Read the bible verse and discuss examples of the fruit of the spirit.
As each fruit of the spirit is discussed, have the child(ren) draw on a fruit shape their idea of that item (ex. folded hands for prayer representing faith).
Glue the fruit shapes to the posterboard.
Draw a cornocopia on the posterboard for a nicer look for display.
Write the fruits of the spirit on the cut outs so that older children looking at the poster can learn about them too!
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego's Furnace
Bible Reference: Daniel 3:14-26
Small cardboard box (about 3" square)
Cut "grates" or slits into the top or lid of the box.
Allow child(ren) to color the box anyway they like.
Put red yarn into the box to represent the fire.
If you have access to miniature figures, add three of these to represent Sadrach, Meshackh and Adbednego.
If you don't have access to the small cardboard boxes, make your own with a printable box template pasted onto cardboard.
Jesus Baptism Textured Poster
Bible Reference: Matthew 3:1-17
Light blue or white cotton balls
Yellow felt circle
Cut out of Jesus
Cut out of John the Baptist
White felt cutout of a dove
Glue the blue yarn to the posterboard to make the river.
Pull apart the cotton balls a bit to stretch them out and make them fluffy, then glue onto the poster board for the sky.
Glue the yellow felt circle onto the "sky" to be the sun.
Glue cut outs of Jesus and John the Baptist on the water.
Glue the dove to Jesus' shoulder.
Tip: Draw a line on the posterboard to give the child(ren) an idea of where the water should be and where the sky begins.
Felt Creation Story
Bible Reference: Genesis Chapter 1
Light and dark blue felt
Brown and green felt
Bird, animal and fish cut outs
Glue the black felt to the poster board.
Cut out a moon and some star shapes from the white felt.
Cut out a sun out of the yellow felt.
Cut a strip about a third of the size of the board from both the light and dark blue felts.
Cut a strip about a third of the size of the board from both the brown and green felt. Cut the green felt in half lengthwise, and then glue it to the top half of the brown felt.
Glue Velcro dots on the birds, animals and fish.
Start out with the black felt board. As you read the creation story, allow each child to put the next peice onto the board.
When the board is finished, talk to the children about how much God accomplished in such a short time!
Take away one peice at a time and discuss what the world might have been like without that item.
Tip: To combine with Adam & Eve, use biblical dolls with this craft as a back drop.
Bible Reference: Exodus 2:1-10
Brown construction paper, cut into strips
Dark brown construction paper, cut into an even cross shape
Brown felt, cut into 2 inch squares
Weave the construction paper strips on the cross shaped construction paper. Use glue stick to hold in place.
Fold the sides up and staple to make a basket.
Use a larger strip of construction paper to make a handle and staple into place.
Glue brown felt onto the clothespins and draw faces on them with the markers.
Put baby moses in his basket.
Have the faces drawn on and all the cutting ready to go.
Staplers should only be used by adults!
Give Me Oil in My Lamp
Bible Reference: Matthew 25:1-13
Paper cut outs or coloring pages of oil lamps
Magazine clippings of various activities that are not christian (eg. fighting)
Magazine clippings of various activities that are christian (eg. praying)
Allow the children to color the oil lamp as you read the scripture story. Paste this onto the poster board.
Discuss with the children how they can keep the holy spirit with them. (Oil in their lamps.)
Have the children paste appropriate pictures from the magazine clippings into the area of the oil lamp picture where the oil would go.
Tip: Change the word "virgins" to "young women" in this parable to make it age appropriate.
Ask and Receive
Bible Reference: Luke 11:9-13
Large peice of construction paper
Coloring page of Jesus at the Door
Color the page of Jesus and the door.
Paste the coloring page to the construction paper.
Next to the door, draw a picture of something that you have asked for that God provided.
If the children can't think of an example to draw, tell them to draw something they can pray for and God will give.
Make sure the children understand that this is about needs, not wants such as toys.
Signs the Kingdom of God is Near
Bible Reference: Luke 21:29-33
Magazine picture clippings of things foretold in scripture before the kingdom of God
Take the children outside and help them find a leaf or other sign of Spring or Summer.
