This Jesus calms the storm craft is meant to equip you to teach children about the Bible story of Jesus calming the storm found in Mark 4:35-41. If you are new here, I want to briefly get you up to date. My church asked me to create all the craft ideas for AWANA Cubbies. If you are unfamiliar with AWANA, it is a great children’s program developed to teach children about God. The Cubbies portion is focused on preschool age. That said, this craft can been used for kids of all ages. It can be used in the Cubbies program, Sunday School, or other venues meant to educate children about Jesus.
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Jesus Calms the Storm Craft
I imagine there will be many who want to use it within their homes also. I love that! I want parents to see themselves as the number one educator of their home – whether it is when teaching kids about God or other subjects. I send my kids to school, but I still want them to be taught truth in my home.
The first part of this craft I created for you. I always want to make it as easy as possible for you to replicate. Therefore, I have created a printable. The above pictures is mid-process of me drawing the image. I am prepping all of these for the Cubbies leaders, and I encourage you to prep these beforehand by cutting them out. I cut them out fairly loosely around the guys since I was cutting out 30 of them and wanted to save time.
The kids can use crayons, markers or colored pencils to color in the printable of the boat with the disciples and Jesus. My daughter noticed that there aren’t enough disciples. She’s right. I couldn’t fit them all.
The boat now needs to be stuck at the end of a popsicle stick. I used a glue dot, but you can use tape or glue also.
The next thing you need are bulletin board boarders. I found a royal blue and teal from the Bordette brand. You can find these exact ones on Amazon – Pacon Bordette Decorative Border – Azure Blue – 2- .25 inch x 50 foot roll
and Pacon Bordette Scalloped Decorative Border – Rectangle with Scalloped Trim – 2.25″ x 50ft – Paper – Royal Blue. These pre-scalloped decorative bulletin board trim becomes your water. If you want to save money, you can cut out pieces of construction paper by hand. However, the borders weren’t too expensive, and to me it was worth the purchase. A trim of the ends is easier to create than the entire piece.
The lighter blue (teal in this case) goes on top of the last. You DO NOT want to glue this entire layer down. You only want to attached the ends so your popsicle stick boat can stick through and appear between the waves. I used glue dots. You could use a white glue, tape or even staples. You do want it to hold strong so it doesn’t fall apart. I had envisioned the craft to look like the picture above. However, once it was created, it looked too plain to me. I had thought the craft would represent after Jesus calmed the storm, but I wanted to add a little bit of drama by including the storm.
Therefore, the final image contains lightening, rain and clouds. Much better! You could draw these on or have the kids make them out of foam or felt.
I hope you have fun with this craft as you train up your kids to know the stories in the Bible. The verse to focus on for this craft is Matthew 8:27, “Even the winds and the waves obey Him.”