This is one of my favourite Holiday Bible Club crafts that I’ve done. It fits with so many stories as it is just a scene of a town. It’s fun to make and 3D.
All you need is
Square paper plate (need to be quite sturdy)
Tissue paper/sugar paper
Background scene printed onto card – same size in width as the centre of the paper plate with about an inch of card that can be folded to make a flap which will be glued so the scene stands on the paper plate
Felt tips for colouring the scene
Square block of wood to make a house – doors and windows and outside steps to be added by the children
To Assemble the children need to –
Colour the background scene and stick onto paper plate to make a back drop
Add doors, windows and steps to house and glue onto the plate in the foreground
Add tissue paper/sugar paper to make paths/grass/sand
We used a wooden spoon based craft for the bible story about Jesus healing a man who had leprosy. You can read the story in Matthew 8.
The children drew a sad face one side of the spoon and a happy face the other. We used kitchen roll for the clothes – a fairly good quality brand that the children could decorate with felt pens. The arms and belt are pipe cleaners. Use a slighty longer pipe cleaner for the arms.
To make –
Draw the faces on the spoon and write name on the spoon handle
Colour/decorate the square of kitchen roll – I cut the kitchen roll squares into quarters which made them just the right size for our small wooden spoons. Once coloured fold the quarter in half and then in half again and make a small cut on the fold. Slide the spoon through this and then add the arms. Finally add the belt.
This basic idea can be used for retelling lots of Bible stories. Large wooden spoons make great puppets too. Have a look at this idea here.
In October half term our church is running a Holiday Bible Club. This scene is part of the decorations for the hall.
It is made using a template bought from www.creativeforkids.com. It’s a download. You need to photocopy the scene onto acetate ready to enlarge. We used an OHP (so glad we kept it!) to enlarge the picture onto material, drew the outline and then painted the picture with poster paint. In between the drawing and painting I hemmed the top to make it possible to slide a curtain rail through so we can attach the whole thing to the wall. There is just one thing to keep in mind if you want to have a go yourself – you need a lot of space and make sure you cover the floor with plastic so that if the paint seeps through it won’t matter! Finally, I am so glad that we finished this 🙂
I’ve made a baby Moses paper plate craft before but wanted something a little simpler for our Holiday Bible Club as we don’t have a lot of time per age group. So this time there was no drawing round hands and the paper plate is a square plate.
To prepare I pre cut a slit in each square plate, prepared a piece of green card the right size to slot into the slit and printed lots of baby Moses’s and basket lids.
The children needed to cut the green card to make reeds, slot into the plate (a leader then used cellotape to secure the green card under the plate), mould a plasticine basket and place a coloured in Moses inside. The plate was decorated with blue and white tissue paper. A label was added ‘God kept Moses safe’ by ________.
You could use air drying clay but the plasticine was pretty much mess free. There is a softer version for young children.
Moses has a sad face because he was crying when the basket was opened.