Fall is finally here, or as some friends like to call it, “pumpkin spice season!” Fall is a special time of year. The weather starts cooling down, school schedules are set in place, while the holidays and some fun activities are just around the corner. There’s nothing like that first chilly morning and the first whiff of smoke from a wood-burning furnace.
But fall is more than just a blissful season; it also makes a great teaching tool to help kids learn more about God. Here are three fun fall crafts and activities you can do with kids that will teach them more about the Creator of this great season.
1) Use Pumpkin Carving to Show God’s Transformation
Did you know you can use pumpkin carving to teach kids about how God transforms our spirit? You can, and it’s a lot of fun!
First, you have to pick out a pumpkin. You can always do this at a store, but if you get to go to a pumpkin patch with kids, take time to talk about how God is infinitely creative by admiring all the kinds of pumpkins and how different they are in shape, size, and color. Be sure to make it personal by reminding kids that God had fun making them unique too!
When you get your pumpkin home, set it in a safe space for carving, but take a look at it together before you begin. Your pumpkin is probably dirty on the outside and has lots of yuck on the inside. As you clean it, use the process as an analogy to teach saved children about our ongoing relationship with God. Remind kids that we all have yucky sin problems on the inside that we can’t fix ourselves, but if we confess our sins, and let God work, He will scrape out the yuck and make us clean inside—ready for His light to shine.
Once you’re done carving, put a tea light or small flashlight inside the pumpkin, turn off the lights, and see the light glow. Compare the light to the truth and goodness of Jesus that shines out when we let Him into hearts. Point out that the darker the room is, the brighter the light seems to shine, and compare how life can be hard, but if we let Jesus shine out from our hearts, He will only shine even brighter during those hard times.
For a step-by-step guide on how to do this pumpkin activity with kids, check out CEF’s interactive evangelistic tract called “See the Light Shine” that does just that.
2) Use Fall Leaves to Show God’s Reliability
Everyone loves seeing the colors change and the leaves fall, but there’s something about stepping on crunchy leaves that is delightful. Kids love that too, and you can use this as an opportunity to talk about how we can always rely on God. As you’re raking leaves and jumping into their piles, take a little time to talk about how even though seasons change, leaves fall, and the grass withers, God’s Word stays exactly the same.
Isaiah 40:8 says, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” Remind kids that both they and the world will go through all kinds of change, but they can always count on God and His Word to stay the same. You can even help them memorize Isaiah 40:8 with the verse song “Grass Withers” from Child Evangelism Fellowship on our YouTube channel, U-Nite Kids.
3) Create Crafts of Thankfulness
Rather than reserving one day in November to focus on gratitude, make thanksgiving a seasonal theme by starting these two new family tradition crafts.
Create a Thankful Pumpkin
- Clean and dry the outside of a pumpkin well.
- Using a sharpie marker, write 2-3 things each family member is thankful for about the summer that just ended.
- Write 2-3 things each family member is thankful for going into fall.
- Take pictures of all sides of the pumpkin for your family photo album.
- Display the Thankful Pumpkin all season long!
Create Thankful Leaf Rubs
- Go outside and collect colorful fall leaves.
- Covering the leaves with paper, help kids use a crayon to gently make a rub print of the leaf, leaving an uncolored space in the middle.
- Have each child write something they’re thankful for inside that uncolored space.
- Decorate your home with your Thankful Leaf Rubs!
Want more fun resources for teaching kids biblical truths? Visit cefpress.com for tracts, activity books, songs, and more! Situations and seasons of life may change, but the truth that comes from God will always stay the same.