Prodigal Son Pigpen Painting Craft – Free Printable!

We’ve used a unusual substance to paint this Prodigal Son Pigpen Painting Craft! Use this adorable free printable in your homeschool or Sunday School to teach the Parable of the Prodigal Son.

We've used a unusual substance to paint this Prodigal Son Pigpen Painting Craft! Use this adorable free printable to teach the Parable of the Prodigal Son.

Prodigal Son Pigpen Painting Craft – With a Special Ingredient

A few years ago, I was teaching the Parable of the Prodigal Son to my Children’s Church. As we got ready to do our prepared pigpen craft, I realized I didn’t have any brown finger paint! Oh my! What are we going to do? Then, in the creative way of Sunday School teachers everywhere, I realized I had brought chocolate pudding for snack. And, voila! Our pigpen painting craft was saved, and pudding became the favorite paint of all of my kids in KidChurch.

When I was invited to be a part of Emma Owl’s Paint-a-Thon 2016, I knew I had to share this idea with you! I let my kids get creative with their pudding paintings. Here’s how they turned out!

My kids are familiar with the story of the Prodigal Son, but if you are looking for a lesson plan for the Prodigal Son to use in your homeschool or KidMin, I really love the lessons from Danielle’s Place. While we were painting, we chatted about the Prodigal Son and how he felt sitting in that pigpen. It was a great time to impress upon my somewhat headstrong kiddo the unwanted consequences of following our own selfish desires.

I love the story of the prodigal son. I think it’s because he reminds me of myself. He was headstrong and wanted to follow his own desires. So he finagled a way to get free from his Father’s house. He went out and wasted his entire inheritance, and ended up slopping pigs to try to make a few dollars to get dinner. It was in that ucky pigpen that the prodigal son realized his sin, and decided to repent. But he didn’t stay there in the pigpen. He arose, and went home to his Father, who welcomed him home with open arms.

I am so thankful for the grace of God, who always welcomes me back even when I have been out being stupid and messing up my life.




And the Final Results:



They had lots of fun making a mess and licking their fingers! I think this craft turned out so cute!

And you can create it too! I have created a free printable for this craft. You can access this printable and several other great printables by signing up for my newsletter. I would love to connect with you in your email inbox!

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  • 200+ Painting Ideas for Children - Emma Owl

    September 1, 2016 at 1:56 am Reply

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