“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.
How many of us would give our children our credit card and send them into a toy store by themselves? I hope not many of you :).
In the last couple of weeks there has been a big uproar over “freemium” apps and in-app purchases. Freemium apps are apps that are free to download but give you the ability to purchase items to help you progress or finish the game faster.
You can find countless stories online of parents receiving their credit card bill and discovering they have been charged hundreds of dollars in in-app purchases.
This post is not about how evil these developers are or how Apple and Google should warn parents and give refunds. It is not about blaming the parent either; although parents should be informed when it comes to giving your child an expensive device that requires a credit card on file.
No, this post is about equipping parents and giving them the tools they need to be informed.
Thankfully it is fairly easy to block in-app purchases. Just follow the simple steps below to put a barrier before unauthorized purchases from your device.
- Start the Settings app from your home screen, and select the General submenu.
- Scroll down and tap on the Restrictions option.
- Enable Restrictions and set an easy for you to remember password, which should, however, not be easy to guess for users of your gear.
- With the password entered twice, go down to the Allowed Content option, and put the In-App Purchases slider in the Off position. This way the phone or tablet will ask for a passcode each time an in-app purchase attempt is detected.
With iOS you can also open a separate account for you child using iTunes gift cards. When the amount on the card is used up the child will not be allowed to download any apps that are not free.
- Start the Google Play Store app from the homescreen.
- Tap on the Menu button and pick Settings.
- Scroll down to the User Controls submenu, and tap on the Set or Change PIN option.
- Choose a PIN that will be easy for you to remember, but hard for the kids to guess, and reenter it after pressing OK..
- Now checkmark the box next to the Use PIN for purchases option, and the phone will ask for the digit code with each in-app purchase try.
For Windows Phone 8
- On Start , tap Kid’s Corner and then tap Next. (You can also get to Kid’s Corner via Settings in the App list.)
- To add content to Kid’s Corner, tap Games, Music, Videos, or Apps, select the items you want to add, and then tap Done
- When you’re finished adding things, tap Next.
- If your phone doesn’t already have a lock screen password, you’ll have a chance to set one now and ensure that your child can’t get to your Start screen from Kid’s Corner. Tap Set password, type your password, and then tap Done.
- Tap Finish to leave setup and open Kid’s Corner.
For Kindle Fire
- To enable Parental Controls, visit Settings (first tap “More” in the menu) on your device and select the “Parental Controls” option.
- On the next screen, select “On” located on the right side. The feature will then ask you to create a Parental Controls password that will be required to purchase any content on your Kindle Fire. Please note that once you select this setting, your password will need to be entered before every purchase.
I urge anyone that lends their smartphone or tablet to their child (or maybe you bought one specifically for them) to take a few minutes to make these changes in order to avoid any headaches down the line.