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John 11 – Jesus Raises Lazarus

Lazarus craftNo, 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:

  1. Lazarus craft 2verse 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.”
  2. 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.”
  3. verse 11: “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”
  4. 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?”

Lazarus suppliesAnd there are even more than that! Read the story again for yourself if it has been a while. For this craft you will need:

  • 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!

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.

 

Genesis 6:8 Noah and the Flood

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Today’s craft finds us in the story of Noah. I decided to do the end, when Noah’s ark is on Mt. Ararat and the water is receding. Genesis 6:8 says, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Isn’t God’s grace awesome? He gave Noah and his family safety during the flood and then landed them in a safe place. His grace saw them through.

This craft uses a few more supplies than usual, but it is always good to mix things up so the kids don’t get bored doing the same thing every week. Use what you have on hand. This is why I make my own crafts. All the stock lessons seem to come with a coloring page or a word search. Boring and not always age appropriate. Or they use too many expensive supplies and you know these things end up in the garbage. Cutting, having moving parts, a little painting, and using different textures together keep it interesting for the kids.

Things you will need for this craft:20150705_065201

  • one boat/verse square per child Genesis 6 8
  • crayons, glue, tape, scissors
  • one blue piece of construction paper per child
  • one coffee filter per child (I had brown on hand, but white will work too)20150705_065259
  • one mountain support (I cut a cereal box on the spine and then folded the edges)
  • blue crepe paper/tissue paper/ extra paper to add to water

To put this together: tape the box down, glue the coffee filter to the mountain, color the ark, cut out the ark and verse, fold the ark on the dotted lines, glue the ark and verse on, add water.

This is pretty simple and the kids can always personalize it. Maybe some will want to add some grass or flowers on the filter. Others may want to just draw on waves. Either way, remind your students that God’s goodness and grace is there for them. He will see them through.

Genesis 3:6 The Tree of Knowledge

The story of Eve eating the fruit and then offering it to Adam is timeless. There is nothing spectacular or new for this craft. It is a basic reminder of what happened. When you are cycling through lessons and the same story is presented, you need to change the craft in little ways.

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I always try to mix up the crafts so it is not always coloring a picture. A lot of canned products come with a coloring page, which is why I started this Craft by Verse section. Kids get tired of just coloring. If you look through the section, you’ll find simple, but fun painting, gluing, cutting, and more crafts. Children ages 4-4th grade can find success with these crafts and putting their own individual mark on them. Remember, let your older kids be helpers with the younger ones as they cut and glue.

When you combine different textures and objects, it can be a lot of fun and will stick with your kids. So today’s craft is so flexible. Use what you have on hand.

For this craft you will need:IMG_4979

  • One copy of the verse paper per child Genesis 3 6b
  • scissors, glue
  • I used scrap foam and crayons for my tree
    • other options: tissue paper, crepe paper, just crayons/markers, construction paper, pipe cleaners rolled up, pom-poms, real grass or twigs
  • and as always, something to cover the table

Let the kids be creative as they put their tree together. We don’t know if it was really an apple, so their fruit doesn’t have to be red. The tree was beautiful and enticing and each child’s individual tree will reflect that. Have fun!

Genesis 1:1- Powerful Creator

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Just like the song in the Sound of Music, the beginning is a very good place to start. I find it hard to fathom how God has always been. Before anything He was there. This craft for Genesis 1:1 is a reminder how God took nothing and created everything.

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As I wrote in the craft, nothing to us was always something to Him. He has a plan for all we do, everything He creates, what we know and what we don’t know. Kids need to know that He sees something in us as well.

For this craft you need:Genesis 1 1 Craft 3

  • one paper per child, print it front and back Genesis 1 1
  • crayons
  • something to cover the table

Have them fold their paper on the dotted line and color in the circle black. After all, when we look in the dark, we see nothing. On the inside let them draw what God has created. Their imagination is the limit. Have them share what they drew with each other.