In John 14:2, Jesus tells us, In my Father’s house are many rooms. Kids will love making a house ornament to remember the verse.
The book of John has many rich theological explanations from Jesus.
In John 14:1-7, Jesus addresses eternity for the believer, who Jesus himself is, and how the believer reaches eternity with God. Take a look at this important passage in the ESV:
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
See what I mean? There’s a lot of important information in that short passage!
Our kids need to know who Jesus is, and they need to know the gospel. (Help them learn the gospel with this free poster and memory card set.)
Kids also need to know and trust that Jesus has a place specifically for each believer in eternity. He has prepared a place for children who believe in him.
In My Father’s House There are Many Rooms
In John 14:2, Jesus gives us a wonderful word picture of the place he is preparing for each believer in eternity.
Take a look at John 14:2 in 5 versions:
- My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? – NIV
- In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? – ESV
- In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. – KJV
- In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. – NKJV
- In My Father’s house are many rooms; if that were not so, I would have told you, because I am going there to prepare a place for you. – NASB
Your kids can think about the place Jesus is preparing for them, if they believe in and follow him, as they create this fun house ornament craft.
Before making your clay ornaments, discuss:
- Does God really live in a house? Why would Jesus give us this great word picture? Is it so we can understand better what he is saying?
- Does it sound like we will be close to God in eternity?
- Who is preparing a place for us? Why is that a big deal?
Read John 14:1-7 and talk about who Jesus is, and why we celebrate his great plan for salvation at Christmastime.
In My Father’s House Ornament Craft
Check out this fun video of the clay ornaments craft!
Grab your In My Father’s House Ornament Craft
Head on over to the Thinking Kids Press store to grab your step-by-step instructions (also shown below), and your house templates.
Tips for Making Bible Crafts with Kids
Doing art projects with kids can be a challenge. For that reason, many parents forgo this valuable time altogether. As an art major and a parent who has done frequent art projects with my four children, I have a few suggestions for you.
- Cover your space. Use painting drop cloths and plastic to keep your furniture and flooring protected.
- Cover your kids. Grab a couple of your old T-shirts and throw them over your kids, buy them painting aprons, or designate clothes specifically for crafting.
- Do the prep work in advance. Do as much prep work for a project as you can before you get the kids involved. Not everything on the page needs to be their work. It’s OK to help.
- Schedule several short sessions for one project. Children need several days to be able to create larger projects. Art is time-consuming and requires energy.
- Encourage your kids. Children are likely to be frustrated by the disconnect in the artwork they envision and the art they actually create. Remind your kids that they improve every time they create, and tell them how much you love their work (even if you don’t know what it is!). Also, stick figures are fabulous.
- Operate the hot glue gun and X-ACTO knife. Hot glue burns are terrible and X-ACTO knives are razor sharp. Until your kids are old enough to cook, I’d advise you do the hot gluing and razor cutting. For this project, you may want to pre-cut the Nativity Scene.
Supplies Needed to Make Your House Ornament Set
You’ll need a few supplies to make your project. You may have a few of these items already. If not, these are all fairly inexpensive and will serve you well for multiple projects.
Air Dry Modeling Clay; 2.2 lb., WhiteRolling Pins and Mat with Star & Heart Cookie Cutters2 Wooden Handle Clay ToolsChristmas Baker’s Jute TwineTapestry NeedlesApple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set, 16Mr. Pen- Paint Brushes, 10pcFiskars Softgrip Scissors
- Air Dry Clay (White)
- Rolling Pins and Mat
- Clay Cutting Knife
- Tapestry Needles
- Acrylic Paint
- Paint Brushes
- Your Printable Templates
Make Your In My Father’s House Clay Ornaments
Here are the steps for your In My Father’s House ornaments:
1) Print and cut out your template pieces.
2) Roll out your clay for the house ornaments.
Cut about 3.5 ounces off your air dry clay.
Knead the clay on your rolling pin board, then roll the clay into a ball.
Press your clay ball against the board you’re working on to flatten it a little.
Use your rolling pin to flatten the clay ball to about 1/4 inch.
Books Make Great Christmas Gifts!
Help Your Kids Learn and Love the BibleWho was Martin Luther? (Who What Why)What was the Gutenberg Bible? (Who What Why)Why did the Reformation Happen? (Who What Why)When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin LutherWonderfully Made: God’s Story of Life from Conception to Birth
3) Cut out your clay ornaments.
Cut out the square window shape from the middle of the house.
Remove the house template from the clay.
4) Shape your clay ornaments.
Carefully remove the excess clay from around your clay house ornament.
Use your finger tips to smooth the rough edges of the clay house.
5) Finish Your In My Father’s House Ornaments
Your kids can hang their In My Father’s House ornament to remind them what God’s Word says about eternity with Jesus.
Great Books about Jesus, the Reason for Christmas
30 Prophecies: One Story: How God’s Word Points to JesusThe History of Christmas: 2,000 Years of Faith, Fable and FestivityI Spy At Christmas: Jesus is More Important than Crackers and TinselThe Christmas Story: The Bible VersionThe Very First ChristmasThe Very First Christmas
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