The Bible commands believers to obey and is filled with examples of both the rewards for obedience and the consequences of disobedience. Children and adults alike sometimes need to be reminded that obedience is a pivotal demand of God. Crafts are physical, visual reinforcements of a biblical lesson that serve as reminders of the lesson's main themes, and the crafting process helps to cement the memory of the theme in our minds.
Noah's Ark Preschool Craft
The story of Noah is one of the most popular tales of obedience in the Bible because Noah obeyed God in the face of immense ridicule and was rewarded in a time of destruction. Create a miniature Noah's Ark to help children to remember and understand the story. Use paper cut-outs of a boat and different animals. Allow the children to paint or colour a background of swelling waves on construction paper. Have the children choose a boat and a selection of animals to glue to their background.
Obey Your Parents
God commands children to obey their parents to help them understand obedience. If you cannot obey your parents, you will not obey God. Cut a slit in the top of a shoebox. Allow the children to decorate the box with coloured paper, markers and stickers. When the child obeys, or anyone in the family obeys, place a note in the box directed at the person to express your appreciation and love. Once a week, share the notes from the box during family time to remind each other that obedience is an act of love.
Gideon led a small band of 300 soldiers armed with only a torch, a clay bottle and a trumpet and successfully defeated his enemy because he obeyed God. Create mini torches to remember the victory that came from this obedience. Decorate empty paper towel tubes with stickers, paint, markers or crayons. Add a bead of glue along one inside edge of the tube and attach a selection of red, yellow and orange tissue paper. Fan the tissue paper sheets at the end of the tube to mimic flames.
Jonah is a story of disobedience and punishment, but ends with Jonah's redemption when he decides to follow God. Create a template for the body of the whale, or cut out the whale shape yourself for smaller children. In the centre of the whale, on the back of the cut-out, trace or draw a square. Cut along three sides of the square, creating a flap. Allow the children to draw an ocean scene with a man in the picture. Glue the whale to the picture so that when the flap is raised, Jonah is visible in its belly.