Thank You Hide Away Cards

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We should be thanking our mothers every day for all the hard work they do. And this craft is just that, a little extra dose of thank you.

The name of this craft includes the name Hide Away because once the kiddos finish making them and writing a little note of appreciation on the back, they can hide them around their house.

They can put one in the medicine cabinet, pin it to the fridge, they can place it in their moms briefcase or even in the vanity mirror in the car. This way every time mom finds one she can read a sweet reminder of how much they love her or a fond memory of time spent together and she will realize how special she is to those around her on her special day.

Hide Away

Instructions

  1. Print out the border template and the thank you rectangles template onto colored card stock. (Template)
  2. Cut them out.
  3. Print the three designs pages. Let your kids pick and choose which ones they want to use.
  4. Color the design rectangles and then cut them out.
  5. Glue the design rectangles to the back of the thank you rectangles.
  6. Then glue the borders 0nto the design rectangles.

Your kids can then take them home and hide their thank you cards around the house.

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Jacobs Hairy Arms

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Rather than wait for God to work for Jacob, Rebekah took things into her own hands. Rebekah convinced Jacob to trick Isaac and steal the blessing. As a result Esau became very angry at Jacob and vowed to kill him. Jacob had to leave his home and family.

When we are waiting for God to act in a situation there are two ways in which we can respond. We can trust God and know that He is working for us or we can become impatient and act on our own. And as we can see from this story in the Bible the results are not good.

This is the lesson we want our kiddos to go home with. That in hard and difficult situations, even if we can not see God acting on our behalf, we still need to place our faith in Him and trust that He is working for us.

“The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness…” 2 Peter 3:9

This craft will remind the kiddos of how Jacob and Rebekah both took matters into their own hand instead of trusting in the timing of God.

Hairy Arms 1
Hairy Arms 2
Instructions
  1. Print the template. (Template)
  2. Trace them onto a foam sheet. The color of the foam sheet does not matter as it will be covered with cotton balls.
  3. Cut out both shapes from the foam sheet.
  4. Using a glue gun, glue two pipe cleaners/chenille stems to each foam shape. One near the narrow edge and one towards the wider edge. Again do this for both foam shapes.
  5. Glue cotton balls to the foam shapes using regular glue. Cover completely. Slightly pull apart each cotton ball before placing it on the foam sheet. This way you will need less of them.
  6. At this point if your kids want to, they can use a marker to color the cotton balls. Recommended colors: grey, black, brown, or yellow.

Pharaohs Head Dress

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Pharaohs Headdress

This craft can be done for different Bible stories and adapted for each one. It is very versatile. It can be used for:

  •  Abraham’s move to Egypt and his deception towards the pharaoh.
  •  Joseph becomes second in command over Egypt.
  •  God freeing His people through Moses.

Instructions

  1. Print the templates. (Template)
  2. Color them and cut everything out.
  3. Glue all the pieces onto construction paper, for strength.
  4. Cut the template out of the construction paper.
  5. Align the side pieces to the main piece and glue in place.
  6. Glue on the extensions that will go around the child’s head.
  7. After it has slightly dried, wrap the extensions around the child’s head, getting the correct fit.
  8. Use a couple of paper clips or a piece of tape to hold the shape. Then add glue to set it in place.

Mommy Has My Heart

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Mothers Day. The day we celebrate how special our mothers are and thank them for the blessing that they are in our lives.

As I was coming up with craft ideas for mothers day I resorted first to cards. I can think back to my elementary school years and remember making dozens and dozens of cards. I’m sure you can do the same. Nothing compared to the feeling of working hard (or what seemed like hard work as a child 🙂 ) to create something beautiful and then rushing home to proudly give it to mom.

A couple of days ago I was reading a blog post and came upon the line mommy has my heart. Putting two and two together I came up with this cute heart shaped mothers day card. The kiddos will enjoy making this for their moms, grandmas or for any other mom in their lives they would like to show their love towards.

Mommy Has My Heart

Instructions

  1. Print out the big heart onto a piece of cardstock. (Template)
  2. Cut strips of different widths (preferably red and pink, but you can mix things up) and glue them onto the heart at a slight angle.
  3. Cut around the heart cutting off any overhanging strips.
  4. Next print out the smaller heart.
  5. Color in the little hearts around the rim of the heart. You can color in the inner heart if you choose.
  6. Glue the smaller heart onto the large heart.
  7. With glitter glue fill in the white border around the heart.

We Will Serve The Lord Two Ways

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“As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15

This Bible verse has been memorized at some point in every children’s ministry. This is a great attitude to teach our kiddos and these crafts will be a constant reminder of this.

