Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2020 Crafts and Activities
Craft and Activity Recommendations for a Fun Vacation Bible School
"Rocky Railroad" 2020 VBS by Group Recommend Crafts
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Use this paper train as a Bible verse review game, hands-one learning activity, and a craft. This craft and learning activity is available to members on The Resource Room and as an instant download.
Train Learning Activities
Bible Verse Review Game 1
All the train pieces connect to make a moveable train. Set up train tracks and place Bible verse cards at different locations along the track. Have your children move the train along the track and pick up and place the Bible verse cards in the matching train car.
Bible Verse Review Game 2
Place the train with all the cars connect on a table in front of your children. Give each child a Bible verse card. Tell your children to read the verse on the card and place the card in the train they think matches the Bible verse.
Bible Verse Review Game 3
Give each child a Bible verse card to take home and memorize. When a child thinks he knows the Bible verse, and says it correctly, let him place his Bible verse card in the correct train car. Give children a new Bible verse card each week, and add a new car to the train each week.
Train Craft and Display
Have each student make one train car to add to the train. You can have them write prayers on cards and then place them in the train cars. Children can write their names on their train cars and when they memorize a Bible verse, they can place something in their own train car.
We would love to hear how you plan to use this craft and activity.
Fan-folded Train Craft and Learning Activity
"Knights of North Castle" 2020 VBS by Cokesbury
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Great Crafts for Any VBS
Foil Cross Craft
Cheap and easy to make, Foil Tape Cross Crafts make a great VBS activity. A 50 yard roll of foil tape will make 144 crosses. One cross costs less than 35 cents!.
Have children write their names on the cross to remind them that Jesus died for them.
Note - Children will want to make more than one of these so make lots of extras.
Make up lots of samples and so children picture of different designs they may want to incorporate into their own design.
Go to the Cross Crafts Page for directions and a supply list for this craft.
(This craft is appropriate for children first through fifth grade.)
Watch a "View it and Do it" video on how to make this craft:
Bible Verse Folding Craft Sticks Canvas
These folding craft stick canvases can be used for many different purposes. The stick canvas folds up into a compact pile of sticks and unfolds again to reveal the art work.
Children of all ages will enjoy working with these. Younger children can use markers to draw pictures of what they are learning about. They can make gifts with special messages to give to their neighbors and friends.
Older children can write Bible verses and decorate the canvases with permanent markers. These would make great gifts for prison ministry or shut-ins.
The craft stick canvases are very cheap and easy to make, but do take some preparation. I would suggest that they are taped together by adults before class. Children will have difficulty taping them correctly and lining up the sticks so they are straight. Go to the Books of the Bible Craft Page for directions.
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Watch our "View it and Do it Craft" video on how to make the folding craft stick canvases.
No-Tape, Folding Craft Stick Bible Verse VBS Activity with Free Printable Pattern
Here's another version of the folding craft stick card, but this one takes a little less preparation and is a little cheaper. Prepare the canvases before your VBS because the glue takes about half an hour to an hour to dry, and you need to use a X-acto knife or box cutter to cut between the craft sticks. Each craft takes only 7 mini-jumbo craft sticks, a sheet of card stock, ribbon, and markers.
Watch a "View it and Do it Craft!" Video that shows how to make this craft below. You can also go to the Father's Day Craft Page for complete directions.
One-Paper Kite Craft and Activity for VBS
Lift Jesus higher with these easy-to-fly kites. They are super easy, cheap, and creative. Children of all ages will enjoy designing their own kites and trying to get their kites to fly the highest.
Go to the Spring Crafts for Kids Page for directions, printable patterns, and a "View it and Do it" Craft Video.
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Under the Sea, Ocean or Beach-themed VBS Crafts Crafts, Games and Decorations
Paper Cup Fish Puppets or Toys
Prepare the paper cup fish before your VBS event. Each fish takes less than a minute to assemble. Children of all ages, even preschool children will love decorating their fishes with stickers and googly eyes.
This is a preschool-tested craft! Check out a video of a 2-year-old making this craft with his dad on Logan's Life.
Paper cup fish puppets make great crafts for preschool and kindergarten children. Not only are is there no mess, but they are cheap and to make. Young children love using stickers to decorate things, and they will love playing with the finished puppets because they can move the tail up and down to make the fish look like they are swimming. Go to the Under the Sea Crafts Page for directions and a "View it and Do it! Craft Video.
Crab Holding Bible Verse or Note Card Craft
Children of all ages will love making pool noodle crabs.
