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A Puzzle With a Purpose


Create a puzzle that features your own artwork and an encouraging Bible verse. Consider using a rubber band to hold the puzzle together and giving to a friend as a fun gift.

  • 8 to 10 wooden sticks from ice pops (such as Popsicles) or the craft store
  • masking tape
  • markers
  • a Bible verse about friendship or kindness (examples below)


  1. TAPE TOGETHER THE STICKS: Line up all sticks lengthwise so no gaps show between, and put two strips of masking tape across them.
  2. ADD A BIBLE VERSE: Flip over the cluster of sticks and use a dark-colored marker to write the name of a Bible verse, like “1 John 4:7,” across some of the sticks. Choose a verse about friendship and kindness below or read the Bible to find different verses!
  3. ADD YOUR ART: Use bright-colored markers to draw a colorful picture in the rest of the space on the sticks. Make sure every stick gets some color on it.
  4. MIX UP THE PUZZLE: Flip over the cluster of sticks and remove the masking tape. Turn the sticks back over and shuffle them. Now try to put your puzzle back together!
Bible Verses
  • "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God." — 1 John 4:7
  • "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity." — Proverbs 17:17
  • "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up." — Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
  • "Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves." — Romans 12:10