AHOY ME HEARTIES! ARRR! YAR HA ARRR!
One of my favourite themes that I have done for my sponsored children was a Bible Treasure theme full of pirates, treasure chests and swashbuckling adventure to encourage them to dig into eternal treasure and the promises of God. It was a lot of fun. This theme has been deliberately designed so that it could be adapted for any of our kids no matter how old they are… just personalise it for your child… and enjoy!
BIBLE TREASURE THEME
- Part 1 – Bible Treasure freebies.
- Part 2 – (this post) lots of fun things to go with your Bible Treasure theme – Bible verses, colouring pages, puzzles, treasure hunts, treasure maps, treasure chests, crafts, posters, bookmarks, stationery, and more.
- Part 3 – more Bible Treasure freebies, including a free sample letter you can download and use for your child.
BIBLE TREASURE THEME ~ BIBLE VERSES
In part 1 of this series, I described how, as part of this Bible treasure theme, I started to send my children a colourful 35 page list of a ton of Bible verses – one sheet at a time. My kids loved them. Kefa later told me that it helped him be a good boy! :o
Exodus 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a special treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine.
1 Samuel 25:29 Even when you are chased by those who seek to kill you, your life is safe in the care of the LORD your God, secure in his treasure pouch. But the lives of your enemies will disappear like stones shot from a sling!
Psalm 119:111 Your laws are my treasure; they are my heart’s delight.
Psalm 119:162 I rejoice at Your Word, as one who finds great treasure.
Proverbs 2:1-5 My son, if thou will receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
Proverbs 7:1 My son, keep my words, and treasure my commands within you.
Proverbs 10:14 Wise people treasure knowledge, but the babbling of a fool invites disaster.
Isaiah 33:6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.
Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Matthew 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goes and sells all that he has, and buyeth that field.
Matthew 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
Mark 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
Luke 12:33-34 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Luke 18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, He said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
2 Corinthians 4:6-7 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
Gold Rush – Bible verses (answersingenesisvbs) a list of memory verses for those gold miners who are interested in mining more from God’s Word
52 Bible verses for kids to memorize (ministry-to-children) free printable
More Bible Treasure verses (Tip: great resource)
BIBLE TREASURE THEME ~ COLOURING PAGES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Note: For this theme, I combined lots of smaller ‘digging-for-treasure’ colouring pages, things like open treasure chests with coins and treasure spilling out into the one page to make it look like there was treasure everywhere, then in the middle of it all, a pirate – ignoring all the coins and finding the greatest treasure of all… the Word of God… the Bible.
Open Treasure Box – colouring (coloringhome) with a Bible peeking out amongst the treasure; Open Treasure Box – colouring with a cross among the treasure; Treasure Chest – colouring; Treasure Chest – colouring with a man kneeling before it; more; free printable
Hidden Treasure – colouring (abdaacts; scroll down) a man has just dug up a treasure box from a field; free printable
Psalm 119:162 – colouring (answersingenesis) I rejoice at Your Word as one who finds great treasure; a woman sitting on a mat listening to a teacher; 2 Timothy 3:16 – colouring All Scripture [eternal treasure] is given by inspiration of God; a scribe working at his desk; free printable
Parables of the Treasure and the Pearl – colouring (calvarycurriculumoriginal; scroll down to number 195) open treasure chest; also available in Spanish (scroll down to number 195); free printable
Treasure Ship – colouring (ministryark; scroll down to the bottom of the post and click on the image to download) with Bible verse from Proverbs 16:9 A person plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps; a pirate treasure ship; free printable
Treasure – colour by number (Biblewise) with Bible verse from Matthew 6:21 Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also; Bible verse words over a large heart; free printable
Open Treasure Chest – colouring (activity-sheets) with a cross among the treasure; Treasure Chest – colouring filled with treasure to the brim with gold; this would go great with some ‘treasure’ related Bible verses; Treasure Island – colouring; Treasure Map – colouring; Treasure – colouring gems, rings, coins; Finding Buried Treasure – colouring a pirate digs for treasure; Treasure Ship – colouring; Searching for Treasure – colouring the lookout on the ship’s crow’s nest points to land; Studying the Treasure Map – colouring a couple of pirates under a palm tree; free printable
Treasure Chest – colouring (Dover sample) hidden underwater and overflowing with coins, jewels, a crown and a cup
Treasure Map – colouring (coloringcastle) 3 pages to choose from – easy, medium, advanced; with room to add your own obstacles or text. Scroll down to the crafts section (below) for ideas about making your own treasure map.
