The Bible...it is a very important book in many people's lives. Whether you are Jewish or Christian, the bible is the basis of your religion and your beliefs in God. Jewish people study the Old Testament, while Christians study both the Old and New Testament. The bible is just filled to the brim with exciting and adventurous stories so making crafts that are based on these stories is a natural thing to do. As a Sunday School teacher or a mother wanting to teach their kids about religion and the Bible, you are probably here to find some ideas for crafts to help guide your children in the right, moral / ethical direction. Below you will find great Old Testament and New Testament crafts to teach your child about all the stories in the Bible. Have fun.
Select a cardboard box for Noah's Ark, as seen in figure1 . Remove its lid. Cut windows and doors in the Ark. Paste a gabled roof on the lid, as seen in figure 2. This can just be another piece of carboard folded in half. Then fold the bottoms in a bit to glue it to the box's lid. Close ends as seen in figure 3. Do this by tracing the triangle formed with the gabled roof (from fig 2) on another piece of cardboard. Then make tabs all along the edges of the triangle. Then glue it to the inside of the room, as pictured in figure 3. Place roof on the Ark. Cut from thin wood or heavy cardboard a boat-shaped base, as pictured in figure 4. Glue Ark onto the base. Use a small piece of corrugated paper to make the gang plank. Attach a string to the base.
If you have a child who is allergic to peanuts, then use packing peanuts instead of real peanuts. With some pieces of stiff paper, milk bottle tops, toothpicks, and pipe cleaners you can make peanuts look like an elephant, a camel, a kangaroo, a giraffe, or a monkey. To make the camel, select a peanut with a large hump. Cut the head and neck as shown in figure 1. Ink in eyes and mouth. Slide head into a slit made in the peanut. Attach a piece of darning cotton for a tail. Use 3 straight toothpicks or 3 pieces of pipe cleaners for the hind legs and I front leg. Bend another toothpick or pipe cleaner to make the fourth leg. Attached to the peanut, this leg will make the camel appear to be walking. Select a peanut the shape of which most closely resembles the body and head of an elephant. Cut 2 cardboard front legs, then 2 cardboard hind legs, as in figure 2. Then 2 paper ears as seen in figure 3, and a paper trunk as seen in figure 4. Paste ears, trunk and a yarn tail, in their proper positions. Slide legs into slits made in sides of the peanut. Use 2 toothpicks to make the tusks. Now begin making your own patterns for other peanut animals as pictured here.
To make Joseph's Coat of Many Colors, you will need the following materials : a double sheet of newspaper or white wrapping paper the same size, scissors, and crayons, paint, or markers. Start off by folding the paper in half crosswise. On the center of the fold, cut a hole for the neck. Then cut an opening down the front (note sketch above). Allow child to color the coat with many different colors and wear it. (Paper garment bags like those used by cleaning establishments also make good coats if cut down to fit the children.)
There are many times when a string of paper dolls is needed—in making posters, illustrating a Bible verse, teaching a missionary story, etc. Faces may be cut from magazines and pasted on the various dolls, depending on "age." These children (both girls and boys) can be made from colorized sheets of paper—such as red, yellow, tan, brown, black and white—to represent the various races. These can be hinged together for illustrative purposes, such as a missionary poster, handwork, illustrated songs.This is a fun craft to make to show that all children, no matter what race, religion, etc they are, Jesus Loves Them. Fold an 81/2"x11" sheet of paper in half 3 times. Start at fold and cut out, being careful to leave hands on folds so dolls will be joined. For more children...fasten groups of children together with Scotch tape. Children can make these for use with words of song "World Thinking Day", or for Sunday Schools..."Jesus Loves the Little Children.
Here is a great bible craft for younger kids. Collect a few things to make this craft, including a small cardboard box (the size of a matches box), some lightweight cardboard scraps, scissors, crayons or markers, glue, and two pipe cleaners. Firstly, find a 4" lid or bowl and trace out a 4" circle from lightweight cardboard. Cut out this circle and then cut it in half to make the cradle's rockers. You can color in the matches box and circle rockers with crayons, markers or paint right now. Let dry and then glue the rockers to the short ends of the box, as seen in picture a. To make a little baby moses, you will be using 2 pipe cleaners. Look at pictures in illustration b. Bend one of the pipe cleaners to form a loop and then put the 2nd pipe cleaner into the loop and then bring down to look like upside down letter 'U' (for legs). These legs should be the same length. Then just twist them together for the torso and the rest can be turned outwards for legs...as seen in the picture above. Now place the baby in the cradle.
