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Faith Comes By Hearing

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Children don’t understand everything they read in the Bible, but they should be taught the importance of reading the Bible at an early age. Teach them the importance of reading Scripture every day.  Let their lives be saturated by the Word Of God so they cultivate a habit of turning to the Bible for any question they might have.

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17

Suggestions

This craft can also be used for the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10.

Faith Comes By Hearing

Instructions

  1. Print the templates. I have included three different sizes of ears. (Template)
  2. Color the head and the ears.
  3. Cut out all of the pieces.
  4. Glue the long rectangle pieces to each side of the head/hair piece.
  5. Wrap the band around your kids head. Once you have the desired length use a couple of paper clips or a piece of tape to hold the shape. Then add glue to set it in place.
  6. Fold back the square on each ear.
  7. Add glue to each square on each ear and with the band around the childs head stick the ears in place.

I have included templates for both boys and girls.

Sheep Puppet

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Sheep Puppet

Kids will love making the sheep puppet and reenacting Bible stories. You can even use the puppet to teach your lesson. This craft is very versatile and can be used for different Bible stories. It can be used for:

  • The story of Cain and Abel’s offerings to God. (Genesis 4)
  • The description of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. (John 10:1-17)
  • The Biblical description of Jesus as The Lamb of God. (John 1:29-35)
  • Jesus sacrificial death. (Isaiah 53)
  • Psalm 23
  • The shepherds visiting Christ on the night of His birth. (Luke 2:7-20)
  • Israel’s practice of burnt offerings.
  • The Passover. (Exodus 12)
  • The story of David. (1 Samuel 17)
  • The description of false teachers and prophets as wolves in sheeps clothing. (Matthew 7:15-20)
  • Teaching about the final judgement. (Matthew 25:32-33)

Instructions

  1. Print the template page onto a sheet of cardstock. (Template)
  2. Color the arms.
  3. Cut out each piece.
  4. Glue the arms to the body of the sheep.
  5. Assemble the head by first gluing on the ears and then the top wool.
  6. Glue the head onto the body of the sheep.
  7. Finally cut out the two ovals to make the finger holes.

You can also glue pieces of cotton balls to the body and head of the sheep.

Peter Denies Jesus

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Peter boldly told Christ that he would never deny Him, but when Jesus was arrested that is exactly what Peter did. When the rooster crowed the third time he realized what he had done, just as Jesus foretold. Peter left the courtyard crying bitterly in shame.

We like to think we would never deny Christ the way Peter did, but there are many ways in which we could do this every day- not saying grace in front of friends and family that are unbelievers, following the crowd so we do not seem uncool, giving our own opinion and not saying what the Bible says so no one will be offended, and not witnessing to those that are around us. Thankfully Jesus offers us mercy, and forgiveness by His perfect love. He can restore us just like He mercifully did with Peter.

“I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces will never be ashamed.” Psalm 34:4-5

Peter Denies Christ

Instructions

  1. Print and color the templates. (Template)
  2. Cut out all the pieces.
  3. Glue the feet, wings and comb to the body of the rooster.
  4. Finally glue four feathers to each side of the rooster.

You can also use large craft feathers in place of the paper feathers.

Jesus Heals A Paralytic Man

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A cute craft to help the kiddos remember the story of Jesus healing a paralytic man. This craft can be assembled quickly if everything is printed onto colored paper or construction paper.

Jesus Heals A Paralytic

Instructions

  1. Print the templates onto different colored paper or construction paper. (Template)
  2. Cut the first page in half. Then take an xacto knife and cut along the parallel lines. This part should be done by an adult.
  3. Cut out the strips from the second page.
  4. Weave the strips into the rectangular base. Rotate going over and under with every new strip to create a weaving pattern.
  5. Cut out the feet.
  6. Finally glue on the feet to the mat by arranging the feet on the mat and then gluing them in place.

I have also included the words “Jesus Heals” in case you would like to add it to the mat.

Blind Man Healed Mask

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This craft will help your kiddos remember the story of Jesus healing a blind man. On one side of the mask you have a sad face with bandages on his eyes. This side symbolizes the blind man before he was healed. And on the other side you have a happy face with a big smile who has now been healed by the miraculous power of Christ.

Blind Man Healed 1             Blind Man Healed 2

Instructions

  1. Print and color the templates. (Template)
  2. Cut out both faces and the bandages. Each child will need two  bandages.
  3. Glue each face onto a piece of construction paper. Both pieces of  construction paper should be the same color.
  4. Cut out the faces again, leaving a small border of construction paper.
  5. Grab the happy face and place it facing down. Glue on a large popsicle stick for a handle.
  6. While this is drying glue on the bandages to the eyes of the sad face.
  7. Finally glue the sad face to the back of the happy face. The popsicle stick will be sandwiched in between both faces.

