By Harlean from Hot Springs, AR
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We made these in Bible School about 40 years ago and it has been a beloved craft of mine ever since.
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Great for Sunday School project.
Windchimes made of sea things, beads, and recycled can lids seemed like a good fit for our deep sea-themed Bible School program. It will take two days.
With a deep sea theme at Bible school this year, it seemed appropriate to do a beach scene which reminds kids that we all need a place to meditate and pray in order to recharge our batteries from time to time.
Approximate Time: 10 minutes, plus play time.
By Cindy from Waynesburg, PA
Does any one have a craft ideal for scrap wood for Bible School? We are building a new church and have lots of wood. Thanks
Cynthia from Lewisport, KY
Another idea popped into my head after reading more of these posts: How about making BOOK ENDS, they could even be decoupage to look like actual books or even Magazine Holders.
-----> But by far, my favorite idea (so far) was posted by Jean. It's the KEY HOLDER (which can also be used for necklaces, & hair accessories or for hanging Belts or hair scarves). I think this is a great idea because it is FUNCTIONAL & not just fun for the child to make, but any parent would want one & would proudly hang it on their wall for all the world to see & use. I also love the idea of decoupaging a picture on to the Key Holder... The formula for the glue is half white glue ($1 store) & half water, then buy a pack of foam brushes at the $1 store & paint the waterd-down glue both under & over the pictures... a "Clear" picture works best. For example a Napkin front that's been pealed away from the second layer would work much better (because it's transparent) than a picture from a magazine (which is opaque) you could also buy a pack or 2 of tissue paper in several colors & do a "Tear & paste" with these many colors over the face of the key holder. Another thing that's fun to use to decoupage is wrapping paper ($1 store). Then when the kids are done, you could take them all outside & spray them with a cheapie, clear spray paint (at Walmart for 99 cents). Just take an old box & use this to contain the spray (don't let the kids breath it!) or just lay out some junk mail on the ground & spray your decoupaged or tissue papered items on.
* I bet the kids would get quite bored doing any sanding at all, so if you know someone at the church who has a drum sander, ask them if they could please take a bit of their time to quickly just take off the rough edges on 20 or so pieces (whatever you need, plus 15 percent extra "just in case"). And since the kids aren't actually playing with these, (they'll be hanging on the wall) I don't think it'll hurt if the wood looks & feels a bit rough.
How about making bird houses? Then the kids can paint them, decorate them, take them home or leave them at the church for all to enjoy!
You could have various sizes of these scrap pieces of wood for the younger children to have blocks to build with.
We use small blocks of wood with a hole drilled in top to make mini vases and then the children make ribbon flowers. You can then give these out for mothers day, easter etc, instead of paying vast amounts for fresh flowers (the parents love the idea of recycling left over wood too).
We order plain white t shirts from a bulk store, fabric markers from Oriental Trade Company, and iron-on computer paper. Before Bible School, we design an iron on based on our VBS Theme and print it on the iron-on paper (be sure to print it backwards so it irons on correctly!).
Then at Bible School, we let the kids go wild with the fabric markers. Be sure to put newspaper in the t-shirts so the markers don't bleed through. The kids decorate the front one day, and the back the next day. Sometimes they get their friends to autograph the shirts. All the kids wear their shirts for the closing program!
By SueO from PA
I am looking for an interesting craft for a youth Bible Study class. The class includes boys and girls of all ages and several are in the same family. That said, I'd like something that they could all work on together making a group project, instead of multiple individual ones.
Any help would be appreciated.
By Michelle from Woodstock, GA
If there is a home for the elderly, or even a nursing home, the kids can make small items to put on the dinner tray, or even cute wreaths or flowers to put on the door to their rooms. For instance, those small clear plastic cups used for communion can be made into a small favor or by adding a magnet to the back, it can stick to a window frame, or a small 'fridge.
Purchase small pompoms in various colors, place them in the cup, cut a flat coffee-stirrer in 3rds and glue it to the inside; so it looks like a straw and the pom-poms look like ice cream.
In the spring, they can make small arrangements of "silk" flowers such as tulips, dogwood blossoms, jonquils ( from the dollar store) tie with ribbons, and place these on the door to the rooms. In the fall, cut leaves from construction paper and decorate the doors.
Choose someone that rarely has a visitor, and make this person your group's favorite person. Purchase a bird feeder and a "crook" to hang it from. Place it where it can be seen from their window. And each day, have a child fill the feeder. They can put peanut butter on pine cones, make all sorts of goodies that the birds will come to eat. This is always a source of enjoyment for someone who must stay indoors. And the special visit from a child each afternoon will be another treat!
Ask for wallpaper sample books that are discontinued. Use the scissors that make fancy edges, and make bookmarks for each person. Add a Bible verse, glue a 3inch piece of ribbon to the top, and you are done. Most everybody reads.
Hope this helps you.
I recommend either Pack-o-fun magazines (I'm sure you could get them used or the Pack-O-Fun website. They feature bible study crafts all the time, both in the magazines and on the website.
I like the idea of doing something for others that another person has posted. Have you done a web search? I searched the internet for my daughter who teaches a Sunday School Class and found a lot of help for her there. Best of luck!