Have the children glue this on one side of their paper.
Have the children glue pictures of the signs of end times on their papers.
Discuss some of the things God tells us to watch for in the bible. Have children draw some of these things on the papers.
This is best done in Spring when just a few signs of life are showing, so that the children get a clear idea that the Kingdom of God may be near but may also be afar off.
Try to keep the signs and pictures away from violence, but rather focus on things such the things that have happened in Isreal.
Being A Lamp and a Light
Bible Reference: Matthew 5:14-16
Miniature votive candle
Form the Clay into the shape of a small hurricane lamp.
Paint pictures on the lamp that represent how we can show the light of Christ through our actions.
Allow the lamps to harden over 24-48 hours (or until the next Sunday school class).
Tip: Have one already done as well as a hurricane lamp present so that the children can model after these items when making their own lamp.
Making My Body His Temple
Bible Reference: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Golden felt pyramid shapes
Skin colored felt circles, some large and some small
Various colors of felt cut into strips
Black felt cut into 1/2" squares
Wooden dowel or flat stick, about 1' high
Yarn of varying colors
Small cut out pictures of what is good for our bodies
Glue the pyramid shape on the middle section of the wooden dowel or stick.
Glue wiggly eyes on a larger felt circle and draw on the rest of the face. Glue the head onto the body.
Glue the smaller felt circles onto two strips for hands, and two black squares onto the other two strips for shoes. Glue all four strips onto the body.
Choose some things that are good for our bodies and allow the holy spirit to dwell there. Glue these onto the pyramid or "temple" section of the person.
Throw in some pictures of things not good for the body to show the differences to the children.
Prepare the faces ahead of time if you are short on time.
Light of the World
Bible Reference: Matthew 5:14
Sheet of thick black paper
Corkboard or Styrofoam board
Large simple drawing or photocopied picture of yourself
A bead – headed pin
Before reading and discussing the verse, let the kids do this activity so they may have a appreciation of what it means to be “the Light of the World”.
First, have them tape the black paper on to the corkboard or Styrofoam board then on top of the black paper, they should tape the picture in place.
Let them use the pin to make holes through the pictures and the black paper. Have them follow the lines on their picture with the holes about one quarter of a centimeter apart. They should do this until they have made holes along every line of the picture.
When done, help them take the picture off the black paper, then let them take the black paper off the cardboard. By holding the black paper up to a window, they should be able to see their pictures in light.
Ask the children how they feel when they saw their pictures in the light. Discuss the verse.
Guide the children in making the holes in their drawings in a way that the holes are not too close or too far apart.
Let the kids try doing the same project with their names instead of picture.
Paste scraps of colored cellophane behind the holes to make a rainbow picture.
Bible Reference: Genesis 1:20-23
Scraps of different-colored paper and aluminum foil
Eye stickers or googly eyes stick-ons
Crepe-paper streamers of different colors
String or wool
Read the Bible verse and let the kids cite out examples of creatures that God has created. Let them draw and cut the shapes of the animals they choose on the cardboard.
Have them make a lot of shape snippets from scrap paper or aluminum foil. Encourage them to make different shapes and sizes, and have them use a shoe box or paper plate to put them in so they don’t scatter around.
Instruct the kids to cover one side of their animal cut-out with glue and paste the colored shapes in it. Make sure they overlap the colored snippets so the cardboard don’t show through. The same should be done on the other side and when done, let dry for a few minutes.
Let the kids add sticker eyes and draw the rest of their animal details with the markers.
Punch a hole on the finished creations and attach them to the hanger. Have the kids work together to decorate the hanger using crepe papers, then hang it up where they can all view their colorful creations.
Tip: Your kids can make a different mobile each for animals that live on land, on water, and on the air.
Mighty Pretty Flowers
Bible Reference: Isaiah 40:8
2 pcs. of light-colored cardboard
Stiff colored paper
Have the kids trace around a small bowl on 2 pieces of cardboard and cut them out. These will serve as the center of the flower.
