In Matthew 22:35-40, Jesus states that all of God’s law is summarized in two commandments. The first commandment from Deuteronomy 6:5 says to love God with all your heart, soul and mind. The second commandment comes from Leviticus 19:18 and requires you to love your neighbor as yourself. Crafts focused on these two laws remind believers to practice their faith.
Greatest Commandments Shirts
The believer has a command to love God and love others. Illustrate the concept on a shirt using a triangle, three hearts and four words. Draw a triangle as three line segments with arrows at the both ends of the line segments. Place a heart at the end of each of the arrowed line segments. Write “God” in the heart at the apex of the triangle. Write “Me” in the triangle on the left and “Others” in the triangle on the right. Write “Love” in the center of the triangle. Add other decorative flourishes to the shirt, if you desire. This craft is appropriate for ages 6 and above.
Love Key Chains
Use a 12-inch length of plastic cord, alphabet beads and a split ring to create a key chain ornament. Fold the cord in half and insert the fold into the center of the split ring. Thread the ends of the cord into the cord fold and pull them through to create a slip loop around the split ring. Use the alphabet beads to spell “Love God” and “Love Others.” String the beads in reverse and tie a knot on the end of each cord. This craft is appropriate for ages 6 to 10.
Loving First Aid Kits
In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus affirms the same Scriptures he addresses in Matthew 22. He tells the story of the Good Samaritan to give context to loving your neighbor. A craft based on that depiction could build a first aid kit to remind you of concrete ways to love your neighbor. Place a large red cross on the top of your first aid kit with “Love” written at the point where the crosspiece of the cross meets the vertical piece. Write “God” at the top of the vertical shaft and “me” and “others” written at the ends of the horizontal crossbar. Use the supplies you stock in the kit to provide tangible loving service to others. This craft is appropriate for ages 6 and above.
When Jesus finishes the story of the Good Samaritan, the lawyer understands that he must show compassion and mercy to others to fulfill the second commandment. A craft for children to teach loving God and loving others places a large cross on a sheet of paper. Write “Love God” above the cross and “Love Others” on the horizontal crosspiece. Glue pictures of people from all walks of life, races and appearances all around the cross. At the bottom of the cross write, “These are my neighbors.” This craft is appropriate for ages 6 to 10.
Rev. Kathryn Rateliff Barr has taught birth, parenting, vaccinations and alternative medicine classes since 1994. She is a pastoral family counselor and has parented birth, step, adopted and foster children. She holds bachelor's degrees in English and history from Centenary College of Louisiana. Studies include midwifery, naturopathy and other alternative therapies.