by Karen & Grace Morris
Bible crafts for kids are great for learning about the Old and New Testament. Use them for teaching Sunday school, VBS, or while homeschooling. Each project comes with facts and where to find the story in the Bible. Oh, and by the way, the activities are quick and easy.
Scroll below and read an overview of the Old and New Testament.
Was it Moses or Samson with the long hair? Your child will soon find out. All you have to do is read the story in the Bible, then do the crafts. Soon your kids will know about the great leaders and events.
The Old Testament Bible crafts for kids starts in Genesis with the story of creation.
Then God plants a garden for Adam and Eve. Eve has a conversation with a snake and eats the forbidden fruit. The man and women are banished from the garden.
Outside the garden, the people begin to populate the earth, but so does corruption. It grieves the Lord. He wants to destroy the earth and all people.
But Noah finds favor with God. The Lord tells Noah to build an ark and place two of every animal on the ark because there will be a flood. Noah obeys God.
After the flood, Noah and his family leave the ark and begin to multiply. After a time, man decides to make a great tower. They wanted the Tower of Babel to reach heaven. God saw what they were doing and decided that this was not a good idea, so he confuses their languages.
After many years, God sees Abram (Abraham). He tells Abram to leave his family and the Lord will make him into a great nation.
Abraham and his wife Sarah were old and did not have any children. They wondered how this would happen. One day, the Angel of the Lord tells Abraham and Sarah that they will have a son. The son's name was Isaac. There was another son named Ismael, but that is a story for another day.
Isaac grows up and marries Rebekah. They have twins – Esau and Jacob. Jacob tricks his brother out of his birthright. So Jacob receives the blessing of the firstborn son. Isaac doesn't want Jacob to marry the women from the area, so he sends Jacob to Rebekah's relatives.
While Jacob was traveling, he lays down to rest. He had a dream about a ladder going to heaven with angels descending and ascending. Jacob finally reaches the house of Laban, Rebekah's relatives. Laban has two daughters Leah and Rachel who marry Jacob. After a time Jacob leaves to go back to Canaan where he grew up.
Jacob had twelve sons. By the way, Jacob's name was changed to Israel. Joseph was his favorite son. So he made Joseph a special coat. This made Joseph's brothers jealous.
One day, they sold him to a band of Ishmaelites. They took Joseph to Egypt.
When in Egypt, Joseph served Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officers. During this time, Potiphar thinks that Joseph has done wrong, so he sends him to prison. While there, Joseph meets the baker and butler of Pharaoh. One day, Pharaoh has a dream. There is no one who can interpret the dream. He finds out that Joseph can interpret dreams and sends for him. Joseph tells Pharaoh that he dreamed about a famine that was coming and how to prepare for it. So Pharaoh made Joseph a ruler over Egypt.
The famine was so great that it reached Canaan, where Jacob was. Jacob sent ten of his sons to find grain in Egypt. Joseph recognizes them, but his brothers did not.
Joseph treats his brothers harshly. But still gives them grain. But he imprisons Simeon. Inside the grain sacks there is the money.
The brothers return to Jacob and tell him about the trip. After a time, they have to go back to Egypt, but also Benjamin has to go with them. When they are in Egypt, Joseph reveals who he is. the brothers are to return with Jacob and live in Egypt.
The Hebrews grow in number and a Pharaoh arises that does not know Joseph. The Hebrews are now slaves and hated by Pharaoh. Pharaoh even decides to kill all the baby boys.
Our Bible crafts for kids pick up with the story of baby Moses, who was saved by the daughter of Pharaoh.
The Hebrew people call out to God to remove the burdens from them. The Lord hears their cry and chooses Moses to save the people.
When Pharaoh refuses to let the Hebrews go, God sends ten plague on the Egyptians. Finally, Pharaoh sends the people away.
Moses leads the people through the desert. Along the way, they eat quail and manna, and receive the Ten Commandments.
When they get to the promise land, Moses sends out twelve spies.
Eventually, the Hebrew people enter the land and become a nation.
In the beginning they were governed by judges. Bible crafts for kids include several judges, such as;
The last judge was Samuel. He was also a prophet. Samuel anointed the first two kings, whose names were Saul and David. David was the one who killed Goliath. You can learn more about his life here.
Besides being king, David wrote many of the Psalms, such as Psalm 51 about a clean heart.
David had several sons. One son, Solomon, became king after David died. He is the one who built the temple for God.
After Solomon died, the kingdom was divided into Judah and Israel. Judah had twenty-one kings and the northern kingdom of Israel had nineteen. King Josiah became king when he was only eight years old. He was a king of Judah.
Prophets of God tried to lead the king and the people in the ways of God. Elijah prophesied during the time of Ahab and Jezebel.
Elisha took over the rule of prophet after Elijah.
Elisha healed Naaman of Syria of leprosy.
Another prophet who went by the name of Jonah went to Nineveh.
Israel was taken into captivity by Babylon. During this time there were other prophets such as;
Eventually, Israel was brought back to their country. They rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem and the temple.
The New Testament Bible crafts for kids centers around Jesus and the beginning of the church. The Gospel of Luke tells about the birth of Jesus. We celebrate His birth during Christmas.
During the time of Jesus, there was a prophet named John. He preached and baptized in the wilderness of Judea. He even baptized Jesus.
When Jesus starts his ministry, he calls Peter and Andrew to become fishers of men.
Later, He calls a total of twelve men to become his disciples.
A lot of people followed Jesus. They saw many miracles, such as water being turned into wine, and the feeding of the five-thousand. There were people who were healed, such as;
a lame man,
and a deaf man.
The disciples also experienced miracles. One day they were in a boat and Jesus was asleep. The wind began to blow and the boat rocked. The men were scared. They woke Jesus and he calmed the storm.
Jesus often taught in parables. Parables are stories that tell a moral. Here are some crafts for several of His parables.
He was also called the Good Shepherd, which is kind of a parable in itself.
The prodigal son is another story that was told.
One time, during the Passover, Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey. This is what we call Palm Sunday.
During the Passover meal with his disciples, he hands them the bread and wine. Saying: “Do this in remembrance of Me.”
Jesus goes out to a garden to pray. Where He is arrested and brought before the high priest. Peter follows from afar. Later, Peter denies Jesus three times.
Jesus then goes before Pontius Pilate and is sentenced to crucifixion. He dies on the cross and is laid in a tomb.
Three days later, some women go to the tomb and find it empty. Christians celebrate this event at Easter.
Later, the disciples see the risen Jesus and then see him ascend into heaven.
The disciples meet together at Pentecost and receive the Holy Spirit. They start the church.
But there are people who persecute the early Christians. One of these people was Saul. One day, Saul was walking on the road to Damascus. He sees a bright light and hears a voice.
After this experience, he becomes a Christian and changes his name to Paul. He wrote letters to different churches to help them to be Christians.
By the way, the early Bible was written on scrolls.
In the early church, there were women who helped people. Two names that are mentioned in the Bible are Lydia and Dorcas.
Here is an easy way to remember the books of the Old and New Testament.
The Bible crafts for kids tell the story of the Old and New Testament.
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