We’re on letter “V” for our ABCs of the Bible crafts, a great series of Bible School Craft Ideas.
For this V is for the Vine craft, I wanted to do a simple mixed media picture to gift to my mom. We skipped ahead to “V” because we’ve been enjoying our Jack and Beanstalk unit study, so it seemed fitting to discuss the biblical significance of vines.
John 15:5 is one of three instances in the bible when the vine metaphor is used. When we consider what a vine is, it delivers sustenance and nourishment to the fruit it grows, as long as that fruit is attached to the vine.
If we think of our relationship to Jesus in this light, we see that those of us who adhere to his teachings will be nourished and given strength; even better, we will be “fruitful” in all that we do, as long as we are doing it while staying connected to Jesus, and living according to biblical principles.
Biblical metaphors are amazing for explaining big concepts to children, as it gives them a visual example of how a certain concept works. While they may not be able to see God’s love and nourishment, they can see and touch the example of a vine, and gather understanding from that.
Materials Needed for V is for the Vine Craft:
- Cardstock or canvas
- Green string or pipecleaner
- Glue (we used hot glue for a quicker setting time)
- Green paint
- Pom poms
Although Miss G only used purple pom poms, she was actually presented with a variety of colors. She interpreted the passage to refer to grapes on a vine, so she went with her favorite type of grapes!
While I am comfortable allowing my daughter to use a Cool Touch glue gun, please use your own discretion in choosing how to attach the green string or pipe cleaner to your canvas. You may even choose to pre-attach the vine to the canvas before presenting it to your child so that they don’t have to wait for it to dry.
Once the vine has dried and is secure to your canvas, allow your child to use a bit of fingerpaint to create “leaves” on the vine. I love the symbolism of their fingerprints on the vine, showing that our children are “budding” on the vine of Jesus.
Provide the glue and pompoms and have your child create clusters of fruit on the vine to express fruitfulness of Jesus’s followers.
If your child is writing, have them transcribe John 15:5 onto their canvas, or do it for them.
This craft is a perfect gift for grandparents, as the meaning behind it is clear and the canvas can be hung up on a wall, rather than taking up limited shelf space as many crafts do!
If you liked this ABCs of the Bible craft idea – V is for “I am the Vine” – be sure to pin it for later, or share it with your friends if you think they’d enjoy doing it with their children.
Our previous Bible School Craft Ideas for this series have included:
- A is for Angel (coffee filter craft)
- B is for Basket (weaving craft)
- C is for Cross (paper scrolling craft)
- D is for David’s Harp (representational craft)
- E is for Elijah’s Fiery Chariot
- F is for Fisher of Men
- G is for God’s Eye
- H is for Heaven Art Collage
- K is for King of Kings
- R is for Rebekah at the Well
This is so lovely and such a great verse too. I kinda want to make one for myself! 🙂