Crafts and Activities
For Sunday School
Themes: A - C
Make Crafts and Activities Relating to Bible Themes Including:
Amos, Ants, Balaam and His Talking Donkey
, Beatitudes, The Bible, Bible Reading Books of the Bible, Bread of Life
, Bulletin Board Displays, and Cain and Abel
Reference - Amos 1:1, Amos 7:14
Amos Wasn't Famous
Children learn that God can
use anyone to do his work. You don't have to be famous or smart
or anything else. You just have to obey and listen to God's calling. Following are some ideas from the lesson. The Complete
Lesson with coloring sheets, craft patterns, etc., is available
to Resource Room members only.
figs and have the children taste them. If you have any children
actually eat them tell them that Amos would have been proud of them.
Also bring in Fig Newtons for them to taste.
Color the "Amos Wasn't Famous" Color Sheet and Poem
to members only) Have the children glue cotton balls on the sheep.
Amos Wasn't Famous
by Carolyn Warvel
He was just like me and you.
When God told
him what to do,
he didn't say boo hoo.
He left his
and took a great big leap.
He went to
to all the girls and guys.
He obeyed the
and shared Gods' words with love.
He told the
people to obey
and turn from their sins today.
No, Amos wasn't
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find even more ideas for this lesson on The
Make "Famous in God's Eyes" Buttons or Bookmarks
Use a imaging computer program to draw three inch circles. Write "I want to be famous in God's eyes like Amous" around the edge of the circle and make a face in the center. Print the patterns out onto colorful paper and cut them out. Cut 12" lengths of one-inch blue ribbon. Fold the ribbons in half and tape them to the back of the button. Use a piece of rolled up masking tape to stick to your children's clothes. These can also be used as bookmarks. Make lots of extra because your children will probably want to make one for their whole family. (This idea was sent in by Bobbi) (Patterns for this craft are available to members on The Resource Room.)
Play "Picking Figs"
Before class make fig beanbags. Place two brown felt pieces together and cut large raindrop shapes from them. Glue the shapes together with a hot melt glue gun leaving a small opening. Fill them with rice and then glue them closed. Make about twelve of these. In class remind your children about how Amos liked to grow figs and pick them from his fig trees. Tell them that they are going to pretend to be picking figs. Break the class up into teams. The teams can have two to four players depending on the size of your class. Place a basket at one end of the room and the figs at another. Line up the team members across the room. The child who is next to the figs will pick up one fig at a time and pass it to the child next to him, that child will pass it to the next child and so on until the last child places it in the basket. It's better if you don't have too many children on a team because they will be able to move across the room more instead of just standing in line. Give each team a chance to "pick the figs" while timing them. The team with the fastest time wins.
Reference - Proverbs 6:6-8
"Consider the Ants" Bible Lesson
Bible lesson, children learn that we can learn from the ants and
become wise. The ants do their work even when they don't have someone
telling them what to do or checking up on them. Following are some
ideas from the lesson. This lesson is available to members only on The Resouce Room.
School Curriculum - This is a free sample lesson. It is great for
Christian preschools, Sunday School, and home schools. Click
here to get your free sample lesson - Consider the Ants Free Sample Lesson.
This lesson is part of a series of
lessons designed especially for Christian schools and home schools.
They come with ABC learn-to-print worksheets and cursive writing
worksheets. Each worksheet concentrates on one letter of the alphabet
with a Bible verse and lesson to go along with the letter. They
also contain other ideas in creative writing, mathematics, and other
Make an Ant Picture
the children draw an ant hill on a piece of paper (Or use the color
sheet below). Show them how to press their fingers on an ink pad
to make ants. Add legs and antennae. Talk about the body parts of
an ant, head, abdomen, and thorax.
Make a Paper Ant Holding the Bible Verse
Cut an ant shape from black poster board, punch hole along the sides where the legs and antenna go. Lace black pipe cleans through the holes for the legs and fold them so that the ant stands up. Glue googly eyes to the head.
Cut another head shape and glue it to the bottom head on the ant body so that the mouth will open. Write the Bible verse on a sticky note and place it in the ants mouth.
A Pattern for this craft is available to member on The Resource Room
Set up an ant farm. Watch the ants work.
Go for a walk and look for ants. What are they doing? Follow them
back to their homes. At the beginning of class set out a plate of
different foods near an anthill. At the end of class go out and
check up on the plate to see if any ants have come for a meal. What
did they like best?
Practice Printing and Writing
This lesson is included in a set of 26 lessons each lesson studies a different animal and Bible truth. Each lesson includes printable worksheets. See the ABC, I Believe Lessons for home school.
Make a List
Have the children make a list of things that
they will try to remember to do without having to be reminded. This
activity comes with a decorative sheet with ants all the way around
the edge (available to Resource Room Members Only).
