written by: Jan Young
• edited by: Patricia Gable
• updated: 8/30/2012
Sunday School is a great time to begin teaching young children about the Bible and God’s Word. Toddlers enjoy making simple crafts as part of these Sunday lessons. Read on for some simple, free Sunday School crafts for toddlers.
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The story of Noah’s Ark is a great one to use with toddlers as their natural interest in animals makes this story fun and interactive. There are many different kinds of crafts that can be used with Noah’s Ark.
One craft would be to have the toddlers make and decorate their own arks. Cut arks out of white or cream colored cardstock and have the children decorate the arks using crayons or markers. Paste the arks to a sheet of blue construction paper to show that they are in the water. Then, have children complete the arks by adding a rainbow, cotton ball clouds, and animal stickers. If desired, include a relevant Bible verse such as Genesis 9:13 (NIV): “I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth."
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There are many different Bible stories that incorporate the theme of fish or fishing. Some of these include Matthew 4:19 (NIV): "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." and the New Testament story of the feeding of the five thousand using the loaves and fish.
Toddlers love fish and will enjoy making one of their own. To make a simple fish, use plain white paper plates. Before the children arrive, cut a triangle out of the plate. This forms the mouth of the fish, but also can be used as the fish’s tail. Help toddlers to decorate their fish using crayons or markers, or even try using thinned out non-toxic glue to decoupage tissue paper to the fish as scales. Once dry, glue the tail to the body and help the children to draw in an eye on the fish.
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Jesus is the Good Shepherd
Lambs are another prevalent Bible story theme. This craft works well with John 10:11 (NIV) "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." as well as Psalm 23 and the Easter story.
Before the children arrive, cut a supply of sheep from cardstock or other heavy weight paper. Allow the children to glue cotton balls to the sheep to make them fluffy. Mount on a sheet of construction paper if desired, and include the Bible verse from class.
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There are many Bible verses and stories relating to love, especially the love of God. Show toddlers how special they are in God’s eyes with a craft that is full of heart! Cut out large hearts from construction paper. Using non-toxic ink, have each child place a handprint in the center of his or her heart. Decorate the hearts with stickers, crayons, or markers and be sure to include a verse that lets children know about God’s love. This can be as simple as “Jesus loves ________________!" and put the name of each child in the blank. The hearts can be made into hanging ornaments by punching a hole in the top and threading with yarn.
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Conclusion and Safety
Because toddlers are so young, make sure they are closely supervised and take care to select appropriate materials based on the age of the children.
Toddlers are never too young to learn about God and they love making things. These free Sunday School crafts for toddlers are a great place to start!