Vacation Bible School Crafts for 4- & 5-Year-Olds

by Kathryn Rateliff Barr Google

    “Mommy, look what I made in vacation Bible school today. Want me to tell you about it?” Vacation Bible schools use crafts to help children remember the lessons. You can enjoy the crafts your child brings home and help her make similar crafts at home during family Bible story or devotions.

    Craft foam is a versatile medium for many craft projects. You can purchase precut foam shapes or cut your own shapes in various colors and textures. You might give her a craft foam cross and suggest, “You can use these acrylic jewels, glitter glue, stickers or markers to make a pretty cross to hang in your room.” You might say, “Would you like to make puppets with the people shapes so you can put on a play about this Bible story?” Alternatively, you could ask, “Would you like to make a cover your Bible storybook with this soft foam and some pretty stickers?”

    No matter what size of paper you have, your preschooler can use it to create vacation Bible school crafts. You could ask, “Would you like to help me create a Bible story mural we can hang on the wall in your room?” If she carries an offering to vacation Bible school you can show her how to make an offering box out of folded card stock or scrapbooking paper. You could provide card stock or construction paper and acrylic jewels and suggest, “Would you like to make a crown for Queen Esther?”

    Many stores will give you free cardboard to use for crafts. Your preschooler might enjoy making a sword and shield when you remind her, “Use the shield of the faith and the sword of the Spirit every day when you pray.” You could ask, “What is your favorite Bible story?” and let her create a diorama of the Bible story. After you read the story of Moses receiving the 10 commandments, you might suggest, “Would you like to make your own set of stone tablets out of this cardboard box?”

    Preschoolers enjoy working the beads in various colors, shapes and textures. You might supply some salt clay, using equal parts of flour and salt mixed with a little water and some beads and ask, “Would you like to make some ornaments for our Christmas tree?” After you read a story about Queen Esther or Bathsheba, you might suggest, “Would you like to use these beads to make jewelry like the queen wore?” Alternatively, you might read the story of the breastplate of judgment and say, “Would you like to use clay and beads to show me what you think the breastplate looked like?”

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    About the Author

    Rev. Kathryn Rateliff Barr has taught birth, parenting, vaccinations and alternative medicine classes since 1994. She is a pastoral family counselor and has parented birth, step, adopted and foster children. She holds bachelor's degrees in English and history from Centenary College of Louisiana. Studies include midwifery, naturopathy and other alternative therapies.

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