Monday, Apr 29 2013 

I started this blog with the intent of sharing craft ideas for use in teaching Bible class.  Soon after our congregation began using the Engraving Heavenly Truths curriculum and I found myself doing less crafting.  As we have moved through this curriculum, I have discovered several good resourses and wanted to share them with anyone who can and will use them.    One great resource is Creation to Revelation.  Here you will find a master disc of pictures that take you through the entire Bible.  They can be printed and used as visual aides or you could let your students build a Bible timeline.  You will also find a drill disc which has the 7 days of creation, 10 plagues, 10 commandments, etc.  Another great resource is Apologetics Press.  Here you will find a number of books that can be used in kids class as well as discovery magazine.  I purchased a copy of “Dinosaurs Unleashed” which was fascinating and quite useful.

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Here is another book that is just chock full of information regarding the creation.  My kids loved some of the stuff we talked about in this book.  It really fills one with amazement at all that God created.

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One more book that I think you will just love and find immensely useful is Gospel Light’s “Big Book of Bible Story Fun.”  This book is written for 6 – 12 year olds.  You will find drawing lessons, ideas for play dough and even telling the stories using hand movements.  All of which are reproducible.  I just love this book.  I use the drawings nearly every week.

9780830730599One last thing I wanted to tell you about is a set of study books written by Bob and Sandra Waldron.  They take you through a survey of the entire Bible.  I am currently working my way through the Old Testament.  These books are fantastic.  They are full of  information that makes it easy to understand the Bible.  Everything is laid out in an easy to navigate format which is again easy to understand.  I have learned so much.  A friend loaned me her copies of these books.  I am loving them so much and am so excited about them that I have ordered my own set.  I can’t wait to finish the study and then work through it again.  These books will be immensely useful in your personal Bible study.  This in turn will make you a better teacher.  After all, we can’t teach what we ourselves don’t know.  I ordered my set of books from CEI books.  You can also get them through the Engraving Heavenly Truths website.  I hope you find these helpful and I pray all the best for your study of God’s Word and your bible class.

Elijah and the Ravens Friday, Nov 21 2008 

Our lesson last Sunday was about God sending Ravens with food to Elijah. We talked about God sending Elijah to the widow at Zarephath. The widow fed herself, her son, and Elijah during the remainder of the drought. Her jar of flour and jar of oil never ran out. We talked about how the ravens, Elijah, and the widow obeyed God. For our craft, we colored pictures of ravens, cut them out, glued to another piece of paper, and then wrote down ways we can obey God. The template and idea came from my teacher’s manual, New Life Through His Word. This curriculum is put out by 21st Century Christian.

Paper Chains Tuesday, Sep 30 2008 


I wanted to share this wonderful idea for a paper chain. I found it on the Folding Trees website. The good people at Folding Trees scour the web in search of paper craft ideas and then share them in a blog format. This paper chain can be made without glue or tape. You can find the tutorial for these paper chains here. Paper chains are handy for decorating and can be used in class as well. We made paper prayer chains one Sunday. The students wrote something on each link for which they could pray. I only wish I had found this paper chain idea in time for that lesson.

Creation and Babel Tuesday, Sep 16 2008 




This week’s lesson was the Tower of Babel. We illustrated this lesson using a dry erase board and markers. My husband began drawing a tower on the board. When he needed a different color, he merely asked. The key was asking for the colors in a made up language. The girls didn’t know what color he needed and had to guess. They had fun with the game and I believe it beautifully illustrated the difficulties that occur when one cannot communicate with another. After our lesson was complete, the girls finished their work on Creation Mobiles from the week before. The internet is full of free pictures to color. I found a sun, flower, etc. and allowed the girls to color and decorate. Voila! An instant creation mobile.

Pipe cleaner love Sunday, Aug 17 2008 


We made these this morning. Our lesson was from I John 4. We wrote “God is love” and “Love one another” on the hearts. The kids wrote other things about love on the hearts as well. They also decorated the pots using glitter glue. Silly me, I thought a few stickers would suffice. I found this craft in a book for 2-6 year olds, but my slightly older crew of girls really seemed to enjoy it. They were able to make the whole craft themselves with little or no prep on my part. You’ll need construction paper, pipe cleaners, small pots, stapler, and play dough. Cut hearts out of red construction paper and staple them to the pipe cleaner. The pipe cleaner was a little long so we curled it around pencils. Next, put a ball of play dough in the pot and put the pipecleaner in the play dough. My husband made the play dough lastnight. It is a simple recipe. You’ll need 1 cup flour, 1 Tbsp oil, 2 tsp cream of tartar, 1/2 cup salt, 10 drops food coloring in 1 cup water. Mix the ingredients in a saucepan. Stir and cook until the mixture looks like mashed potatoes and forms a ball. Knead until cool and place in an airtight container. This craft can easily be done in a short class time and again the kids really seemed to enjoy it!

Fruit of the Spirit Sunday, Aug 17 2008 


Last week we studied Galatians 5:22-23. We needed a fun fruity craft. I found this recipe for Scratch ‘N’ Sniff watercolor paints you can make yourself in The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions. The kids had a great time with this craft. Mix 1 tablespoon of water with one packet of Kool-Aid. We used lemonade, strawberry, cherry, grape, and orange flavors. We mixed our colors in an ice cube tray. One could also use a muffin tin. My husband drew the above picture which we copied onto cardstock. I also put down an inexpensive tablecloth purchased from Wal-Mart’s party section. This made clean up especially easy. The colors are rich and vibrant. Once the paint dries, it can be scratched and will smell just like the various flavors. The kids had a wonderful time and were quite excited.

NOTE: We did notice that the grape flavor initially looked black, but as it dried it began to look more and more purple.