Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.
I have found that it's much easier to hold the attention of students if you get them involved. These are the criteria that I consider when planning an art or craft for a Christian doctrine class: is it meaningful, age appropriate and fun? I consider a lesson successful if the student retains the message being taught, partially because the art or craft included in the class has been enjoyable and memorable.
If you teach Sunday school, Christian doctrine classes or Bible study, I'm sure you'll be interested in the Christian crafts found in this article. Use the information to simplify the planning of your classes.
Find out how easy it is to make the Noah's Ark project shown above by going to the Mama Jenn site.
1. I Can Pray When
This is such a cute idea for helping the little ones understand that you can pray anytime and for anything. The tutorial for this project can be found at Crafting The Word Of God.
2. Learn the Beatitudes
You might call this a real hands on project. Forget I said that. The kids will love using their own hands as a pattern to make this project. Learning the beatitudes will be easy while following the instructions, to make this project, at Christianity Cove.
3. Prophecy and Fulfillment
This activity is an Old Testament prophecy/New Testament fulfillment lesson on Jesus' birth. You'll find all the instructions, and downloads, at I Can Teach My Child.
4. Ten Commandment iPhone
Do you think that if Moses were to receive the Ten Commandment today, that God may have sent them by phone? No, I don't think so either. But maybe this project will be interesting to the kids who are studying the commandments. Find the patterns and instructions for this project at Kids & Glitter.
5. Rocking Noah's Ark
This paper plate art project will be so much fun for the kids. First they will make the ark and then all the characters that make up the Noah's Ark story. Go to All Kids Network for the instructions.
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6. Noah's Ark Cut & Carry
A project especially for preschool students. This Noah's Ark cut and carry has downloads and instructions at Bible Fun for Kids.
7. Fruits of the Spirit Basket
I love all the different bible craft projects that help the kids hear and retain the lessons of the Bible. For this Fruits of the Spirit craft, go to Bible Crafts and
Activities for the instructions.
8. Pumpkin Prayer
I love it when some ordinary action can be an opportunity for prayer. This pumpkin prayer is a perfect example. Find the template for this prayer at First Grade with Miss Snowden.
9. ABC Bible Verse Flashcards
Homeschool Creations shares with us this fantastic way to learn Bible verses, whether young or old. The printables are included with the directions for making these flashcards.
10. Pony Bead Cross Necklace
I can imagine that the kids will have lots of fun making their own cross necklace to wear or to give as a gift. Find the instructions for this beaded cross craft at Reinvented Style.
11. Bible Verse Candle Holders
On this site, Scripture and…Music…Crafts…Life you'll find out how to print images on tissue paper and how to decoupage the images onto glass candle holders. A very nice tutorial on this site.
12. Jesus Rocks
What a great opportunity to talk to the little ones about how God made everything in nature and how blessed we are to have such beauty around us. Go to YarniGras
13. Parable of the Lost Sheep
On her blog, Michelle Paige has a great lamb project to make after reading the parable about Jesus and the Lost Sheep. This story reminds us about how much God loves each of us.
14. Fishers of Men Tackle Box
The kids make a tackle box and fill it with items that will be used to witness for Christ. Christian Games and Crafts is where you'll find this Fishers of Men project.
15. Empty Tomb Jelly Bean Game
This blog has two games and a lesson plan to make this a perfect classroom or home Lenten game. Go to The Catholic Toolbox for the complete lesson plan, game and tutorials.
16. Jonah and the Whale Quiet Book
I'm so impressed with this Jonah and the Whale quiet book, and it definitely is a labor of love. Find all the information you need to make this book at Get Your Craft On.
17. Heart Pocket
18. Prayer Jar
I love this prayer jar idea because it reminds us to give our worries and cares to the Lord as in Psalm 55:22 which says, “Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you.” You can find more information and the tutorial for making this prayer jar at When Life Gave Me Lemonade. I think this is a great idea for family and classroom use. An appropriate Lenten project also.
19. Learning About Forgiveness
This is a nice art project to use when studying the Bible story about the Prodigal Son. Find a nice explanation of the parable and the instructions for the craft project at Meaningful Mama. Bible stories, just like other classroom subjects, make a more lasting impression when an art project is included.
