Sunday school and Vacation Bible School teachers can use crafts to help students remember key lesson points longer and may well as a memorisation tool. The original 12 apostles include brothers Peter and Andrew, brothers James and John, James the lesser, Philip, Thomas, Thaddeus, Matthew, Bartholomew, Simon and Judas. Students completing apostles crafts can learn the names and important facts about each man.
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12 Apostles Poster
The Sunday School Kids website has a rap kids can use to identify the apostles and a list of questions that reminds them something about each one. The teacher can supplement the question sheet with information from www.about-jesus.org. In this craft, students make a poster they can refer to with the initials of each apostle. Students look up the scriptures accompany the craft to answer the questions and then colour in the poster as they practice the rap. The craft is appropriate for students in kindergarten through sixth grade.
Fishers of Men
In Matthew 4:18-22 and Mark 1:16-22, Jesus calls Peter, Andrew, James and John as they are working in their fishing business on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Students can see that the apostles travelled in boats and fished in Mark 4:35-41 and John 21:1-13. The student can use a string and a wooden dowel to represent a fishing rod and line. Place one apostle name on each of 12 fish shapes and hang them on a paper clip tied to the end of the string. Students can rehearse the names using the "12 Disciples" song found on DLTK's website or "There Were 12 Disciples" song on YouTube. The craft is appropriate for students in kindergarten through sixth grade.
Jesus called his disciples by inviting them to follow him. Have the students place one foot on a sheet of construction or manila paper and trace around the outline of the foot. Repeat the process with the other foot. Write the names of six of the disciples on each footprint. Write "I follow Jesus" on both footprints. Invite the students to add their own names to the footprints, if they want to be followers of Jesus, too. The craft is appropriate for students in kindergarten through sixth grade.
12 Apostles, Powers and Colors
Unity cofounder Charles Fillmore connected a colour and a power to each of the 12 apostles. For example, Peter's colour is dark blue and his power is faith. Students can make a poster listing the apostle names and powers on the appropriate coloured ribbon strips. Alternatively, you can make ornaments for a chrismon tree, a Christmas tree that uses Christian symbols as ornaments, using clear, fillable ornament balls. Use appropriately coloured netting or material inside the ball with the name of the apostle and the power on a slip of paper inside the ball or written on the outside of the ball. The craft is appropriate for students in kindergarten through junior high.
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- Bible Gateway: Matthew 4:18-22; Amplified Version; The Lockman Foundation; 1987
- Bible Gateway: Mark 1:16-22; Amplified Version; The Lockman Foundation; 1987
- Bible Gateway: Mark 4:35-41; New Century Version; Thomas Nelson; 2005
- Bible Gateway: John 21:1-13; New Century Version; Thomas Nelson; 2005
- Bible Gateway: Matthew 9:9; New Century Version; Thomas Nelson; 2005
- Bible Gateway: Matthew 10:1-4; New Century Version; Thomas Nelson; 2005
- "The Twelve Powers of Man"; Charles Fillmore, 1999