This craft can be used to illustrate different characteristics of the church.
The church, those that have been saved repentance and by faith in Christ, is the body of Christ.
- “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
The one and only head of the church is Christ.
- “He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.” Colossians 1:18
Believers are baptized by the Spirit into the body of Christ.
- “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:13
The unity, love and humility that must exist within the church.
- “so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.” 1 Corinthians 12:25-26
Every believer is spiritually equal before God.
- “For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Romans 12:4-5
As members of the body of Christ, we must use our gifts to serve one another.
- “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.” Romans 12:6-8
- Print the template on cardstock. (Template)
- Color and cut out all of the pieces.
- Connect the arms and legs to the main body piece using metal brads/ paper fasteners.
- Glue the church image to the body and the cross image to the head.
“With all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2
Love is central in our relationship with God and in our relationship with others.
Our kids need to understand the importance of selfless and sacrificial love. Not in what the world says is love, but in true biblical love.
- Print the template, either on white paper or colored construction paper. (Template)
- Cut out all of the pieces.
- From a black sheet of construction paper cut out small black circles.
- Glue the small circles onto the heart.
Simple Version: Glue the heart onto body. Finally glue the leaf onto the heart.
Older Version: Fold and cut the heart in half. Puncture a paper fastener/metal brad to hold the heart pieces in place. Finally glue the leaf onto one of the heart pieces.
In this Bible story we see Christ humble Himself and give us a perfect example of how we should humble ourselves and serve others. At the same time the washing of the disciples feet reminds us of our need for our sins to be washed away by Christ.
What better way to make sure your kids remember this story then by having them make their very own soap.
Every time they wash up they will be reminded of Christ’s act of humility and the need to have their sins forgiven.
Snow Soap– (Quickest; Ideal For Young Children)
- 1 Ivory Bar, One Bar Will Be Enough For Two To Three Kids
- Small Plastic Containers
- Cut a fresh Ivory bar into two to three pieces.
- Place the pieces of soap onto a microwavable plate.
- Heat the soap for 1 to 1.5 minutes. (The water molecules in the soap will begin to heat up and the soap will begin to inflate.)
- Allow the inflated soap to cool.
- Divide the inflated soap between the two to three kids.
- Have them crumble the inflated soap and place the pieces/powder into a small plastic container.
Your kids can place the container next to their sink at home.
Melt And Pour Soap– (Not Too Difficult; Requires One Day To Make)
- Melt And Pour Base, Can Be Purchased On Amazon Or Craft Stores
- Colorants (Colored Mica Powder Or Iron Oxides; Make Sure They Are Skin Safe) Or Look Up Natural Soap Colorants
- Additives (Oatmeal, Poppy Seeds, Dried Flower Petals, French Clay, Vitamin E Oil, Essential Oils, Fragrance Oils, Body Glitter)
- Small Plastic Containers Or Silicone Molds (Silicone Works Best)
- Rubbing Alcohol, In A Small Spray Bottle
- Plastic Spoons
- Plastic Bowls
- Melt the melt and pour base in a microwavable container in 30 second burst until completely melted.
- Divide the melt and pour base between your kids into small plastic bowls, just enough to fill in their small plastic containers or silicone molds.
- Allow your kids to add a colorant and additives to their melt and pour base. Be careful with the additives and colorants, a little goes a long way. (If the soap starts to thicken before you are finished mixing in the colorants and additives, heat the soap base in the microwave for another 30 seconds.)
- Pour each child’s finished melt and pour base into their individual small plastic container or silicone mold.
- Spray a couple of squirts of rubbing alcohol on the top of the soap in order to pop all of the bubbles that have formed on the top of the soap.
- Allow the soap to harden completely. This can take anywhere from 20-40 minutes depending on the brand of melt and pour base that you have purchased.
Liquid Hand Soap– (Not Too Difficult; Requires Two Days To Make)
- 3 Cups Water, Distilled If Possible
- 2 Tablespoons Grated Fels-Naptha Soap or Any Other Hard Bar Soap, Soap With Added Moisturizes And Cream Like Dove Will Not Work
- 1/4 Teaspoon Washing Soda
- 1 Teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin
- Colorants (Colored Mica Powder Or Iron Oxides)
- 20 To 50 Drops Essential Oils (Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lavender Or Tea Tree All Have Anti Fungal, Anti Bacterial Or Anti Viral Properties)
- Plastic Bowls
- Plastic Spoons
- Travel Size Shampoo Bottles
- Combine the water, grated soap, and washing soda in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Heat until all of the ingredients have dissolved.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and add in the glycerin and essential oils.
- Pour the liquid soap into a container or bowl, allow it to sit at room temperature for 6 to 12 hours or overnight. (Up to this point, you can do this at home and then let your kids finish the project in class. This way it will become a one day project.)
- After the liquid soap has had time to rest mix up the mixture using a whisk, a blender, an emulsion blender or have some fun and use your hands.
- Divide the liquid soap between your kids into small plastic bowls, just enough to fill in their travel size shampoo bottle.
- Allow your kids to add a colorant (a pinch should be enough) and their choice of essential oil.
- Pour the finished liquid soap into their travel size shampoo bottles.
You can have your kids design their own labels to stick onto their shampoo bottles.