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Children’s Craft: Jesus Shows Us God’s Love

In this craft, kids make stained-glass windows to remember how Jesus showed us God’s love by dying on the cross.

Scripture: Matthew 27:32-61; Mark 15:21-47; Luke 23:26-56; John 19:17-42

You’ll need:

Easy Prep

  • Copy the “Stained Glass Window Template” handout onto the transparencies.
  • Cut the tissue paper into 1-inch squares. Keep the red tissue paper squares separate from the other colors.
  • Cut a 2-foot length of yarn for each child.
  • Pour glue and a small amount of water into the disposable bowls so the watered-down glue can easily be “painted” onto the transparencies.
  • Make a sample craft to show kids.

Leave sheets of tissue paper whole for older kids, and let them tear off pieces as they make their craft.

Jesus Shows Us God’s Love

Understanding the Cross

Give each child a transparency sheet with the images of the heart and cross printed on it.

Say: Jesus loves us…a lot! Hearts are something that can remind us of love. Have children trace the outline of the heart on their transparency sheets using their fingers.

Say: And Jesus loves us so much that he died for us on a cross. We all do wrong things sometimes. But Jesus loves us and forgives us for those things when we ask him to. Jesus’ love brings color and happiness and joy to our lives! He takes away our sins so we can live forever with him in heaven someday.

Say: For our craft, we’re going to turn this plain, boring clear sheet into a beautiful window decoration. Show children the sample craft. If you have a window in your room, hold the sample craft up against the glass so children can see the light shine through the colored tissue paper.

Say: Our colorful window decorations can help us remember Jesus’ beautiful love for us!

Make a Stained-Glass Window

Have kids begin by gluing the red tissue-paper squares along the outline of the heart. Children can each dip a paintbrush into the watered-down glue, paint the glue along the outline of the heart, and press tissue-paper squares onto the glue. As children work, encourage them to talk about people they love.

Once children have finished covering the heart outline in red squares, they can cover the cross in a different color of their choice. Finally, kids can choose a third color to cover the rest of the transparency.

Use a hole punch to make a hole at each of the two top corners of children’s transparencies. Help children tie a length of yarn through the two holes so the craft can be hung easily.

If you have access to a window, hold up kids’ crafts to the light so they can see what they look like. Remind children they can hang their crafts in a window at home to remember how much Jesus loves them.

This children’s craft was taken from Makerific WOWS!: 54 Surprising Bible Crafts (ages 3-7). For more craft ideas, check out these articles!

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