I agree that craft can be expensive, that it uses important preparation time, and that it often teaches little. And I don't think it's necessary - I'm pretty sure it wasn't a big feature of my Sunday School growing up, where I learnt heaps in a fun way.
But I am including craft in the Sunday School material I'm writing on the Fruit of the Spirit.
Craft, if carefully chosen, is not only enjoyable, but an excellent aid to communication and memory. But it has to be craft that counts!! Craft that teaches. Craft that is meaningful. Craft that provides a lasting reminder of what's been learned.
Many years ago, Lizzy made a banner which still hangs next to her bed, and every night we pray together through its four words - thankyou, please, sorry, and love. Every night it teaches her how to pray.
Here are some of the craft ideas I've come up with for the fruit of the Spirit:
- - a laminated bookmark with Galatians 5:22-23 on it for their Bibles;
- a smiley face badge to remind them to be "joyful" in all circumstances.
- a money-box to set aside pocket money for poor children, to model "kindness";
- a friendship bracelet or wrist band, to remind them to be "faithful" to God when they're at school.