Pretend to be Ants
Divide your children up into groups
of three to four ants: the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. The
children who are the thorax and abdomen should place their hands
on the shoulders of the child in front of them. Let them practice
walking together saying left and right, left and right, as they
go. Tell them to try to keep their feet all moving at the same time.
Next, have them try marching to the Ant Chant.
right, left and right.
We work hard all day and night.
right, left and right.
Working hard is our delight.
right, left and right.
We don't whine, we do it right.
right, left and right.
Jesus is our guiding light.
©Carolyn Warvel - Do not reprint without permission
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Make a Letter "A" Anthill
Show the children
how to draw a large letter A on their papers. The A is the anthill.
Show the children a picture of what an anthill look like inside. Have
them draw in their own tunnels. They can also make ants using their
fingerprints or glue raisins on the paper for ants.
Draw anthills on ten paper plates and number them one
- ten. Give your children raisins and have them place the correct
number of ants on each plate. Then eat them all up!
Eat Ants and Sand!
Give each child a Ziploc bag of Graham cracker crumbs
with raisins in it and let them pour it on a plate to explore and
eat the anthill and ants.
Make a Paper 3-D Pop-up Ant
A Pattern for this craft is available to members on The Resource Room.
Balaam and His Talking Donkey
Bible Reference: Numbers 22 - 25
See the Balaam Bible Themes Page
Beatitudes Sunday School Lesson for Children - Recipe for Happiness
Scripture References: Matthew 5:1-12 - The Beatitudes, Psalm 146:5, and John 6:1-14
The following ideas come from the Sunday School lesson "Recipe for Happiness" on The Resource Room. In this lesson children learn that the happiness the world offers doesn't last very long, but true happiness comes from God and obeying his words. This lesson goes with the lesson "Taste and See".
Decorate Happy Face Cookies
Before class make a batch of sugar cookies. Bring in icing to decorate the cookies, mini M&M's for the eyes, and use black icing in a tube to make the smile.
Color "Recipe for Happiness" Picture
(Available to members only.)
Make Cookie Men Refrigerator Magnets
What you will need: Cookie colored paper, card stock, tape, googly eyes or eye stickers and small magnets.
What to do:
1. Print out cookie patterns onto card stock and cut them out. Print out hands and feet patterns and Bible Verse Patterns onto card stock and cut them out. (Patterns available to members only.)
2. In class have your children color the hands and feet patterns to match the cookie pattern and tape them to the back of the cookie pattern to make a cookie man.
3. Tape or glue the Bible verse card to the cookie man's hand.
4. Glue a magnet to the back of each cookie man so your children can stick them to their refrigerators at home.
Color Pictures of the Beatitudes to be Used During the Lesson
Before class print out eight different pictures representing each Beatitude and have your children color them. If you have more than eight children, make extras. You can use more than one picture during the lesson. (Available to Members Only.)
Wooden Spoon Craft
What you will need: Wooden spoons, paper, yarn or fake fur for hair, googly eyes, pompoms for nose, and glue.
What to do:
1. Before class print out the clothes and hat patterns onto card stock and cut them out. (Instead of using the Bible verse cards that are on the hat pattern use the Bible Verse Card Patterns from the cookie man craft.) (Patterns available to members only.)
2. In class have your children color the patterns and then glue them to the spoon.
3. Glue on hair, googly eyes, and a pompom nose.
4. To finish cut a slit just above the thumb and place the card in the slit so it looks like the chef is holding the card. Glue the card to the hand.
Decorate a Potholder
What you will need:
Design Your Own Pot Holders
Bold Tip Brilliant Color Fabric Marker Set
or Sharpie Markers - I like the fabric markers better because the colors are brighter.
How to Make:
1. Have your children write the memory verse on one side of the potholder and decorate the rest of it with permanent markers both back and front.
Make Chef's Hats
Go to FamilyFun.com for directions on how to make a paper chef's hat.
Decorate a Chef's Hat
S&S Worldwide sells Color-Me Chef Hat Craft Kits - including permanent markers, crayons and foam shapes - 12 for $15.49.
Bible Verse Review Concentration Game
Before class print out cookie men cards and cut them apart. (Patterns available to members only.)
In class place the cards face down on the table. Have your children take turns turning over two cards at a time trying to find matches. If you children are too small to read, read the words on the cards as they turn them over. They will help them to remember the verses and what they mean.
If a child finds a match, have him read the words on the card and give an example of what is written on the card.
1. Before class print out Cookie Patterns and Cookie Jar Patterns onto card stock and cut them out. Patterns available to members only.)
2. Write one word of the verse on each cookie.
3. Prepare the Cookie Jar. Fold the Cookie Jar Pattern in half and tape along the side and bottom edge.
4. Hide the cookies in the room.
5. After the lessons write the Bible verse on the board and go over the verse. Then have your children go and find one cookie each. Tell them to go back and sit down when they have found one cookie. When all the cookies have been found go over the verse again, one word at a time. Ask the child with the cookie with the word you are looking at to bring his cookie up and place it in the cookie jar; or have him tape it to the wall.
