The fish is a common symbol in Biblical stories. Not only did Jesus use it as one of his primary teaching metaphors to represent people who did not know about him yet, fishing was also one of the primary occupations of people in the vicinity of the Sea of Galilee where he did most of his teaching. Fish craft projects are a fun way to get kids involved in learning more about the Bible.
Too Many Fish
Jesus' disciples had fished all night without a bite. He told them to try casting their nets on the other side which yielded a catch they could barely contain. Use crafts to help children remember that listening to God gives the best results.
Use a printed colour page featuring a sailboat with fishermen of Biblical times casting their nets. Let the children colour the picture and add detail with fish stickers or fish-shaped crackers.
Cut fish from coloured construction paper. Let the children decorate them with crayons, markers and glitter. String each child's fish together with yarn. Encourage them to make as many as time allows to show God's generosity to the disciples.
Cut out large fish shapes from cardstock or poster boards. Let each child glue on colourful tissue paper scales and a pair of googly eyes. Write "Cast your nets" on the other side of the fish with magic marker as a reminder of the lesson.
Paying Taxes From A Fish's Mouth
Jesus once told his disciples to catch a fish and pay their taxes with the money they found in the fish's mouth. Tell the story from Matthew 17 and send kids home with one of these fun reminders.
Use silver CDs to create the body of a fish. Cut tails, lips and fins from metallic wrapping papers to glue on to the disc. Free templates can be found at DLTKkids.com. Use paint pens to draw scales.Glue a coin in the fish's mouth with hot glue to represent the tax coin found by the disciples.
Cut a fish-shaped stamp from foam. Use it to apply fish shapes to plain white T-shirts. Use a circle of foam to stamp a golden coin in the fish's mouth. Write, or stencil, "Even Jesus Paid Taxes" for a humorous reminder of the lesson.
Cut large, pillow-sized fish from polar fleece. "Stitch" two of them together with large yarn needles and yarn and stuff the pillow with poly batting. Drill a hole in a plastic gold coin from your local party supply and stitch it to the fish's mouth.
Loaves And Fishes
Let the kids make a creative snack to illustrate the "loaves and fishes" story of a small boy's lunch that was miraculously multiplied.
Use clear plastic cups to pour blue gelatin mix into. Have the kids drop in a few jelly candy fish and fish-shaped crackers before refrigerating. The fish will appear to be swimming in the clear blue gelatin.
For a special treat at an all-day event such as summer camp or Vacation Bible School, create a frozen dessert. Have the kids add jelly candy fish to blue drink mix in a Popsicle mould. Place the mould in the freezer. This one will take an hour or two to be ready, so plan ahead.
Cut sugar cookie dough in the shape of fish. Bake the cookies and then give the kids frosting and sugar sprinkles to decorate their fish cookies.
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