Next, let the kids trace around their hand 5-6 times onto the pieces of colored paper. These will be the flower’s petals. Cut the tracings out and curl each of the paper fingers around a pencil.
Have the kids paste/glue the paper fingers around the round shape, curly tips out. Staple one end of the straw on the other cardboard and glue the two round cardboards together with the straw inside.
Next, have them draw some leaves on green paper and cut them out. Staple or tape the leaves to the straw.
With the markers, ask the kids to write their favorite verse from the Bible (e.g. Isaiah 40:8). Through Show and Tell, have the kids show their work and recite their favorite verses.
You can encourage the kids make a bunch of these colorful flowers so they can arrange them in a bouquets to give to their grandparents or neighbors.
Help the kids spray you’re their flowers with floral perfume so that they smell as good as they look.
Let the Trumpets Sound!
Bible Reference: Psalm 150:3
Drinking straws, medium diameter
Paper square about 15 cm across
Markers, feathers, beads, or stickers for decoration
For this project, give the kids several straws each for testing. Have them flatten one end of the straw and cut off the corners to make a point. The points should be pressed together, one on top of the other. To test the pipe, instruct the kids to hold the v–end of the straw just inside their mouth with the flattened points together and blow on it as hard as they can until they get a hooting note from the straw.
When they can produce a note from their pipes, have them make a narrow cone with the square cardboard. Tape the edges together .
Next, have them cut a small hole at the tip of the cone big enough to push the straw through and help them secure the straw to the cone with masking tape.
Let them decorate their pipes with markers, stickers, feathers and/or small beads.
Have the kids experiment with different lengths of straw. Different lengths make different sounds.
Demonstrate how they can also punch small holes in the cone and cover different holes to get different notes.
The Mighty Boat
Bible Reference: Genesis 6:14
Aluminum foil (around 30 cm)
Container of water
Small plastic or ceramic toy animals and people.
Read the verse and discuss the virtues that enable Noah to build the Great Ark.
Emphasize these vitues as the kids make their own “Ark”.
To make the ark, have the kids form boats out of aluminum foil and test it by putting it intp a container of water. Does it float? If not change its shape and try again.
When their boats are floating, get the kids to decorate their boats, put sails, or write their names on it using markers.
Now let them put their ‘passengers’ into their boats and see how much their boats can carry without sinking.
Tip: After the activity, the boats can be displayed in the shelves. Just wipe with a tissue to dry the bottom of the boats.
My Guardian Angel
Bible Reference: Psalm 91:11
Small Styrofoam ball
Pieces of stiff white paper
Gold or silver glitter glue
Read the verse and allow the kids to talk about what they think of angels and how they look like.
To start the project, ask the children to make a cone using the white stiff paper and have them secure the sides of the cone with a tape or glue. Cut away about an inch of the tip where the head of the angel will be.
Have the kids draw and cut a pair of angel wings on a piece of stiff paper and cover it with fluffy cotton balls using glue stick. They will then glue these wings to the cone, completing the body part of the angel.
Let the kids draw a face on one side of the Styrofoam ball then glue colored yarn on the other side for hair. Thread a piece of yarn on the hairpin and push it in the center of the head.
When done, let the kids glue the body and the head of their angel together and decorate it further with glitter glue and markers. They can then hang their guardian angels up to watch over them.
Instead of yarn, have the kids use poster paint for the angel’s hair.
Have the kids name their angels. They can create their own or pick a name from the Bible.
A Gift of Friendship
Bible Reference: Proverbs 18:24
Old colored magazine or wrapping paper
Toothpick or skewer
Stiff nylon string
Have the kids children cut colored strips from magazines or wrapping paper (about 2-3 cm wide and 3 inches long).
A small amount of glue should be placed on one end of the strip. Starting with the non – glued end, wind the strip around a toothpick or skewer (not too tight).
Have them glue the end down and slide the paper bead off the toothpick. Let them make other beads using thinner or wider strips to make different sized beads.
To make a friendship band, have the kids take 2 strings together and make a knot on one end. Thread a bead on each string then make another knot, Repeat this process, threading 2 beads and knotting, until they have enough length for a wristband. Make a final knot and cut the string.
