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God Made You Special: A DIY Autism Awareness Cross

It's no secret that we are a little Veggie Tales obsessed around here! If you're familiar with the show, you know that each episode ends with the signature sign off, "God made you special and he loves you very much."

Could there be any greater words to teach our children? As the mother of a special needs child, I find this to be an especially true sentiment. Despite my sons differences, I want him to realize that he is made just as God intended- and is absolutely perfect as he is. So, this month, in honor of Autism Awareness Month I wanted to do a little craft to remind him just that- an Autism Awareness Cross!

Want to make your own? Follow these simple instructions:

  • Cross Base
  • Painted Puzzle Pieces
  • Glue

  1. If you aren't using an already made cross base, start by creating this. I personally prefer using a precut craft cross myself, but if using this in the classroom, craft popsicle sticks work well for a cost effective option.

    Here is an example of what this popsicle stick option would look like:

  2. Next up, start gluing. Go in a pattern, add at random... there are no rules.Keep adding puzzle pieces until it's covered!
  3. That's it! You're done! Add a ribbon to hang, back with card stock or leave as it is! 
  4. Display proudly throughout April and beyond.
Tips: Not sure where to find puzzle pieces to paint? I personally love finding them at yard sales. You can generally find them for under $1 and it doesn't matter if they're missing pieces. Thrift stores and Freecycle are also good places to check. If all else fails, check your local dollar stores for inexpensive puzzles! I generally hand paint all my puzzle pieces with craft paint, but should you come across a puzzle with darker backing, spray paint is a great, quick alternative!!

I did this project with my son to remind HIM how special he is, but this is also a great lesson for ALL kids to teach that God has made us all special, and that we should respect those who may be differently-abled.

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. -Psalm 139: 13-14

Looking for more Christian lessons for kids? Be sure to check out this Pinterest board from Family Christian for more inspiration:

Follow Family Christian's board Classroom Ideas on Pinterest.

In what other ways can we teach our children to love and respect individuals with special needs?


  1. This is so beautiful!! I would love to do this with my son!! We may use elmers glue though cuz he's just a little guy yet ;)

  2. This is such a special idea, and a cute craft idea!

  3. What a simple and creative idea. Sharing with my frfiends. Thanks for this idea. Kim from http://www.heartofaphilanthropist.com


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