To make this bible story terrarium, you will need a large glass bowl or jar; piece of smooth-edged glass or plastic to cover jar or bowl; enough charcoal pieces to cover bottom of container; enough pebbles to cover charcoal; enough sandy soil to make about 1" covering over pebbles; small plants such as bird's-foot violet, fern, hepatica, lichen, moss, partridgeberry, seedling evergreen, and twinberr. Cover bottom of container with charcoal pieces. Put in a layer of pebbles and then add soil. Dampen soil slightly, then put plants firmly in the soil. Water gently until soil is moist. Cover container with plastic or glass. Water will evaporate and form droplets on glass or plastic. If too much moisture collects on glass, remove top until excess evaporates. No moisture on underside of glass top indicates water is needed. These terrariums make excellent gifts and are useful teaching aids in the various Sunday school departments. If you do not have the plants listed above, use small cacti, succulents, etc. Also, you can add miniature plastic objects for teaching value, such as small boxes for Palestinian houses, animals, etc.
You will need a piece of white paper 24" x 6"; two 8" dowels; and masking tape. If you wish to have a favorite Scripture verse or a psalm on the scroll, do the writing before completing the scroll. Start writing toward the right end of the scroll but make the second column to the left of the first—just backwards from the way we write today. Tape the end of the white paper strip to 1 piece of doweling. Be sure the paper is centered to the sticks. Roll all the paper on the left stick. Scrolls were used long ago instead of books. They were read from right to left. When Jesus lived on earth He used to read the Scriptures from a scroll like this. Jewish people read the torah (a scroll-like biblical book) from left to right as well.
You need the following : several sheets of white paper; 1 pieces of 12" x 9" decorative paper; piece of yarn or ribbon; paper punch; pencil; and paste. Let child fold several sheets of white paper in half cross-wise.Fold decorative paper in half for cover. Place folded white sheets inside decorative paper, punch holes and tie together (sketch c). Child may then illustrate a Bible story with skinny pinny figures (sketches a and b). Discuss scenes to be illustrated and draw one on the board to help child get started. Let child draw a figure on cover of his book to represent himself and then print his name.
This is a Noah's Ark craft. This is for older children because you have to be able to look at the paper diagrams above and fold and cut along the lines in order to construct the Noah's ark. It is a great Sunday School activity but it could also be a great project for a Geometry class to teach the child about shapes. Teach the child about flat paper nets and how flat diagrams when folded can be turned into 3 dimensional objects.
You will need 5 sheets of 9"x12" construction paper in harmonizing colors, paper punch, 1 ribbon 8" long, paste, scissors, 1/2 sheets of red, white, and 1/4 sheet of blue construction paper, and some of Bible pictures corresponding to favorite Bible stories. The teacher should have the rainbow books prepared before class. Stack the paper together, then fan them so that one underlaps the other about one-half inch. Fold near the center so that the rainbow effect is continued at the bottom of the book (sketch a). Punch two holes at the fold of the book and tie with a ribbon. Let the children paste a picture of a boat on the cover. Cut one 4" circle from red and one 4" circle from white construction paper and cut cirdes in half (sketch b). Use red half-circle for bottom of boat and white half-circle for sail. Make waves from blue construction paper (sketch c). Let child select pictures and paste them in the book, one to a page.
Gather the following items to make a fancy bible book cover ... enough felt, or plastic or leather to generously cover a closed Bible plus a 5" strip the height of the Bible, scissors, pencil, ruler, punch, narrow ribbon or plastic lacing, scraps of contrasting material or leather, glue, needle and thread, heavy weight, and paper clips. Firstly, measure your Bible, then cut a cover that will fit all around closed Bible and extend 1/2" on each side. Cut two flaps of the same material about 2 1/2" wide and the same height as the Bible. Plan design for front cover. Lay cover flat, wrong side up and clip flaps at each end of cover with paper clips (see sketch). Punch holes all around cover 1/2" apart and 1/4" from edge. Make the first two holes at each corner only 1/4" 'apart (see sketch). Start lacing at center bottom and lace all around cover, lacing flaps in place to form pockets. Use either an overcast or blanket stitch. Use ribbon for felt covers and plastic lacing for plastic or leather covers. Overlap ends of lacing and tie or sew in place. Slip book into cover. Cut out a Cross or Star of David in a constrasting color of plastic, felt, or leather. Glue it to the cover. If design is glued to cover, allow it to dry over night under a weight.
Above, you can see how to make the blanket and overcast stitches.
Free Printable Paper Craft for Moses Parting the Sea - This is a printable craft that you print, cut out, put them together so that they stand and just do a few other thing and you have a great craft from the Old Testament.