Paint projects seem to end up the same way with young children, their faces and arms covered in paint. It becomes a full body experience.
Worse of all most store bought face paint contain lead and other dangerous toxic chemicals. This simple recipe will give you peace of mind that your kids can still have fun painting tiger faces and flowers, and will not be putting toxic chemicals on themselves.
Mix a full array of colors in an empty ice tray container and have an afternoon full of fun!
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon facial or body lotion
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon water
- Food coloring, a couple of drops
- Combine all the ingredients, except the food coloring in a small bowl. Start with 1/2 teaspoon of water and increase by 1/4 teaspoons until you get your desired consistency.
- Pour your mixture into one or two cubes of an empty ice tray. Depending on how many colors you want you will have to triple or quadruple the recipe.
- Finally add a few drops of different food coloring combinations to each cube. Mix with a small toothpick until fully blended.
Kids will love making this grasshopper craft. This craft is very versatile and can be used for different Bible stories. It can be used for teaching the story of:
- The twelve spies.
- The ten plagues of Egypt.
- John the Baptist.
- Print the template onto a sheet of cardstock. (Template)
- Cut out all of the pieces leaving a border of cardstock around each piece.
- Glue the pieces onto a sheet of black construction paper.
- Cut out all of the pieces.
- Glue each wing to the back of the grasshopper pieces.
- Take the rectangle piece and fold along both solid lines, making two creases.
- Add glue to one side of the rectangle piece and stick it on one of the grasshopper pieces, right between the thorax and the abdomen.
- Do the same thing with the other piece of grasshopper, making sure to line up both grasshopper pieces. The legs will now be able to hold up the entire grasshopper.
“As they were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven.” 2 Kings 2:11
I had a lot of fun coming up with this craft. It took quite a few tries to finally get the size of the chariot and flaming horse just right. I’m sure your kids will love making it. This craft is a great reminder of the story of Elijah being taken up to heaven in a flaming chariot.
Scripture mentions flaming horses, not just a horse, so if you like you can print an extra horse for every child.
You can also make the reins out of colored ribbon or yarn.
- Print the templates. This craft needs to be printed on cardstock. You can print it on regular paper, but you will then have to glue it onto construction paper. (Template)
- Color in all of the images.
- Cut out all of the pieces, including the spaces between the spokes of the wheel.
- For the flaming horse, after it is cut out, bend the solid lines making creases.
- Finish the horse by coloring in the blank flame on the horses mane. If you will be making two horses repeat steps 3-5 for the second horse.
- For the chariot bend the tabs on the platform of the chariot.
- Glue the platform to the main piece of the chariot (the curved rectangular piece). Start with the large back tabs. Then the smaller ones in front.
- Glue the flames to each side of the chariot.
- Glue on the small rectangular piece towards the bottom front of the chariot. Folding on the solid line and adding glue to the part marked with an x.
- Finally glue on the wheels to each side of the chariot.
Lots wife not only was warned of the coming destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, but was provided with a way of escape for herself and her family. She was given very simple instructions, do not turn around and look at the city. Instead of fleeing for her life she turned around because her heart was set on the sinful city and as a consequence of her disobedience she turned into a pillar of salt.
Instead of setting our minds and hearts on the things of this world we should set them on God.
“18 For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Philippians 3:18-20
“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2
- Print the templates. (Template)
- Color in the main image.
- Cut out the pillar figure.
- Glue the figure onto the main image.
- Brush glue onto the pillar figure then sprinkle on table salt.
- Allow the figure to slightly dry then tap excess salt off.
Our kids are growing up in a world that is obsessed with outwardly appearances. They are made to feel like they won’t fit in if they don’t have the same clothes as all of their friends. Even adults are bombarded with commercials telling them they need this or that to make themselves more attractive and happier.
But what does God look at? What does He care about?
God looks at our hearts. “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
Since God looks at our hearts, shouldn’t we be more concerned with our souls than our bodies? This is what we want our kids to learn. “Look deep into my heart, God, and find out everything I am thinking. Don’t let me follow evil ways, but lead me in the way that time has proven true.” Psalm 139:23-24
- Print the templates. (Template)
- Color and cut out the magnifying glasses.
- Glue the magnifying glass pieces to cardstock for strength.
- Cut out the magnifying glass from the cardstock.
- Cut out the heart and circle template.
- Glue the handles of the magnifying glasses together. Not the rim around the “glass.”
- Trace the heart onto a sheet of red construction paper and cut it out.
- Trace the circle twice onto contact paper.
- Cut out the circles.
- Take the back off of one of the circles and in the center of the circle place the heart.
- Remove the back of the other circle and place it on top of the heart/circle. This makes the “glass” of the magnifying glass.
- Place the “glass” in between the rims of the magnifying glass templates, centering it.
- Add glue to the templates to hold the “glass” in place.
Some people are like wolves who pretend to be sheep. They act and dress like the sheep, only to destroy the lambs once they are among them. We should teach our kids that the Bible tells us how we can figure out which sheep are true sheep, and which are wolves. This emphasizes the importance of reading and knowing Scripture.
- Print the template. (Template)
- Color the mask.
- Cut it out.
- Glue the mask onto a piece of cardstock.
- Cut out the mask again, including the eyes.
- Glue a large popsicle stick to the bottom of the mask.
This craft will remind your kids that they can share the messages of the Gospel with all of their friends. They can learn to spread the message of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for the atonement of our sins.
“Then he told them: Go and preach the good news to everyone in the world.” Mark 16:15
- Print the templates. You will need an 8.5″ x 14″ or “Legal” sheet of paper. (Template)
- Cut out the templates.
- Cut out the bottom of a 16 oz. paper or styrofoam cup.
- Wrap the template around the paper or styrofoam cup.
- Hold it together with two paper clips and then glue it in place.
- Cut off any excess overhang of the paper wrapped around the cup.
- With a one hole punch, punch two holes on opposite sides of the bottom of the cup.
- Tie a piece of yarn around both holes creating a neck strap.
- Finally decorate the cup. I have included the words “Jesus Saves”. You can also use glitter, stickers or paint. Let your kids use their imagination.
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
This craft can also be used for the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10.
- Print the templates. I have included three different sizes of ears. (Template)
- Color the head and the ears.
- Cut out all of the pieces.
- Glue the long rectangle pieces to each side of the head/hair piece.
- 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.
- Fold back the square on each ear.
- 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.
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)
- Print the template page onto a sheet of cardstock. (Template)
- Color the arms.
- Cut out each piece.
- Glue the arms to the body of the sheep.
- Assemble the head by first gluing on the ears and then the top wool.
- Glue the head onto the body of the sheep.
- 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 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
- Print and color the templates. (Template)
- Cut out all the pieces.
- Glue the feet, wings and comb to the body of the rooster.
- Finally glue four feathers to each side of the rooster.
You can also use large craft feathers in place of the paper feathers.