The Bible is full of stories and parables that can be used to teach children important lessons. After reading a story from the Bible, engage the children in a craft project or activity relevant to the story to help them retain the lesson of the story. Bible crafts and activities can be done in Sunday school or at home and they can be just as much fun for the parents to do as they are for their children.
Popsicle Stick Cross Necklaces
Give each child two Popsicle sticks and help them glue the sticks together in the shape of a cross. Give the glue time to dry, then allow the children to decorate their crosses with markers, stickers, beads and yarn. Drill a hole in the top of one Popsicle stick and thread a piece of yarn through it, or tie a length of yarn around the cross section of the Popsicle sticks. Tie the two ends of the yarn together in a knot and pass the loop over the child's head so he can wear his cross necklace.
Joseph's Coat of Many Colors
After teaching your children the story about Joseph and his coat of many colors, help them to make their own multicolored coats out of paper plates or card stock and colored tissue paper. For each child, cut out the shape of a coat from a paper plate or piece of card stock. Give each child a glue stick and a pile of colored tissue paper cut into small pieces. Have the children glue the pieces of tissue paper to Joseph's coat using whatever color or pattern they choose.
Play Bible Bingo
Make a bingo board by drawing a 5 by 5 grid on a sheet of paper. Mark the center space a "free space" and distribute the game boards among the children. On the chalkboard or on a poster, write a list of words related to the Bible -- use names of important people, books of the Bible or places in the Bible. Have the children use these words to fill in the spaces on their Bible bingo boards. Call out words from the list and have the children fill in those spaces on their boards until someone gets a bingo. Make the game more challenging by giving clues or asking questions about the words on the list so the children have to find the answer before they can fill in that square on their board.
Act Out the Story
After finishing a lesson, break the children up into small groups of three to five. Have the children act out a skit relevant to the lesson by either acting out the story as told in the Bible or by interpreting the story for modern times. Give the children time to create costumes from clothes in the dress-up chest and help them to create props if they are needed. Ask the groups to perform their skits one at a time for the other groups and have each group explain their interpretation of the lesson in their skit.
Make a Memory Verse Song
Having children memorize short verses from the Bible is a great way to help them internalize the message of the Bible. Select a memory verse for your children to learn and help them to create a song that will help them remember it. You may use a tune from a well-known song or have the children come up with their own melody. Add hand motions to the song and present the finished product to the parents and encourage the children to keep practicing the song at home.
Katherine Barrington has written on a variety of topics, from arts and crafts to pets, health and do-it-yourself projects. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English with a creative writing concentration from Marietta College.