Gather the whole family on New Year’s Eve and do the craft below!
Download this fun craft to help kids celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, June 20.
This easy craft helps kids understand the faithfulness of God! As kids do the craft, discuss the story of Noah and how God promised never to flood the earth in the same way again. Download the Noah’s ark craft here.
Print out the tags below and have kids help build these Easter treats. As you work, remind kids about the story of Jesus and what this treat represents.
A great way to reinforce what kids have learned is to have them recreate the story they’ve heard. With this paper bag puppet craft, kids can make different characters from the session’s story and put on their own puppet show. Download the instructions here.
This fun winter craft only requires a few supplies! Download the instructions here.
My kids love to cook and bake with me. Each year we look forward to baking Resurrection Rolls for Easter! It’s a creative way to tell the story of Jesus’s burial and resurrection. Here’s the recipe and the story to tell while assembling the rolls. Enjoy and have fun celebrating the truth that our Savior is risen!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2 cans of crescent rolls
16 large marshmallows
½ C melted butter
¼ C granulated sugar
2 TBSP cinnamon
The story (Note: you may want to modify for younger children)
Jesus is God’s son who was sent to earth to pay the price for our sin. He never sinned. The white of this marshmallow represents the purity and sin-free nature of Christ.
After Jesus died his body was prepared for burial. After he was buried, his friends prepared him to be buried with oil and spices. Dip the marshmallow in butter, then in sugar and cinnamon.
Jesus was wrapped in linen and placed in a tomb with a large rock rolled in front. Wrap the marshmallow in one triangle of dough covering it completely like a ball (rock).
Complete the process for all 16 triangles and marshmallows.
Place in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
Allow rolls to cool. Say after 3 days, his friends went to visit the tomb but the rock was rolled away and two angels said, “why are you looking for the living among the dead?”
Reveal that when you cut open a roll or take a bite that the marshmallow has disappeared, leaving an empty “tomb.”
Remind children that the rolls are sweet just like the love God has for us.
Follow-up by reading the Easter story together from the Bible so that children know that it is true and that Jesus died for them and wants to be their savior. Pray with children, thanking God for the gift of Jesus.
Jana Magruder serves as the Director of Lifeway Kids. She is a Baylor graduate and offers a wealth of experience and passion for kids ministry, education, and publishing. She is the author of Kids Ministry that Nourishes and Life Verse Creative Journal, which she co-authored with her teenage daughter. She and her husband, Michael, along with their three children reside in Nashville.
Preschool Craft Activity: Create a Flower Garden Picture
- Strips of green construction paper
- Large sheets of construction paper
- Various sizes of muffin cups and mini muffin cups (pastel colors preferred)
- Large buttons (large enough not to be a choking hazard or pompoms)
- Washable markers
- Cut the green construction paper into strips to resemble flower stems.
- Place the materials listed above on a table for preschoolers to use.
- Glue a muffin cup to an end of a green strip of paper to use as a Bible marker. Write the Bible phrase, “Jesus is alive” on the strip of paper. Place the Bible marker in the Bible at John 20:1-18.
- Place the Bible with Bible marker on a table with other craft materials listed above.
- Encourage preschoolers to decide how many “flowers” they want to make in their garden picture. Demonstrate how to make a flower by gluing a strip of paper onto the large piece of construction paper. Then, glue a muffin cup on the construction paper at the top of the green strip of paper. If a child chooses, he can glue a button or pom-pom inside the muffin cup.
- Allow preschoolers to use markers to draw other things in their gardens.
- As the preschoolers make their garden picture, open the Bible to John 20:1-18. Share the Bible story about Mary visiting the tomb and her encounter with Jesus. Emphasize that when Mary left the garden, she was happy because she knew Jesus is alive.
- Remind preschoolers that Easter is a happy time and can remind us that Jesus is alive and He loves them.
- Discuss with preschoolers how they can know Jesus loves them.
Delanee Williams serves as a Ministry Specialist with Lifeway Kids. She is a graduate of Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Delanee has served in kids ministry for over twenty years and is passionate about developing, equipping and encouraging leaders.
Every week, my young kids come home from church with a collection of crafts that they’ve created with paint, glitter, and glue in Sunday School. Most of the time, their creations end up on the floor of the car or in a stack of stuff on the kitchen counter. If you’re a parent, you have no doubt experienced this too,
So here’s an idea for you. Don’t send everything home. You can use your crafts as a tool to create a sense of belonging and identification between your kids, their families, and the church by displaying their artwork in a prominent place where people can see it as they pass through your space. You may choose to display their works of art inside a classroom, but it may be even better to put them up on a bulletin board in the hallway. This gives your kids a sense of pride and accomplishment and creates positive feelings for their parents as they appreciate the artistic prowess of their prodigies. It also lets everyone in the church see the fun things that are happening in your children’s ministry.
While we often hope our crafts and handouts will stimulate spiritual conversations in homes, they may occasionally be better used to create a connection to the church and to your ministry.
Chuck Peters is Director of Operations for Lifeway Kids. A graduate of Columbia Bible College, Chuck has served vocationally & voluntarily in Student and Children’s Ministry for many years.