Big Picture Bible Mural Art Project

Every week we are diligent to teach our children stories from the Bible and lessons about the character of God, but how often do we step back and put these lessons into the context of the whole Bible?  As a child I was regularly taught from the Bible both at church and at home; it was not until I attended a Christian university while taking Bible courses did I start to understand the Bible as one continuous story.

This Bible timeline activity for kids can be spread over several weeks and be completed as a multi-step project to involve all school-aged children in your church.  The craft project can be adapted to fit the size of your church and how many children attend on a typical Sunday.

The following pictures are a mini-version created on poster board to demonstrate the idea. Please leave a comment to let us know what you think. If you use this idea in your ministry, we’d love to see your pictures too. Just upload them to our Facebook page.

Big Picture Bible Mural Craft Project

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Big Picture Bible Mural Picture

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Age Appropriate: K-5

Activity Objective: The children will create a mural to help them see how familiar Bible stories fit into the context of the greater biblical narrative.

Materials Needed:

  • White drawing paper
  • Copies of chosen coloring pages
  • Variety of colored construction paper to use as backing/matting for the drawing and coloring pages (at least 31 total sheets needed)
  • Butcher/Bulletin Board paper of any color, cut into 12 pieces to be hung vertically on the wall
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Glue

Activity Set Up:

  1. Assign one or more sections of the biblical narrative to each grade level:  Creation, Fall, Promise, Exodus, Judges, Kings, Exile, Return, Silence, Jesus, Early Church, End Times
  2. Each grade level/group will be given a length of butcher/bulletin board paper.  The group will write the title of their biblical narrative section at the top of the paper as a heading for when their butcher/bulletin board paper hangs vertically on the wall for display.
  3. Assign a Bible story to each child or a small group of children within the topic of their section:
  • Creation- each day is a separate “story”
  • Fall-Adam and Eve’s temptation
  • Promise- Abraham, Noah, Joseph
  • Exodus- Plagues, Parting of Red Sea, 10 Commandments, Wanderings, Joshua and the Promised Land
  • Judges- Ruth
  • Kings- David and Goliath, David and Saul, Solomon builds the temple
  • Exile- Esther, Daniel
  • Return
  • Silence- 400 years
  • Jesus- Birth, Miracles, Death, Resurrection
  • Early Church- Paul’s conversion, missionary journey, Paul writes letters to churches
  • End Times- John’s vision in Revelation

Activity Plan of Action:

  1. Pass out coloring pages which correspond to the child’s assigned story.  If no appropriate coloring page can be found, then pass out a blank drawing page for the child to recreate the story on paper.  Every paper should include a key verse from the assigned story.  The stories for which you have coloring pages should be assigned to the younger children and the stories which need to be drawn from scratch should be assigned to the older children.
  2. Once finished with their coloring page or drawing, the child will glue it to a piece of colored construction paper to mat it.
  3. The coloring/drawing pages will then be glued to their corresponding biblical narrative section butcher/bulletin board paper in the order the stories happened.
  4. Once all biblical narrative section butcher/bulletin board papers are complete, they will be hung side by side on a wall in the church in order of the biblical narrative.  This will be your children’s department Big Picture Bible mural!
  5. Use this mural to walk/teach your children through the entire story of the Bible.  The mural becomes a visual tool to see where the familiar isolated Bible stories fit into the big picture of God’s story.  This mural can also be used to show how all events of the Bible point to Christ.  This mural can be displayed for an extended period of time to use as a teaching tool in future weeks.  You may even find this mural beneficial for the adults in your church as they, too, can observe how the story of the entire Bible fits together.

Tips:

  1. With this activity, you can create multi-grade level groups where children of all grade levels work together on one of the biblical narrative sections.
  2. Make sure to have the corresponding Bible passages ready with the assigned stories, so the children can reread their Bible story as they color/draw their page for the mural.  This will be essential for the stories where the children need to draw from scratch.
  3. The Ministry to Children website includes free coloring pages for the Days of Creation, Joseph, Moses and the 10 Commandments, David, Jesus’ Birth, and Jesus’ Resurrection.
  4. For homeschoolers, you might use the poster board version like pictured above.