One $5.00, 3 1/4" x 50" pool noodle will make 50 crabs! That's only 10 cents for each crab, not including the eyes, and Chenille stems. They can easily be made for less than twenty cents each.
Have your children place a Bible memory verse card in the crabs claws to remind them to memorize their verse, or have your them write a kind note to give to a friend or neighbor.
You can find directions and a video on how to make this craft on the Crab Crafts and Learning Activities Page.
Crab Paper Plate Craft
Use this craft to teach children about crabs or as a decoration for an ocean-themed VBS.
This craft is great for children 3rd through 5th grade. There is quite a bit of cutting and gluing involved.
A Bible verse card can be placed in the crab's claws to help children to remember to study their Bible verse.
You can find directions and a video on how to make this craft on the Crab Crafts and Learning Activities Page.
Craft Stick Fish make great Vacation Bible School crafts because they cost only pennies to make, allow room for creativity, and can be adapted to many age levels. Pre-assemble them for preschool children, and let older children use the printable template to assemble their own.
Supply a variety of decorative items such as stickers, tissue paper, glitter glue, sequins, etc. and let your children pick what they want to use to decorate their fish.
Crayons, markers, kid's paint, and colored pencils can all be used to color the sticks.
Watch a "View it and Do it! video on Youtube:
Ocean-themed Starfish Decorations
3D Paper Starfish are so easy and fun to make that you will want to make lots!
All you need is card stock, water color paint, and glitter glue and you're ready to go.
Printable patterns are available on the Under the Sea Crafts Page with a View it and Do it! Craft video that will show you how to make them.
With a tip on how to make your own water color paint and save money.
Water Bottle Fish and Bible Verse Memorization Activity for VBS
Children place tissue paper pieces, sequins, glitter and pieces of paper with words from the Bible verse in a water bottle, and then decorate the water bottle to look like a fish. When they are done making the fish play a search and find game. Tell your children to move the water bottle fish around until the find he first word of the Bible verse, keep moving the bottle until they find all the words in order to spell out the verse. The child who finds all the words in order first wins.
You can find directions to this craft on the "Go Fish" Sample Bible Lesson and watch the "View it and Do it" craft video below.
Crab Claw Craft and Learning Activity
Children will love experimenting with their crab claws. You can use this as a craft for older children or make some before class and just have your children practice picking things up like crabs. Use them to play relay races to see which team is the most crab like.
If you have younger children have them use two hand to operate the claw.
You can find directions and printable patterns for this craft on the Crab Crafts and Learning Activity Page.
3D Sea Turtle Craft and Decoration
Use this 3D sea turtle as a craft or decoration for your sea-themed VBS.
The sea turtles are very easy to make. Just cut, color and glue the pieces together. Pre-cut the pattern pieces before class to save on time.
Use colored card stock and add highlight and shadows with colored pencils for a quick and cheap sea turtle decoration. Tape them to walls to add to your sea scape scene.
Each sea turtles uses two pieces of card stock and a little glue so they cost less than ten cents to make.
You can find a printable pattern, a supply list, direction and a "View it and Do it! Craft video on our Under-the-sea Craft Page.
Sea Turtle Craft made with Bubble Wrap
Here's a fun, cheap and easy craft that children of all ages will enjoy. Cut bubble wrap in the shape of the fins, head and body. Have children roll different colors of paint onto the bubble wrap shapes and then press it onto the sea turtle picture.
To finish have them write the Bible verse on the paper.
For more detailed directions to this craft and a printable pattern see the Under-the-Sea Crafts Page.
Memory Cross-Bible Verse Craft and Memorization
Here is a great way for your students to memorize Bible verses. This origami cross can be folded over and over changing shapes and showing a different part of the Bible verse each time. Your children will find that it is hard to stop using them once they start. Memory Cross offers Bible verses that go along with many of the most popular Vacation Bible School programs. They have one for the plan of salvation which would be a great witnessing tool for your VBS. They also have many other Bible verse packages you can pick from. If they don't have what you want, you can custom order them. Or you can order blank ones and have your children make their own. (See the pictures below.)
Great Craft for any VBS Program!
This origami craft is fun to play with and educational at the same time. It is designed so that each time it is folded it shows another picture or part of a Bible verse and then keeps repeating over and over. The Memory Cross will help your children remember their Bible verses as they play. They can be used with any VBS program. Children of all ages will enjoy designing their own Memory Crosses. The small Memory Crosses cost 40 cents each and the 7" x 7" cost 50 cents each.