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Father’s Day Bible Craft Shows Appreciation for Dad

Fun Bible Craft can be Used on Father’s Day

Every year in May we celebrate Mother’s Day with cards and flowers and lunches out. We spend the day thanking and pampering mom. Then in June, Father’s Day comes, but honestly:  Most of us don’t make as big a deal about Dad!  Sure, we get him a card and maybe a new tie, but we really don’t engage in all the fanfare we do for Mom. This Father’s Day craft will make sure Dad gets the appreciation he deserves!

Dad’s Footsteps Father’s Day Craft

This craft is based on Psalm 37:23: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he delights in His way.”

You will need the following supplies:

  • A picture of each child
  • Large sheets of white paper
  • Tempera paint
  • Craft sponges
  • Baby wipes
  • A laminator, if available

Preparations for the Father’s Day Craft

This craft can easily be done in one class, but you can make it even more special by planning ahead a little. A week or two before you plan to do it, take a picture of each child in your class and print it out at home. Also, print out Psalm 37:23, as well as the following poem:

Dear Daddy,

In all the things I try to do

I try to do them just like you.

I’m watching every move you make

And trying to take each step you take

Although right now I’m sort of small,

When I’m with you I feel ten feet tall!

Like you, I want to be brave and smart,

‘Cause I love you, Daddy, with all my heart.

When I am older, I’ll be so glad,

If I grow up to be…

Just like Dad!

– Author Unknown

            Cut the photos into oval shapes and paste them at the top center of each paper. Paste the poem in the center underneath it. Now you’re ready to start!

Instructions for your Students

On Father’s Day, call the kids up one or two at a time. Take off their socks and shoes, and paint both their feet with the sponge brushes.(Get ready for giggles!) Slowly help them stand up so that one foot is on each side of the poem. Use the baby wipes to clean up, and paste the papers with Psalm 37:23 across the bottom of the paper. You could also have them sign their names, if they are able.

After the papers dry, laminate them (if you can) so that Dad can enjoy this special Father’s Day keepsake for years to come!

Fruit of the Spirit Bible Crafts for Sunday School

The Bible tells us in Galatians 5:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law ( NKJV). Teaching the fruit of the Spirit to your Sunday school class is a great way to help kids understand the importance of living out their Christian faith. It’s also a fun lesson to teach, because there are a variety of fun (and tasty!) crafts you can do to reinforce the lesson. Whether you have a large or small class, older kids or preschoolers, these Bible craft ideas for the fruit of the Spirit will keep hands busy and hearts full of the important truths they have learned.

Fruits of the Spirit

Fruit of the Spirit Fruit-Stamps

For this craft you will need some brightly colored tempera paints, a variety of fruit cut in half(avoid citrus or very juicy fruits), and large sheets of paper. Let the kids dip the fruit halves into the paint, then stamp them onto their papers. When they’re dry, write each fruit of the Spirit under the stampings. Don’t forget some baby wipes for messy fingers!
Fun with Fruit Loops

Fruit Loops are a fun and easy tool for teaching the fruit of the Spirit to younger kids. One craft idea is spelling out one of the fruits(i.e., “Joy”)using Fruit Loops. Use some construction paper and write out the word in block letters. Place some drops of glue in the letters and let the kids glue the fruit loops in place until the letters are full.

Another option is to make necklaces focusing on the particular fruit of the Spirit  you are learning about that week  For this craft you will need some letter beads(you can find them in the jewelry making section of your local craft store), yarn, and Fruit Loops.. String the Fruit Loops and beads on the yarn, either placing the letters all together in the center of the necklace, or spacing them with Fruit Loops in between. In addition to being fun, this craft also helps develop fine motor skills!

The best part about using Fruit Loops? Snack time is covered too!

