When my kids were young, they loved pretending to put on the full armor of God. We’d talk about how important it is to suit up and be ready to serve the Lord.
We also talked a lot about how the battle is already won, and how the battle belongs to the Lord (2 Chronicles 20:15, 1 Samuel 17:47). He allows us to serve with him in battle. That’s an honor. But we can trust that the Lord has everything under control, and nothing is a surprise to him.
As soldiers of Christ we have specific armor to wear, and important responsibilities. We are to carry the gospel of peace with our shoes of readiness to people who don’t know Christ. We are to be strong in the Lord, wrestling against the cosmic powers of this present darkness. We’re called to be on guard and awake.
This is all exciting stuff for a child (and for us adults!). To help your child learn about the full armor of God in a hands-on way, you’ll love this fun Armor of God costume craft you and your child can do together.
Armor of God
The Armor of God Costume Craft is based on Ephesians 6:10-18 in Scripture. Kids can learn about the Armor of God in a fun, hands-on way using this craft. It will create a doll your family can refer to over and over, discussing the different aspects of the Armor of God.
In the ESV, Ephesians 5:10-18 says:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.
The Full Armor of God Costume Craft
For our craft, we will make a wood dolls with felt and embroidery thread armor of God costumes.
These can be adorned any way you’d like. Your child can practice stitching, use sequins, or even puffy paint or permanent markers. You can also just use the felt undecorated. I found hot glue to be more effective than white glue. You’ll want to be sure to help your child with the hot glue so they aren’t burned, or you can try felt glue.
Check out this quick video showing you how to construct your Full Armor of God Costume Craft Dolls:
The Full Armor of God Costume Craft Printable
The free Full Armor of God Costume Craft Printable, with step-by-step instructions is available in the Thinking Kids Press store.
Supplies Needed to Make Your The Full Armor of God Costume Craft
- Wood Dolls (about 3 1/2” tall)
- Your printable templates, instructions, and Bible verse cards
- Printable Templates & Cards
- Embroidery Thread
- Embroidery Needle
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
- Permanent Markers – Black and Red or Pink
The Full Armor of God Costume Craft Printable
Unfinished Wood Doll Bodies 44PCS 4 x 4 inches Assorted Color Felt Scotch Precision Ultra Edge Titanium ScissorsApple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set, 18 PieceNylon Hair Brush SetGold Eye Embroidery Needles Embroidery Floss 50 Skeins Mini Hot Melt Glue Gun with 30pcs Glue Sticks Mixed Sequins Sharpie Electro Pop Permanent Markers
Creating Your Armor of God Costume Craft
1) Paint Your Wooden Doll
Use your permanent markers to add eyes and a mouth. I made the eyes on my dolls closed because in Ephesians 6:18, we are told to pray.
2) Cut Out Your Printable Armor of God Card and Templates
Cut out your armor of God costume templates next. These will be used to cut out the felt pieces of armor for your wooden doll. The belt of truth template does not need to be cut out–simply use it to measure a length of embroidery thread for the belt.
3) Cut Out Each Piece of Felt Armor
Sew the crest of the helmet onto the helmet piece with three strands of embroidery thread and a simple stitch. This is something your child can do as well. I sewed the crest onto the female doll’s helmet incorrectly (parallel rather than perpendicular to the long center of the helmet), and it looks more like a bonnet. Roman helmets had the crest running from front to back of the helmet.
4) Allow Your Child to Decorate Each Piece of Armor
Sequins can be knotted onto the felt with the embroidery thread or glued with felt glue. Hot glue will melt the sequins.
Your child can also use puffy paint or permanent markers to apply decorations to their felt armor pieces.
5) Dress Your Wood Doll in the Full Armor of God Costume
First, glue on the helmet and the robe. You’ll want to wrap the robe around the body and the helmet should come down over where the doll’s ears should be. Next, glue on the breastplate, then tie the belt around the doll’s midsection. Glue the shield to the doll’s side. Let your child decide where the sword should be glued–it can be facing up or down, ready for battle, or at ease. Last, glue the shoes to the base of your doll so the toes are sticking out in the right direction.
6) Glue Your Wood Doll to Your Bible Verse Card Base
You did it! Put your child’s work somewhere special and talk about each piece of armor on a regular basis.
Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible
You want your kids to learn and love the Bible.
You want to teach the Bible…
As parents, we deeply desire the best for our kids. We look for the right schools, we make them eat right and exercise, and we get them involved in extracurricular activities. We take our job as parents seriously.
But are we also putting our time and energy into
teaching them the Bible? Giving them the life-changing, soul-nourishing words of Scripture is not only doable, it’s an essential part of parenting kids for Jesus. And the good news is, studying God’s Word as a family doesn’t have to be difficult!
2 Timothy 2:15, ESV, says:
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Our job, as parents who love Jesus, is to help our kids become approved workers, unashamed and rightly handling the word of truth.
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