Zacchaeus was rejected by the people around him. But Jesus didn’t reject Zacchaeus. Jesus was full of compassion. This craft helps the kiddos remember that Jesus came to seek and save those that were lost. Jesus offers salvation to everyone who comes to Him in repentance and faith. Jesus will not reject anyone who truly repents of their sins and places their faith in Him.
“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.” John 6:37
You can also use green leaves made out of construction paper.
For the story of the burning bush you can glue red, yellow and orange tissue paper.
- Print the templates. (Zacchaeus)
- Color the tree outline and Zacchaeus.
- Cut out Zacchaeus.
- Have the kids dip the tip of their finger into green paint. They can then, randomly paint the leaves on the tree. They can be creative by using different shades of green.
- Glue Zacchaeus next to the tree. Using the same brown crayon, color pencil or marker you used to color the tree, draw a branch for Zacchaeus to hold on to.
- Using green paint, paint the grass under the tree.
Jesus did many miracles while on earth. One that is generally not talked a lot about was telling Peter to open a fish’s mouth and having him find a coin inside. This would be a great story to do for your children’s ministry.
- Print out the template. (Template)
- Color in the coin.
- Cut out a triangular shape from a paper plate. The triangular piece will be used as the fin.
- Cut out the scale, the coin and the eye.
- Use the scale as a template and trace it onto different colored construction paper.
- Cut out the scales from the construction paper.
- Glue the scales onto the fish in a random or specific order. Use your imagination; you can get amazing color combinations.
- Glue scales onto the fin in the same order as the body of the fish.
- Cut off any excess scales from the rim of the paper plate and fin.
- Glue the fin to the body.
- Finally glue the eye and the gold coin to the fish.
Jesus feeds 5,000 is also referred to as the fishes and loaves miracle. This is a quick and easy craft so the kiddos will remember your Bible lesson.
- Print the template. (Template)
- Color and cut out each piece.
- Glue the fish and loves behind the basket in a random order.
- Glue the whole thing onto a piece of construction paper or cardstock.
- Cut out the whole figure.
- Your kids can write the memory verse on the back.
If you decide to use the small template, after the kids have finished it you can glue a magnet to the back and they can place it on their fridge.
This craft can be done for different bible stories and adapted for each one. It is very versatile. It can be used for:
- Teaching children the story of Noah. (Genesis 6-9) You can add a branch to the birds mouth for this story.
- Teaching children when Jesus was baptized. (Matthew 3)
- Or you can teach about who the Holy Spirit is.
If you have any other ideas about what other bible stories this craft can be applied to I would love to read them in the comments section.
- Print out the templates. (Template)
- Cut out the body, the wings and the feathers.
- Snip each individual feather around the border of the feather. (For a nice effect, before snipping the feathers, crumble them up, then snip each individual feather around the border).
- Then glue the feathers onto each wing. (Eight on the bottom and six on the top).
- Glue the wings to the body.
- Finally color in the beak. If the child chooses he can draw on the feet.
Mary and Martha went through the lose of their brother. But Jesus used this opportunity so that the faith of His disciples and Mary and Martha could be strengthened. So that they could see who Jesus truly was and so that He and the Father would be glorified. Their suffering was necessary so that they could learn that they could completely trust in Jesus.
God allows suffering in our life too. But He does this so we can learn to depend on Him; to put our faith and trust in Him. We should also learn to be thankful for these hard situations because many times this is when we learn and grow.
“For if He causes grief, then He will have compassion according to His abundant loving-kindness. For He does not afflict willingly or grieve the sons of men.” Lamentations 3:32-33
- Print out the templates. (Template)
- Cut out the body figure.
- Glue strips of napkin or paper towel pieces to the figure, until completely covered at different angles.
- When dry cut of any excess napkin or paper towel.
- Color the main image.
- Glue on the finished figure to the main image.
God promises that His children will bear fruit.
“My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. John 15:8
For the story of I Am The Vine you might also enjoy our The Twelve Spies Bookmark (The template includes an I Am The Vine version).
- Print the templates. (Template)
- Color the vine and the Fruit of the Spirit.
- Cut out The Fruit of the Spirit.
- Lay the fruit on the vine.
- Glue the fruit in place on the vine.
Remind the children: Jesus is the vine, His followers are the branches, they will have the Fruit of the Spirit, which produce good works.