Prodigal Son Bible Craft Teaching about Forgiveness

by Karen & Grace Morris

The cute prodigal son Bible craft will help your students remember this important story.

One day, Jesus told a story about two sons. The younger son was not happy. He asked his father to give him his share of the inheritance.

The son then leaves and spends the money. He becomes broke, so, he finds a job taking care of pigs. He had to feed them and clean their dirty stalls. He was so hungry that the pods that he was feeding the pig looked good to eat.

Then he remembered home and that the servants were treated well. He decides to go home and beg his father to allow him to live as the hired help.

When the father sees his son, he runs to him. He kisses him and has a servant bring a ring and a robe. He also kills the fattened calf and has a feast for the son that has returned. You can find the story in Luke 15:11-32. 

The Son

You will need;

  • Cardboard tube - toilet roll size
  • Purple construction paper
  • Scissors
  • A scrap of white paper
  • Markers
  • Tacky glue
  • Wiggly eyes
optional cut rolls to size

If you need to cut a cardboard tube, cut it so that it is 4 inches. You can get two from a paper towel roll.

The tube also needs to be 1 1/2 inches wide. 

By the way, if you need enough cardboard tubes for a classroom, you can order them from Walmart or Amazon.

add the face to the roll

Glue eyes approximately 1/2 inch from the top of the tube. With a marker, make a mouth. Let the glue dry.

cut paper rectangles

Cut a purple rectangle 7 by 2 1/2 inches. Cut a  3 by 1-inch rectangle from white paper.

write forgiven

Write forgiven on the white paper.

make the robe

Fold the purple rectangle in half. Cut from the top corner to the bottom corner at an angle. The top when folded will measure 3 1/2 inches. The bottom when folded will measure 2 1/2 inches.

glue the message to the back of the robe

Glue the white rectangle to the center top of the purple rectangle. 

glue the robe to the tube

About 1 1/2 or 2 inches from the top of the cardboard tube, add a line of glue. The glue will be just below the mouth.

Also, add a line of glue at the bottom edge.

Place the cardboard tube in the center of the purple rectangle. Make sure that the face is showing.

overlap the ends and glue

Bring the ends around to the front. The ends should overlap some. Add some glue to the sides of the purple rectangle. Hold the ends together so that the glue has a chance to stick. 

Bonus Prodigal Son Bible Craft - the Pig

You will need;

  • File folder
  • Round objects to trace around
  • Pink construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard tube
  • Glue
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Pink button
  • Pink pipe cleaner
cut circles from light cardboard

On the file folder, trace a 7 1/2 inch circle and a 4 1/2 inch circle. Cut the circles out. 

Cut a 1 1/2 inch piece from a cardboard tube.

cut circles from pink paper

On a piece of pink construction paper, cut two circles the same size as the file folder.

Use the cardboard tube to cut two 1 1/2 inch circles for the ears. 

Also, use the tube to draw a circle 1 inch from the edge of the larger circle. Use the tube to draw a circle 1/2 inch from the edge of the smaller one. 

cut out the pieces

Cut the pieces out. Fold the small pink circles in half to make the ears. 

Fold the head and body pieces some so that you can cut the inside circle out.

glue the pieces together and glue eyes and button for the face

Glue the pink paper to the file folder circles.

Glue the button just above the hole for the nose. Then, glue the wiggly eyes above the button. Next, add the folded circles to the sides near the eyes for the ears.

make the tail

Wrap a 6-inch piece of pink pipe cleaner around a pencil. 

Poke a hole in the top of the larger circle. Push the pipe cleaner through the hole and twist to secure.

finish your pig

Trim the holes some but, the tube needs to fit snugly.

Push the cardboard tube in the hole of the larger circle. Next, push the head on it. 

Have fun making the prodigal son Bible craft. 

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