Kids of all ages enjoy crafts, and projects are a fun way for parents to spend time with their kids. Add extra meaning to your arts and crafts time with Bible-themed projects.

Hands-on activities help the message of Bible lessons stick with kids. Check some of these out:

A Path through the Sea

Remember the Israelites’ journey through the Red Sea with a simple art project that kids of all ages can make. Use several strips of painter’s tape to make a wide line all the way across a sheet of paper. Encourage your child to paint over the entire surface of the paper with blue paint. After the paint dries, pull off the painter’s tape to reveal a path through the sea.

Rainbow in the Clouds

The rainbow was the sign of God’s promise never again to destroy the world by a flood, so help your kids make a rainbow craft to remind them that God always keeps his promises. Cut a white paper plate in half. Cut a small arch along the straight edge of one of the halves, so you’re left with a rainbow shape. Use crayons to color the stripes of a rainbow.

After you finish coloring, for a sparkly touch, paint over the entire surface with school glue, then sprinkle fine salt on it. Punch a hole at the top, through which you can tie loop of ribbon for a hanger.

The Whole World in His Hands

To make a neat picture of the Earth, kids can use washable blue and green markers to color all over a coffee filter. Make sure the majority of the surface is colored, then spritz water all over it with a spray bottle. The blue and green will spread out and blend together.

When the project is dry, staple it to a sheet of construction paper. Caption the paper with Genesis 1:1 or John 3:16.

The Full Armor of God

Children will enjoy making a life-size craft about the armor of God. Have your child lie down on a sheet of butcher paper and trace around him. He can cut it out if he wants or leave the paper intact. With markers, crayons or other art supplies, kids can decorate the outline. Make sure to include all of the parts of the armor. For extra fun, use aluminum foil to make some of the items.

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace … taking the shield of faith … And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit… Ephesians 6:14-17

I Am Special

A silhouette is a keepsake craft that will remind your child that God made her special. Seat her sideways against a wall, and tape a sheet of copy paper to the wall. Place a bright light source a distance away, so the shadow of her face is projected onto the paper. Encourage her to sit still while you use a pencil to outline the shadow.

Lay the copy paper over a sheet of black construction paper, and help your child cut along the pencil outline through both layers. Mount the black cutout to a fresh sheet of white construction paper.

Use another sheet of paper to create mat or a frame for the project. Caption the mat with Psalm 139:14.

The Good Shepherd’s Sheep

In just a few simple steps, you can turn your child’s handprint into a fluffy sheep. Trace his hand on a sheet of white construction paper. Your child can color the four fingers black, but leave the thumb and the palm white. Help him cut out the hand and turn it upside down, so the fingers point down. Glue cotton balls to the palm and googly eyes to the thumb.

This cute craft will go well with several Bible stories. Use it when you talk about Psalm 23, Jesus the Good Shepherd or the lost sheep from Luke 15.

With Bible-themed crafts, kids will have fun and learn the truths of God’s Word at the same time, so break out the art supplies for some creative family fun!

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