Treasure Map – colouring (coloringcafe) with volcanoes, caves, palm trees, whales and ships; lots of fun, just add your own text; free printable
Treasure Chest – colouring (supercoloring) fish inspecting an underwater treasure chest; Treasure Chest – colouring full of coins; Treasure Chest – colour by number a pirate in a palm tree overlooking a treasure chest; free printable
Spying for Treasure – colouring (preciousmoments) a sweet girl looks into the distance through her spyglass with her treasure map in her hand; free printable
Treasure Map – colouring (1arthouse; scroll down) conviction is a road map to grace; free printable
Treasure Map – colouring (twistynoodle) 3 pages to choose from; for younger children; free printable
Treasure Chest – colouring (freecoloringpages; scroll down) a pirate with his foot on an unopened treasure box on the beach and he must have lost the key – he looks pretty grumpy :) with his spade and palm tree nearby; fabulous to go with a ‘digging or searching for Bible treasure’ theme; there’s a few other treasure colouring pages there too; free printable
Matthew 6:33 – colouring (mradron) Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and these things will be added to you; words and stars coming out of an open treasure chest; free printable
Treasure – colouring pages (duckduckgo)
Jazz up your colouring pages combine or shrink your colouring pages, add a border, a title, a Bible verse and some clip art to make your colouring pages unique and more interesting with this easy tutorial. Or you are welcome to use these two frames that I designed for my own kids; portrait or landscape; free printable
BIBLE TREASURE THEME ~ PUZZLES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Bible Treasure Hunt – puzzle worksheets (Paper Gifts for Estefany) a couple of ‘top secret’ puzzles that I designed for my kids, a Bible verse traceover worksheet, and a scrapbook page where kids can write out their favourite Bible verses; free printable
Pearl Diver – maze (max7) dive through the treasure maze to find the pearl – puzzle based on Romans 12:21 – Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good; free printable
Knowing God’s Word is like Finding Great Treasure (max7) Bible treasure underwater puzzle based on Psalm 119:162; free printable
Treasures in Heaven – word search (max7) Scripture puzzle based on Matthew 6.19-21; also available in Portuguese, Tagalog, and more; free printable
Fools get Rich on Earth but Forget about Heaven – puzzle (max7) a Bible treasure puzzle based on Luke 12:21; also available in Tagalog and other languages; free printable
Treasures in Heaven – crossword (kidssundayschool) 8 clues, with all answers found in Matthew 6:19-21; What kinds of treasures do we tend to store on earth? What kinds of treasures should we store in Heaven? What happens to the treasures we store on Earth, and what happens to the treasures we store in Heaven? (The treasures we store on Earth will disappear, but the treasures we store in Heaven will not only last forever, they also glorify God); free printable
Gold Rush – puzzle worksheet (answersingenesis; pdf) meet Jesus and discover His bold claims – and don’t be fooled by counterfeits; free printable
Parables of the Treasure and the Pearl – puzzles (calvarycurriculumoriginal; scroll down to number 195) open treasure chest quiz, true/false, memory verse, word search, maze, fill in the blank, crossword; also available in Spanish (scroll down to number 195); free printable
What a Treasure His Love is – journal worksheet (1arthouse; scroll down) for your notes; decorated with a treasure chest full of hearts; free printable
Treasure Chest – maze (Dover sample) for very young children; help the fish find the underwater treasure
Treasure Chest – maze (raisingourkids) help the young pirate find the hidden treasure through this simple maze; free printable
Treasure – word jumble (supercoloring) follow the lines to unscramble the hidden word; freeprintable
Gem maker – puzzle (pdf) The queen loves gems. Fill her treasure boxes with gems of different shapes, colours, sizes. A fun and easy maths worksheet for younger children to complete, while sharing your favourite Bible treasure; free printable. I also added a text box to gently remind the queen of where true treasure is found. :)
Pirates I Spy – puzzle (papertraildesign) a pirate themed activity page full of treasure maps and pirate related items; free printable
Pirate – word search (printabletreats) free printable
DIY puzzles specifically designed for your child
BIBLE TREASURE THEME ~ CRAFTS / ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
- Bible Treasure Hunt
My Bible Treasures (Paper Gifts for Estefany) write out some of your favourite Bible verses on these colourful strips, then cut them up and use them as part of your Bible Treasure Hunt activities; free printable
Bible Treasure Hunt (creativebiblestudy) Use Bible verses to create a fun and exciting treasure hunt. Everyone loves to find treasure. You will find ideas of how to take the fun of a treasure hunt and teach a wonderful Bible lesson as well.
