Love this lesson in Acts when the Christians were praying so hard for Peter’s release from prison and then when he was broken out of prison by an angel, they were completely shocked to see him standing at the door. I used felt on this project for the angel’s clothing, but you could just use white paper and the angel would be just as cute.
Objective: Children will make an angel to remind them that God sends His angels to protect us.
- Bible verse page
- Triangle template
- White felt
- White feathers
- Glue sticks
- Gold gel pen
Time: 10-15 min
- Cut out the angels’ faces, Using the triangle template, cut out enough triangles from the felt to have one for each child.
- Pass out the Bible verse page.
- Have the children glue on the felt triangle in the middle of the page.
- Have them glue on the head to the top of the triangle.
- Pass out the feathers. And have them glue them on the sides of the triangle to create wings.
- Once the angel is glued together, the teacher can use the gold pen to draw a flat oval over the angel’s head creating a halo.
Angel 1 of 3 Angel 2 of 3 Angel 3 of 3
Animals coming down on a sheet from heaven? Some crazy dream some guy had 2,000 year ago. What does that mean to me? Well it means that we non-Jews are accepted and loved by God…so pretty important stuff! While maybe small children won’t understand the theological meaning of Peter’s vision of unclean animals on a sheet, what they will understand is that Jesus loves them and the Jesus loves and accepts everyone!
Objective: Children will make a cute little frog to remind them that Jesus loves and accepts everyone.
- Template of frog
- Template of heart
- Glue sticks and/or glue
- Googly eyes
Time: 5-10 min
- For smaller children, cut out the frogs and hearts. If your children are a little older and like to cut, just cut out the frogs and let them cut out their own hearts.
- Pass out the red hearts and have the children color them.
- If you did not cut out the hearts, pass out the scissors. Let the children cut out their hearts.
- Pass out the frogs. Have the children glue the googly eyes onto the frog head.
- Pass out glue sticks and have the children glue their hearts to the frog’s belly
God Toadally Loves Everyone
What? Your church doesn’t focus children’s lessons on the stoning of people?!! =:0 Well, there is persecution and all you need to do is look at the world we are living in right now. Christians are being beheaded and shot in other countries just for being christians. It is certainly relevant and I had a very hard time with this craft, I mean, how am I supposed to make a craft about a martyr? Rocks. That’s about all I could come up with. Very original, I know. So what did I come up with? Two crafts. These crafts require a certain level of preparation in addition to what I usually post.
The first one, I would say any age can do. It is a bit messy, but it’s fun. I found this recipe for rock dough via Sense of Wonder http://kristin.asenseofwonderplayschool.com/2011/10/more-dinosaurs-as-promised.html where she used it to make dinosaur prints. It worked great and was simple and the kids really enjoyed it. Here is the recipe: Take 1 cup of used coffee grounds and 1/2 cup of cold coffee. Mix it together with 1 1/2 cups of flour (our dough was a little runny so I added another 1/2 cup of flour) and 1/2 cups of salt. Kneed the dough together.
Objective: Children will make their own rock to remind them of how Stephen forgave just as Christ forgave.
- Pre-portioned bags (flour and salt, coffee grounds)
- Large bowl
- Large spoon
- Tooth picks
- Template for flags
- Glue sticks
Time: 5-10 min
- Cut out the Stephen flags. You can pre-assemble the flags for your children if you like.
- Instruct them to wad up the dough into a lump until it looks like a stone.
- Pass out bowls/plates and pass out chunks of dough to each of the children.
- Take the crumbly dough and knead it until it is smooth and pliable.
- Pour in your coffee and stir until well incorporated.
- You can either have the children help you drop in the ingredients and stir or you can make it on your own. Take out your bowl and spoon. Poor in dry ingredients and give it a stir.
- Have them lay their stone on the bowl/plate and set aside.
- Pass out one tooth pick, a flag and a glue stick. Have children apply glue to the side without the words and pictures and then fold in half with the toothpick in the fold.
- Have them stick the toothpick in their rock
- Remember to tell the moms that the rock will dry in about 24 hours.
Fairly simple, and dries pretty hard over night. I had the rocks placed into styrofoam bowls to go home with the kids, but if you are just at home, I’m sure they could just sit out on some waxed paper to dry.
The second craft I came up with was more symbolic and not as hands on for the kids, but I would still suggest it for older children. I had to use some serious glue called E6000 to get metal to stick to the rock, but the necklaces came out cute and it was a reminder of the price that people have paid as they took up for Christ and also how Stephen, in pain and being killed, still forgave these people.
I bought some thin wire made a loop and twisted it so that it would not poke the children. Then I squeezed out a glob of the E6000 onto a small rock, the kind that you’d stick in a vase, and covered the wire in it. Left them to dry overnight and then check to make sure the wire was not sticking out. If it was sticking out, I added more of the E6000 and then I was certain it would not scratch the children.
Objective: Children will make a rock necklace to remind them of how Stephen forgave just as Christ forgave.
- Rocks with hooks glued to them
Time: 5-10 min
- Cut the ribbon into 30” strips, one for each child in your class.
- Pass out the ribbon.
- Let the children choose their rock.