Gospel Cross

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This craft makes use of colors to help children understand the gospel message. The color association makes it easy for children to remember each part of the gospel.

Brown– God As The Creator
Yellow– God Is Holy
Black– Our Sin, Total Depravity, Fallen Nature
Red– Blood Of Jesus, His Perfect Sacrifice, Substitutionary Death
White– Repentance
Blue– Faith
Green– New Life, New Creation

Gospel Cross

 

Instructions

  1. Print out, onto a page of light gray cardstock, the cross template. (Template)
  2. Cut it out.
  3. Print pages three to nine onto colored construction paper or cardstock. (Each page is labeled according to color.) Or if you choose you can print out the pages on white paper and your kids can color them in by hand.
  4. Using paper clips place each square on the cross in place. (The paper clips will hold each square in place so you are left with the correct  spacing.)
  5. Glue each square in its place, one at a time.

Cross Number Game

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Cross Number Game This is a quick but fun game to play with your kiddos.

Print out the sheet and give one to each of your kids. (Template) In order to play this game you will also need a single dice. You can be creative and use a jumbo foam  dice.

Each child will take a turn rolling the dice. Whatever number the dice lands on, the child that rolled the dice has to color in that number on their sheet (just one number not all three of the same number).

If they land on a number that all three spots have been colored in the next player will take his turn.

The winner of the game is the child that can color in all of their cross first.

Cross Number Game 1 Everyone has a couple of wild dice throwers in their family or class. Every time they throw the dice it seams to land all over the place, except the board. I found this trick on Pinterest a little while ago. Just take any small container (I am using an empty Gerber baby food container), and place your dice inside.

This way no matter how hard they roll the dice, the dice stay in place. This trick is great to use with board games that include many small pieces like Monopoly and Risk. How many of us have not had a friend or family member roll the dice and accidentally scatter all the little houses around. Use this trick and save yourself the headache. 🙂

The Lords Supper

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A cute way to remember the sacrifice of Christ on the cross and the significance of the Lords Supper.

“For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

The Lords Supper

Instructions

  1. Print the templates onto cardstock. (Template)
  2. Color the templates.
  3. Cut out the templates.
  4. Take the table template and fold along the dotted lines. Add glue to the side tabs and form the table.
  5. Next glue the disciples on the bench to one side of the table.
  6. On the other side of the table glue on the group with two disciples to the right of the table.
  7. Then glue on the Jesus group to the left of the two disciples you previously glued on.
  8. Finally glue on the last disciple holding the bowl of soup.

Seek Ye First

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Worrying about our needs is not trusting God. We want our kiddos to not worry about their needs, but rather trust God to take care of them.

Make sure you clarify to the kiddos what those needs are. You find them in the context of the passage. “…as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on.” Matthew 6:25 We don’t want our kids going home thinking God promises to get them a new Xbox 🙂

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “ Matthew 6:33

Seek Ye First

Instructions

  1. Paint a paper plate blue.
  2. Print out the templates. (Template)
  3. Trace the templates onto construction paper.
  4. Glue on the nest to the paper plate.
  5. Then decorate the nest with strips of construction paper, hay, craft feathers, small leaves, or string.
  6. Next glue on the eggs. As many as you choose.
  7. Assemble the bird and then glue it on the nest.
  8. Finally glue on the branch to the paper plate.

If the kiddos choose to they can add paper flowers, leaves, or even tissue paper onto the tree branch.

Miraculous Catch Of Fish

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Peter and his friends were experienced fishermen; they knew what they were doing. They had fished all night without catching a single fish. So when Jesus told him to row to a deeper part of the lake and lower his net it took a lot of trust from Peter. The trust and faith he had for Jesus led him to obey and this is what we want our kiddos to learn. Trusting in the word of God leads to obedience.

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Instructions

  1. Print out the disciples in the boat page. (Template)
  2. Color the main image.
  3. Color and cut out the fish templates.
  4. Glue the fish onto the main image. Use as many fish as you like.
  5. Cut a sheet of white, brown or gray construction paper into thin strips. The thickness depends on the age of the children that will be making the craft. Younger kids will need thicker strips and older kids can use really thin ones.
  6.  Glue the strips onto the main page, one at a time, in a crisscross pattern to make the net.