Bible Scavenger Hunt (Christiancrafters) …perfect for a picnic. For the younger children, there’s a list of clues in rhyming verse that are drawn from the Bible. For the older kids, clues with Bible references they can look up. You may like to provide little trinkets for each of the clues, except for items that can be found around the park, such as branches. A fun activity for your own family and send photos and the clues to your sponsored child so they can do it, too.
Bible Scavenger Hunt (theme-party-queen) A Bible scavenger hunt is the perfect way to get all of your family and friends up and involved with a fun activity. Ideas for both younger children and for teens.
Treasure Hunt – discussion ideas (Biblewise) Ecclesiastes is full of wise advice on how to attain the best in life – all of which starts with putting God first. See how many verses you can find that remind us of the true substance of a good life; Treasure Hunt – discussion ideas from Jesus’ sermon on the mount; Treasure Hunt – discussion ideas from Jesus’ sermon on the mount
- DIY Bible Treasure Map
DIY Treasure Map (coloringcastle) 3 pages to choose from – easy, medium, advanced, with room to add your own obstacles or text.
A note about my own Treasure Map: I used the advanced map (from the above link) for all my kids and added it to my Bible Treasure Map background (shown here), added some clip art around the edge of the map; and text boxes with extra words near the hazards to make it specifically a ‘Bible Treasure’ theme. This was done before printing, but it could just as easily be handwritten in. As my treasure map template has a warning posted at the top: Hear ye hear ye! Be not diverted from finding true and eternal treasure and the promises of God, the additional text boxes included reasons and hazards any eternal treasure hunter may encounter, like: too busy; can’t be bothered; not interested; pursuing other things; too tired; I’ve already read the Bible once; people around me are not interested in God; others discourage me from spending time with God; others tell me the Bible is not God’s Word; the enemy steals God’s Word away from me (this was placed near the ship, with a ho ho ho me hearty next to it, making the enemy of our souls, the real pirate); and the timeless classic from Genesis 3 that still manages to trip us all up: Did God really say?
DIY Treasure Map (picklebums) draw your own map inside this scroll frame with compass rose; free printable
DIY Treasure Map (timvandevall; scroll down to ‘Blank Treasure Maps’) design your own obstacles and text inside one of these blank treasure maps; DIY Treasure Map draw your own map inside this scroll frame; in colour or to colour; free printable
DIY Treasure Map (tangarang) a really cute, fun idea for kids that shows you how to make a map of a playground or things you may have in your garden, weaving around the slides and swings and (hopefully) ending up in the sand box to dig for treasure; this idea could be adapted to suit any child, or any age; free printable
DIY Treasure Map (coloringcafe) with volcanoes, caves, palm trees, whales and ships; lots of fun, just add your own text; free printable
DIY Treasure Map (1arthouse; scroll down) treasure map colouring page or learn to draw – conviction is a road map to grace; free printable
DIY Treasure Map (twistynoodle) 3 pages to choose from; for younger children; free printable
DIY Treasure Map with invisible ink (hubpages) 9 fun ways to make invisible ink, e.g. add your ‘x’ marks the spot with lemon juice, dry, then hold over heat to make the ‘invisible ink’ brown; use cinnamon powder to make torn edges and wrinkles to make it look old; You can also use milk, baking soda, cornstarch, iodine, a white crayon. You will also discover how to send a secret message with a banana, how to make glow in the dark messages, and how to make disappearing ink. These invisible ink recipes are great for wannabe pirates and treasure maps, spies and secret agents, mystery parties, mad scientists, or just for anytime you want to pass on a secret message.
