Israel

The Lord Is My Shepherd

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This psalm is probably the best known passage of the Old Testament. It is a testimony by David to the God’s faithfulness throughout his life. This psalm serves as a reminder to our kids that God watches over us and takes care of us.

“1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. 3 He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23

The Lord Is My Shepherd 1

The Lord Is My Shepherd 2

Instructions

  1. Print the template on card stock. (Template)
  2. Color and cut out all of the pieces.
  3. Assemble The Body: Fold on the solid and dashed lines. Glue the hinges to the sides of the legs. Slit both of the solid lines on the back of the sheep.
  4. Assemble The Head: Fold on the solid lines. Add glue to the underside of the middle square and fold the head back gluing it in place.
  5. Finally place the tail part of the head piece through the first slit of the back of the sheep and bring it up through the second slit.

This craft can also be used for other Bible stories.

  • Cain and Abel’s offerings to God. (Genesis 4)
  • Jesus as the Good Shepherd. (John 10:1-17)
  • Jesus as The Lamb of God. (John 1:29-35)
  • Jesus sacrificial death. (Isaiah 53)
  • The shepherds visiting Christ on the night of His birth. (Luke 2:7-20)
  • Israel’s practice of burnt offerings.
  • The Passover. (Exodus 12)
  • The story of David. (1 Samuel 17)
  • False teachers as wolves in sheep’s clothing. (Matthew 7:15-20)
  • The final judgement. (Matthew 25:32-33)

Golden Calf Idol

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“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me.” Exodus 20:2-5

The Israelites were given a clear and simple commandment, but when they were faced with fear and anxiety by the absence of Moses for forty days they rebelled against God. They asked Aaron to make them an image of their supposed god and worshiped it in the most depraved ways.

There is a lot for our kids to learn from this Bible story. God is the only true living God. To worship anyone or anything besides Him is a sin and an open attack against who He is. Our kids should learn that we shouldn’t worship any image, idol or rendering of God because those things are not God. There is no way we can ever fully represent the holiness and awesomeness and perfection of God through an image. We would fail before we even began.

“4 Their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands. 5 They have mouths but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. 6 They have ears but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. 7 They have hands but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk. They cannot make a sound with their throats. 8 Those who make them are just like them, as are all who trust in them.” Psalm 115:4-8

Golden Calf 1

Golden Calf 2

Instructions

  1. Print the templates onto cardstock. (Template)
  2. Color in the templates.
  3. Cut out all of the pieces, including cutting on the dashed lines of each piece.
  4. Glue both neck pieces together to form a single piece. Do the same for the body and the legs.
  5. At this point if you choose you can glitter each individual piece. Allow the pieces to dry.
  6. Attach the pieces together to form the golden calf.

Sheep Puppet

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Sheep Puppet

Kids will love making the sheep puppet and reenacting Bible stories. You can even use the puppet to teach your lesson. This craft is very versatile and can be used for different Bible stories. It can be used for:

  • The story of Cain and Abel’s offerings to God. (Genesis 4)
  • The description of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. (John 10:1-17)
  • The Biblical description of Jesus as The Lamb of God. (John 1:29-35)
  • Jesus sacrificial death. (Isaiah 53)
  • Psalm 23
  • The shepherds visiting Christ on the night of His birth. (Luke 2:7-20)
  • Israel’s practice of burnt offerings.
  • The Passover. (Exodus 12)
  • The story of David. (1 Samuel 17)
  • The description of false teachers and prophets as wolves in sheeps clothing. (Matthew 7:15-20)
  • Teaching about the final judgement. (Matthew 25:32-33)

Instructions

  1. Print the template page onto a sheet of cardstock. (Template)
  2. Color the arms.
  3. Cut out each piece.
  4. Glue the arms to the body of the sheep.
  5. Assemble the head by first gluing on the ears and then the top wool.
  6. Glue the head onto the body of the sheep.
  7. Finally cut out the two ovals to make the finger holes.

You can also glue pieces of cotton balls to the body and head of the sheep.

Crossing The Red Sea

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A great craft to help your kids remember the walls of the Red Sea and how God performed a miracle that allowed His people to cross into safety.

“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided.” Exodus 14:21

Crossing The Red Sea

Instructions

  1. Print and color the templates. (Template)
  2. Cut out the figures and the main background.
  3. Fold the creases on the main background.
  4. Add glue to the two tabs to form the background.
  5. Fold the crease on the base of the figures.
  6. Add glue to the base of the figures and place them on the main background.

In the picture I colored the sand yellow, but your kids can use actual sand to decorate the background.

Pillar Of Fire And Of Cloud

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God never abandoned the Israelites in the dessert and in the same way God does not abandon His children.

Through this story the kiddos will learn that God is always with His children guiding them and protecting them.

Pillars

Instructions

  1. Wrap a toilet paper roll with blue construction paper and a second one with either black or purple construction paper.
  2. On the blue toilet paper, glue on white cotton balls. Different sizes and patterns.
  3. With the black roll, using red, yellow and/or orange tissue  paper, make little bunches and then glue them onto the pillar.

I have included flame templates in case you do not wish to use the tissue paper. (Template)