The kids can now exchange friendship bands to celebrate their friendship.
For variety, the kids can cut long, thin triangles instead of thin rectangles for nice looking beads.
Encourage them to make other things aside from these beads like necklaces, door hangings and other decorations.
Bible Reference: John 6:35
2 pcs. of triangular Styrofoam boards
After reading the verse, discuss how God’s words is important to the soul as food is to the body. To help the children appreciate the verse more, try this activity.
To start the project, have the kids paint one side of the styro triangles with their favorite pie filling color (red for cherry or strawberry, brown for chocolate, etc).. Once dry, they should write 1 verse on top of one of the painted triangles and cover it with the other triangle. Fix the 2 triangles together by sticking 2 toothpicks through them.
The kids should then glue bits of tissue on the flat end of the triangle , as well as the top and bottom part. Put at least 2 layers of tissue and finish with a brush of glue. This will be the ‘crust’ part of the pie.
When glue is dry, have the kids paint the crust with a light brown poster paint and add embellishments to it. They can roll tissue paper into small balls and paint it red for cherry toppings.
When done, they can remove the toothpicks and place their slices of pie on a paper plate for display and Show and Tell.
Tips: The kids can use the same process for making a Soul cake. The slices can be arranged together to make a big round cake and additional tiers can be added when a new memory verse is learned.
One Small Step at a Time
Bible Reference: Psalm 37:23
Pieces stiff recycled papers
Old colored magazines
Read the verse and let the kids give examples of actions/activities that pleases God.
With this in mind, encourage the children to make a journal of little ‘good’ things that they do each day. To do this, they have to make a tracing of their foot each day on a card board and draw or paste a picture inside it that tells about the good thing that they did for that day.
Using markers, have them write the date on the page and allow them to decorate the entire page as they wish using markers and crayons.
Have them design a cover for their scrapbook. It should have their names in it. When done, punch a hole on one side of the page and tie a ribbon through the finished pages.
Children could add a Step page everyday to record their One-Step-At-A-Time Journey towards Jesus.
Tips: The kids can also trace hands to put in their journals. Here they can place or draw a picture of someone they have helped that day or a new friend they met. Encourage the kids to share their journals to inspire others too.
Bible Reference: Matthew 6:19
Box with a lid
Different–colored tissue paper
Read and discuss the verse with the children. Have them gather all the things (may be representations or symbols of things and people or actual objects) that they consider valuable to them. Put these in a big box to keep for the meantime.
Have the kids tear tissue paper into small pieces – about the size of a large coin. Glue the tissue pieces all over the outside of the box – overlapping the colors as they go.
When the glue is dry, let them decorate their boxes with jewel stickers and glitters.
One by one, have the kids pick from the large box their treasures, showing it to others and explaining why he/she considers it a treasure.
Tips: The kids can add to their treasure boxes everyday. This helps evaluate the children’s values and encourage a sense of appreciation and gratitude for what they already have.
Bible Reference: James 1:17
10-cm square piece of waxed paper
Thin ribbon or cord
After reading and discussing the verse, have the kids draw a cross on the waxed paper. Then, instead of markers of crayons, have them squeeze out a thick layer of glue to fill in the cross completely.
A paperclip should be gently pressed unto the glue at the top of the cross, leaving a loop poking out.
Have the kids carefully sprinkle a generous amoung of glitter all over the glue and leave to dry for at least 24 hours. (It may take longer, depending on the thickness of the glue.)
When the star is dry, have the kids shake off the excess glitter in box (the glitters can be used in another project). Let them peel the cross off the waxed paper and thread some ribbon or cord through the paperclip.
The kids now have a beautiful gift to present to anybody they wish.
Have the kids make glitter necklaces, key chains, or brooches from other shapes (heart, star, butterfly, etc) and give them as gifts to the elderly, the sick children in hospitals or orphanages.
