4 Gospels Craft – Handprint Style!

Catholic ABC’s Week: 4
Number of the week:4
Theme: Gospels
Memory Verse- Part of this Gospel Nursery Rhyme:
Matthew, Mark, Luke & John, Bless the bed that I lie on.
Craft: The 4 Gospels in Handprints

Hand-print paintings with images for the four gospels

This week we are studying the number 4, so we are learning about the 4 gospels! Each gospel has a symbol– A winged lion for Mark, a winged ox for Luke, an angel for Matthew, and an eagle for John. We made all 4 crafts at the same time, but you could certainly do them one per day or let each of your kids make 1 or 2 of them. Whatever you want 🙂

Materials Needed For 4 Gospels Handprint Craft:

  • Construction paper
  • Washable tempera paint (yellow, brown, white, and blue)
  • Black Marker
  • Access to your Hands and Feet 🙂
Gospel of Mark Craft
The lion is made from an upside-down footprint. The lion’s wings are handprints. Use thumbprints to make the lion’s mane and use your pinkie finger to draw on his tail and dot the end of his tail. After he’s dry draw his face on with a black marker.
Hand-print painting of a lion for Mark


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Gospel of Luke Craft
Make your ox from 2 handprints. The head of the ox is made by making a fist and pointing the pinkie side of your hand. His wing is a handprint, and you can fingerpaint his horns on. When he’s dry, add some eyes and nostrils with a black marker.
Hand-print painting of an ox for Luke
Gospel of Matthew Craft
One upside-down footprint, 2 handprints for wings, and a finger-painted halo make this angel. His head is a circle cut from a file folder and his face is drawn on with a black marker.
Hand-print painting of an angel for Matther
Gospel of John Craft
Make 2 handprints for the body and wings of the eagle. To make his head, make a fist with your hand and print with the pinkie side of your hand. Use your pinkie and some yellow paint to dot on his beak and 2 feet. 
Hand-print painting of an eagle for John
We really enjoyed learning about the 4 gospels this week! Hope you enjoy this craft 🙂

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  1. Amazing_Grace says

    LOL! These are so cute and I know the kids will really enjoy making them. 🙂

  2. Brilliant! I will definitely be doing this with my children!

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  4. wonderful crafts!
    tfs 🙂

  5. Absolutely Ingenious! Bravo, Bravo:-) And super cute. I have a handprint craft coming for St. Therese. Hope to post on Friday, if not sooner!
    God Bless!

  6. Did you come up with those shape ideas or find them some where? – so clever to turn them into gospel symbols! Thanks.

  7. Lacy @ Catholic Icing says

    The handprint eagle idea I found over on Family Fun and the Ox I found on some website about the Chinese new year- we added a wing. 🙂

  8. Thanks for answering, Lacy.

  9. My daughter and I just finished this craft. She certainly enjoyed this one. I posted a picture of it on my blog.

  10. In your first paragraph, the Gospel names and animals don’t match up to your pictures. I never even knew each Gospel had a symbol attached to it.