by Karen & Grace Morris
The advent season is a great time to make Isaiah Bible crafts. Below you will find a manger, Christmas baubles, a tree of Jesse, and several other crafts. The sandals can remind children that those who bring good news are blessed. Your class can also make a picture for Isaiah 9:2.
Most of the Isaiah Bible crafts are easy enough for preschoolers to do. Some are just cut-and-paste projects. Make the activities even easier by pre-cutting the rectangles and circles before class.
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 KJV
Note that sometimes Immanuel is spelled Emmanuel.
Fold the paper plate in half. From the top of the fold, measure 4 1/2 inches and draw a 3-inch line. Also, draw a line 1 1/2 from the rim.
Next, make the legs of the manger. Draw an angled line 3 inches long from the bottom of the fold. Measure 1 inch and draw another angled line 1 1/2 inches long. Draw a 3 1/2 line along the rim.
Cut on your lines. Save the center that you cut off from the paper plate.
To cover the manger with brown paper, cut two rectangles 7 by 4 inches.
Fold one of the rectangles in half. Place the fold on the fold of the paper plate. Draw around the side and legs.
Cut the shape out. Do the same with the other brown rectangle. Unfold the rectangles and paper plate.
For the baby Jesus, use the center that you cut from the paper plate. Draw a 2-inch circle for the head and a 2 1/2 inch circle for the body. It will look something like a snowman.
For the blanket, cut a 5-inch square from your favorite colored paper. Place the baby diagonally, so the head is at one corner.
Fold the bottom corner up approximately 2 inches. Fold the sides over the baby. Glue the top corner so that it stay shut.
Glue baby Jesus to the back of the paper plate at an angle. You want the baby to look like it is laying in a manger.
Glue one of the brown mangers over the baby and on the paper plate.
Glue the last brown manger to the front of the paper plate. Write Immanuel on the rim.
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: Isaiah 9:2 KJV
Cut four rectangles 2 1/2 by 2 inches from black paper.
Fold the black rectangles in half. Draw a kidney shape on the rectangles. Or you could just draw an oval shape. Cut the shape out. These will be the feet that are walking in darkness.
Cut a 2 3/4 inch circle from yellow paper.
Also, cut a 7 by 2 1/2 inch rectangle from blue or your favorite colored paper.
Glue the yellow circle to the blue rectangle to make a flashlight.
Glue the flashlight to one of the corners of the background so that it is pointing down.
Glue the feet to the background piece near the bottom.
If you want to write on the flashlight, write, “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light, Isaiah 9:2.”
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 KJV
Print and cut out the pieces from the FREE PDF. (You will notice that the word "Counsellor" has been changed to the modern spelling of "Counselor".)
Cut five 5 1/2 by 3 1/2 rectangles from construction paper.
Place the bauble pattern on the rectangles and cut around the outside.
Use a hole punch to make a hole in the top of each of the baubles.
Glue a circle to the center of each bauble.
Glue the banner to the center of a 9 by 2 1/2 inch rectangle. Cut around the outside of the white banner to make a boarder.
Punch one hole in the center of the banner. Measure 1 1/2 inches from the circle and make a hole on each side. Measure another 1 1/2 inches and make a hole. You should have five holes.
Cut a piece of string. Thread the string though the bauble with the word, “Wonderful”. Then thread the ends through the first hole on the banner. Next, cut another longer piece of string and thread through the bauble with the word, “Counselor”. Tie it to the next hole in the banner. Continue until you have place all the baubles on the banner. You could also use yarn for this step.
Isiah 11:11 talks about a branch that will grow from the stump of Jesse.
Cut a cell from the egg carton. Cut around the edge so that it is smooth.
With brown paint, paint the outside.
Bend the green pipe cleaner, leaving about 3 inches on one end.
Twist the top together.
To make the leaves, cut a 2 1/4 by 1 inch rectangle. Fold the rectangle in half. Cut a tear shape, leaving some of the folded edge intact. Unfold, you should have two leaves that are attached.
Untwist the top of the pipe cleaner some. Slip in the leaves. Twist so that the leaves stay in place.
Make a circle from the bottom of the pipe cleaner. Place in the egg carton cell.
Bend the pipe cleaner stem over the egg carton stump so that it looks like a branch growing out of it.
By the way, the picture shows that you can use a marker to color the egg carton.
How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news. (the King James Version says: “bringth good tidings”. Most other translations say: “good news”.) Isaiah 52:7-8
Fold the construction paper in half. Draw a sandal shape. (oval, 8 by 3 1/2 inches). Use a cottage cheese container to draw a curved line at the top. Measure approximately 8 inches from the top and make another curved line at the bottom. On one side, connect top and bottom with a straight line. On the other side, make a slight curved line towards the center of the sandal.
Cut the shape out. You should have two sandal shapes. If you flip one over, you will have a left and right sandal.
Make a mark 1 inch from the center top. Punch a hole at your mark. Measure 4 1/4 from the top and 1 inch from each side. Punch a hole at each side.
Add a hole protector to each hole, so it does not tear.
Thread your pipe cleaner through the bottom holes so that the ends are equal.
Cross the ends and then thread through the top hole. Spread the ends apart. Do the same with the other sandal.
On one sandal, write “good”. On the other one write “news”.
Have fun making Isaiah Bible crafts and learning about a prophet of God.