The armor of God described in the book of Ephesians is a popular theme for Sunday School lessons and Vacation Bible Schools. Kids not only like making the armor, but they enjoy putting it on and playing around with it.
This past week I decided to come up with my own version of the armor of God. For the next six days I will be posting crafts on the complete armor of God. Each day will bring a different part of the armor. I’m sure your kiddos will love them.
“10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11
If you happen to have a Sunday School or Vacation Bible School armor of God theme and you wish to send me pics of your kiddos making or wearing the armor, I’d be glad to put them on my blog.
Peter and his friends were experienced fishermen; they knew what they were doing. They had fished all night without catching a single fish. So when Jesus told him to row to a deeper part of the lake and lower his net it took a lot of trust from Peter. The trust and faith he had for Jesus led him to obey and this is what we want our kiddos to learn. Trusting in the word of God leads to obedience.
- Print out the disciples in the boat page. (Template)
- Color the main image.
- Color and cut out the fish templates.
- Glue the fish onto the main image. Use as many fish as you like.
- Cut a sheet of white, brown or gray construction paper into thin strips. The thickness depends on the age of the children that will be making the craft. Younger kids will need thicker strips and older kids can use really thin ones.
- Glue the strips onto the main page, one at a time, in a crisscross pattern to make the net.
Trust. That is what ten of the spies lacked. They saw with their own eyes that the land was just as God had said it would be. They saw how God protected them and sustained them in the desert. Yet they focused on the difficulties of the situation.
We want our kiddos to be like Caleb. He saw the promise of God before him. He had total trust in God and in His promises. We should teach our kiddos to trust in God, even in the face of difficult obstacles and that is what this craft will remind them of every time they use it.
- Print out the templates onto colored paper or construction paper . (Template)
- Cut out the leaves and the grapes. You will need around 20 grapes.
- Cut out the Trust template.
- Glue the leaves to the Trust template. Then the grapes.
- Cut of any excess grape overhang so that there is a clean edge.
- Glue onto a piece of white card stock.
- Cut it out leaving a small border of cardstock.
- Then glue onto a piece of purple construction paper.
- Finally cut it out again leaving a small border of purple construction paper.
For a variation you could use different shades of purple for the grapes.
I have also included an “I Am The Vine” template as a variation to this craft.
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.
- Print the template. (Template)
- Trace them onto a foam sheet. The color of the foam sheet does not matter as it will be covered with cotton balls.
- Cut out both shapes from the foam sheet.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
- Print out the templates. (Template)
- Color the flames, the main picture with the furnace and the half circle.
- Cut out the flames and half circle.
- Glue the flames onto the half circle, then cut the half circle in half.
- Fold and crease each piece of the half circle to form a hinge.
- Glue each piece of the half circle to the main picture with the furnace.
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
- Print out the templates. (Template)
- Cut out the body figure.
- Glue strips of napkin or paper towel pieces to the figure, until completely covered at different angles.
- When dry cut of any excess napkin or paper towel.
- Color the main image.
- Glue on the finished figure to the main image.