Teaching children about the Bible's stories and promises is often best accomplished through interactive activities. Bible-related crafts that remind children of the promises and parables Jesus told are effective ways to instil moral principles in your children or students, and many craft products are attractive enough to display as home or classroom decorations.
Purchase supplies such as construction paper, stickers with religious symbols like crosses or fish, stencils and markers for biblical crafts so children can personalise their projects with their favourite colours and designs. Jars or bottles are necessary craft supplies if the project requires small keepsakes that represent Bible verses, and self-adhesive paper is best for covering glittered or sequinned crafts. If the craft you've organised for your students will include their names or the chapter and verse of their favourite Bible passage, tracing the letters in glue and adding glitter will make this part of the Bible craft stand out. For instance, a collage featuring words or images that describe God's word like "guidance," "hope" and "teaching" can be traced in glitter surrounded with stickers in the fashion your student chooses.
Sunday school groups who are old enough to read by themselves -- such as tweens -- will enjoy crafts like a Bible bookmark they can decorate with their favourite colours and designs. This may motivate them to read the Bible more, and bring questions about passages to class for discussion. Crafts that teach about God's love -- such as a compass made from a magnet, needle, leaf and a bowl of water -- is a fascinating craft for five- or six-year-olds. Based on Psalms 103:12 ("As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us"), this craft serves as an appropriate craft for a Sunday school lesson about forgiveness.
Use Bible parables as the inspiration for crafts that teach your kids about the Word of God. For instance, the "lost sheep" parable in the 18th and 15th chapters of Matthew and Luke can be translated into a craft using stencils of sheep and materials that resemble wool, such as marshmallows or cotton balls. Help your child glue the "wool" onto the paper and add an important passage of the parable onto the bottom of the construction paper, such as Luke 15:6: "I have found my sheep which was lost!" Frame the crafts with craft sticks, and explain that the parable is meant to teach us that God will do whatever it takes to save people when they are lost. Or let your Sunday school class fill mason jars or wide-necked bottles with circles of construction paper and bottle caps spray-painted with gold or silver in connection with the Parable of the Talents, found in Matthew 25 and Luke 19. Ask each student to name some of their talents so you can write them on the paper circles, then discuss why it's necessary to use the natural abilities God gives.
Verses that directly relate to the study of the Bible can serve as the basis for your home or Sunday school craft as well. For instance, use mason jars and mini glow sticks to create a craft based on Psalms 119:105: "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Purchase paints and stickers for your students to adorn the jars, as well as invitation cards for them to write the Bible verse on. Or give your kids invitation stock paper in various colours, and punch holes in the paper so you can bind the squares together with satin ribbon to form a small book. Purchase each child a calligraphy pen so he can write the Bible verse "Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15). Discuss the meaning of these verses, and explain that God's word is used to give direction about handling life's challenges, and should be studied thoroughly for understanding.