We Will Serve The Lord Door Hanger

This first craft is a simple hanging sign. After the children finish it they can place it on their bedroom door, on their bed post or even hang off the car rear view mirror.

We Will Serve The Lord Door Hanger

Instructions

  1. Print the template on cardstock. (Template)
  2. Color and cut out all of the pieces..
  3. Glue the three large rectangular pieces together from biggest to smallest.
  4. Then glue on the Bible verse piece.
  5. Lastly cut out the space to be able to slip it onto the door knob.

If your kids like they can then add stickers, jewels, or draw on designs. Let them use their imagination.

We Will Serve The Lord Table Top 

I found this version online and immediately fell in love with it. Sadly no template was available. So I decided to come up with my own. Place this finished craft on your mantle or table.

We Will Serve The Lord Table

Instructions

  1. Print out the template. (Template)
  2. Color everything.
  3. At this point if you choose you can paint the paper plate.
  4. First glue the banner onto the paper plate.
  5. Then the house and finally the bush.
  6. Cut out the center circle of the plate cutting around the house.
  7. Then fold the plate in half to form the stand.

Mosaic Cross

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The kiddos will love creating this colorful mosaic craft! Perfect for Easter or whenever you study the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

Mosaic Cross

Extra Ideas

You can also cut out the pattern cross intact (in the shape of a cross). Glue it onto the main cross and then fill in the spaces in between using glue and glitter.

Instructions

  1. Print the templates onto pieces of card stock. (Template)
  2. Cut out the main cross and each piece of the pattern.
  3. Using the pieces you just cut out, trace them on different pieces of colored construction paper.
  4. Cut them out.
  5. Glue the pieces of construction paper onto the main cross.

Zacchaeus

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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

Zacchaeus

Added Suggestions

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.

Instructions

  1. Print the templates. (Zacchaeus)
  2. Color the tree outline and Zacchaeus.
  3. Cut out Zacchaeus.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Using green paint, paint the grass under the tree.

Ezekiel Preaches To The Dry Bones Sandbox Treasure Hunt

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Kids love sticking their hands in the sandbox on a warm day. As a kid that was the first thing I did when we would go to the park.  This simple activity helps reinforce the story of Ezekiel and it will only cost a couple of bucks to do this. Plus it offers countless hours of fun.

Buy a bag or two of plastic bones. You can get then all the same size or mix and match.

Bones

Bury the plastic bones in a sandbox in different depths. You can provide your kiddos with shovels, brushes or they can dig right in and use their hands. Remember to count how many you buried so you know if your kids have dug them all up.

This activity can also be adapted for any bible lesson. Just buy plastic toys in the shapes and sizes you will need for your lesson.

Sandbox

Homemade Finger Paints

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Buying finger paints at the store can get really expensive. They run out as soon as you buy them and worse of all you would not want your kiddos sticking their fingers in their mouths.

By no means is this recipe being promoted as edible, but you will not have to worry about your kids eating strange chemicals. So grab a piece of paper and a couple of little hands and have fun.

Hand Paint

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups water
  • food coloring

Instructions

  1. Combine the ingredients, minus the food coloring, in a small saucepan and warm until the mixture thickens.
  2. Let it completely cool. If the paint comes out too thick thin it out with a little bit of water, until you get your desired consistency.
  3. Pour the mixture into airtight small containers (empty glass baby food jars are great for this).
  4. Add a few drops of  food coloring to each container until you get your desired color.

Goliath BullsEye Target

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David and Goliath is the story of a young boy named David who wins a battle against a giant named Goliath through the power and dependence on God. Goliath is very intimidating and none of the Israeli trained soldiers dare to challenge him. Yet with God’s help David is able to take him on armed only with a slingshot and stone, without even wearing any armor to protect him. This game helps illustrate this famous story and can help teach children to allow God to fight their battles for them and to have faith in the strength of God, even against great odds.

Goliaths Bullseye Target

You can use a variety of items when you play this game to try and land them on the target. A few ideas: small/aquarium sized stones, gray clay dried out to resemble stones, small bean bags, crumpled pieces of gray construction paper. If you  laminate the target you can flick dimes as if you were playing shuffleboard.  And for your older kids, if you trust them enough :), you can enlarge it and pin it behind a cork board. They can then try to hit the target using darts.

Instructions

  1. Print the template on cardstock. (Template)
  2. Color and cut all three pieces.
  3. Glue the target onto the face piece.
  4. Finally glue the smallest piece on top of the target piece.

Optional: Laminate the target using self laminating sheets or contact paper.