Stand-up Figure Visual Aids

  • This simple teaching idea can be adapted to any story, age group or teaching situation.
  •  The example used for the video is the story of Nadab and Abihu.


  1. Paper
  2. Pencil or pen
  3. Crayons, Markers or Coloured Pencils
  4. Blue-tac or any kind of tape (masking tape, Scotch tape or cellutape)
  5. Paper or plastic cups or some other item that the paper figures can be attached to.


  1. Choose a bible story and read the passage from the Bible.
  2. With this in mind, make a list of characters and props needed to tell the story.  It is best to keep the number of characters small.
  3. Draw one simple character or prop on each piece of paper.  You may prefer to use heavier paper such as index file cards.
  4. Attach each characters to the side of an upturned paper or plastic cup using blue-tac or rolled up tape.
  5. Move the characters around as you tell the story so that the characters are acting out the story like a play.


  1. Tell the story and then guide the children in making their own stand-up characters.
  2. Let the children that arrive early join you in making the characters that you will be using to tell the story later in the class.
  3. Make the characters as elaborate as you want.  You may wish to add scenery like  sand to walk on, trees and bushes, or houses.  If you teach often then you might want to start your own collection.  These are easy to file.  Laminate the figures so they will last.
  4. Instead of making the characters in the Bible story you or the children could make characters that represent children in general or even the children themselves.  Guide the children in facing scenarios that are applications of the story you have taught.  For example, the “children” could be playing on the playground when they see someone being a bully.  What should they do?

8 thoughts on “Stand-up Figure Visual Aids

  1. Thank you Mary for your wonderful website. My husband and I live in Malawi where I have the privilege to help children come to know God through His Word. I have found your website invaluable I especially like how your lessons can be adapted to teach in any situation with little or no resources. Thank you for sharing your talents and ideas. May God continue to bless you and all you do for the Lord.

    1. Hi Christine

      I am so happy that you are using the resources there in Malawi. I appreciate your comments. May God bless you as you share the Word of God with children. You are doing a wonderful thing!

  2. This is the absolute best site for teaching Sunday School. I am an early childhood teacher and a 20 year veteran in Sunday School and I just love this set up now that I am doing school age. I can not say enough, but thank you for sharing your gift and knowledge.

    1. Wow, Norma, you just made my day! I’m glad you are finding the site useful. May God bless you as you teach children. You are doing such an important work in the kingdom of God.

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