by Karen & Grace Morris
Kids can have fun while making the parables of Jesus crafts. Jesus told stories to illustrate a point. Here we will use crafts to show His stories.
From lost sheep to buried treasure, your Sunday school class will have fun making the crafts.
A shepherd has a hundred sheep but looses one. He goes out to find the one lost sheep.
You can find the parable in Mathew 18:10-14 and Luke 15:3-7.
On a small rectangle, draw a 3 by 2-inch cloud shape. Cut the shape out. This will be the sheep's body.
Cut an oval approximately 1 1/2 by 1 inch for the face. Cut four thin strips of black paper for the legs. Cut three small tear shapes for the tail and ears.
Glue each ear to the sides of the oval shape. Add wiggly eyes between the two ears.
Glue the head to the body piece. Glue the tail and legs to the back of the cloud shape.
Cut several ovals from brown paper to make boulders. Glue to the green sheet.
Glue the sheep on one side of the green paper.
Cut a 4 1/2 inch square from green paper. Cut narrow, long strips to represent grass.
Glue the bottom of the grass piece to the green paper over the sheep.
A woman has ten coins but looses one. She cleans her house to find it. The story in Luke 15:8-10.
Cut a piece of yarn approximately 12 inches and set aside.
Wrap more yarn around a 3 by 2-inch piece of cardboard several times to make the tassel.
Carefully remove the yarn from the cardboard.
Wrap the cut piece of yarn around near one end of the loops. Tie the ends of the yarn in a knot.
Slip the tassel on the end of a Popsicle stick. Pull the yarn back and add a drop of glue to the top and bottom of the stick. Press the yarn into the glue.
Cut the bottom loops even.
Roll a piece of tape so that it is sticky on both sides. Or you could use double back tape. Place the tape on a table.
Add the coin to the tape.
Place the paper over the coin. With the sides of a crayon, lightly color over the coin. The picture of the coin will be etched on the paper.
Cut around the outline of the coin.
Glue the coin to the bottom of the broom.
The last two parables of Jesus crafts were about loosing something.
The kingdom of heaven is like a pearl of great cost. A merchant finds it and sells everything he has to get the pearl. You can find the story in Mathew 13:45-46.
Place your lid on the construction paper and draw around.
On one side, add a 2 by a 2-inch tab.
Cut the shape out.
Put your button in the center of the pipe cleaner.
Measure the inside of the lid. Cut a piece of felt to fit.
Place the button in the center of the felt. Make a mark on the left and right of the button.
Use the scissors to make a small slit where you made your mark. The slit should only be large enough for a pipe cleaner to go through.
Thread the ends of the pipe cleaner through the slits in the felt.
Glue the felt to the inside of the lid.
Glue the paper tab to the outside of the lid.
Write, "Pearl of Great Price", on the paper.
Heaven is like buried treasure. The parable is in Mathew 13:44.
Cut a rectangle from black paper, 6 by 5 inches. Cut off the corners to round the rectangle.
Glue to the green paper.
Cut a 4 by 3-inch rectangle from brown paper. Glue to the center of the black paper.
Add some jewels to the brown paper. Next, add some glue dots and add the sequins. Last, add more glue and add the glitter. Let it dry.
From green paper, cut an 8 by 7-inch rectangle. Fold the rectangle in half. Mark 1 inch from the cut edges.
Cut on the fold and on the top and bottom.
You should have two flaps that you can fold back.
Put some glue on the 1-inch border. Place on top of the jewels and black paper.
When you pull back the green flaps, you will see the buried treasure in the field.
Heaven is like a net cast into the sea. Read about the net in Mathew 13:47-50.
Cut the center out of the paper plate.
Color your plate if you want.
With a hole punch, make holes about 1 inch apart near the hole in the center.
Cut pieces of yarn approximately 12 inches. Thread a piece of yarn in each hole and make a knot.
When all the yarn is threaded in the holes, tie the loose ends together with a knot.
Make fish out of two different colored construction paper. For each fish, you will need a rectangle 4 by 3 inches. On the corners on the right side, draw an angled line 1 1/2 inches to the center. From the end of the lines, draw an oval. You should have a fish shape.
Cut a piece of card stock that is 8 by 2 1/2 inches. Fold the card stock so that it is 8 by 1 1/4 inches. Color the handle with a crayon.
Glue to the back of the paper plate.
Place your fish in the net.
Five ladies were foolish and didn't bring extra oil. Five were wise and brought oil. The parable is in Mathew 25:1-13.
Fold an 8 by 7 1/2 inch piece of brown construction paper in half so that it is 4 by 7 1/2 inches.
Draw a curved line in the center of the folded line.
Approximately 1/2 inch from one side, draw another curved line on the fold.
On the opposite side, draw a “V” approximately 1 inch from the edge.
Cut on the lines. Also, round the bottom by cutting off the corners.
For the handle, fold the end piece and cut out the center.
To make the flame, cut a 1 by 2-inch piece of yellow tissue paper. Round one end of the tissue.
Place the flame in the hole at the end of the lamp. Glue the flame in place.
Glue the lamp together.
To make the oil container, you will need a 4 by 7 1/2 inch piece of brown construction paper.
Fold the paper so that it is 2 by 7 1/2 inches.
To make the spout, curve the top starting approximately 1/2 inch from the fold.
Cut off the corner to round the bottom.
Write, "5 brought oil", on the container.
Hopefully, the parables of Jesus crafts have helped you teach your kids these important Biblical truths.