Crafts on Jesus and Nicodemus | New Life & Born Again Activities

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Use these crafts when teaching kids about Jesus and Nicodemus. They work with any John 3 lesson plan for Sunday School. Download the project directions, watch our how-to instructions video, and then gather your craft supplies.


Craft Ideas for Nicodemus and New Life 

Born Again…New Life in Christ!

The idea of being “born again” is a tricky concept for adults and kids alike. In this context, children are encouraged to consider how being a Christian gives us a new sort of life. It can be compared to a butterfly, or a recycled treasure. So these crafts emphasize that concept. Feel free to be as creative, simple, or elaborate as you prefer, according to your audience and setting. Have fun!

Bible Verses or Craft Captions to Consider…

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. –John 3:16

I am a new creation in Christ!

God gives me a brand new life…I have been born again!

Re-created… Jesus lets us live eternally!

More Ideas for teaching about Jesus and Nicodemus


Craft one: “New Creation Butterfly”

Craft one: “New Creation Butterfly”

You will need for this Craft

  • Scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Paper bags
  • Markers or decorating materials
  • Glue and/or tape
  • Popsicle sticks or clothespins
  • Coffee filters or tissue paper
  • Pom poms
  • Pipe Cleaners

Procedure Steps:

  1. Decorate the paper bag to look like a butterfly chrysalis.
  2. Create a “leaf” and “egg”, if desired, for your butterfly.
  3. Make a “caterpillar” by attaching pom poms to a clothespin or popsicle stick. Add google eyes and pipe cleaner “antennae” if you like.
  4. For younger students, place the caterpillar inside the bag and have them wait, swapping out later. Older kids (or those crunched on time) can do the butterfly at once.
  5. Using the caterpillar clothespin or a new one, make a “butterfly” by attaching tissue paper or colored coffee filters. Pop the butterfly into the “chrysalis” and enjoy! 

Craft Two: “Up-cycled and born again”  

Craft Two: “Up-cycled and born again”

Craft Supplies You will need:

  • Paper bags
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper or cardstock
  • Glue and/or tape
  • Decorative materials (markers, crayons, stickers)
  • Old cardboard tubes, paper cups, plates, or other random items.

How To Directions Procedure:

  1. Set out a variety of materials, some for decorating and some for recycling.
  2. Encourage students to use their creativity in creating new objects out of old ones.
  3. Decorate, change, and adapt old materials to be useful new things or just fun!
  4. Remind students that we are “made new”, too, when we have faith in Christ!

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