DIY Treasure Map (treasurehuntdesign) using a damp tea bag to darken the edges
DIY Treasure Map (serif) and give it a torn paper look; computer tutorial
DIY Compass – 3D paper craft (romanticraft) where you can add your own personalised text; free printable
- Bible Treasure Chest
DIY Treasure Chest – 3D paper craft (romanticraft) where you can personalize a secret message for your child – add a Bible verse; free printable
Treasure Chest – 3D paper craft (timvandevall) free printable
Treasure Chest – photo frame (canon) add your child’s photo; free printable
DIY Treasure Chest (duckduckgo) great ideas for your homeschool or Sunday school students. Or if you like drawing, adapt one of these ideas to make a mini treasure chest craft activity for your child
Treasure Chest – 3D paper craft (ministryark) print, cut, decorate and glue; free printable
Treasure Chest – craft (Biblewise) cut and glue the Heaven-based qualities (out of 8) to put into the treasure chest; a one-page activity; free printable
Treasure Chest – learn to draw (1arthouse; scroll down) filled with hearts; free printable
Old Safe – 3D paper craft a model of a black cash safe to print, cut and fold; free printable
- More Bible Treasure ~ crafts / activities for kids
Bible Treasure theme – iDial craft for kids (Paper Gifts for Estefany) simply print, cut and assemble; free printable
I talk to God | God talks to me – mobile phone craft (Paper Gifts for Estefany) a fun and colourful paper toy to make where kids can write out their sms/texts/prayers to God (I talk to God) and some of their favourite Bible verses (God talks to me). There are ready made designs, transparent templates where you add your child’s photo, as well as extra inserts; simply print, cut, and fold; free printable
You are a precious pearl (Godisreal) …priceless to God. But the beautiful pearl is covered with sin. God wants to clear off the dirt that surrounds us and bring out the beauty of who we are, as a part of His beloved creation. This cleansing starts when we completely give our lives to Jesus Christ, who suffered for all our sins and imperfections when He died on the cross. He wants to free the beauty captured by your sins, and make it visible to the world that surrounds you. He wants to show you to other people as a sparkling pearl filled with Him. Share this beautiful insight with your child. Send a FREE Precious Pearl – craft (below) with it. Make sure that your child knows that they are God’s precious treasure.
My Precious Pearl – craft for kids (Paper Gifts for Estefany) to make and colour with Bible verse from Philippians 3:8 – Everything else is worthless compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord; also available in French, Spanish and Swahili; free printable
My Bible Treasures – Bible verses (Paper Gifts for Estefany) write out some of your favourite Bible verses on these colourful strips, then cut them up and put them in your ‘treasure chest’; free printable
Treasure – board game (supercoloring) a beautifully illustrated board game to find underwater shipwreck treasure; free printable
Boy-Ville – playset (stephaniecorfee) to colour with treasure chest, pirate ship, dragon, swords, shields, hero headquarters; free printable
Paper Diamonds – to make (wildolive) simply print and cut; use them for crafts or to put into your treasure chest; free printable
3D Paper Diamonds – to make (minieco) easy origami to use for crafts or to put into your treasure chest; Gems – paper craft black and white gems to use for crafts, gift tags, mobiles, or to put into your treasure chest; Gems – pop up card to make tiny cards that would be perfect to add a Bible verse and add to your Bible Treasure; Gems – paper craft; free printable
Paper Gemstones (donteatthepaste) to cut out and use for crafts, or to put into your treasure chest; free printable
Gemstone – gift tags (basicinvite) perfect to add a Bible treasure verse, or to use for crafts or to put into your treasure chest; free printable (via ‘add to cart’)
Secret Decoder Wheel – to make for kids (dabblesandbabbles) Attention, all secret agents! Your secret decoder wheel has arrived and your mission – should you choose to accept it – is to send and receive secret messages to your friends without anyone being the wiser. No one will be able to decode your messages unless they have the secret key. This is a super fun play activity for kids; adapt for paper only for your sponsored child; free printable
DIY Bible Treasure – board game (scroll down) design your own Bible Treasure board game using one of these free templates; free printable
Pirates – lesson ideas (ministryark) with pirate image that could be used as a playset background; free printable
Pirate Purim party fun decorating ideas for kids or for your own family
Pirate – paper bag craft (iheartcraftythings) paper bag puppet
Pirate Hat – craft (artistshelpingchildren) instructions are free printable
