Easy Bible Paper Plate Crafts

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Easy Bible Paper Plate Crafts
Paper plate crafts offer hours of fun and creativity. (Katy McDonnell/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Craft projects are a fun way to increase children's hand-eye coordination and creativity. Reinforce biblical stories by creating fun crafts using paper plates. Paper plates are a cheap material you can use in a wide variety of crafts. Most other materials can be found around the house, for example markers, glue, construction paper and craft sticks.

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Moses in the Basket

Bring the story of Moses in the bulrushes to life with a simple paper plate craft. Cut a paper plate in half. Colour both halves with brown marker or crayon. Staple around the rounded edges of the plate leaving a 2 1/2-inch opening at the top. Cut water out of blue construction paper and bulrushes out of green construction paper. Glue the blue and green pieces of construction paper along the flat end of the basket. Cut baby Moses from a piece of construction paper. Make Moses small enough to fit through the 2 1/2-inch opening at the top of the basket. Allow the children to colour his face and hair then glue him onto a wooden craft stick. Insert the baby Moses puppet into the basket and tell his story.

God's Rainbow Promise

Give kids a permanent reminder of God's promise not to flood the earth again by making a paper plate rainbow. Two rainbow projects can be made out of one plate. Cut a paper plate in half. Cut a semicircle arc into the flat side of the plate, thus forming the rainbow arch. Paint or colour the stripes onto the rainbow shape. The colour order is red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and then purple. After the rainbow has dried, glue cotton balls at the ends of the arch to create clouds.

Noah's Ark

Create a fun and interactive craft for children to play with while you tell the story of Noah's ark. The children can pretend to have the animals march two by two into the ark. Cut a paper plate in half. Colour both halves with a brown marker or crayon. Place the two halves together and staple along the rounded edge. Leave the flat side of the plates open. Using coloured construction paper, cut out two of several different types of animals. To speed up the craft, print templates ahead of time in black and white so the children can colour them. Glue the animals onto wooden craft sticks to help them stand up better in the ark.

Resurrection Tomb

Retell the Easter story using the resurrection tomb craft. Cut a paper plate in half. Colour or paint one half brown and the other half black. Cut a small tomb opening in the bottom of the brown half. Placing the brown half plate in front, staple the round edges of the plates together. Cut a picture of an angel out of an old Christmas card or print a template which the child can cut out. Glue the angel in the doorway of the tomb. Crumple a brown paper bag into a ball to make the stone.

Lion Face

Teach Daniel in the lion's den with this fun lion face craft. Paint or colour an entire paper plate tan or light brown. Once dry cut 2-inch deep slits around the edge of the plate. Space the slits approximately 1 inch apart. Gently bend every other slit up to create a three-dimensional mane. In the centre of the plate, glue two 1 1/2-inch brown pom-poms. Add a black 1-inch pom-pom for the nose. Cut six whiskers from a black pipe cleaner. Each whisker should be roughly 6 inches long. Glue the whiskers underneath the brown cheek pom-poms. Finish the lion's face by gluing two googly eyes above the cheeks.

Lamb Face

Reinforce the teaching that the Great Shepherd cares for his little lambs with a cute lamb face craft. Paint the inside circle of the plate black. Once dry glue two rows of cotton balls around the white edge of the plate. Glue a pink pom-pom in the centre of the black face. Create the mouth by cutting a pink pipe cleaner into a 3-inch piece. Bend the pipe cleaner into a rounded "w" shape. Glue the pipe cleaner under the pom-pom nose. Glue on two googly eyes. Cut two 2 1/2-inch ovals out of black construction paper for the lamb's ears. Finish the lamb by gluing the ears onto the cotton balls on either side of the face.

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