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.
- Print out the big heart onto a piece of cardstock. (Template)
- 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.
- Cut around the heart cutting off any overhanging strips.
- Next print out the smaller heart.
- Color in the little hearts around the rim of the heart. You can color in the inner heart if you choose.
- Glue the smaller heart onto the large heart.
- With glitter glue fill in the white border around the heart.
“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.
- Print the template on cardstock. (Template)
- Color and cut out all of the pieces..
- Glue the three large rectangular pieces together from biggest to smallest.
- Then glue on the Bible verse piece.
- 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.
- Print out the template. (Template)
- Color everything.
- At this point if you choose you can paint the paper plate.
- First glue the banner onto the paper plate.
- Then the house and finally the bush.
- Cut out the center circle of the plate cutting around the house.
- Then fold the plate in half to form the stand.
The kiddos will love creating this colorful mosaic craft! Perfect for Easter or whenever you study the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.
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.
- Print the templates onto pieces of card stock. (Template)
- Cut out the main cross and each piece of the pattern.
- Using the pieces you just cut out, trace them on different pieces of colored construction paper.
- Cut them out.
- Glue the pieces of construction paper onto the main cross.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 3 Tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 2 cups water
- food coloring
- Combine the ingredients, minus the food coloring, in a small saucepan and warm until the mixture thickens.
- 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.
- Pour the mixture into airtight small containers (empty glass baby food jars are great for this).
- Add a few drops of food coloring to each container until you get your desired color.
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.
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.
- Print the template on cardstock. (Template)
- Color and cut all three pieces.
- Glue the target onto the face piece.
- Finally glue the smallest piece on top of the target piece.
Optional: Laminate the target using self laminating sheets or contact paper.
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.
God gave Joseph amazing dreams, but time and time again Joseph goes through many difficulties and tribulations. During this difficult time he never gets angry at God or shows any resentment towards Him. Joseph completely trusted God because he knew that God never abandoned Him. One day God gives Pharaoh two strange dreams that no one seems to be able to interpret. Luckily for the Pharaoh there is one man in prison who can give him the meaning behind his dreams. A God fearing man who would rise to become second in command over Egypt and be used by God to save the nation of Israel.
- Print the template. (Template)
- Color and cut out each piece. Make sure to leave the blank rectangle attached on the nose.
- Glue the body of the cow onto a piece of cardstock or construction paper.
- Next glue on the head to the body on the same piece of construction paper.
- Cut out the figure.
- Fold the blank rectangle on the nose back and then glue the nose to the head of the cow. The top ridge of the nose will align with the 4 dash lines on the cows head.
- Glue the cow foot to a popsicle stick and allow it to dry.
- Make a small cut with scissors or a knife on the tongue, just big enough for the popsicle stick to be able to go through it.
- Stick the popsicle stick inside through the slit.
From the back of the cows head the children will be able to move the popsicle stick up and down, back and forth. This will make it appear as though the leg is moving inside the mouth.