Posts Tagged ‘paper craft’

Oil Pastels on Black Paper

Monday, January 6th, 2014


A simple yet elegant art project to do with kids is to color with oil pastels on black paper. The bold colors really pop against the black. You can do an outer space scene, a night time scene, or a cave. You could draw confetti or fireworks against a dark sky. Another design would be to start in the middle of the page with a star or circle, and draw designs outward from it, making everything symmetrical in a radial pattern.

Oil pastels are brighter than regular crayons, and you can get them in the art supply section of most stores. The lighter colors show up better than the darker ones, if you are using a piece of black card stock paper or construction paper for the background.


Here are some other ideas for night time scenes:

  • a city with all the windows of its buildings lit up
  • the Milky Way
  • the phases of the moon going across the sky
  • Big Ben in London
  • trees with snow silhouetted against the night sky
  • an observatory
  • a spaceship moving through outer space
  • an owl swooping down to catch a mouse
  • bats hanging upside-down on a tree branch

Make sure you have plenty of black paper before you begin! You can also spread out a huge black paper on the wall, and kids can use oil pastels to draw on the black wall!

Greek Art for Kids

Monday, December 2nd, 2013


Are you looking for super easy Greek art for kids? This art activity is the easiest I’ve ever seen! I saw this entry at the state fair and decided to do it with my own children. All you need is orange and black construction paper, scissors, and a black marker.

You will use the orange construction paper as the background of your project. We have chosen orange because it looks like the terra cotta pottery from Greece. Now you can cut out shapes of people from the black construction paper. It might be easier to draw the figures in pencil before cutting them out. Make sure the figures all face the same direction.

For the finishing touches, take your black marker and add embellishments and twirls to the top and bottom of your paper. If you need to look at Greek pottery designs, you can look here for inspiration.

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Proverbs Puzzles

Monday, October 14th, 2013


Proverbs puzzles are fun to put together because the book of Proverbs contains such pithy statements filled with antithesis. You have opposites right next to each other:

  • A gentle answer turns away wrath,
    but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1)
  • When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable;
    but he who restrains his lips is wise. (Proverbs 10:19)
  • Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you,
    Reprove a wise man and he will love you. (Proverbs 9:8)
  • A man’s pride will bring him low,
    But a humble spirit will obtain honor. (Proverbs 29:23)
  • The hand of the diligent will rule,
    But the slack hand will be put to forced labor. (Proverbs 12:24)
  • Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
    But he who hates reproof is stupid. (Proverbs 12:1)
  • The rod and reproof give wisdom,
    But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.  (Proverbs 29:15)
  • A joyful heart is good medicine,
    but a broken spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22)

Grab some colorful construction paper in a light color and cut strips. With a black marker, write the first half of the verse on one slip of paper, and the other half of the verse on the other. Now cut a notch where they fit together. Do this with as many verses as you want.


You can address different character issues with your children, using these pithy statements. Why not do a character study in an area of weakness for your child?

 Diligence – Lazy people end up being dead beats, mooching off society. People who are diligent accomplish their goals and have satisfaction in their lives that is impossible for a lazy man to have. I know of a lazy man who destroyed his marriage and family because he just didn’t feel like working. Teach your children now that diligence brings delight and that laziness is harmful.

Wisdom–I pray every day that my children will grow in wisdom. I don’t shield them from everything in life, because I want them to have understanding and perspective. I have read books to my children about Christians who have suffered persecution because of their faith. This helps them to see that when their brother pushes them, this is not the end of the world.

Pride–I also pray for humility for my children. I want them to learn to put the needs of others ahead of themselves, because our basic instinct is to get the best for ourselves. I want my kids to make other people feel valuable and include them. Above all, I don’t want them to be self-righteous and look down on other people, but to consider others as more important than themselves. (Philippians 2)

Anger–Hot-headed people do things that they regret later. They say words that destroy. Proverbs tells us that when we are controlled by anger, we are fools.

Self-control–Our children must learn this character quality before they become teenagers. The key is to yield to God and ask Him what you should be doing. Your mind has a doorway, and you must control what goes in. If you are furious about something, focus your mind on something else until you can gain perspective on the situation. If you feel lust, turn your mind away from it. Never indulge sin, or it will gain a stronghold that will eventually ruin your life.

Purity–I was about 12 years old when I committed before God that I would remain pure until marriage. My husband also committed the same thing when he was a child. Don’t wait until your children are teenagers before addressing this topic, because hormones will make it impossible for them to think clearly. They need to want to obey God more than to please their own desires. This is something that can be taught much more easily at younger ages, when urges are not as strong. The book of Proverbs is not called a wisdom book for nothing. Have your kids memorize these verses and mull them over in their minds until they acquire each positive character quality.

(Scripture references from NASB)

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Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013


Joseph’s coat of many colors can be made easily with a large roll of paper and some crayons. You will also need scissors, a black marker, a ruler, and a stapler. I used a roll of brown packing paper, which you can find at office supply stores for around $5, but you can also use teacher’s bulletin board paper found at teacher supply stores. End rolls from newspapers are too thin for this project, tearing too easily.


Check the height of the child who will be wearing this coat of many colors. Hold the paper up to his body, and cut it to whatever length you want. Fold the strip of paper in half before cutting. Then cut a hole at the top for the head.


Grab a black marker and a long ruler, and draw stripes down the tunic. Have the kids color the stripes in different colors of the rainbow.

Have the child put Joseph’s coat of many colors over his head. He should hold his hands to his sides while you staple down the sides. Now smash the top of the tunic, putting the child’s arms down, wrinkling the top so that Joseph doesn’t have to look like a scarecrow. Joseph’s coat of many colors is now complete.


Every time I read the story of Joseph in the last 13 chapters of Genesis, I get choked up because Joseph forgave his brothers for the horrendous suffering he had to endure for years because of their actions. His brothers had wanted to murder him. Just let that sink in. Imagine living in a house where people wanted to murder you. They had so much hatred because their father gave Joseph a coat of many colors, showing his favoritism. His brothers decided to make themselves some money, so they sold him as a slave instead of murdering him. They lied to his father, allowing his father to scream in anguish at the death of his son.

Years later, after working as a slave, being falsely accused and thrown into prison, and then rotting there for years, he was finally given a position of power in the government because he was able to interpret Pharaoh’s dream. He knew that there would be a 7-year famine in the land after 7 years of abundance, so he stored up grain.

His brothers came to Egypt because of the famine, only to find the one that they had injured now had the power of life and death over them! (The dream that Joseph had about his brothers bowing down to him came true!) But he chose to forgive them instead, telling them what they intended for evil, God intended for good. I just love this story of forgiveness!

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