Children often understand and remember lessons more easily when play and hands-on experiences are involved. Believers can use this knowledge to help their grandchildren get started on the path of learning more about the Bible and God through these four fun faith-based crafts, which are ideal for doing in your assisted living apartment.
Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16 NIV
Seniors can help their grandchildren grow in their own faith walk by teaching them about the importance of spending time with God through prayer.
Ideas for prayer boxes and jars are easily found with a quick internet search, and many of them consist of easy-to-obtain materials such as mason jars tied with ribbons or decoupaged gift boxes inscribed with inspiring verses.
The time it takes to finish this craft provides grandparents a great opportunity to share the ways prayer has changed their own lives. The completed pieces can be as simple or elaborate as the creator wishes, which makes it a fun and deeply personal project for kids.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 NIV
Though projects revolving around the cross are often completed around Easter, Jesus's sacrifice on the cross is timeless in its relevance. By covering a cross in coins, children can get a hands-on lesson that sin comes at a price and that Jesus has paid this debt in full.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9 NIV
Many children who have attended Sunday school or VBS are familiar with John 8:12, in which Jesus says he is the light of the world. This craft and included lesson plan help young children understand the meaning behind this verse and to remember it by encouraging them to decorate a paper cover for their bedroom's light switch.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. Philippians 4:8 NIV
Bracelets are fun to make and wear at any age, and there are many patterns and premade kits available on the web.
Two of the simplest are the salvation bracelet that uses colored beads to represent different parts of the Gospel story and the Lord's Prayer bracelet, which can help kids memorize the prayer correctly. While pony beads are often the material of choice for young children's bracelets, any type of crystal or stone works well, which lets kids customize their jewelry to match their personal style.
Sometimes called Christ's story bracelets, the life of Jesus bracelet is constructed with charms and beads of different shapes and colors. This variety ensures the activity and the end results are more interesting for older children and teens who need an increased challenge.