Using arts and crafts projects to teach valuable moral lessons from the Bible has been practiced for years. Many Sunday school sessions begin and end with these types of bible crafts for small children. Even if you have not enrolled your child in Sunday school, making bible-inspired craft projects can still be easily done through these easy steps.
- Choose a scene or story. The bible is one of the most comprehensive story books that have hundreds upon hundreds of stories ranging from Noah to Moses and Jesus Christ Himself. Choose a scene that you want to use as the theme for your craft project. The age of your child will also help you to determine what type of story you should get. Younger children need simpler stories, such as the Nativity scene. Older children, on the other hand, can handle more complex scenes such as the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.
- Determine the type of craft project. Once you have a scene or story, the next step is to determine how you will express this story through arts and crafts. For instance, you can create book marks, greeting cards, canvass paintings, or small sculptures. Again, the type of project that you will carry out will be determined by the skill level of your child. As much as possible, begin with simpler projects such as creating book marks.
- Prepare the materials. For a simple crafts projects such as book mark making, you will need card stock paper, coloring materials, pencils, ribbons, and the image of the scene that you will copy. Cut the paper into the desired size that will fit the book. You can also add variations by trimming the edges of the bookmark using scrapbooking scissors that will create various patterns such as waves and stars. To copy the image, you can either use a pencil to recreate the picture and then use a felt tip marker to outline the edges. Once this is done, your child can begin to color in the craft project. Or, you can also cut out the image and simple glue it onto the surface of the book mark for your child to color in the picture.
- Guide the children. Be sure that you are always present during the creation of the crafts project. This is especially important if you are moving on to new territories – such as creating decoupage projects, scrapbooks, or mini sculptures. For mini sculptures, for instance, you will need to supervise your child as he uses the chisel which can be dangerous especially if the child has not been oriented properly on how to use the tool.
Follow up the project with discussions. Once the project is finished, make sure that you follow up the project with a discussion about the story. Ask what lessons your child has learned as he rendered the stories from the bible. Reread the entire story from which the crafts project was based, so that your child can fully appreciate what he had just accomplished.