How to: Crafts for John the Baptist

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How to: Crafts for John the Baptist
John the Baptist is mostly known for his baptism of Jesus. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

John the Baptist is an important religious figure of the Christian faith. He is known for his pious lifestyle in the desert, surviving only on honey and locusts, and his baptising of Jesus Christ. In John 1:29-36, John the Baptist is credited with proclaiming Jesus as the "Lamb of God." In a Sunday school or church camp environment, teach children the story of John the Baptist through crafts. Crafts relating to his life and relationship with Jesus are fun, simple projects that both teach and entertain children.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Honey
  • Crescent roll dough
  • Raisins
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Food brush
  • Paper plate
  • Non-toxic glue
  • Scissors
  • Cotton balls
  • Wood craft stick
  • Construction paper
  • Googly craft eyes
  • Plastic cup
  • Blue tissue paper
  • Tape
  • Coloured pencils

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Instructions

    Locusts and Honey

  1. 1

    Shape pre-made crescent roll dough into locusts. Form a long body and small head with the dough.

  2. 2

    Place raisins on the locust's head for eyes.

  3. 3

    Place two pretzel sticks on the head for antennae and two on each side of the body for legs.

  4. 4

    Bake the shaped dough in the oven at 375F for 10 minutes.

  5. 5

    Remove the baked locust-shaped treat from the oven and brush over the form with honey.

    Lamb of God

  1. 1

    Pour glue onto a small paper plate and spread the glue over the surface with a wood craft stick. The paper plate will function as a lamb's head.

  2. 2

    Apply cotton balls to the glue so that the entire plate is covered.

  3. 3

    Cut out two oval shapes from white construction paper. These will function as the lamb's ears.

  4. 4

    Glue the lamb ears to the paper plate. Do this by securing them to the back of the plate, at the top on either side.

  5. 5

    Glue googly eyes, plastic craft eyes with movable pupils, to the lamb's face.

  6. 6

    Cut out a small circle from light pink construction paper and glue it below the eyes. This will function as the lamb's nose.

  7. 7

    Cut out a smiling mouth from black construction paper and glue it directly below the nose.

    Jesus' Baptism

  1. 1

    Cut a long slit in the bottom of a large plastic cup with a utility knife.

  2. 2

    Cover the plastic cup with blue tissue paper, securing the paper with tape. This cup will represent the water John the Baptist baptised Jesus in.

  3. 3

    Draw two small images of John the Baptist and Jesus on a piece of paper with coloured pencils.

  4. 4

    Cut out these images separately and glue them to the covered plastic cup, allowing for a few inches between each figure.

  5. 5

    Draw a small dove on a piece of paper with coloured pencils.

  6. 6

    Cut out the dove and glue it to the tip of a wood craft stick.

  7. 7

    Hold the cup upside down in your hand and push the wood craft stick through the slit at the top of the cup. This represents the Holy Spirit, often pictured as a dove, flying above the baptism of Jesus.

Tips and warnings

  • Crescent roll dough can be found in a variety of brands in the refrigerated section of most food stores.
  • Attach a bow to the lamb's head if desired.
  • Have an adult use the utility knife to cut the slit in the cup.

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