Three and four-year-old children love to learn in a hands-on fashion. Using arts and crafts can bring a topic alive and create a memorable visual that will reinforce the topic and the principles being taught. Bible based crafts can also serve as a witnessing tool. A child may feel more comfortable sharing her beliefs if she has the aid of a visual. Fun and meaningful crafts don't need to cost a lot of money. In fact, Christian crafts for preschool age children can be created for free by utilising items readily available in most people's homes.
Bible Story Crafts
Reinforce Bible stories with crafts. For example, you can make a lion to help illustrate the story of Daniel in the Lion's Den. Help students draw a lion's face on a piece of construction paper. Cut the lion's head out and let the children glue short pieces of yellow and orange yarn to the back side of the head with some of the yarn showing on the front to create a lion's mane. Glue the head with the yarn onto another piece of paper and write a memory verse onto the front.
Biblical Principles Crafts
Biblical principles, or life lessons that are taught through Bible stories, can be highlighted, clarified and reinforced through craft projects. Help children realise their importance to God by creating a "God has time for me" craft. Help children create a clock by writing numbers around the edges of a paper plate. Use construction paper to create arrows and use a paper brad to secure the clock's arms. Write, "God has time for me" on the clock face as a reminder to children that God is never too busy for them.
Crafts to Give
Help 3 and 4-year-old students learn to be generous to those around them through the creation of cards. Create invitations to church services, get well cards for ill church members or pastor appreciation cards. Use card stock folded in half and let the kids embellish the card with various craft items such as feathers, stickers or jewels.
Scripture verse memorisation is a staple for Christian Sunday school classes. Crafts can aid students in memorising the week's memory verse. Allow each student to illustrate the memory verse. This procedure not only helps in comprehension, but with retention. Create flash card memory cards for students to take home with them. Allow students to embellish the memory cards so they can display the card at home.