Fruit of the Spirit Salad

            Fruit of the Spirit Salad is a delicious treat that lets kids put their love into action. This craft requires a little prep work at home and is best for older kids. You will need the following supplies: paper bowls, markers, some cut-up fruit (apples, bananas, and strawberries work well),1- ½ c. whipped topping, ¼ c. vanilla pudding, a large mixing bowl, a whisk, a serving spoon, and plastic wrap

Help the kids write “The Fruit of the Spirit is Love” around the outside of the bowls and decorate them with the markers and maybe even some stickers. In the mixing bowl, combine the whipped topping and pudding. You can pass it around and let the kids take turns mixing if you feel brave! Then combine the mixture with the fruit, spoon into the kids’ bowls, and cover with plastic wrap. Tell them to take their salad home, and “share their fruit” with someone they love!

These crafts are fun and easy, but the best way to teach our students is by example. While preparing these fruit of the Spirit crafts, take some time to meditate on Galatians 5:22-23. Ask God to show you which fruit could use some cultivating in your own life, and then get growing!

We also have fruit of the spirit coloring pages, be sure to check them out!


Armor of God Activities for Kids

The Armor of God, found in Ephesians 6, is a great key concept for teaching kids how to deal with daily life.  Because kids love knights in armor and hearing about their battles, the Armor of God is easy to teach and fun to learn.

Teach Kids Ephesians’ Armor of God

The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6:10-17 (ESV), “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of righteousness, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

Here are some great ideas to bring the Armor of God concepts to life in your class:

Ask a Soldier about the Armor of God

Do you know any men or women in the military? Maybe there is someone in your church or community who has served in the armed forces. Ask them if they would be willing to come to your Sunday school class in their Battle Dress Uniform (also called “BDU’s”)and share with the kids about the equipment they use. Their gear will likely include boots(“shoes for your feet”), a helmet(“the helmet of salvation”), and a Kevlar(bullet-proof) vest(“the breastplate of righteousness” OR “the shield of faith”). Ask them to explain to the class what each piece of equipment is for and how it protects them. Then, use their explanations to tie into the Armor of God. If you don’t know anyone in the military, maybe you know a police officer who would likely have some similar gear. Or, check your local library for books for kids that would include descriptions of the equipment soldiers use today.

Armor of God Bible Cover

A fun and easy craft to go along with an Armor of God Bible lesson is making a “sword of the Spirit” Bible cover. For this craft you will need brown grocery bags, tape, scissors, and markers or crayons.

Cut down one side of each bag, then cut out the bottoms (older kids can do the cutting  themselves). Open the bags so they lay flat. Have the kids open their Bibles on the flattened bag and trace around them, leaving about a half inch overhang around the top and bottom, and about four extra inches on each side to form pockets for the Bible to slip into. Lay the Bibles back down on the paper and fold the ends over the front and back covers, then tape them in place to form the pockets. Then have the kids close their Bibles and write, “The Sword of the Spirit, Ephesians 6:17” on the front and then decorate however they like.

To apply the lesson, tell the kids they are enlisted in “boot camp” this week! Tell them to practice using their “Swords of the Spirit” every day. Ask them to read and memorize part or all the Armor of God verses in Ephesians and any other passages you choose. The following week, ask for a report on their progress and consider making a military-style badge for them to wear as “rank”!

Jesus Walks on Water Sunday School Lesson

The story of Jesus walking on water in Matthew 14 can teach Sunday school kids how Jesus keeps them afloat in real life.  Kids love water, and this “amazing maze game” will let their imaginations get all wet.

Jesus Walks on Water Bible Lesson

The Bible story of Jesus Walking on Water

Immediately after Jesus fed the crowd of five thousand, he told his disciples to leave in their boat while he dismissed the crowds. After he said goodbye to the crowd, which must have taken a while, he went up into a mountain to pray.

In the meantime, his disciples had taken the boat far away from land, and a fierce storm broke out. The boat was beaten, and they were tossed about. They were already in a state of panic, so the next thing that happened almost put them over the edge! Matthew 14:25-32 (ESV) says, “And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, ‘It is a ghost!’ and they cried out in fear. But immediately, Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid’.

“And Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me.’ Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’ And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.”

