Taken from the popular Sunday school curriculum, DIG IN, Makerific WOWS and Sciency-Fun WOWS supplement your Bible lessons in a fun, hands-on way with 3-D crafts and science experiments! Each craft and object lesson tie to a Bible point and use simple supplies you can find at your local store…or in your supply closet…or even in your trash! The Scripture and topical indexes at the back of each book make it easy to find the perfect addition to go along with your Bible lesson.
Free Craft: The First Christmas
Lots of kids love crafts—and everyone loves toys and games! They’ll love making these 3-D, functional toys and fun projects that focus on the life of Jesus. Even your non-artistic kids will have a blast making these fun crafts—then taking them home to put them to use!
Use this free craft from Makerific WOWS: Ages 8-12 to remind kids that Jesus is the best gift ever!
Jesus is the best gift ever.
- thin cardboard (you can use cereal boxes or poster board)
- wrapping paper (solid or with a simple patter)
- “Nativity Silhouette” handout (1 per child) – Download here
- Make a sample craft to show kids
What Kids Will Do:
Kids make silhouette ornaments of the Nativity.
Wrap a Gift
Have each child cut out a square of cardboard that’s about 4×5 inches. Then have kids wrap their cardboard with wrapping paper. As they wrap, have kids discuss whether they wrap gifts that they give to others.
Then have kids each bend the bottom inch of their cardboard forward to make a shelf. Have kids write “Jesus is the best gift ever!” at the top of their cardboard.
Add a Nativity:
Say: God sent Jesus to be the best gift ever. We’ll put Jesus’ nativity scene on our gifts as a reminder of Jesus, the best gift ever.
Have kids cut out the silhouette shapes on the handouts (download here). To secure the shapes to their gift, they’ll poke toothpicks through the shelf, aligned with the two tallest parts of the silhouette. Then they’ll tape the silhouette to the toothpicks and cut off any excess toothpick length.
Make It an Ornament:
Have each child tape a loop of string to the back of the cardboard to make it into an ornament.
Talk About It:
- What makes something a good gift?
- How well do those things describe Jesus?
Say: Our ornaments remind us that Jesus is the best gift ever! There might be a lot of awesome gifts you want this Christmas, but there’s only one gift that’s the best, and that’s Jesus!
Encourage kids to put their ornaments on the family Christmas tree and talk to their families about why Jesus is such a great gift.
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Free Object Lesson: An Angel Announces Jesus’ Birth
Get ready for a lot of oohs, ahs, and wows as kids are amazed to see how science can illustrate important Bible truths. Kids will participate in exciting science fun that focuses on the life of Jesus.
Use this free object lesson from Sciency-Fun WOWS: Ages 8-12 to remind kids that God does the impossible!
God does the impossible.
Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18-25
- 20 flathead thumbtacks
- one 3×5 index cards
- transparent tape
- uninflated balloons
- Push the thumbtacks through the index card in a filled-in rectangular pattern with all the points facing the same direction and the heads of the tacks touching each other. Put tape over the heads of the tacks to keep them in place.
What Kids Will Do:
Kids press balloons onto thumbtacks.
Experiment With Baloons
Say: God told Mary and Joseph that Mary would give birth to God’s Son, Jesus. To them, that seemed impossible. But God does the impossible! Let’s see what it’s like to experience something that seems impossible.
Set the prepared index card at the front of the room with the thumbtack points facing up.
Give each child a balloon to inflate to about medium size. Help kids tie the balloons closed, if necessary.
Once the balloons are inflated and
- Who believes you could push your balloon onto these tacks without it popping? Have kids explain whether they think it’s possible or not.
Let each child set his or her balloon onto the tacks and push down on it. (You can push a balloon very hard onto the tracks and it won’t pop.)
If there are kids who are afraid to push on their balloons, let them set a balloon on the tacks while you push down on it for them.
Warning: Watch for kids trying to push so hard on the balloons that their hands might hit the tacks if the balloon should pop or slip.
Talk About it:
- What surprised you about this experiment?
Give kids an example of a time someone told you something that seemed impossible. For example, perhaps you thought it would be impossible for a friend to be healed from cancer or for you to get a job you really wanted.
- When has someone told you something that seemed impossible but it was true?
Allow a few moments for kids to share with a few others nearby.
Say: What God told Mary and Joseph seemed impossible. But God does the impossible. We can trust God to do the impossible in our lives, too.
Have kids pop their balloons by stomping on them and shouting, “God does the impossible!”
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