Sunday School Crafts
Activities for Kids - Abraham
How to Make Crafts and Activities Relating to Abram or Abraham Including: Star Picture Activity Sheet, Picture of Joseph and All His Brothers, Star Man Puppet, Family Tree Picture, and Memory Verse Review Games
Abraham and His Descendants
Reference: Gen. 15:5
A complete lesson for Abraham and His Descendants called "Joseph and Gods Promise" is available on The Resource Room. This Sunday School Lesson is about Joseph in Egypt after his brothers sold him into slavery. Children learn that God kept his promise to Abraham and to Joseph and his family. And that God can take bad things and make good things happen. "He is kind and full of mercy; he is patient and keeps his promise. . ." Joel 2:13
"God Keeps His Promises" Star Activity Sheet or Craft
God promised Abraham that he would give him as many descendants as there are stars in the sky. Genesis 26:4
Have children color the star activity sheet and count the number of stars on the sheet. (A Printable Pattern for this craft is available to members.)
Make a Star Picture
Give your students black construction paper and star stickers. Have them write the Bible verse on the bottom of the paper with a white or light colored colored pencil.
Tell them that Jacob brought over seventy family members with him to Egypt to escape the famine. When your children are done, tell them to count the number of stickers on their papers.
(If you don't have star stickers, you can use a Fiskars Star Punch and punch stars from different colors of paper. Have them place dots of glue on their paper and then stick the stars to the glue dots.)
Connect the Stars Picture
Give each child a piece of black construction paper. Then give each child a small amount of paper stars. Allow them to glue their stars to the black paper, leaving some space between the stars. Next give each child a piece of chalk (any color)and have him or her connect the stars and count the stars. Glue the memory verse to the bottom of the page. "Look up into the heavens and count the stars if you can. Your descendants will be like that " too many to count!" Gen.15:5 - This idea comes from Belinda Boardman
Picture of Joseph and All His Brothers with Bible Review Game
Here's a fun way to learn the names of Joseph's brothers.
Children draw faces, or cut out faces from another printable sheet, and glue them onto different face shapes representing Joseph's brothers. (The Printable Activity Sheets are available to members.)
Talk about Joseph's family. Genesis 36:23-27 gives you a family history. You can tell them that Jacob had four wives that had twelve sons between them and one daughter (Dinah).
Play a Review Game
Use the activity sheet to play a memory game. Cut the faces apart and cover the names that are nest to the faces. Hold each face picture up and tell your children the name of the son. Tape the picture to the board. Ask your children how they might remember the name that goes with the picture. They might say, "Benjamin's two front teeth look like the letter 'B'" or "Zebulon looks like a bully and his name sounds link a bully," etc. When you have placed all the pictures on the board ask your children to pick out each face that goes with the names. If a child picks the correct picture, he gets to keep that picture. Keep playing until all the faces have been picked. The child with the most faces wins.
Jacob's Sons Folding Craft Stick Bible Craft for Sunday School
The craft sticks are taped together so that when they are pushed together from the sides they fan fold up into a compact stack of sticks for storage. Unfold the stack and the disciples appear standing next to each. Children will enjoy drawing each of Jacob's sons and then writing their names on the back of the sticks.
What you will need:
Mini Jumbo Craft Sticks 4.5"X.625" 50/Pkg (6-Pack) - Use good quality craft sticks that lay flat. The 5/8" work perfect with the one-inch tape. *You can use the Woodsies Jumbo Craft Sticks with the 1.5 Inch - 3M Scotch Masking Tape for a bigger Canvas.
3M Scotch Masking Tape, 1-Inch - Other brands will work, but this tape works great! It is the exact color of the craft sticks. (Staple's Tape works better with the washable markers, but it is lighter than the stick and more transparent and doesn't cover the stick as well.)
Permanent Markers, crayons, or colored pencils - (The washable markers don't work well because they smear on the tape.) I used Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils. These are very soft colored pencils that cover very well. The draw back is that they don't last as long as the harder colored pencils and they aren't cheap.
Watch a video on how to make the folding craft stick canvas.
How to Make the Disciple's Folding Craft Stick Display:
1. Cut the mini-jumbo craft sticks into two pieces. Vary the lengths so you don't have all the disciples the same height.
2. Place two sticks together, side by side, and tape them together covering both the sticks with the tape. You don't have cover the rounded ends of the sticks.
3. Turn the two sticks over so that they are diagonal to you.
4. Place another craft stick next to and below the two sticks that you taped together. Use another piece of tape to tape the bottom two sticks together.
5. Turn all three sticks over diagonally and place another stick at the bottom of the row and tape the last two sticks together. Keep going until you have a whole row of sticks.
6. You can also cover the first and last stick in the row by placing tape over the stick and then folding it back over the stick. It is easier to write on the tape than the craft stick. The ink soaks into the sticks and blurs.
Children can use permanent markers, pens, or colored pencils to draw the disciples faces, hair, and clothes on the sticks. Have them write the disciples' names on the back of the sticks.
If a child messes up while working on his canvas, you can pull off the tape where he messed up and replace it with new tape.
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Family Tree Picture
What you will need:
White typing paper
Shades of green paper
How to Make the Family Tree Picture:
1. Before class print out the Family Tree Pattern (Available to members only on The Resource Room) and cut out small leaf shapes about 2" long from green paper. (Also available without the Bible verse.)
