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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.
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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.

Feeding The 5,000

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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.

Feeding 5000

Instructions

  1. Print the template. (Template)
  2. Color and cut out each piece.
  3. Glue the fish and loves behind the basket in a random order.
  4. Glue the whole thing onto a piece of construction paper or cardstock.
  5. Cut out the whole figure.
  6. 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.

Noahs Ark

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Noah’s ark is a favorite Bible story for many children, and this easy paper plate craft is a great way for kids to make a fun take home reminder of the lesson.

Noahs Ark

Instructions

  1. Print the template. (Template)
  2. Paint a paper plate blue.
  3. Color then cut out the rainbow and the ark. (I recommend you use crayons or color pencils. As you can see I used markers and the browns and black are really dark, especially on the  animals.)
  4. Glue the ark onto the plate.
  5. Finally glue the rainbow onto the plate. If you choose not to use the rainbow, you can paint a rainbow across the top edge of the plate instead.

White Dove

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Dove

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.

Instructions

  1. Print out the templates. (Template)
  2. Cut out the body, the wings and the feathers.
  3. 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).
  4. Then glue the feathers onto each wing. (Eight on the bottom and six on the top).
  5. Glue the wings to the body.
  6. Finally color in the beak. If the child chooses he can draw on the feet.

King Nebuchadnezzar’s Gold Statue

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Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were remembering the promises of God. They were trusting in God. They believed that God was able to keep them from harm and deliver them from the evil intended against them. They were trusting in God; not in their cleverness or in their strength. They did not back down or worship the idol; they did not lie and say that they had served Nebuchadnezzar’s gods. They stood their ground and trusted God. God delivered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from their troubles. God will keep His children from harm.

“The LORD will protect you and keep you safe from all dangers. The LORD will protect you now and always wherever you go.” Psalm 121:7-8

Gold Statue

Instructions

  1. Print out the templates. (Template)
  2. Color the flames, the main picture with the furnace and the half circle.
  3. Cut out the flames and half circle.
  4. Glue the flames onto the half circle, then cut the half circle in half.
  5. Fold and crease each piece of the half circle to form a hinge.
  6. Glue each piece of the half circle to the main picture with the furnace.

Lazarus Raised From The Dead

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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

Lazarus

Instructions

  1. Print out the templates. (Template)
  2. Cut out the body figure.
  3. Glue strips of napkin or paper towel pieces to the figure, until completely covered at different angles.
  4. When dry cut of any excess napkin or paper towel.
  5. Color the main image.
  6. Glue on the finished figure to the main image.

Moses Birth

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Although Pharaoh had plans for evil for Moses, God had plans for good for Moses. Everyday God brings good into the lives of His children.

Your kids will love making this cute baby Moses craft.

 “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Moses Birth

Instructions

  1. Print the templates. You will have two pages in total. One page will include baby Moses, the grasses and the reeds. On the other page one side will have the circle and on the other side of the paper you will print the basket design. (Template)
  2. Color the basket design, baby Moses, the reeds and grasses.
  3. Cut out the circle, baby Moses, the reeds and grasses.
  4. Take the circle and cut on the four dotted lines.
  5. Still with on the circle, fold the solid lines to make creases.
  6. Add glue one at a time to each corner of the circle to form the basket shape.
  7. Glue baby Moses on the inside of the basket facing forward.  Then the grasses and reeds facing forward.