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12 year old jesus in the temple craft

This year our kids decided to make a Christmas craft about Jesus going up to the temple when He was 12. I searched the internet high and low looking for craft ideas, but all the ones I found were lame. I wanted something better, so today I’m sharing with you a fun, 12 year old jesus in the temple craft that our kids LOVED!

The 12-year old Jesus in the temple craft is a great way to teach your child about his first trip to Jerusalem.

In this activity, your child will create a collage of images that reflect the various things that happened on Jesus’ trip to the temple.

This activity is perfect for children who are learning about Jesus and Jerusalem at school. It can also be used as part of a larger unit study on the Bible or as part of a Sunday School lesson.

In this craft, you will learn how to make a picture of Jesus at the temple.

Jesus is God’s Son and the Messiah. He was born in Bethlehem to Mary, who was a virgin. When he grew up, he went to Jerusalem for Passover and stayed with Joseph and Mary in their home there. He went back to Jerusalem every year after that until he was about 30 years old.

One year when he went to Jerusalem for Passover, his parents did not make him go with them because he was too old for it now. They thought he would be too busy doing other things with his friends instead of going with them when they were visiting family members living there in Israel’s capital city since it is where most people live near Jerusalem (or Yerushalayim).

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Jesus in the Temple 12 Years Old

12 year old jesus in the temple craft

What you will need:

You will need the following materials:

  • Paper plate
  • Tan chalk pastel
  • Brown and green construction paper
  • Scissors, glue stick, and crayons

Thick Black Card or Paper

Cut a strip of black card or paper and make it as thick as you like. The thicker the card/paper, the easier it is to hold and the less likely it is to bend.

White Card or Paper

You will need:

  • A piece of white card or paper. The thicker the better. This is used for the background of the picture and also for the speech bubble.
  • A sheet of black paper, which you can use to make a frame.

Gold Card or Paper

What you will need

  • A sheet of gold card or paper. You can buy it from Amazon, Walmart, Staples and most craft supply stores. If you don’t want to buy gold card, then use the cheapest yellow A4 sized paper.
  • Some glue (I prefer a glue stick)


Use scissors to cut out the pieces.

Glue Stick

This Glue Stick is the perfect glue for all your craft projects:

  • It dries clear, and does not wrinkle paper.
  • It is non-toxic and safe for children.
  • It comes in a convenient dispenser that prevents clogs and drying out.


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Jesus in the Temple as a Boy | Teach Us the Bible

Template 1, 2 and 3 (these are in the pdf download below)

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Download Instructions Here How to make your 12 year old jesus in the temple craft The craft makes a good book mark as well.

You can find the template for the craft below. You will need to print it out in color or black and white depending on what you have available.

Tape the template onto a piece of colored paper and cut around it with scissors.

Fold along the dotted line as shown in the image above.

Glue the pieces together as shown in picture above to make your 12 year old jesus in the temple craft book mark.

jesus first visit to the temple

Luke 2:21-40
New Living Translation
Jesus Is Presented in the Temple
21 Eight days later, when the baby was circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel even before he was conceived.

22 Then it was time for their purification offering, as required by the law of Moses after the birth of a child; so his parents took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. 23 The law of the Lord says, “If a woman’s first child is a boy, he must be dedicated to the Lord.”[a] 24 So they offered the sacrifice required in the law of the Lord—“either a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”[b]

The Prophecy of Simeon
25 At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him 26 and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, 28 Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying,

29 “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace,
as you have promised.
30 I have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared for all people.
32 He is a light to reveal God to the nations,
and he is the glory of your people Israel!”

33 Jesus’ parents were amazed at what was being said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, and many others to rise. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. 35 As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.”

The Prophecy of Anna
36 Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple. She was the daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher, and she was very old. Her husband died when they had been married only seven years. 37 Then she lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four.[c] She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer. 38 She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem.

39 When Jesus’ parents had fulfilled all the requirements of the law of the Lord, they returned home to Nazareth in Galilee. 40 There the child grew up healthy and strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God’s favor was on him.

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