crafts

Crafts are a commonly used activity included in lesson plans for Baha’i children’s classes. Anything that involves creating things manually is generally considered a craft. Bahá’u’lláh places great importance on crafts, stating that craftsmanship is something that God loves:

One of the names of God is the Fashioner. He loveth craftsmanship. Therefore any of His servants who manifesteth this attribute is acceptable in the sight of this Wronged One. Craftsmanship is a book among the books of divine sciences, and a treasure among the treasures of His heavenly wisdom. This is a knowledge with meaning, for some of the sciences are brought forth by words and come to an end with words. (From a Tablet of Bahá’u’lláh, translated from Persian)

nine-pointed stars and snowflakes

There are several ways to make nine-pointed stars out of paper. You can paste together three paper triangles, or create a triangle template and use it, rotated three times, to trace out a nine-pointed figure onto another sheet of paper. Our … Continue reading

oneness trees

For children who are familiar with decorating Christmas trees, a “oneness of religions” tree made from wool and sticky hooks could be a good activity. We made ours after some of the children in our class asked if we could make … Continue reading

virtue trees

A virtue tree is a great addition for a class aimed at younger children, where lessons mainly focus on virtues and spiritual qualities. A bare tree trunk is put together using brown-coloured craft paper or bristol board, and leaves are … Continue reading

sock puppets

Sockpuppets are relatively easy to make, and they can be a fun way for children to get involved in telling stories, even if they’re usually shy. Not only to they get to create their own characters, but they then get to bring them … Continue reading

papier-mâché masks

Papier-mâché is one of those classic crafts that shows up everywhere–even all the way back to ancient Egypt. It takes a little extra preparation beforehand and a little patience afterwards, but the results are often worth it. method Two main methods … Continue reading

stick puppets

If you’re looking for a nice, creative way to put together stories, drama and crafts in a way that’s fun for everyone, a puppet show is perfect. Children of all ages can participate, even the ones who are normally shy. … Continue reading

origami!

Origami is a simple but enjoyable activity that’s easy to revisit. When planning an activity with origami, make sure to take the children’s capacities into account; simple figures with fewer folds are best for younger children or children with no … Continue reading

paper lanterns

Paper lanterns are a fun craft to make for various occasions; we’ve made them for the Mid-Autumn Festival (also known as the Moon Festival) in the lunar calendar used in the Chinese and Vietnamese cultures, and there are many similar … Continue reading

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