Christian crafts for kids are a hands-on way to teach lessons about life. Since crafts are something that all cultures have in common, they become a great way to teach about different countries.
Oftentimes, children and adults who are living in poverty sell crafts as a way to provide for their families. This page features crafts from various cultures. Kids will learn how to create their own games, make candles, recycle trash into toys, design puzzles, and even how to make their own soap! Through these Christian crafts for kids, children will gain a deeper understanding of living in poverty.
While making these crafts, take time to discuss how people live in developing countries. Have your children locate the difference countries on a map and encourage them to research the area—neighboring countries, bodies of water, languages spoken, and religions. It may be just what your child needs to develop a compassionate heart for those who are less fortunate.
Here’s how to make an African-style drum that you can play!
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Kids whose families can’t afford checkerboards make their own. Learn how you can too!
Turn those stubs into new crayons in fun shapes and swirly colors.
Make your own paint that puffs up in the microwave!
As you make these silly shoes, imagine how it would feel to wear uncomfortable shoes all the time.
Recycle a box and egg carton to make a mini version of a home in a developing country.
Make a birdfeeder out of a pinecone, peanut butter and seed!
Kids living in poverty often make toys by reusing old items. You can reuse plastic bags to make this jump rope.
A tangram is an ancient Chinese puzzle. Make your own magnetic tangram set with a recycled tin container.
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Decorate clothespins to look like your family members!
Craft a cuica [KWEE-kah], a Brazilian instrument that makes a laughing sound, with supplies around your house!
Make and play this game from Haiti, which is similar to the game of jacks.
This Thai-themed placemat will keep your table clean while reminding you to be thankful for food and to ask God to provide for kids who don’t have enough to eat. Decorate it with bright colors like those worn by Thailand’s Karen tribe.
Here’s how to make your own shekere using recycled and found items, the way children who can’t afford instruments do.
In Chennai, India, many kids take the city bus to school. Recycle an egg carton to make a city bus like the ones found in Chennai!
Children around the world enjoy sculpting! Here’s a recipe for play dough so you can make your own sculptures.
Make your own game board for mancala, a game of strategy that’s been around for thousands of years.
Candles can help kids who don’t have electricity in their homes to read in the dark. Try making your own candle!
You can recycle cans and pretend you’re an elephant!
Recycle empty milk jugs to make this elephant watering can!
Design your own T-shirt, just like some Compassion-assisted children in Peru.
Choose what colors you want to use for this wise owl.
Reuse colorful tissue paper to make flowers to give away.
Create a puzzle that features your own artwork and an encouraging Bible verse.
A mat can help keep floors in kids’ homes tidier and warmer, which is important for their family’s health. This one can be made from strips of old towels or other fabrics, but an unneeded bed sheet works best.
It is important to wash your hands with soap because soap washes away and kills germs that make people sick. Compassion centers teach kids in developing countries just how important this is. You can make your own soap. Craft stores sell the supplies.
Weave a school-supply basket using a cereal box and water bottle, just like kids in other countries do.
Make a memory game from bottle caps.
Make your own music shaker from recycled materials.
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