Pirate Hat – to make (activityvillage) using origami folds; possibly best done with plain black paper or card, or if you use newspaper, please be careful what is printed on it and whether or not it is suitable for our kids
Pirate Smiley Face – finger puppets (liagriffith) Use brown paper bags as pirate booty bags to put in your treasure chest. Decorate them with some of these and include some paper gold coins and Bible verse stickers as your treasure; members only
Pirate ship – learn to draw (cartooncritters) free printable
BIBLE TREASURE ~ PAPER GIFTS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Bible Treasure theme – FREE paper gifts for kids (Paper Gifts for Estefany) Bible poster, bookmarks, bookmark corners, to-do list, secret ID cards, award certificate, and more; free printable
Treasure – FREE Bible poster (alittleperspective) a single, beautiful pearl sitting on an open seashell with Bible verse from Matthew 13:45 Again the kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it; free printable
Buried Treasure – FREE poster (Bibleinspirations) treasure chest brimming with treasure sitting on the beach with words, ‘We must read our Bibles like men digging for buried treasure’; free printable
Parable of the Hidden Treasure – posters (freeBibleimages) from a movie; Parable of the Hidden Treasure – posters illustrations; Parable of the Hidden Treasure – posters cartoon; Parable of the Hidden Treasure – posters illustrations; free printable
Treasure – Bible verse card (crosscards) a slightly open treasure chest with light radiating out of it and the words, ‘Faith is remembering I am God’s priceless treasure even when I feel worthless’; free printable
Treasures in Heaven – Bible bookmarks for kids (Christianpreschoolprintables; scroll down to ‘Treasures in Heaven Bible Bookmarks’)a pot of gold with a rainbow coming out it and Bible verse – But store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven; 4 per page; free printable
Bible Treasure theme – cartoon (joyfultoons; scroll down and click on ‘Treasure Chest’ to download) pirate digging for treasure with Bible verse from Colossians 2:2-3 and this note from the artist – Some people strive and work to find some kind of satisfaction and fulfillment in life, only to find themselves in an empty hole. Jesus is the only way to true peace and contentment; free printable
Pirate – party invitations (bnute) for your child’s birthday – fill in your child’s details, or cut the centre out and use it as a frame for their photo or as scrapbooking elements; matching Ahoy Pirate – banner; Pirate – coasters; and Pirate treat bag – label (Creative idea: use brown paper bags as pirate booty bags to put in your treasure chest. Decorate them with these labels and include some paper gold coins and Bible verse stickers as your treasure); free printable
MORE CREATIVE IDEAS
Found a Bible treasure image, photo or clip art that your child will love? Add a Bible verse about treasure and make your own Bible Treasure:
Bible Poster or Verse Card
Bookmark – add your child’s name
Add a Bible Treasure verse to a free printable photo frame and make it the star of the show.
Jazz up your envelopes if you are including any special treats like stickers.
BIBLE TREASURE ~ STATIONERY FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Treasure – stationery (canon) and matching envelope in 3 colours – subdued blue and grey, brown, or grey and brown decorated with sailing ships, anchor, life buoy, wooden ship’s steering wheels; free printable
Scroll parchment – stationery (sparklebox) with plenty of room to add your own doodles; portrait or landscape; free printable
Buried Treasure – envelope (cottage-industrialist; scroll down to ‘Buried Treasure Envelopes’) blue and cream envelope with red treasure map tracking lines; free printable
Treasure Snippets to include in your letter (ellenlandreth) There’s no need to chase rainbows—wisdom is more valuable than any pot of gold—no matter how large. People often spend their whole life chasing after that elusive pot of gold—only to end up empty-handed and with empty hearts. The real treasure is found in wisdom. If you would only chase after wisdom you would find something far more valuable than even a huge pot of gold. You are my treasure—my beloved child. I have paid the ultimate price to show you my love and to offer you a treasure than time or life can never take from you… My Word—the Bible—is the ultimate treasure guide.
Daniel was the most important person in the entire empire after the king, but he valued something more than power or wealth. Do you know what Daniel’s treasure was? Where is your treasure?
And when you write to your sponsored child, don’t forget…
Collect your FREE BONUS GIFTS when you sign up to follow me. What will they be? Click here to find out. If you like my work, please tell others and ‘like’ this page. Your kind comments make my day! You can also follow Paper Gifts for Estefany on…