*Six years ago, I was given the title “Jesus Crafts for Children” for publication on eHow. The article was originally published on July 17, 2010. It is no longer published on eHow or anywhere else so I am free to publish it here.
Bible and church-related craft projects encourage children to participate in church-related activities. Crafts about Jesus and his biblical experiences reinforce the lessons children learn while they are at church.
Clay Pot Nativity
Paint two clay pots, one for the body of Joseph and one for the body of Mary. Paint one clay saucer for the manger. Obtain two large or medium wooden knobs and one small knob. Use a fine-tipped permanent marker to draw the faces of Joseph and Mary on the larger knobs and baby Jesus’ face on the smaller knob. Turn the clay pots upside down and use glue to attach the heads of Mary and Joseph. After the glue dries, drape a piece of fabric over the heads of Mary and Joseph to create robes. Tie the robes in place with yarn. Place a small amount of raffia into the clay saucer. Wrap a small piece of fabric and glue it so that it resembles a swaddling blanket. Attach the smaller knob with baby Jesus’ face so that it looks as if He is wrapped up in the manger. Display the clay pot nativity scene in a window or on a table.
Jesus Walks On Water
Instruct older children to participate independently if needed. Younger children will require assistance. Use a light blue sheet of construction paper for the background. Using colors of your choice, form a sailboat using a semi-circle, two triangles and a rectangle. Cut out an image of Jesus and a dark, gray cloud. Paste the cloud in the upper left hand corner of the background paper. Paste the sailboat along the right side of the background. Cut out and glue two strips of dark blue waves. Glue one wave onto the bottom of the background paper about two inches above the edge. Cut a slit along the bottom of the first wave so that it goes all the way through the paper. Mount a craft stick onto the back of Jesus and slide him through the slit so that the body of Jesus is on the front side of the paper. Paste the second wave onto the bottom of the paper so that Jesus moves up and down and across the page between the two waves.
Church and People Puppets
Create a church from folded card-stock or allow children to color a church template. Fold it so that it stands up. Attach it to cardboard for durability. Use card-stock or foam to cut out shapes of people and glue them onto craft sticks. Allow the children to use the puppets and paper church to create and act out going to church or other activities they enjoy while they are at church.