Kids learn best from hands-on activities. These could be for Sunday School, at home, or in a classroom setting of any kind. Crafts are available for a wide variety of subjects, from Genesis to Revelation, as well as Christian and secular holidays.
Leviticus, the third book in the Old Testament, and part of the section known as the Torah, contains a lot of content related to the law. It explains the laws God set up for the Israelites as a part of His covenant with them, from daily life to the priesthood, ceremonies and feasts, offerings, planting and reaping, jubilees, vows, and much more. There is some history included as well, and it also discusses proper conduct among the people and consequences for failing to follow the law.
Because it is essentially a list of rules and their consequences, this whole book can be difficult for children to understand but grasping some of the concepts can be made simpler by offering hands-on tasks to encourage understanding and comprehension.
The Ten Commandments “Parchment”
There are two ways to do this. The first is to use brown paper, such as a grocery bag or a bit of kraft paper as the background. It is also possible to color white paper with coffee or tea (tear the edges off, because that gives it a less “finished” look, then crumple tightly and open out before soaking in the coffee or tea for 3-5 minutes, then dry with a hair dryer or let air dry if it is prepared ahead). Have children write the commandments – either as they show up in the Bible or in their own words – on the paper.
In the same way that God made promises to the Israelites that He kept, children can learn that keeping their promises is important. Using brown paper, cut out the shape of a suitcase (while the Israelites probably did not use suitcases in their travel, children would be likely to recognize that suitcases go with travel) and print the word “Promises” on it. Children can cut things out of magazines or draw something to remind them of promises they have made so they remember to keep them.
Alternatively, it can be used to showcase promises God has made to Christians as a reminder that children can trust God.
The high priest had specific garments he was required to wear. This included a mitre (a sort of turban) on his head and the ephod (an apron sort of garment) made of linen and red, blue, purple, and gold thread, and onyx on the shoulders. A breastplate worn on the front was a gold plate with precious jewels to represent the tribes embedded in it. Under the ephod, the priest wore a blue robe which had golden bells and golden pomegranates around the hem, and under that was a fine linen tunic. These can be made from paper and layered on a background of construction paper. The breastplate can be made using gold paper and jewel stickers.
High Priest Breastplate
Using a large piece of cardboard, paint both sides with gold paint and let it to dry. Divide it into 12 equal sections with pencil, three across and four down. Large fake gemstones represent the ones on the original breastplate. After gluing them into place, use puffy gold paint to go around each gem and over the pencil divider lines. Punch holes in the upper corners and use a strong, dark-colored ribbon to hang it around the neck.
Ten Commandments “Cootie Catcher”
These folded toys have been popular for a long time. This one has eight of the commandments on the inner sections and two on the outside, plus the title “The 10 Commandments” split between two of the outer sections. This is a fun way to practice knowledge of the commandments.
Ark of the Covenant
Glue craft sticks to construction paper to create the Ark of the Covenant and top with gold angels (either stickers or precut from gold paper). Make a rectangle for the Ark with tiny dowels or strips of paper for the carrying rods.
Made the same way as a menorah, the tabernacle’s lampstand can be precut for children to paste onto paper and draw fire above each end to show that the lamp is lit.
Children can show and learn about tithing by drawing or pasting ten of the same item on a paper, with one separated to show the tenth part, which God said belonged to Him.
This model of the tabernacle helps children to learn what the tabernacle was like when the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness. 328 pieces include the tabernacle itself as well as the furniture for inside. The model is made in a 1:90 scale for as much accuracy as possible.
Where to Buy
Passover and Unleavened Bread Activity Book
This book covers feasts that take place in the early part of the year, including Passover (which is usually within a week or two of Easter). 50 pages of reproducible worksheets can make learning about the feasts a lot of fun.
The Fall Feasts Activity Book
One of the things that are laid out in Leviticus are the feasts. These are set for all throughout the year. This book covers those that are observed in the fall of the year, and teaches through worksheets and coloring papers, quizzes and puzzles, and crafts to help reinforce the concepts.
Bible Infographics for Kids
Not, technically, a craft book, this infographic book contains a lot of fun information about the Bible, including the Tabernacle and other things from Leviticus. It contains a board game in the center to aid with learning some of the concepts.
God’s Ten Best
The ten commandments were first given in Exodus, but they are reiterated in Leviticus. This coloring book is a great way to introduce young children to them in a way they can understand and enjoy.
Big Book of Bible Crafts for Kids of All Ages
100 crafts that can be applied to a variety of Bible stories fill this book of ideas for great crafts to make with children.
Big Picture Bible Crafts
This big book of reproducible craft ideas includes crafts about the law from Leviticus. The person who illustrated the Big Picture Story Bible created this craft book, and included, with each one, a Bible selection, a list of needed supplies, instructions, and a memory verse.