While many children grow restless during Sunday school lessons on scriptures and Bible stories, craft activities are a fun, engaging way to get the kids involved. Bible crafts can supplement a specific story or scripture and provide the children with hands-on learning experiences. Have your children or students make a Lazarus paper doll to learn about how, in the Bible, Jesus rose this individual from the dead.
The Story of Lazarus
In the Bible, Lazarus, along with his two sisters, are friends of Jesus. Lazarus falls sick and his sisters send a message with the news to Jesus. Jesus waits two days before journeying to Bethany, the town in which Lazarus and his sisters live. When Jesus arrives, Lazarus has already died and has been in a tomb for four days. The sisters take Jesus to visit the tomb, where he prays and raises Lazarus from the dead.
A short list of simple materials is needed for children to make Lazarus paper dolls. In addition to light-coloured card stock or thick paper, this craft requires scissors, coloured pencils or crayons and craft glue. You also need strips of white or light-coloured fabric in which to wrap the Lazarus paper doll. Old scraps of fabric, lengths of gauze or strips of a cut-up T-shirt are suitable. Small, empty cardboard boxes can be used to represent the tomb from which Lazarus emerges.
To make a Lazarus paper doll, draw the shape of a person on a piece of card stock and cut it out. While older children can do this on their own, it may be best to make the paper doll cut-outs ahead of time for young children. The kids can then decorate the figure of Lazarus -- such as with hair, a face and clothing -- using coloured pencils. Once the Lazarus paper dolls are complete, have the children wrap them in strips of white fabric to represent Lazarus being in the tomb. They can then act out the story of Lazarus being risen from his tomb using small, empty boxes.
Make an edible version of a Lazarus paper doll that children will enjoy eating once the Bible lesson is over. Bake gingerbread men with the children, or provide each child with a store-bought gingerbread man. The children can then pretend that these gingerbread men are Lazarus, and wrap them in lengths of fruit roll-up snacks to represent his time in the tomb. Another option is to have the children take turns pretending to be Lazarus, and wrapping one another in toilet paper. This is a fun, interactive game that requires only one supply item.