It has been way too long since I’ve posted a Craft Through the Bible craft or activity. I think, beginning with Halloween of last year, I became bogged down with holiday plans and never regained my footing. I’m hoping to change that by resurrecting the weekly Craft Through the Bible series, starting today! Today’s project is more of an activity than it is a craft, but you can add crafty elements to it to lengthen the time frame that the project takes, if desired. In our last Craft Through the Bible project, we left off with Noah and the Ark. One of the next stories in Genesis is the recounting of the Tower of Babel.
The story of the Tower of Babel can be a tough one for small kids to grasp. Older kids can understand the lesson basics, and teenagers usually find the story fascinating. The story is found in Genesis 11:1-9. As with any Bible lesson, we typically try to find ways to connect the story to the kids and their lives. For the Tower of Babel, we discuss how the people were attempting to make a name for themselves in the building of the tower and how it actually separated them from God. I then move the conversation to how we build a “tower” in our own lives daily with building blocks of things that attempt to separate us from God.
Here is where the activity comes in to play. I have done this activity with children as small as four and students as old as 16! We did this in our youth Sunday School class a few months ago, and it seemed to be very effective.
Grab a set of large cardboard blocks. We have the (aff link) Melissa and Doug Deluxe Jumbo Cardboard Blocks, but you can use any large blocks.
If the children are old enough to write, give each child a sticky note and a pencil. If they do not know how to write, you can let them come up with the ideas while you write. Writing one idea per sticky note, have the kids write one thing that separates us daily from God OR a way that we attempt to make a name for ourselves. As they write an idea on the sticky note, have them stick it to one block. As they finish writing one idea per block, let each child add the block to build a tower.
This activity works as an excellent visual to the lesson behind the Tower of Babel!
Looking for more crafts and activities for your Sunday School class, Children’s Church, or VBS? Check out the below Craft Through the Bible directory!