Comments

  1. Laura says

    Wow what a great opened activity than can be built upon for a more in depth lesson.Or left simple for younger kids,I love how visual and organized it is.I am so so happy that God lead me to this website! THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK

  2. Ilene A. McCune, says

    I also felt we were not doing the Word of God justice in teaching segmented stories; they could be put in the category of fairy tales or library book stories. We ordered a copy of “History Of The World” by Sebastian Cabot Adams (1825-1898) An Illustrated Chart of Ancient, Modern and Biblical History. We are creating a time line from that base and fitting all our Bible story lessons into their proper place in history. At the same time we can see what the other nations were doing at that time as well. Our Kidstown Dept. is K-5th grade, so we introduced “time-lines” by helping them make time-lines of their own lives. Now we are working on the time-line of creation. Next will be Adam’s life (almost till Noah). Thanks for your help with great lesson plans. Ilene McCune, Lifegate Foursquare in Auburn, WA

  3. Christabel Leo says

    Dear Amy, I was about to teach my Sunday school children about Ages & Dispensations in brief and to their understanding.This timeline will be a great help to me. Thanq, May God bless you!

  4. Christina says

    Hi,

    Thank you for this great resource. Its awesome to have this overall time line.

    Feedback: The part you have “Silence” . I was watching one docu and the guy explained that during this time God was working through the historical events ie Alexander the Great, that one commerce language spoken, so that the gospel could be taken to the surrounding countries. Poor interpretation, but you understand what I mean. “Silence” as I first see it, could count as a negative, but our Father is behind the scenes not doing nothing but orchestrating his will to be done.

    Thanks
    Chrisy

  5. pidgen says

    I do something similar in my High School class {and in my elementary class} but one thing I change is that I have a “Divided Kingdom” section. This is such an important era!! It makes sense why they went into Exile. And you can cover Jeremiah and Lamentations this way. :) Also, I liked the above suggestions for the Judges period. Gives a bit more reference. And boys like the story of Samson. Thanks for such a great idea. :)

  6. Cheryl says

    Hi, thanks for your idea. I am enjoying using it.
    I just want to point out that you have for Judges- RUTH. Do you mean Deborah? Was Ruth considered a judge or was she just from that time period? I am going to put Judges: Deborah, Gideon, and the Story of Ruth.
    thanks,

  7. Emily says

    Thank you so much for this great idea! We are going to use it in our first grade Bible curriculum. I have been looking everywhere for a simple timeline that gives a visual of the full story of God’s redemptive plan and this is GREAT! Just a quick question–under “Return” do you have any events or do you leave it blank? And by Return, are you referring to the prophets calling Israel to Return to the Lord? Just wanted to make sure I’m on the same page. :)

    Thanks again!

  8. Julie says

    This is such a fantastic idea! I teach four year olds on Sundays, and I’ve been scanning the web looking for some sort of time line to help them see how their Bible stories “fit” into the Bible. Our curriculum just jumps all over the place. I am going to try your idea. Thank you!

  9. Blanca says

    Hi Tony, i really love to see your ideas, it help me so much. Blessing from India.

  10. Faith Rattei says

    LOVE LOVE LOVE…I base our whole childrens ministry on the Big Picture Bible and this is a super helpful way to engage the “older” kids (we have a pretty young group) in the BIG PICTURE! Awesome.

  11. Ann Lewis says

    Thanks for sharing! I have been working on a VBS theme that involves a time-line to show the FAITHFULNESS of God. He makes promises to individuals in the Bible and later on the time-line we can see where He fulfills His promise. I have been looking for a good visual to demonstrate. I like your idea.

  12. says

    Love, Love it! We’re starting a storytime at our church this summer called “The Big Story”, going through the overall picture of the Bible. This will be PERFECT! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Lindsey @ GrowingKidsMinistry.com

  13. says

    That is awesome – just finished curriculum on the Old Testament and I love the way you laid it out easily to see.

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