child

I just pulled stuff from my box, you could really make these any color and the kids will get the point. I mean, let’s face it, most crafts end up in the garbage when they get home. You are giving the kids an experience to remember. Check out the step by step directions in this picture, so easy!

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This is just something a little different from a paper activity and if you are doing a Bible snake theme for some reason, check out this Snake Proof craft! Or if you want some yummy snake-like things to make, you have to try these Homemade Tootsie Rolls. They actually work. Have fun teaching!

Acts 2:42 Your Job as a Believer

IMG_4808Today’s craft takes something almost every kid loves – pizza – and divides up your role as a believer into slices. Acts 2:42 says, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Kids need to know that believing in Jesus is more than just going to church. It’s doing life.

Talk to your students about the following things: breaking of bread, showing others Jesus’ love, prayer, putting God first, praising God, teaching, fellowship, and telling others about Jesus. Give them examples of how they can do these things at home or school or wherever. It needs to be built into their lives so it becomes a natural habit.

IMG_4806For today’s craft you will need:

  • one pizza paper per child Acts 2 42
  • crayons, scissors, glue
  • a tablecloth

Do what you think is easier, either color first or cut things out. Then, glue down the pieces and put the pizza together.

Broken into slices, (which are more manageable then trying to shove the whole pie in your mouth!) this craft will allow the kids to see how they might already be doing some of these jobs. Have fun!

Exodus 20: The Ten Commandments

20150927_064523The ten commandments can be pretty heavy duty stuff for kids. Everywhere kids go they are bombarded by rules. Stand in line, don’t talk in the hall, don’t run in the hall, hold my hand in the parking lot, and so on. What do these rules have in common? They are easy to understand in kid language.

Today’s craft has the 10 commandments in kid language. And, there done so that they know how God is reflected in them. Based off of The Story of Hope kid lessons, the wording is friendly. The kids can read them and then put God’s truth beside them.

20150927_064611For this craft you will need:

  • 1 ‘stone’ paper per child and 1 list per child Exodus 20
  • glue, scissors
  • tablecloth to keep that sticky glue off your rented table if that is where you are located

Read through the 10 commandments then have the kids cut up the others, put them in order, and glue down. You can even take it a step farther if you want and use a sidewalk and color over the stones and get the textured look. I happened to have gray paper, so I just used that.

Kids are going to understand these statements. It can even be a good reminder for adults too! Have fun!

Exodus 14: Parting the Red Sea

20150920_080926Have your kids picture themselves at the beach in the ocean and a huge wave which towers over their heads comes towards them. Do they run towards it or run away? Is this the feeling Moses and the Israelites had when God gave Moses the ability to part the Red Sea? Did they think he was crazy? After all, who can make water stand and dry land appear for a safe crossing? Only God, of course.

Todays craft reveals the words, “But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left” from Exodus 14:29. I think kids will get the idea as they roll back the sea.

20150920_080910For this craft you will need:

  • one verse paper per child Exodus 14 29
  • one full size piece of blue paper
  • scissors, glue
  • a pencil or crayon for rolling

Have the kids cut the blue paper in half and then cut strips halfway through. They don’t need to be perfect! Next, glue the uncut blue part to the edge of the white paper. Then, using a pencil or crayon, show them how to roll up the paper to make the waves.

After that, you are done. Let them use their fingers or a small Lego man to walk through the parted water and read the verse. Have fun!

 

A Welcome Lollipop Flower

October 2014 057Sometimes, it is just nice to let people know you are glad they are there. The kids at my church did this one Sunday when PK was talking about service. We had the kids be greeters and then during their lesson, they made these Lollipop flowers. When the last song was playing they went in and handed them out. It was neat and really, who doesn’t like a good lollipop every once in a while?!

 

 

October 2014 056For this craft you will need:

  • Enough flower circles and petals as you need Glad You Popped In
  • crayons, scissors
  • lollipops
  • something to cover the table

To put them together, cut out the circles (I have some that cut fancy edges, so I did that ahead of time). I also cut out the leaves ahead of time too. Put a cloth down on the table or paper underneath as they color. I used many colors on my flower and just drew circles all around and think it turned out neat. Next up, use a pencil to punch a small hole on each dot. A regular hole punch is too big and the things will fall right off the lollipop stick. Then just slip on the flower and then the leaf. If you find it doesn’t stay, a little piece of tape can help.

Super easy to do and not very expensive this small treat brought a smile to many faces. The adults opened theirs up just as quick as the kids did! Have fun!