You can also make a set for each child to take home and practice his or her Bible verse during the week. Use only the first half of the verse for younger children.
"Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:" Psalm 146:5
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with a sandwich party. Let your children choose what they would like on their bread. While your
kids are enjoying this yummy treat, discuss how often we eat bread.
Ask them what kind of things they like to put on their bread. Show them
different kinds of bread: Brown bread, flat
bread, long bread, etc. Tell your children that their is another kind of bread, but we don't eat it. Let them guess what it could be. When
everyone gives up guessing announce that Jesus is bread too. Explain how
the Bible is food for our souls and we need it daily. Just as we
need to have bread to fill our tummy's, we have to have Jesus
so our hearts don't get hungry. After clean
up have your children color a picture of a Bible and a picture of bread.
The memory verse should appear on their picture of the Bible "I am
that bread of life." John 6:48
to reenact what they just learned with their colored pictures. Holding
up the Bible picture say, "This bread is for my belly."
holding up the picture of the colored bread say, "This bread
is for my heart." Sent in by Kelly Hamilton
Bread of Life Lessons and Crafts on The Resource Room.
Soul Food -Preschool children learn that feeding their souls with God’s words is much more important than feeding their bodies and that they need a daily filling of God’s words to grow strong in their faith. They visit the "Soul Food Market" and shop for Bible verses to feed their souls.
Go On a Spiritual Picnic
Tell the children to raise their hands if they like picnics. Picnics are a lot of fun. People get together and share their favorite foods and enjoy each others company. Tell the children that today they are going on a picnic -- a spiritual picnic. We are going to get together and share Gods words. Each child is going to bring their favorite soul food to the picnic. You will read it to the class and share why it is your favorite or one of your favorite verses.
Make a "Bowl of Soul Food"
Wrap candy with Bible verses written on long sheets of paper. Then wrap with pretty colors of Handi-wrap. This craft is available to Members Only on The Resource Room.
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Bulletin Board Displays
"Thanks Mom" - Mother's Day Bulletin Board
Jesus Saves, That's Something to Crow About!
Lay Up Your Treasures in Heaven
"We're Hooked on Jesus" - Door Decoration
Jonah Bulletin Board Display
Friends Bulletin Board Display
"Look Who Popped In" - Bulletin Board Display
"We Are Learning How to Follow God's Word" - Bulletin Board Display
Assorted Sweeties - Bulletin Board Display
Jesus Warms the Heart - Bulletin Board Display
Keys to a Happy Heart - Bulletin Board Display
Spring Friendship Bulletin Board Display
"You are Kind and Forgiving" Bulletin Board Display
"Fully Rely on God" - Bulletin Board Display
"God is Our Shepherd" - Bulletin Board Display
Bee Theme - Bulletin Board Display
"Following in His Steps" - Bulletin Board Display
"Jesus is the Way! - Bulletin Board Display
"I Am the Vine" - Bulletin Board Display
The Fruit of the Spirit - Bulletin Board Display
"Soar to New Heights" - Bulletin Board Display
"What Kind of Friend are You? - Bulletin Board Display
"God is Always with Us" - Bulletin Board Display
Easter and Palm Sunday Bulletin Board Display
Happy Harvest Fall Bulletin Board Display
and Abel Sunday School Lesson Ideas
The ideas for this lesson come from the lesson on The Resource Room, a members-only section of Danielle's Place.
In this lesson children learn about Cain and Abel, and how Cain made the wrong choice. They learn that sin separates us from God. Sin requires punishment, but God is a kind and loving God and forgives us, and restores our relationship with him if we confess our sins and ask for forgiveness.
Color a Bible Verse Picture
Print out the pattern and make copies. In class have your children color the picture. Highlighters work very well for this project. (Pattern available to members only.)
Act Out the Story
Place your children in groups of three and have each group practice making a skit about Cain and Abel and then have all the groups perform their skits in front of the class. If possible record the skits and replay them in class.
Make Up a Skit
Place your children into groups of three and have them make up their own skits that is similar to the Bible story only using characters from a different time and place.
Play a Relay Game
Before class write words and phrases describing Cain and Abel on wooden clothespins and place them in a large bowl. In class divide your children up into two teams and place the bowl in the middle of the two teams just before the start line. Place empty jars at the end of the room across from each team. You will need two jars for each team one that says, "Cain" and one that says, "Abel". Each child, in turn, picks up a clothespin, reads the phrase, and then runs to the other side of the room, and drops the clothespin in the jar in which that describes either Cain or Abel. They must hold their arms straight out in front of them so that their arms are parallel to the floor. When the bowl is empty the game is over. The team that has the most correct clothespins in the jars wins.
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