- Have the children fold the ribbon in half.
- Stick the folded piece through the hook on the rock so about 1 inch is poking though, forming a little loop.
- Now feed the loose ends though the loop and tighten to secure.
- Tie a knot in the loose ends and cut off any excess ribbon.
This craft was inspired through a few different things at church. Teaching our children to pray is one of the most important habits we can help them form. Where do you pray? Do your children see you pray? Why is it important to take the time to pray? Why so we close our eyes and fold our hands? Do we have to close our eyes and fold our hands for God to hear us? Well, no of course not, but especially when we are little or when there is just too much distraction it is best for us to close out the world around us and come to a place where it is just you and the Lord. This is a little door hanger that can be printed on card stock and panted or colored and then hung on the child’s door to remind them to pray.
Objective: Children will make door hanger to remind them to pray.
- Templates of door hangers
- Water colors
- Paint brushes
Time: 5-10 min + drying time
- Cut out the door hangers.
- Pass out the door hangers to the children. Read it out loud to them. Tell them they are making it to hang on a door nob (you may demonstrate it on the classroom doorknob) so that they can remember to pray for everything and especially people’s salvation just as Peter and John did in Acts 4.
- Fill cups up with water and pass out the watercolors and brushes. Let the children paint their door hanger and set aside to dry.
Praying door hanger
Well, this year, my church is studying Acts so most of the upcoming crafts will be based out of Acts. I have seen the flame on head bands craft floating around Pinterest, but no one had a useable template, so I had to make it myself. I’ll save you the trouble. All you have to do is have some extra sheets of paper to add to the band to finish off the “hat”. The windpipe craft, I only gave to older children, but it was pretty cool to blow through the straws, and hear the rushing wind, so if you wanted to just pre make it and let the kids blow on them, I think they’d really enjoy it.
Objective: Children will make a Holy Spirit hat to represent the fire over their heads and a windpipe to be used to help them retell the Bible lesson.
- Markers or crayons (red, yellow and orange)
- Glue sticks
- Scotch tape
- Templates of flames and head band
Time: 10-15 min total
- Cut out the strips for the headband. Each child will need the Bible verse strip as well as a blank strip. You may want to cut a few extra blanks just incase.
- Portion out the flames so each child can cut their own flame.
- Pass out the flames to each child and explain that the Holy Spirit came down like fire and set over the believer’s heads.
- Have them pick out the red orange and yellow markers or crayons. Have the children color the flames.
- Pass out the pre-cut headband pieces, glue sticks and tape.
- Have the children glue the flames on top of the x’s that are in the center of the Bible verse.
- Have the children tape down one blank strip to each Bible verse strip to form a band the band. If they need more length add an extra blank strip to the other side of the Bible verse.
- Take each band and measure the child’s head and staple it with the flat part of the staple on the inside of the band.
- Take a long piece of tape for each child and tape the ends to the table so the sticky side is facing up, but it is secured to the table.
- Take 12 straws and lay them tightly down on the tape taking care to line up the non-bendy ends. The non-bendy ends will be the strait side where the children will blow into them.
- Roll the tape up and over the straws securing them.
- Use the scissors to cut a diagonal line cutting off the bendy part of the straws to create the windpipe.
- Children can blow into the straws creating the rushing wind sound of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2 Flames 1 of 2
Acts 2 Flames 2 of 2
The Bible says that no one knows the day that Jesus is coming back! This little clock is great for any age. It really doesn’t matter if the kids put the number in the correct order or not because we don’t know the time! I love that about this craft, and I think the clock is kind of cute too!
Objective: Children will make a clock that can watch for us
Pipe cleaners “hands”
Time: about 15-20 minutes
Preparation: Use a razor blade or edge of scissors to cut a small opening in the center of the clock face so that the brad will go through more easily. Depending on the age of your children, you may want to cut out the numbers ahead of time and just hand them to the kids already cut out.
- pass out the clock faces and the numbers. Have the children glue the numbers in the boxes on the clock face. It doesn’t matter if they are in order because we don’t know the time anyhow!
- Pass out the brads and poke the brad into the center of the clock face and secure it.
- Wrap a pipe cleaner around the brad and have the children bend and point the “hands” any way they like.
- Glue on googly eyes to complete the clock face
Be ready for Jesus
What better way to have the last supper with Jesus than to have your own place setting?! Here is a place mat with a Bible verse, and a plate, cup and bread to put on the plate. You can go over what Jesus said to His disciples and then hand out the cup an plate and have your kids glue them on. I felt like it might help them remember just a little better if they could hold something in their hand.
Objective: Children will make a place setting with the elements of the last supper
Placemats with Bible truth
Plate and cup pages
Time: about 10-20 minutes
Preparation: For smaller children, you can cut out the plates and cups. You can leave them to cut the bread if you’d like since it is “torn” or you can cut that out as well. Each child will receive one loaf of bread.
- Pass out the plate and cup page. Have children color and the cut them out.
- Pass out the loaves of bread and have then children cut one out as well.
- Pass out the placemats. The children can color and decorate these as well.
- Have the children glue the cup and the plate down and glue the bread on the plate.
Last Supper Place setting