*Six years ago, I was given the title “Children’s Seasonal Craft Activities for Church” for publication on eHow. The article was originally published on July 6, 2010. It is no longer published on eHow or anywhere else so I am free to publish it here.
Typical seasonal decorations often reflect various Biblical stories. Spring and summer crafts could involve oceans and seas, animals of various habitats and weather conditions. Fall activities might include stories about harvests, foods and feasts. Winter crafts may highlight the story of Jesus' birth or winter weather or clothing practices.
Spring or Summer Activity: Jonah and the Whale
During the spring and summer months, talk to the children about how God created the ocean and all of the animals in it, such as whales. Read the Bible story of Jonah and the Whale. The children can then create the characters. Cut a milk jug and paint it so that it resembles a whale with a wide mouth. Be sure to do this before distributing the jug to the children. Make one whale to use as an example for the class. Give each child a half-page coloring sheet that includes an outline of Jonah. After the children color the character, help them cut Jonah along the outline. Secure this to a bean bag and play a game by tossing the bean bag Jonah characters into the belly of the whale.
Fall Activity: Adam and Eve
Apples are typically part of autumn decorations. Obtain a supply of red plastic sun visors from a variety store or online shopping site. A visor worn upside down with the visor sticking up and proper decorations added resembles an apple sitting on top of a child's head. Cut a stem from brown craft foam and a single leaf from green craft foam. Glue the stem and leaf to the top of the visor with hot glue. Teachers should assist younger children so that they do not burn themselves. Cut a small black circle from black craft foam and glue it onto the visor so that it resembles a worm hole in the apple. Cut out a green wiggly worm from green foam. Draw an eye and stripes or polka dots with permanent markers. Glue the worm to the visor so that it resembles a worm wiggling out of the hole. Allow the children to wear the apple visors while studying the Bible story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Winter Activity: Coat of Many Colors
Either before or after all of the Christmas festivities, include an activity that reinforces the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. Allow the children to create a coat to wear while studying the story. Obtain a supply of brown paper bags from a local grocery store or ask each child to bring one from home. Cut a hole out of the bottom large enough for a child’s head to fit through and one hole on each narrow side for arms. Cut a slit down the middle of a wide side of the bag so that it can be opened up and fitted around a child like a vest. Instruct the children to color their coats using as many colors as they like. They should attempt to color as much of the coat as possible. Paint will work best, but crayons or markers will suffice. Have the children to create the coats before the lesson so that they can wear the coats during the story.