Peter and the other disciples were terrified in the storm, and terrified by what they saw coming on the water. But when they realized it was Jesus, their fears were replaced by faith, faith so strong that Peter actually stepped out of the boat and walked on water too!  But, he took his eyes off Jesus, allowed fear to creep back in, and began to sink. However, in the midst of the storm, he called out to Jesus, and He saved him and calmed the storm.  This Jesus walks on water activity will help your Sunday school class understand the importance of keeping their eyes on Jesus in the midst of life’s storms.

Walking on Water Maze

            For this activity, you will need two toilet paper rolls glued together to form binoculars and various classroom objects (chairs, tables, easels, etc).

Before you begin, arrange the classroom objects around the room so that they form a maze. Try to add as many turns as you can and maybe even some dead ends! Divide your kids so they each have a partner. Give one child the binoculars and tell them they must go through the maze with the binoculars up, acting as blinders to the sides of the maze. The partner without binoculars will enter the maze first, and stay a few steps ahead of the other. Tell the child with binoculars that to make it through the maze, he must keep his eyes fixed on his partner and follow him through. If he doesn’t, he will bump into the sides and “sink”. If he “sinks,” his partner may come back and take his hand to guide him the rest of the way out. Make sure to take turns so that every child gets a chance with the binoculars!

Explain the Lesson Behind the Maze

Sometimes young children don’t make the connection to this story and their own lives. Explain to them that sometimes in life, they may experience difficult times, like “storms”. Although they will never have the chance to really “walk on water”, if they keep their eyes fixed on Jesus, they can make it through all of life’s storms.

Moses Bible Games for Sunday School Make the Exodus Real

Of all the stories in the Bible, the life of Moses is one of the longest and most detailed. From the circumstances surrounding his birth, to his frustrating ordeal with Pharaoh, to his leading of the Israelites in the wilderness, there are dozens of Bible stories you can teach your Sunday school class. The following Moses Bible games will help you as you share these amazing stories with your Sunday school kids.

The Exodus Provides Many Moses Bible Games

Manna Bible Game

This Moses game is more like a game and object lesson rolled into one. You will need a large tablecloth, some paper bowls, and Frosted Flakes cereal.

If you read Exodus 16:14-31, you will find a description of manna. The Bible says it was small and round (v.14), white, and tasted like wafers made with honey (v.31). Kind of sounds like Frosted Flakes, doesn’t it?

Before the children come to class, lay the tablecloth on the floor and sprinkle the Frosted Flakes all over it. When the kids come in, say something like, “Look on the floor boys and girls! What is it?” Then pick up a piece of the cereal and eat it. Say, “Yum! It’s sweet and flaky! Do you want some?” Give each child a bowl and tell them to walk around the tablecloth and fill up their bowls. When they are ready, let them munch on their cereal while you read the story of God providing manna for the Israelites.

“Who Found Baby Moses?” Bible Game

            Another fun game for the younger kids is based on “Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?” All you need to play is a paper cut-out of baby Moses in his basket and a little floor space.

Before you begin, read the story of Pharaoh’s daughter drawing Moses out of the river (Exodus 2:1-10). When you’re finished, have the kids sit Indian-style in a circle. Tell them to pass baby Moses behind their backs and chant, “Who found baby Moses in the bulrushes?” When you finish saying that, the children stop passing. The child the cut-out stopped at holds it up, and you say, “Kate found baby Moses in the bulrushes!” Pass it around until every child has been “it”, and then at the end, everyone say altogether, “The PRINCESS found baby Moses in the bulrushes!”

Baby Moses Heads-Up Seven-Up

Another idea for using the baby Moses cut-out is to have the children close their eyes while you hide Moses somewhere in the room, then have them look for him. The child who finds Moses gets a turn to hide it for the other kids. This version of Heads-Up Seven-Up is a great way to fill in extra time, as most kids are familiar with it and love it.

The story of Moses and the children of Israel is ultimately one of God’s faithfulness. Take some time before you teach to think about God’s faithfulness in your own life. Then pass that on to your Sunday school kids!