20. Feeding the Multitudes
Help the kids remember the Bible story about Jesus feeding the 5000 with loaves and fishes by doing this activity. You'll find an impressive craft and tutorial at Crafting the Word of God.
21. Christmas Countdown Calendar
You'll love how easy it will be to help the kids make this Christmas countdown calendar. I love this project! Find the instructions at Bible Study Printables.
22. Eggshell Cross
You'll find a recipe for coloring eggs, plus the instructions for making this beautiful eggshell cross at Amy's Free Ideas. Remember to save the shells from the Easter eggs for this project.
23. We All Fit Together
Use this idea in a classroom and discuss how each person is important to the success of the entire class. Find the directions for this outstanding project at Mrs. Goff's Pre-K Tales.
24. Jesus Calms the Water
This project tells the story of Jesus on the water using a paper plate for the sea, and little foam fishes. If you can't find the little fishes, make your own using felt or fun foam. Find the instructions for this craft at One Artsy Mom.
25. Body of Christ Crayon Melts
A great lesson to be learned while doing this craft. Find the tutorial at Flame; Creative Children's Ministry
26. Easy Star Ornament
Make this easy star ornament, with the kids, using pony beads, straws and chenille strips. The instructions can be found at Parents.
27. Life of Jesus Cross
After reading the life stories of Jesus, all the little ones color,cut and paste this life of Jesus cross. You'll find the printables at PreKinders. A very nice Lenten and Easter craft.
28. Jesus Loves Me Frame
You may want to note the year and the child's grade and age on the back of the frame, because it is possible it will become a keepsake. Go to the Catholic Icing site for all the instructions for making this frame.
29. Joseph's Coat Craft
30. Symbols of the Sacraments
The kids will be learning without really trying when you give them this printable of the symbols of the Sacraments to color. You'll find the instructions and printables to download at Look to Him & Be Radiant .
31. Ten Commandments Lap Book
Being involved in making a lap book, containing the ten commandments, will help in the memorization process of learning them. Find this outstanding project at Shower of Roses.
32. Suncatcher Cross
Contact paper and colored tissue paper are the two main supplies needed to make this beautiful suncatcher cross. The kids will love making this craft project for Easter celebrations. Find the instructions at Mommyapolis.
33. Prayer Starters
Imagine how much easier it will be for the kids to learn to pray independently with a set of these prayer starter cards. This outstanding idea and directions for making the cards is from the Catholic Icing site.
34. Creation Cubes
This creation cubes craft is perfect for your Sunday school class. Easy for the little ones, but interesting enough for those a little older. Find the instructions and downloads at Bible Worksheets.
35. Where is Moses?
You can bet the kids will love doing this craft after hearing the story of the baby Moses. Go to Crafting the Word of God for all the information you need for this project. This is really a cute idea.
36. Fruit of the Spirit Necklace
You and your children, or class, will definitely enjoy making this necklace. You'll find the printable and instructions at Mrs. Jones' Creation Station.
37. Fishers of Men
This super kids craft is made using food mesh bags to signify fishing nets. The children will enjoy hearing the Bible story and doing this project about Jesus being the fisher of men. The project instructions are found at Creatively Reused and Recycled Art Projects .
38. The Shamrock and the Trinity
Children always find it easier to comprehend a lesson when they can do a fun project also. This craft uses the shamrock to explain the Trinity. Find the tutorial for this lesson at Bible Story Printables.com .
39. Wheel of Creation
This visual craft project will help the students understand the lesson about days of creation. Go to the Crafting the Word of God site for the tutorial.
40. Holy Spirit Lap Book
Teach about the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit by making this lap book with your class. Find all the instructions that you'll need to do this project by going to Living the Liturgical Year.
41. Printable Bible People
Imagine all the ways you'll be able to use these printable bible people. This terrific resource can be found at The Activity Mom.
42. Altoid Shrine
I'm sure the kids will enjoy preparing the Altoid tin for making their shrine. A great All Saints activity or an activity about a saint chosen for study. You'll find the tutorial for this project at Our Domestic Church.
43. Prayer Pail
The object of using a prayer pail, filled with activity sticks, is to help children with suggestions about who or what they pray for. Find all the instructions for this activity and directions for making the prayer pail, go to the Joy’s Hope site.