Colored sand can be used instead of glitter, and the kids can make beach/sea shaped décor with them
Hums of Praise
Bible Reference: Psalms 9:1-10
5x10 cardboard rectangles
After reading and discussing the verses, have the kids punch 3-4 holes on one side of the cardboard about an inch apart. Have them roll the cardboard to make a tube and secure it with masking tape.
Have them wrap the aluminum foil around the tube to cover it completely, tucking the ends of the foil neatly inside the tube.
Instruct the kids to poke thru the holes that they made in the cardboard tube using the toothpick or pencil.
Next, they should cut a square of waxed paper big enough to wrap over the end of the tube. Wrap the rubber band around the end of the tube to keep the paper in place.
To play their flutes, have them place the end with the waxed paper to their mouths and hum. They should not press too hard on their flutes with their mouths. Have them hold the tube in a way that each finger covers a hole in the tube.
Experiment with different notes by instructing the kids to lift one finger from 1 hole at a time. When they are comfortable with making notes, have them practice humming a short and simple praise song to present to class.
Tip: Try different lengths and sizes of tubes to get more varied notes and sounds. Organize the kids to make a humming choir for Christmas or Thanksgiving presentation.
Shake, Rattle, and Dance for God!
Bible Reference: Psalms 98:4
Two empty plastic bottles with screw–top lids (small drink bottles are best)
One cup of uncooked rice
Some small colored plastic beads
Stickers, ribbons, and markers for decoration
Small plastic funnel (if they don’t have a funnel, they can make a cone from a piece of paper, taping the side so that the paper holds its shape, and then snip off the pointed tip to make a small hole).
Have the kids divide the plastic beads and rice grains into two equal parts, and using a funnel, pour one part of the beads and grains into each of the plastic bottles. Screw the lid firmly onto the bottles.
Let the kids personalize their maracas by putting stickers, ribbons, and writing their names in it.
Group the kids in two's or three's and have them present their choice of praise song for the class.
Tip: Let the kids make a maracas with different sounds by filling the bottles with other things. The kids will enjoy discovering and experimenting with different sounds and will have fun singing and praising God with their unique maracas!
The Jesus Train
Bible Reference: Matthew 16:24
Cardboard carton boxes, top and bottom lids removed
4 small paper plates
2 round lids
Strips of aluminum foil
What would be more fun than following Jesus on a train? To do this fun train, get the kids to design the head car of the train as a group. Attach two paper plates on each side of the carton (This will be the car wheels). Glue the 2 lids in front of the car for the headlights and the strip of aluminum foil for the bumper.
Cut 2 holes on the top part of the cars on each side, and tie each end of the strings on them. This will be the straps of the car.
Have some of the kids paint the car in bright colors and have the others cut out the letters J-E-S-U-S on bright colored papers to glue on to the sides of the car.
When done, the kids can make their own cars using the same process, but minus the headlights and bumpers. Each child should be encouraged to design their cars as they wish.
Lastly, test-drive the cars by having them wear the straps on their shoulders, then form a train by forming a single line with the head car in front and holding on to the cars before them.
Tip: Have the kids sing the verse while the train move around the room, or you can be on the head car and have the kids repeat memory verses after you.
One Holy Night
Bible Reference: Luke 2:7-18
Piece of heavy cardboard or illustration board
Sheet of aluminum foil, slightly bigger than the cardboard
Black water–based paint
Read the story of the nativity to the children and help them picture out what the first Christmas was like by showing different illustrations of the scene.
Have the kids cover one side of the cardboard with foil and have them fold the edges at the back and tape into place.
Guide the kids in mixing 2-3 drops of dishwashing liquid with a small amount of black paint and have them brush the mixture over the foil. Leave to dry.
When the paint is dry, let them use the craft stick to scrape a Christmas scene into the paint. Make sure that tha kids take care not to tear the foil underneath the paint.
Have the children paint different coloured stripes over the foil and create a spring scene.
Let the kids Use different tools to scrape the paint off like a comb or a shell to get a variety of patterns.
All We Like Sheep
Bible Reference: John 10:27-28
White plastic clothespin
Small buttons or beads for eyes
After reading the verse, guide the kids to make their own flock of sheeps by drawing and cutting ovals from pieces of cardboard. They need 1 small oval and 1 big oval for the body.
