by Karen & Grace Morris
Are you laughing about making “fishy people"? Well, fishers of men Bible crafts can be hilarious if you think about it that way.
But really, it's kinda like a metaphor. It is about showing people the thing they need in their lives, kinda of like the bait for a fish. Showing people about God and the Bible. Like a fish, some people are hooked by the things the “fisher” says.
Remember the story? Simon (also named Peter) and Andrew were busy catching fish. That is what they did for a living. Jesus walked by and saw the two men. Jesus said, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mathew 4:19 and Mark 1:17)
Learn about evangelism with this simple game.
At about 1 1/2 inches from one of the ends of your paper towel roll, cut a small hole about the same size as the center hole of your ribbon spool. About 2 inches from that hole, cut another one for your string to go through.
Decorate the paper towel roll with Washi tape, leaving the holes uncovered. This is going to be the pole part.
Also decorate the ribbon spool with Washi tape, leaving its hole uncovered as well. This will be the reel.
The next steps require adult help and supervision. Saws are sharp, so cutting the dowels should be done by a parent or another adult.
With the saw cut a dowel 2 1/2 inches.
Ideally, you would want your dowel to be around 3/4 inch wide. However, I was unable to find one that wide that was reasonable length.
So, in order to make the 0.25-inch dowel to work properly, duct tape an end of it until it is thick enough to fit snugly in the hole of the ribbon spool but so you can still turn it. Take the dowel out of the hole to finish making the handle.
Cut a strip a foil that is 6 inches long and 12 inches wide. On the end of your dowel that doesn't have any duct tape, tightly wrap the foil there. When the foil is all wrapped, at about 1 inch of the foil blend downwards.
Now, at about 2 1/4 inches from that point, blend the foil to the right. Measure about 1 inch from that point and cut off any extra foil.
With the saw, cut three pieces of the wooden skewers from the non-pointy end. Two that are both 1 inch long and one that is 2 1/4 inches long.
Very carefully open the foil at the 1-inch side a little and slip one of the 1-inch skewers, wrapping the foil back. Taking the 2 1/4 inch skewer, do the same to the next part of foil. Then do the same to the last 1-inch skewers.
In order to secure properly and so, you can actually use it as a handle. Duct tape the whole thing accordingly.
With the end of the dowel that was measured accordingly to fit in the hold of the ribbon spool, stick it inside the hole of the ribbon spool. Now, stick the end inside the hole of the paper towel roll.
Very carefully add more duct tape to the end of the dowel that is inside the paper towel roll, so you can't just pull it out.
With the ribbon spool, tape an end of yellow yarn to where the ribbon would be on the ribbon spool. Wrap the yellow yarn 10 times around it. Take about 43 inches of extra yarn and cut. At the end of the yarn wrap it in tape.
Stick the taped end through the tiny hole in the paper towel roll meant for the yarn. Slide it down the far end of the paper towel roll and let it drop. Tie the binder clip to that end.
There! Your fishing pole is competed! You should be able to use the handle to help you draw the line back in. But now that you have a pole, let's go make some fish to catch!
To make your fish, take a piece of craft foam and draw an almost complete oval with your sharpie. Take both of the ends and cross them into a triangle. At the top of the oval, draw a cross shape for the eye.
On the fish write a Bible verse reference. Some good verses are John 3:16, Palms 23, Romans 3:23, and the fisher's of men verse Matthew 4:19. You are going to want a lot of fish!
Now that you have made one of the fishers of men Bible crafts, it is time to play a game. To play the game, make a second pole and make duplicates of all the fish you have made on a different color of craft foam. Put the fish in two piles. Make two teams. Have one member of each team sit near their pile of fish. They will be in charge to put the fish on the other team's line.
Have the members of each team take turns using the fishing poles. Have someone dangle their pole over the fish and the other team member place a random fish at the end of the binder clip. Once the member gets their fish, have them find the passage in the Bible and tell the other team the verse giving them the fish.
Older kids can explain what they think the verse means.
You can find fishermen using nets on boats.
Cut approximately 24 inches from a roll of tulle.
Thread the tulle on the pipe cleaner by pushing one end of the pipe cleaner through the net.
Fold the pipe cleaner in a circle. Twist to secure. You will want to leave at least 1/2 inch on each end so that you can attach the dowel.
Thread a needle with craft thread. Sew the bottom of the net, pulling tight so that it bunches together.
Add your dowel to the pipe cleaner.
To make a fish with the head of a person, print the PDF.
PS Save the PDF it is used for two of the fishers of men Bible crafts.
Cut out the oval fish shape from construction paper. Cut the circle from white paper.
Glue the circle to the top of the fish. Draw hair and a face on the circle with markers.
Draw arms on the oval.
Place the fish in the net.
Fishers of men Bible crafts wouldn't be complete without a fisherman.
Put one of the ends of a blue pipe cleaner in the hole on the spring part of the clothespin. Twist the pipe cleaner around the clothespin.
Add the large pompom to the back of the clothespin. Add another pipe cleaner and twist to cover some more.
Place one of the ends of a third blue pipe cleaner under the pipe cleaner that is on the clothespin and twist around one end to secure. Bend the pipe cleaner in half and make the leg. Do the same to the other side with the last blue pipe cleaner.
Place one yellow pipe cleaner in the spring hole and bend around the clothespin.
Fold the end back to make an arm. Do the same with the other yellow pipe cleaner.
Place a 6-inch piece of yellow pipe cleaner in the center of the clothespin. Wrap it around once. Place the end in the center.
Add the yarn under one of the yellow pipe cleaners. Wrap the yarn around the yellow pipe cleaners on the clothespin. Tuck the end under.
Place the head on the pipe cleaner.
Cut the bendable part off the straw. Thread the craft string through the straw. Add slits in the straw. Place the string in the slits so that it says in the straw.
To make the Bible, cut a toilet roll so that it measures 1 3 /4 inches and flatten.
Fold the lined paper in half. Then in thirds. Cut a piece that will fit on the cardboard and staple in the center. Write Holy Bible in the center of the paper.
To make the lake, cut a plastic glass so that it is 1 1/2 inches tall. Fill it with blue tissue paper.
Place the fishing pole in the man's arms.
Place the Bible on his legs.
Here is one of the easiest fishers of men Bible crafts. It is also inexpensive.
Men floating in the sea of life. Some are caught by a caring fisherman.
Remember the fishers of men Bible crafts PDF? You will need to download and print the boat this time. Fold a piece of brown construction paper in half and place the boat pattern on the fold. Draw around the pattern and cut out.
Fold a small piece of white paper in half and draw half of a person.
Place the person in the boat. Only unfold the head part.
Cut a 2 by 1 1/2 inch piece of brown paper. Cover one side with glue. Cut a piece of craft string 7 inches long. Add the string to the center of the paper. Roll the piece together to make a fishing rod.
Place the fishing rod in the arms of the person.
Draw waves on a dark blue.
Glue the waves to the background.
Add the boat. Add smiley stickers to the waves.
Have fun using fishers of men Bible crafts to help your kids remember when Jesus called Peter and Andrew.