Are you at a loss with what to prepare for your Sunday school crafts? If you are, then you will value this article which features helpful tips on how to brainstorm some creative ideas for your church, youth group, or personal use at home.
1. Think of the lesson before getting crafty. Everyone agrees that the point of most Sunday school crafts is to reinforce learning of important messages, scriptures, and lessons for preschoolers, young children, and even teens. Before you begin, make certain that you have a concrete plan of each lesson you would like to lead the group through. Once you have this firmly in mind, you’re ready to begin getting more creative.
2. Give the Biblical setting a try. It’s easy to create Sunday school crafts that coincide with lesson plan settings. Simply apply this concept to the material you plan to teach and extract ideas with ease. Choose period/culture jewelry, various artwork styles, common jobs, and other areas to work with from within the setting. (i.e., Joesph’s Story in Egypt could contain many Sunday school crafts that focus on the Egyptian setting. Consider crafts to create fanciful collars, bracelets, necklaces, and more to get you started.)
3. Involve your class for a new perspective. This is an especially great tactic if you are working with teenagers. However, the process will work with younger groups; you might want to limit choices to smaller numbers to keep it manageable. Have a creative session with your Sunday school group and find out what interests your students. Create a list of topics and areas of study with workable Sunday school crafts and you’ll soon be on your way to some wonderful ideas. The kids will appreciate being involved as well.
4. Post an idea board in your church lobby. Make it easy to get new ideas for your Sunday school crafts. Create a colorful display in the lobby with a decorated bulletin board. (You can also use this to feature great works from students.) Fasten a paper-covered shoebox, index cards, and pencil attached with a string. Cut a slot in the shoebox for on the top for your members to write ideas place them in the box for your review.
5. Use the Internet as a primary resource. The web is a great place to get ideas for Sunday school crafts and other activities. It is easy to find patterns for crafts as well as full lesson plans and printable artwork to get the ideas flowing.