Transform the nebulous realm of God into a tangible item for children to better grasp the notion of heaven. As an unseen place, heaven can be difficult for many children to imagine, but by creating crafts to illustrate the idea of heaven and its environs, it becomes accessible to all audiences. These craft ideas will get children excited about heaven and the Bible's teachings of it.
Gates of Heaven
Show children what waits in heaven behind the pearly gates with a gate craft. Have the children draw their vision of heaven, based on Bible teachings, on a piece of construction paper. On top of this, tape the sides of two pieces of paper cut into gate doors. Trim the gate doors so that they meet in the middle. Fold back the "gates" to show the vision of heaven through the opening, and colour the gates with gold or pearl coloured crayons to make the bars.
Recreate the streets of gold and the large buildings in heaven by using pint-sized milk cartons. Have each child cover his milk carton with construction paper and decorate it as he would imagine a heavenly building to look. Arrange these as a group into a city in heaven, with gold streets between the buildings made from a gold crayon coloured onto white paper and cut to fit between the buildings.
Use this craft to illustrate the story of heaven in the book of Genesis. Have the children paint the lids of baby food jars to illustrate heaven. Fill baby food jars with water tinted with blue food colouring and include star and moon glitter. Screw the lid onto the jar, and reinforce the craft with Genesis 1:1 "God created the heavens and the Earth."
Ticket to Heaven
Teach children about how to get to heaven through salvation. Give children paper to cut out and decorate as admission tickets which say "Admit One: Heaven." Make sure that they write what the "real" ticket to heaven is by penning "Salvation" onto one side of the ticket.