Bible Crafts and Activities You can use for any Sunday School Lesson
Children Make Their Own Bible Card Games
Children can use blank playing cards to make all kinds of Bible games to reveiw the lesson or Bible verses.
What you will need:
Blank Playing Cards
Not all art media works on these cards because of the slick surface, but you can use any of the following:
Crayola Markers (These are a little messy because the wet ink does not soak into the cards, and children tend to smear the ink and get it on their hands. But if they are careful and let the ink dry before adding new colors, they work okay.)
Sharpie Markers (These are permanent markers and not recommended for young children, but they work great.)
Hi-Liter Markers work very well. They are great for coloring in large areas.
Crayola Crayons (Recommended for younger children.)
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Card Games Kids Can Make
Match Games - Assign each student a word or image from the lesson and have him or her make two matching cards using the image or word. Place al the cards face down in the center of the table and play a match game. Players must turn over two cards that match to keep the cards. The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
Memory Games - Assign each student a word from the Bible verse and have him or her write it on a card and then decorate the card. Place all the cards face down on a table and play a memory game. Players should try to turn over the cards in the order of the verse. You can play this game two ways depending on the age of your children:
1. (Older Children) Players have to turn over all the cards in order of the verse on one turn. If a card is turned over in the wrong order, the player turns all the cards back over in the same place and the next player takes a turn and to turn. The player who turns over all the cards in the correct order on his turn wins.
2. (Younger Children) Place the card with the first word from the memory verse face up. Players take turns turning over a card to try to find the card with the next word of the verse. If the card is the next card in the order of the verse, the player picks it up and places it at the end of the verse and earns a point. If the card isn't the next word, the player turns it back over and the next player takes a turn. Keep playing until all the cards are in order. The player with the most points wins.
Go Fish Game - Assign each student a word or image from your previous lessons and have him or her make two matching cards using the image or word. Play like "Go fish". Place all the cards together to make a deck. Pass out seven cards to each player. If a player has a match, he or she can place the card down on the table. Players take turns asking other players if they have a matching card to any one of the cards he is holding in his hand. If the player does not have the matching card, the asking player picks up a card from the pile to see if it is a match. If it is a match, he gets to ask another player for a matching cards. If it isn't a match, the next player takes a turn asking for a matching card. Keep playing until all the cards have been matched. The player with the most cards wins. When a player gets a match and places it on the table in front of him, he should explain what the image on the card represents from the Bible lessons.
Sequencing Game - Assign each student a word from the Bible verse and have him or her write it on a playing card and then decorate the card. You can make more than one set of cards, or time the players to see who puts the cards in the correct order the quickest.
Mix up the cards and give a set to each player. If you have one deck, time the player to see how fast he or she can put the cards in order to spell out the verse. If you have more than one deck, have the players play against each other to see who can put the cards in order the quickest. The player who wins goes up against the next player. Keep playing until all the children have had a turn.
Card Grab - Assign each student a descriptive word from the Bible lesson, and have him or her write it on a playing card and then decorate the card. (Make extra cards with random words to make the game harder for older students.) Place all the cards face up in the center of the table. To play the teacher calls out a word from one of the cards and all the players try to find that card and grab it. The player who grabbed the card can tell how the word relates to the Bible lesson, he gets to keep the card. Keep playing until all the words are gone. The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
Spoons Card Game
Assign each student
a matching duo such as Adam and Eve, or Daniel and the lions, etc. and have him or her write the words on two separate cards, and then decorate the cards so that they look the same. Put all the cards together to make a deck. The more cards the better. Play with up to eight children in a group. Players should sit in a circle with a spoon in the center of the circle for each player, minus one.
Object of the Game: To remain in the game by grabbing a spoon when any player receives a duo and grabs a spoon. (Remind players that they must watch their cards to see if they have a duo, and at the same be ready to grab a spoon when another player receives a duo and takes a spoon.)
- Designate one player to be the dealer. The dealer passes cards from the deck and referees the game. To start the dealer deals two cards to each player, and then tells the players when to pass a card.
- Each player must pass one card from their hand to the opponent on their right.
- The player to the left of the dealer passes the card to the dealer. The dealer places the passed card in a discard pile and then passes a new card to the player on his right from the deck. And all the other players pass a card to the right.
- If a player receives a duo (a card with a word that is related to the card in his hand with the same design), the player can take a spoon from the center of the table. All the other players should then try to grab a spoon from the center of the table.
- The player who does not get a spoon is out.
- The player who received the duo should then show all the other players his cards and explain how the cards are related. For example, if a player has Adam and Eve, he should say something like, "Adam and Eve were the first humans on earth."
- Keep playing until only one player is left in the game.
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Folding Craft Sticks Bible Verse Memory Game
The craft sticks are taped together so that when the craft sticks are pushed together from the top and bottom of the stack they fan fold up into a compact stack of sticks for storage. This craft is great to use as a memorization tool. Children can test themselves by unfolding one section at a time to reveal the next part of the verse.
Woodsies Mini Jumbo Craft Sticks -4.5" 50/Pkg - Use good quality craft sticks that lay flat. The 5/8" work perfect with the one-inch tape. *You can use the Woodsies Jumbo Craft Sticks with the 1.5 Inch - 3M Scotch Masking Tape for a bigger Canvas.
3M Scotch Masking Tape, 1-Inch - Other brands will work, but this tape works great! It is the exact color of the craft sticks. (Staple's Tape works better with the washable markers, but it is lighter than the stick and more transparent and doesn't cover the stick as well.)
Permanent Markers, Crayons, or Colored Pencils - (Washable markers don't work well because the smear.)
How to Make the Folding Craft Stick Canvas :
1. Cut the one-inch masking into 4-inch pieces.
2. Place two sticks together, side by side, and tape them together covering both the sticks with the tape.
3. Turn the two sticks over so that they are diaganal to you.
4. Place another craft stick next to and below the two sticks that you taped together. Use another piece of tape to tape the bottom two sticks together.
5. Turn all three sticks over diagonally and place another stick at the bottom of the row and tape the last two sticks together. Keep going until you have a whole row of sticks.
Children can use permanment markers, pens, or colored pencils to write the Bible verse on the sticks and then decorate them. They can also draw a picture on the back of the sticks that represents the Bible verse or the Bible story.
If a child messes up while working on his canvas, you can pull off the tape where he messed up and replace it with new tape.
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Silver Duct Tape 3D Cross Craft for Sunday School
Use this craft with any lesson. It is very cheap to make, but it does take some preparation.
What you will need:
Aluminum Foil Tape
Utensils to engrave the tape such as a ballpoint pen, straws, the end of a paintbrush, and the tines of a fork
How to Make Silver Duct Tape 3D Cross:
1. Cover the top of the fun foam cross with the duct tape, pressing it down and smoothing it out. (You can cut cross shapes from pieces of fun foam if you don't have a precut one.)
2. Press your utensils down into the tape to make shapes and designs.
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