Have them cover the big oval cut outs by gluing cotton balls on them. For the head of the sheep, they should cover only half of the smaller oval. Attach the two parts together with glue.
Let them put the rest of the sheep's details like eyes, ears and tail. Instruct the kids to make each sheep unique from the others (for example, 1 sheep will have black ears, 1 with pink, another will have curly tail) and have them name each of their sheep.
Then, have them clip 2 clothespin in the lower part of the sheep's body to serve as legs. Let them make as many sheep as they wish,
Now have the kids introduce each of their sheep to class.
Tip: Play a Lost Sheep game. Have the kids turn their back and pick 1 sheep from their flock and get the kids to guess who among their sheeps is lost. This will tell everyone if the 'shepherd' really knows his sheep.
A Pocketful of Wisdom
Bible Reference: Psalm 119:11
2 pieces of 6 inches by 6 inches red felt paper
Paper lace (you can make one by cutting a long strip of paper with scallop edged scissors)
Small pieces of colored paper
Have the kids cut 2 heart shapes from the felt paper. Guide them in making a pocket slit on the upper portion of 1 heart shape.
Have the kids glue the paper lace around the inside of the other felt heart, then glue the two hearts together. Make sure they glue on the white part of the felt and that they glue only on the sides of the shape.
Punch a hole on the left and right side of the felt heart and attach the ribbon on each end to make a handle. Let them decorate their pocket hearts with jewel stickers.
Finally, have the kids write down the memory verses that they learned on the pieces of colored paper. Roll the papers and insert them through the slit made on the pocket heart.
The kids can add to their heart pockets as they learn a new verse.
A few drops of lavender or pine essential oil can be put in the felt so the kids can hang their heart pockets in the car or their room as air freshener.
Beasts of the Earth
Bible Reference: Genesis 1:24-25
Different colored playdough
Cut out pictures/drawings of trees and mountains
Brown and green water-based paint
After reading the verse, have the kids cite out examples of the "beasts" they have seen and imagined.
First, have the kids cover the inside of the shoebox lid by gluing down crumpled pieces of tissue paper on it. When the glue dries, have them paint it with brown and green paints. Set aside to dry.
Cut out trees and mountains can be glued around the sides of the lid.
Using the playdough, let the kids make sculptures of beasts and creatures to place in the 'ground' they created and have them identify these creatures to the class.
Tip: The kids can use real sand, stones and dried branches to use as their grounds.
Bible Reference: Genesis 2:8-9
Wide rim jar with a screw–top lid
Small dried twigs
Green tissue paper
After reading the verses, let the kids imagine what the Garden of Eden looks like.
Have the kids make their own Garden of Eden in a jar. To do this, they should glue crumpled green tissues on the inside of the jar's lid, glue down rocks, twigs, and paper flowers around it.
Have them glue bits of crumpled tissue on the tips of the twigs to make the trees. Secure the trees and rocks firmly with generous glue and set aside to dry.
Put the glitters inside the jar and put the dried lid back on.
Let the kids shake the jar to see their magical garden come to life.
Tip: Have the kids make other domes. They can make a snow dome using tiny pieces of polystyrene and glitter or a magical sea dome with sea creature stickers floating on water.
Lilies of the Fields
Bible Reference: Luke 12:27
Chenille sticks (pipe cleaners)
For this project, have the kids take two tissues and place them one on top of the other.
Keeping the tissues together, have them fold it in half to make a rectangle.
Guide the kids to Wrap one end of the chenille stick tightly around one point of the tissue triangle. Fold again to make a square, then another fold to make a triangle. Cut along the opposite side of the tissue triangle.
Have them carefully pull the pieces of tissue away from each other then let them cut some leaves from the green paper. Tape these onto the chenille stick that holds the flower.
Let the kids make more flowers to form a pretty bouquet.
Tip: The children can fill painted shoe boxes with sand and 'plant' the flowers in it to make colorful plant box for to display on the window.