During craft time for pre-teens and young teens in Sunday school, give them projects a little more challenging than the simplistic gluing of cotton balls onto paper to make lambs type of activities they did when they were little. Let kids try religious-themed, age-appropriate Sunday school craft ideas for fifth and sixth graders.
Show kids how to make an accent pillow. Materials needed are scissors, needle, thread, cotton balls or pillow stuffing and fabric with a relevant print such as angels, angel wings, doves, crosses, Bibles or a Bible verse. Cut two squares of fabric to whatever size the pillow will be. Place them atop each other and sew the sides and bottom closed, 1/2 inch in from the edge. Leave the top unfinished. For a more country-chic and unfinished look, sew with the patterned sides out; for a smoothly finished seam, sew with the patterned sides in, then turn the pillow right side out to stuff. Stuff with cotton balls or pillow stuffing and sew the top closed.
For making flower pots, gather together seed packets for lilies and roses, flower pots, potting soil, paint and brushes. Write the following two verses on the board: Matthew 6:28 — “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow”; and Isaiah 35:1 — “The desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.” Kids choose which seeds they want to plant based on the verse and the picture on the packets, paint Bible verses onto the pots, fill pots with soil and plant seeds. Also provide instruction sheets with water and sunlight requirements for kids to take home with their flowers.
Let kids make a stained glass window. Get sheets of black construction paper, scissors, tape and different colors of tissue paper, cellophane or plastic wrap. Cut shapes out of the construction paper -- squares to mimic panes of glass or just random patterns, leaving space between each cut-out. On the back of the construction paper, tape the colored paper over all the cut-outs. Punch a hole in the top of the stained glass window and hang in an area with plenty of sunlight.
Mini refrigerator magnets are another creative idea. You need small craft magnets, bottle caps, hot glue gun, clear spray-on varnish, paint, brushes and Christian-themed stickers. Paint bottle caps any color of the rainbow and let them dry. Use the hot glue gun to glue a magnet to the inside of the cap. On the front of each cap, place a sticker or paint a favorite Bible verse and chapter number. Spray on a coat of varnish.