Keeping a preschool age child busy during different church services, outings to dinner or a family member’s house or attending some other activity can be a challenge. You need to address the potential for boredome before your child has the opportunity to complain about it! Your preschool age child will become bored without any activity. If you have other children, the older children may be able to help keep the younger children occupied and busy for a time, but in the end, many times the preschool age child will become bored and the temper tantrums will begin.
Or, you may not be looking for ways to keep your child entertained during a situation, but you want to teach your child about certain morals in life. Having bible crafts will not only teach your child about the bible and its precepts, but it will keep their mind moving and spinning around the different activities and crafts they will be able to create with their own two hands.
Some of the bible crafts that you can create as a parent are:
· Crafts about stories that are in the bible
· Animals that are within the different stories
· New Testament and Old Testament Crafts
The list can go on and on. Choose a story that will hold your child’s interest while making the craft, and a story that you can also turn into a craft with ease. When you have found the perfect story, have your child create the craft with you and tell the story as you go. When you have finished the craft together, you can teach the story to your child again with the finished product. Allow your child to teach the story to you the third time you run through it. As you complete this process, you are helping develop your preschool age child’s abilities in how to listen, remember and communicate.
Among the crafts that you create, one of those crafts can be a lap book that your child can use. A lap book is a small soft book that they can place on their lap and turn pages to view the story. On each page, have an interactive section for the child to use. If you use the story of Noah and the Arc, make Noah a mobile piece within the story. As the child reads the story and moves the pages, Noah can move with them and help them read the words and point out the animals they can see. Help them through the lap book the first few times so they know how it works. Each time you read through the story, point out something new that the child can recognize, such as the animals, colors, words and letters.
Even at a young age, many children want to start reading. Create a bookmark that your child can use to put in their bible as you read the stories to them or into other books that you read. Make the craft about your child and their favorite story in the bible. Allow your child a chance to help with this craft. Make them choose what story is their favorite and select the materials they want to add to their bookmark. The creation is theirs and you are there to help and assist in different ways.
Create a craft that will allow your child to use their imagination. As the craft is created, tell the story to them. As mentioned above, this will improve their listening skills and their memory skills. You need to also improve their reading skills. Make crafts that include letters and words that they can start to recognize and use in their lives.