In Matthew 6 Jesus gives us a profound visual as He reminds us that no matter what we are faced with in this life, we don’t have to worry because He will take care of us. This Do Not Worry Bird Craft for Kids (from Matthew 6:26)is a great way for kids of all ages to remember that they are more valuable than the birds of the air. We don’t have to fear because God will always love and watch over His creation and His children.
Can I tell you a story real quick? Four years ago our family took a major leap of faith and moved over 1,700 miles from Colorado to South Carolina. We didn’t know a soul and I was 32 weeks pregnant with our second daughter. It was one of the hardest, most refining things I have ever done. It stretched me in ways I never imagined possible. It brought me to my knees more times than I can count. As I look back I can recall many days I literally didn’t even know how I was going to make it, BUT God.
He was faithful to show up when I was in tears rocking a 4 month old baby on our living room floor while trying to keep a 3 year old occupied. He was faithful to bring deep friendships when I was alone and didn’t know a soul, and He has been faithful to create incredible joy in my heart and new eyes to notice, celebrate, and savor. If I had to do it a million times over I would, because in the hardness of that season that felt SO utterly impossible, was where God showed up in ways I can’t even believe.
It was in that stretching season that I learned not only that I can’t do life on my own, but that I don’t WANT to. Life is so much better with Jesus. It’s so much better living life with Him by your side. It was in the uncertainty of that season that He showed me His goodness tangibly through the mighty waves of the ocean and the trilling songs of birds in our backyard.
If you are in the middle of a season that feels impossible I want to encourage you. I want to tell you that even in your pain and struggle that God is faithful. He’s crazy about you and has big plans for you. Lean in to Him, sweet sister and don’t be afraid to notice the good right where you are. You don’t have to worry because He cares so deeply for you. He knows you, sees you, and cares for you.
So what on earth does that story have to do with a do not worry bird craft for kids?
I’m so glad you asked! With the uncertainty of our world today, I have been waking up a little bit earlier to enjoy the stillness and pre-dawn quiet before little feet patter down the stairs. With glasses on and a cup of tea in hand, I sneak out on our back porch to watch the sunrise and birds in our backyard. It’s incredibly life-giving listening to them warble and chirp in the early hours just before the sun peeks through. At first there are only a few trills, yet gradually over time a symphony of praise erupts. Over and over this week The Lord has whispered, “Sweet daughter of mine. See the birds and how they don’t worry? Trust me. I’ve got you.”
In the middle of the chaos, I have been reminded of God’s faithfulness over the past 4 years. I encourage you to do the same. Count and name the ways that He has been faithful to you throughout your life. He has been faithful and will continue to be faithful in the seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years ahead.
God knows exactly what the birds need and He feeds them. In Matthew 6:26 Jesus so beautifully tells us that we are much more valuable than they are. Today I am going to show you how to put together a visual reminder of this powerful truth that’s perfect for kids of all ages to make.
Ready to get a little creative and make the Do Not Worry Bird Craft for Kids (from Matthew 6:26)? Hooray! Let’s get started.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
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- Bird Craft Template (Free Download HERE)
- White Cardstock
- Construction Paper (Your choice of color(s) for the bird + brown for the branch)
- Watercolors + Paint Brush
- A Brown and Black Crayon
- Black Marker
How to Make It:
To get started first download and print the Bird Craft Template PDF onto white cardstock.
Use watercolors to paint the background. When you’re finished set aside the painted paper to dry.
While the background is drying, use scissors to cut out the bird templates.
Trace around each of the templates onto construction paper with a pencil. Choose whatever color(s) you’d like! If you don’t have construction paper get creative and use a paper bag or any other materials you have around your house.
Then, use scissors to cut out each piece of the bird.
Now it’s time to assemble your bird! Use glue to attach the feathers, beak, and feet.
Grab a black marker and draw the bird’s eye. Set aside your cute little bird because now it’s time to work on creating the torn paper branch.
Cut a piece of brown construction paper into 1″ strips. Invite your kids to tear the strips into smaller squares.
Use glue to attach the torn paper pieces to form the branch.
After the branch is completed, use a brown and black crayon to draw the bird’s nest.
Almost there! Grab your glue and secure the cute little bird you made to the nest.
Finally, you can add torn paper leaves to the branches if you want (or a worm inside the nest like my six year old).
Set aside your picture to dry. Once it’s all dry display your picture somewhere where you’ll see it often!
I think my favorite part of this craft is how unique each one turned out. No two will be the same!
After you are finished making your craft, grab your Bible and read Matthew 6:25-34 aloud. This craft also pairs perfectly with the story ‘The Singer’ from The Jesus Storybook Bible.
Download the Bird Craft Template by clicking the button below:
If there’s one thing that has been the anthem of the last 4 years it’s that He is faithful. So so faithful. Be still, dear heart and know that He is God. (Psalm 46:10) He is good, even when it might be hard to see. Step outside today. Slow down. Breathe deep. Inhale His peace, exhale stress and anxiety. When you see the birds of the air, may you be reminded that God is making a way even when you don’t see it.