An excellent web site for craft ideas for all ages is www.familyfun.com. You will enjoy this web site.
I am looking for western craft ideas for bible school, for all age kids. Thank you.
By Judytwo from NC
We did a western theme (pioneer's for God) for Bible school 2 years ago. I did the crafts with the children and I ordered craft kits from Oriental Trading, they have a large selection of western theme crafts. We made laced change purses, necklaces and color your own picture frame magnets. We also made fringed placemats from foam craft sheets. I used a hole punch to put holes on each side and fake leather lacing for the fringe.
A lady from church loaned us a wood donkey and we took pictures of all the kids the last night and I put them on a "wanted by God" poster that I also got from oriental trading. You can see it in the picture... they were so cute. For the teens you can do a tin can luminary with a cross if you have access to a fridge at church. You would fill tin cans with water and freeze them and then using a nail punch holes in the side and add a candle.
I hope this helps you out some.
Oriental Trading Company currently has several "western" theme VBS craft projects in their catalog &/or web site.
Try Oriental Trading catalog. Just had a new one in today's mail. Lots and lots of crafting ideas for kids' clubs and classes.
This is what we are doing :)
1. Horseshoe hanger. I got a free template of a horseshoe online and enlarged it on my printer...made a pattern and used posterboard in various colors...hole punched the tops so the kids can use brown yarn (looks like rope) to hang it and then they will decorate with markers and foam western stickers.
2. Purchased foam hats at the Dollar Tree and have a flat pattern of a horse they will glue on to the hat.
3. Bracelets with beads.
4. White t-shirts that the kids will use Western stamps or paint. A prior year...the kids sponged painted in brown a vest and I think a sheriff badge on it.
5. Small Western wall hanger: red/white beads hung on white yarn, make four strands alternate the colors however long you like * I think ours will be about 3 or 4 inches or so (we have the beads already individually bagged.) Foam (rectangle shape with cardboard glued to the back for stability (old cereal boxes...) and then hole punched four times on the bottom to hang the beads and the center will have them put a cowboy hat with the wording "Hats off to Jesus." Use yarn to hang it.
6. One extra thing for toddlers (not doing the wall bead hanging)
Take their handprint in brown paint turn it upside down and then add a yarn tail and add ears/mouth when dry.
I am in charge of crafts this year for VBS (Vacation Bible School) for kids 4th through 6th grade. We have a cowboy theme, "Ropin for Jesus". I need to decorate our room so I'm looking for some cowboy/western craft ideas that are inexpensive.
Thank you so much in advance and God bless!
By Joyce H.
The orientaltradingcompany.com has all kinds of Sunday School and Bible School craft projects that are really inexpensive. I don't know what themes they have but go to the web site and look it over. For decorations on the walls you can use colored construction paper and/or colored poster board and make cowboy hats, lariets, etc. to either tape or tack them on the walls/bulletin boards.
Foam picture frame or poster board "Wanted by God" at the top and then add western stickers.
Stationery. "I'll Stick with Jesus" draw a cactus on it. I'm sure you can come up with more. :)
Paper grocery bags, make western vests out of them
White t-shirts, paint with western stamps (oriental trading)
Danielle's Place is my favorite site for craft ideas.
Oriental trading, you don't always have to order, make your own patterns on poster board.
Any ideas for crafts, songs, and activities for teaching 3-5 year olds on Acts 4? I need it for this weekend.:)
By Sandy N.
Bible activities are bible reading, coloring pages, paintings, bell angel crafts, nativity crafts, pony bead cross necklace, Yarn Crosses crafts. These are the few activities were kids can have lots of fun by doing these activities. I would like to share the bible coloring pages which I have downloaded for my kid.
I would like craft ideas for a vacation bible school coed class ages 12 through 18.
By Yorkie Lady
One craft that our older kids like to do is mosics. We buy cheap tile, then break it, and they make a trivit (base is a 8 by 8 peice of plywood. Often they make a flower, cross or whatever with the tile on it. Often the lumber yards will give us broken tiles for free.
I would like some craft ideas for my church for bible school this summer.
By Brenda from Waynesville, NC
I use to teach how to make and repair earrings etc. Good luck. (03/14/2010)
Candles - you will need: sand, candle wax, anything to make a "mold" in the sand. Of course, the adults melted the wax, but the children made the molds in the sand.
Shoe boxes - kids decorate them with paint, stickers, markers, wrapping paper/tissue and then take their "crafts" home in them at the end of the week.
Crosses made with Popsicle sticks - paint or mark on them, glue then use twine to "finish" off (at the crossed area).
Check out "Pack O Fun" either the magazine or website. They have a section in every issue for use in Sunday schools or bible camps. Maybe your library or local used book store would have back issues. (03/21/2010)
Here's but one website with appropriate crafts. Without knowing your VPS theme, it's difficult to give ideas. dltk-bible.com Google "Sunday School Crafts" or VBS crafts and you will find many ideas. Have fun.
They have lots of free ideas as well as a store where they sell items to help make some of the crafts.
I really like their Bible Friends paper dolls. (04/08/2010)