In the Jewish schools that I have taught in and in the ones my kids went to, bible crafts is extremely popular. The only difference is that it’s not called bible crafts. It’s called parsha arts and crafts. Bible crafts or parsha crafts in this case is based on the Five Books of Moses.
The teachers teach the portion of the week (the parsha )to their classes and the kids are supposed to make crafts about the portion and share what they learned that week with their parents at home.In many of preschool and kindergarten classrooms I’ve been in, it has become quite common for teachers to do crafts with their students to help them remember what they learned about that “parsha” or portion.
If you are not Jewish and are looking for bible crafts for your Sunday school classes or your children, then you will probably be able to take many of the ideas that I have here. As a young preschool teacher many years ago, who strongly believed in progressive art, changing the style of these type of crafts was very much part of my agenda. In one of my jobs I was required to make these weekly crafts and as I went through the weekly portion I racked my brain, trying to come up with crafts projects that were developmentally appropriate to do instead of the typical, copycat, arts and crafts.
A couple of years ago I was slated to give a workshop to teachers in a particular school that was heavily into these “parsha arts and crafts” and I was asked to present on that particular topic. In preparation for this workshop, I went back to my notes to find these ideas I had thought of years ago and added different ideas to those I already had. My modus operandi in dealing with figuring out the right crafts to make for each portion went like e this:
What I am going to do in this post is to basically go through the portions of the week with the ideas that I gave these teachers at this workshop. I am going to list all of the ideas I have for each portion. Next to the portion I am going to list what part of the story the crafts are supposed to connect to. This will not be a detailed list with complete instructions on how to do each activity but, I will try to add some basic instruction. When applicable, I will give you links to where you can find out more about certain activities. Below is a list of how the portions are broken up. If you are not going according to portion or parsha then just look at the blue writing that describe what the craft is trying to connect to. The words in red are the names of the portions (parshiot). In blue is the event or object that the craft is connecting to. Below that are from 1-3 different ideas I may have used. Bereishit- The creation of the world/the garden of Eden
Noach The story of Noah’s ark/ The rainbow that Noach saw after the flood
Lech-Lecha Abraham traveling through the dessert/ being told his nation will be as numerous as the stars
Vayeira Sara’s candles that burned from week to week
Jewelry: The servant of Abraham brought to Rivka (Rebecca)
Toledot Jacob and Esau the twins were born
Vayetze Jacob ran away from Esau/slept on rocks and had a dream with the angels going up and down the ladder
Vayishlach Jacob goes back over the river to get his clay pots and then meets Esau after many years and appeases him with gifts
Vayeshev Josephs coat
Miketz Joseph was the king of Egypt
Vayigash Jacob came down to see Joseph after 22 years
(don’t have image of this even though I did do this years ago)
Vayechi Jacob blessed his children before he died
Shemot Moses in a woven boat in the water
Va’era Plagues of blood and frogs
Bo Plagues of darkness
Beshalach Dancing after being saved from the sea splitting/ feeding the birds
Yitro The giving of the Torah on Mt Sinai/10 commandments
Mishpatim Learning about keeping meat and dairy separate
TerumahThe Mishkan which was a temporary temple and all we have left of that is kotel
Tetzaveh The high priests clothing
Ki TisaThe Sabbath (Shabbat)
Vayakhel/Pekudei Preparing the panels and materials for the Mishkan
So that’s what I have for Jewish bible crafts. I know I did not give specific directions as the post never would have ended. If you want to know how something was done more specifically, then ask in the comments below and I will answer you.
I know these crafts are really for Jewish bible crafts but, I assume that you have many of the same and you can get the idea of how to choose a Bible craft if yours are not of the Jewish sort.