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Cross Fingerprint Craft – AWANA Cubbies Bear Hug #18 or Wonderful Easter Craft
This craft has a lot of meaning behind it. I have such a heart for the message here. It’s simple, but if you can grasp it, it is one of the most important lessons you will learn – you and your kids. It will transform your lives. This cross it made up of fingerprints. It’s not just one child’s fingerprints. This is meant to be made up of an entire class of kids who are making their individual mark. The message today is about the cross. The Christian message is simple: “All have sinned…” Romans 3:23. “While we were…sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8. “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.” 1 Corinthians 15:3. We were born into the world as sinners. We can do nothing on our own to become good enough to earn salvation from a holy God. We need a savior who loves us so much that he would go through an agonizing death on the cross and become the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. His death replaced the Jewish blood sacrifice system originally established by God. This system was a foreshadowing of what would happen to the unblemished “Lamb of God” on the cross. The message of this craft I want to make very clear. As each child puts their unique fingerprint on the cross, I want them to see that Christ died for them. As you do this with an entire class, I believe it will be powerful to see each child make their mark.
As a introduction to those just checking in, I have been doing an AWANA Cubbies series to help out the leaders of my church. I create the crafts and prep them for our hardworking teachers. The entire series can be found if you hover over my “crafts” tab, or you can access it through this link. These are Bible crafts that can be taught at Cubbies, in your home, in your school or at Sunday School.
First off you will need a variety of colors of Acrylic Craft Paint. You only use a little bit, and I love to have craft paint on hand for a variety of projects. Buying up a bunch of these will definitely be useful for other crafts in the future. Ideally, you’d have one color for each child so they can identify their unique fingerprint on the cross. Another option is to use stamp pads, but there’s not as much variety in color, and it would be more expensive to buy up a bunch of them. For smaller classes, the 8 color stamp pad I linked to might work.
I made a couple printables for this project to make life easier for you. One of the printables has the verses and the other one is just a plain cross. I recognize that people will use these for different purposes and want to give both options. If you have a lot of kids in your AWANA, Sunday School or school class, I imagine having a bunch of these lined up in a row and the kids lining up and moving down the papers one at a time, making their imprint on each one.
I use a paper plate for my pallet. It makes for an easy clean-up. You can put all of the paint colors out at one time (as pictured above) or let the kids choose their color and then squeeze it out. This was my sample project, so I just did it all at one time. If I was doing this with a line of kids, I would do one paint color at a time and squeeze as they chose.
One by one, kids come up and add their fingerprint color to the cross. To fill the entire cross, you will probably need them each to do a number of their color fingerprints spread out throughout the cross, depending on the number of kids. This can be a very exciting time or a solemn time as you encourage the kids to understand that Christ died on the cross for each one of them. I hope this activity can bring meaning to the kids in your circle of influence.