Bible Crafts For Kids

Written by Shirley Parker
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A great deal of creativity has gone into designing Bible crafts for children. The volunteer teachers, and the parents who assist them, see the excitement in the children's eyes when they successfully complete a craft. An extra glow radiates when they also understand the lesson behind it.

Some talented and gracious individuals have made huge collections of craft ideas available on the Internet, sometimes suggesting a small donation for each use, to keep the collections growing and available. Some ideas are traditional but details are easily forgotten from childhood. Need to remember how to make an Easter cross from a strip of palm frond (or green construction paper)? The directions are on the Web. The best part about weaving anything from palm fronds (including baskets and birds by the talented) is that they last for years, even when faded and somewhat brittle. They become family keepsakes.

At different times, a teacher will need to present the concepts of thankfulness, responsibility, avoiding temptation, kindness, and so forth. Crafts are available for every category. Paying tithing, saving for times of need, and having money to spend on oneself, can be taught through a three-part bank made from washed and dried juice containers, for example.

A Gift to Make for Someone Special

Often the best gifts we give, when possible, are those that will involve our time. Children will need a small, clean mason jar, complete with top. A Bible sticker may be pasted on the lid and a festive bow tied around the jar. Inside the jar are slips of colored paper on which the giver has written the presents he or she will give in the coming year: wash the dishes on Mondays, mow the lawn once a month, read to the recipient three times a week, take the newspaper from the sidewalk to the front porch on cold or wet days. It's a good idea for the giver to keep a copy of the list. However, the teacher should make sure the children are not putting down an unreasonable number of gifts. Guilt over not being able to do them would defeat the purpose of the lesson on giving.

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