Every child loves to hear the story of how Jesus walked on water. In this Bible craft, kids can make their own boat to go along with this favorite Bible story.
“Walking on Water” Boat Bible Craft
ï‚§ Brown lunch bag, 1 for each student
ï‚§ Play dough, 1 small handful for each child
ï‚§ Drinking straw, 1 for each child
ï‚§ Large paper plates, 1 for each child
ï‚§ Yellow construction paper, several sheets
ï‚§ Blue tissue paper, several sheets
ï‚§ White tissue paper, several sheets
ï‚§ Wood clothes pins, the kind with the spring, 1 for each child
ï‚§ Stick glue
ï‚§ Hole punch
Jesus Walks on the Water
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
1. Cut the blue and white tissue paper into small squares, maybe 2″x2″
2. Cut the yellow construction paper into triangles, 4″ tall by about 3″ wide
3. Hold each triangle so that the right angle is at the bottom. Using the hole punch, punch 2 holes in each – one an inch from the top and on an inch from the right angle at the bottom.
Have students follow these instructions:
1. Cut down the sides of the bag so that they are only about an inch high. This is the boat.
2. Put the piece of clay close to the front inside the boat.
3. Put the straw inside the clay so that it stands straight up. It will be the boat mast.
4. Poke the sail through the straw, carefully threading the straw through the punched holes and guiding it down.
5. Apply generous lines of stick glue to the paper plate.
6. First, put the boat in the center.
7. Scrunch up pieces of blue and white tissue and apply them on top, so that the result looks like choppy water.
8. Make Jesus out of the wooden clothes pin. Make sure the pinchy part is down. On the top draw his face and some clothes beneath.
9. Pinch Jesus to some of the tissue paper so that he stands, but “floats” a little as the plate moves back and forth.