St. Mark Sunday School
crafts, games, bulletin boards, and the fun activities we do at Sunday school as we learn about Jesus and the Bible
Sunday school craft - The third Sunday of Advent has the theme of joy so we made joy ornaments. A tiny wreath was used in place of the 'O' and the back of the ornament has the first line of the hymn 'Joy to the World' reminding students of our reason for joy at Christmas and always.
Sunday school craft - When learning about the baptism of Jesus the students made water filled bracelets from clear tubing. A little bit of glitter and tiny beads were added to show the water moving inside. A small cross shaped charm (made from shells) was hung from the bracelet as a reminder that through baptism we are connected to Jesus and His saving work on the cross.
Sunday school craft - When learning about John the Baptist and how he called people to repent as he prepared the way for the Lord, we made a 3-D ornament. Repent means to turn around so when our ornament turns around it changes to show a cross at the center of the heart. The words 'prepare the way for the Lord' were also printed on the ornament.
Sunday school craft - We made kid friendly Advent wreaths with battery operated tea lights. Double sided foam tape was wrapped around the lights and then colored paper was punched to add places for the light to shine through and adhered to the foam tape. A gold band and a gold star were added as accents. The wreath was made with garland ties and holly tinesel garland from Dollar Tree.
Sunday school game - When studying 2 Corinithians 5:17 the students played a game using tangram shapes to create a variety of animals shown on cards. Teams tried to see who could build the most new creations and then the last cards showed the letter J, Jesus in the manger, and a heart. After students finished the last cards we talked about how because of God's great love He sent Jesus to be born to be our savior and because He died and rose we are new creations in Him.
Sunday school game - On All Saint's Day we read from 1 John 3:1-3 that we are children of God. The students played a game where they each had to build a paper chain connecting themselves to God. They wrote their names on the white figures and each link of the chain had one letter to spell Jesus because He is the one who connects us to God. Although it was a race running back and forth across the room to build the connection one link at a time, we are all winners because of Christ.
Sunday school craft - On All Saint's Day one of the Bible references we read (1 John 3:1-3) was about how we are children of God. For a craft we made a paper doll snowflake (based on pinkstripeysocks.com) and glued it to a paper cross. Some kids needed help cutting the snowflake, but they loved that it was made up of kids. We also read about the white robed multitude in Revelation 7 so we left our snowflake figures uncolored.
Sunday school craft - On Reformation weekend the students colored stained glass windows with Martin Luther's seal. The window outline was printed on transparency and then the students colored it with permanent markers and layered it onto cardboard covered with lightly crinkled aluminum foil. The windows turned out beautiful!
Sunday school - For the account of the 10 lepers 10 cards with figures were taped to the wall. 'Thank you' was written on the back of one random card. The kids were divided into 2 teams and had to hop across the room on one foot to the cards and randomly select one. If the back side was blank they would run back to their team and tag the next person. It the card said 'thank you' they got a point for their team and the round was over. We mixed and reset the cards and played more rounds.
Sunday school craft - Psalm 121 talks about mountains/hills, watching over us, and not letting our foot slip. Using those ideas we talked about when rock climbing we have things like equipment, ropes, and someone to watch while we climb, but our God is even dependable than any of those things! A cross shaped carabiner is even better for securing your buddy if you can find them, but the kids still loved making these with a bit of cord and a wooden bead and clipping them onto their bags.
October is Ministry Appreciation Month so in Sunday school the kids colored outlines of words that describe our church staff. Each word was photographed while being held by the artist and then the photos were arranged together in a collage and printed poster sized. The kids presented it to the staff one Sunday morning.
Sunday school game - When studying about Nehemiah and the rebuilding of the wall and the temple the students built an oversized puzzle like a wall. Pictures from Sunday School Zone were enlarged to fit across 16 identical boxes (11X7.5X5.5 inches each from Walmart). One side of each box showed Nehemiah and the other side was Ezra. The students loved the oversized box puzzle - and also crashing their wall like the battle of Jericho.
Sunday school craft - Using clear and silver colored beads threaded onto silver pipe cleaners, we made jeweled cross ornaments. We we talking about God's love being a treasure so we glued a heart shaped gem in the center of our glittery crosses. They crosses had a wonderful sparkle in the sunlight.
Sunday school game - Students had to toss chocolate coins at a series of paper jewels, each labelled with one word from the theme of the day. When the coin landed on the jewel they got to glue a craft gem of the same color onto their treasure trail papers to keep track of their progress. The last tossing target was a chest with a heart in it and they glued a heart gem into the treasure chest on their treasure trail papers. They liked the game, but the best part was eating the chocolate coins.
Sunday school craft - Psalm 113:3 mentions the rising and setting of the sun so we made a craft featuring the Bible verse on a scrolling gradient of color over a silhouette of hills. The inside of the scrolling box winds a long strip of paper that the students colored around dowel rods that can be turned to show sunrise and sunset colors. The idea for the scrolling box is based on similar crafts seen on Pinterest.
Sunday school craft - For the parable of the lost sheep we made these cute sheep. The staff represents that it has been found by the shepherd. The body of the sheep is made from fuzzy yarn wrapped around a wood macrame ring and then a paper face, google eyes, and pipe cleaner legs and staff were added. Also works well for Good Shepherd Sunday.