When you say "craft time," do the boys in your class moan, yawn,
escape to the bathroom, or find other creative ways to express
their displeasure? Maybe they have a point. Craft books tend to be
packed with frilly, sweet-smelling projects. Do boys go for that
stuff? Not the ones who live at my house! The best crafts for boys
are the ones that let them be who God made them to be. Here are art
projects boys are guaranteed to love because they embody the things
Envision boys' delight as they coat the bottoms of their feet with
slick, slimy fabric paint, then walk across a T-shirt. Add the
words "Followin' Jesus" with squeezable fabric paint, and you've
got a first-class piece of wearable art.
Let your young men tackle a hunk of clay. Encourage boys to form a
horse and chariot for one of Pharaoh's soldiers, pillars for Samson
to pull down, or a coiled basket for Saul's exciting escape down a
Gather aluminum pie pans, hammers, markers, a few large nails, and
newspapers for padding, and you're ready for whackamania!
Demonstrate how to draw a simple design such as a cross on the back
of a pie plate, then make a tin-punch design by pounding nail holes
about 3/4-inch apart on the outline. Tie a short piece of jute
twine through two more nail holes at the top, and the project is
ready to hang.
Gather wood scraps, nails, and hammers. Turn your boys loose in
groups of three or four to create their own versions of Noah's ark,
the city wall of Jericho, or the tower of Babel. Or invite them to
Lego-land where they can build a model of your church or set up a
Bible-story scene, such as the armies of Israel facing the
Philistines camped on the opposite side of the valley.
Every boy has a weird voice or two up his sleeve (if not an entire
sound effects department). Could this be a puppet opportunity? Sock
puppets, paper bag puppets, even paper plate masks give boys a
chance to let those vocal chords vibrate. How about Balaam's
talking donkey? Or greedy little Zacchaeus-surely his voice came in
something close to a soprano range.
Leaving Their Mark
Let boys make a wall or a room their very own with on-purpose hand
prints, colorful Christian graffiti, and bold graphics that they
design themselves. That's almost as much fun as leaving initials in
Make mouthwatering, edible crafts such as a jail cell for Paul and
Silas out of pretzel sticks and marshmallows. A stable for Jesus'
birth could be made from graham crackers and marshmallow creme.
Ring-shaped butter cookies with gumdrop jewels held in place by
dots of frosting could be a royal crown. Make baby Moses in his
basket with peanut butter/powdered sugar dough. Or how about Adam
and Eve from cinnamon toast cut with gingerbread boy cookie
cutters? Or the walls of Jericho built from Rice Krispies treat
blocks, then demolished and devoured?
Slingshots made with leather shoe laces and squares of leather or
vinyl can launch marshmallow "stones." Origami jumping frogs can
bring the Egyptian plagues to life and involve a gang of
fifth-grade boys in friendly competition for an hour. Let boys
create paper airplanes from shiny, holographic wrapping paper to
represent plagues of flies and locusts zinging around the room.
Lois Keffer is the author of several Sunday School Specials
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