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Craft - NT: Life of Jesus 04: Jesus' baptism - Create your own dove

A fun and easy to do craft on the Holy Spirit as a dove

The dove craft provides a fun and engaging way for children to learn about the story of the baptism of Jesus and the role of the Holy Spirit as a dove. This craft can be an useful addition to a Sunday School lesson or a family activity at home.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the baptism of Jesus in Matthew 3:13–17, Mark 1:9–11 and Luke 3:21–22. 

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What you need:

  • dove body & feathers worksheet (printed on sturdy white paper)
  • scissors
  • glue


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Introduce the story of the baptism of Jesus to the children, explaining the role of John the Baptist and how Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River.

Focus on the part of the story where the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus like a dove, explaining to the children that the dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit.

Distribute the dove body worksheet and feathers worksheet to the children.

Instruct the children to cut out the dove body from the first worksheet.

Then, have the children first colour in and then cut out the feathers from the second worksheet.

Instruct the children to glue the feathers onto the sides of the dove body to make wings.

As the children are working on their doves, you can facilitate a discussion on the Holy Spirit, asking questions like "What is the Holy Spirit?" and "How does the Holy Spirit help us in our daily lives?"

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