2. In class have your children color the tree trunks and write their family member's names on the leaves. Younger children will not know very many of their relatives, but they can just glue the leaves on the tree and have their parents help them write the names on the leaves later. Don't worry about putting the names in any kind of order like a real family tree. The idea is to just help the children think about how many people are related to them.
3. Talk about Jacob's family and how Joseph was used to fulfill God's promise to Abraham who was the father of Isaac and Jacob. Genesis 26:4 "And I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven . . ."
4. Talk to the children about Jacob's 70 family members who where in Egypt during the famine. Genesis 46:8-22 tells how many children each of his sons had. Challenge the children to come up with 70 relatives.
5. I challenged the children to take their trees home with them and have their parents help them write in the names of their relatives. I offered a prize to the child that brings back the tree with the most names.
Play a "Doggy, Doggy, Where's Your Bone?" Type Game
Pick one child to be Jacob. Jacob sits in front of the room with his back to the other children and closes his eyes. Place "Joseph" (a doll, bean bag, or paper doll) behind Jacob. Pick one child to sneak up and take "Joseph" and then go back and sit down hiding Joseph behind their back. All the children then say, "Jacob, Jacob, where's your son? Somebody took him, but who's the one?"Jacob tries to guess who took Joseph. If he is right, he takes another turn. If he is wrong, he takes the place of the child who took Joseph.
Play a Memory Verse Game
Cut out star shapes and write the memory verse on the stars using one word per star. I used "He keeps his promises." Joel 2:13, five stars per child. Spread out the stars on the floor. Have the children sit on the floor around the stars. Take turns going around the circle letting each child pick a star. He must pick up the stars in order starting with "He". If a child doesn't pick up "He" the first time, he turns the star back over and tries again next time. Once he picks up the word "He", he will then try to find the word "keeps" and so on.
The child that picks up all the stars in order first wins. You can then have the child glue the stars onto a strip of paper to take home and study. To make this game longer, you can ask questions about the story and then have the children pick up a star.
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Abram and Lot Sunday School Lesson
Abram and Lot Sunday School Lesson for older and younger children - Abram was a man of God and followed his instructions. Through this lesson children learn from Abram's example how they should esteem others; how Abram treated Lot as better than himself and let him pick first. This lesson is available in both an older and younger children's lesson.
(A complete lesson with color sheets, Bible verse cards, a background scene for a puppet skit, printable paper Bible puppets, a song, and fun games and activities are all included in this lesson and available to members on The Resource Room.)
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Play "Candyland or Toy Land?"
1.Before class set up Candyland and Toyland - Place candy on one side of the room and cheap toys on the other.
2. In class divide your children up into "Abrams" and "Lots". "Abrams should stand in one line and "Lots" in the other.
3. Have the first "Abram" and "Lot" in line come to the front of the room. Tell your children that Candyland is on the right and Toyland is on the left. Instruct "Abram" to say, "Lot, let's not fight. If you to go to the right, I will go to the left. "Lot" then gets to choose which way he will go and "Abram" must go in the opposite direction. If "Lot" picks Toyland, he gets to pick one toy. If he picks Candyland, he gets to pick on piece of candy. "Abram" must go the opposite direction and pick one item from his land.
4. Keep playing until you get to the end of the line. Ask the "Abrams" how they felt about letting the "Lots" pick first. Ask them if they think Abram in the story felt the same way. After the "Abrams" have had a chance to share their feelings, have all the "Abrams" turn into "Lots" and all the "Lots" turn into "Abrams" and play the game again.
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Candyland - Toyland Pretend Play for Preschool Children
The teacher pretends to be Abram and the children are all "Lots". Each time a child comes up the teacher says, "Lot, lets not have any fighting. If you go left. (Point to Candyland), I'll go right (Point to Toyland). If you go right, I'll go left. The child then gets to pick which way he or she wants to go.
Act Out the Story with Puppets
This is a great activity to help older children remember the story.
Place your children into groups of two or three and have each group practice a skit using the Abraham and Lot puppets. They may want to write down the skit before preforming it. Suggest one person move the puppets while the other children in the group talk for the puppets.
Have your children take turns acting out the story with the puppets.
Children may also want to make herdsmen, animals and more people puppets to act out the story. (Printable Patterns available to members.)
Children can also act out the story without the puppets, and change the story to a modern-day scenario.
If you have a video camera, record the puppet skits and play them back the next week as a review of the story.
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Sing "Let's Not Fight"
Let's Not Fight
Written by Carolyn Warvel
Sing to the tune of "Old MacDonald's Had a Farm"
Let's not argue or have a fight,
Abram said to Lot.
If you go left, then I'll go right, whatever you want to do. (Step to the left and then the right, then put your hands up in the signing "I don't know".)
With a step to the right and a step to the left, (Step to the right and then step to the left.)
Here a step, there a step (Steep right, then left.)
Everywhere a step-step (Step in place twice.)
Right or left you get to pick, it's all up to you. (Point right then left.)
Let's not argue or have a fight,
Abram said to Lot.
If you go left, then I'll go right, whatever you want to do. (Hop to the left and then to the right, then put your hands up in the signing "I don't know".)
With a hop to the right and a hop to the left, (Hop to the right and then hop to left.)
Here a hop, there a hop (hop right, then left.)
Everywhere a hop-hop (hop in place twice.)
Right or left you get to pick, it's all up to you. (Point right then left.)
Repeat using: Jump, shuffle, slide, march, walk, circle.
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