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John 3:16 Folded Puzzle

By Anna Lowell

March 29, 2021


This John 3:16 folded puzzle is a fun little origami craft that unfolds to reveal the message of John 3:16. It only requires a one page template printed double sided, and the folding is fairly easy. This puzzle is unique enough, though, that older kids will enjoy it as well.

This John  3:16 folded puzzle is a fun little origami craft that unfolds  to reveal the message of John 3:16. | Kids Bible Teacher.com

My understanding is that these little puzzles were originally called “purse puzzles” and given as love letters in Victorian times. The recipient would discover the message as they unfolded the puzzle.

What better message to put on one of these puzzles than the message of God’s love for us?

Download the John 3:16 Folded Puzzle in ESV

Download the Folded Puzzle in KJV

Download the Folded Puzzle in NASB

Download the Folded Puzzle in NIV

Download the Folded Puzzle in NKJV

As you make this puzzle, you will notice that you are folding the verse backwards, starting at the end of the verse. When you are finished, you will unfold the puzzle and it will read in the correct order.

Materials Needed for the John 3:16 Folded Puzzle:

  • One copied template for each student, printed double sided.
  • Scissors
  • Crayons, colored pencils, or washable markers, if desired. (The puzzle comes in both black and white outline so kids can color their own or full color if kids prefer to fold only.)

Directions for the John 3:16 Folded Puzzle:

  1. Print the folded puzzle template, double sided.

2. Cut the folded puzzle square out along the outer black edges.

This John  3:16 folded puzzle is a fun little origami craft that unfolds  to reveal the message of John 3:16. | Kids Bible Teacher.com

3. Turn the puzzle over so that the children are facing up.

4. Fold the puzzle in half vertically. Open it back up. Fold it in half horizontally. Open it back up.

5. Fold one corner up so that the point is touching the center of the square, using your folded lines as a guide. Repeat with all four corners.

This John  3:16 folded puzzle is a fun little origami craft that unfolds  to reveal the message of John 3:16. | Kids Bible Teacher.com

6. This is what you should now see!

7. Again, fold all four corners up to the center.

8. This will be the new image.

9. Again, fold all four corners up to the center.

10. Your folded puzzle is done! Unfold to read the verse. Refold, and play again!

This John  3:16 folded puzzle is a fun little origami craft that unfolds  to reveal the message of John 3:16. | Kids Bible Teacher.com
This John  3:16 folded puzzle is a fun little origami craft that unfolds  to reveal the message of John 3:16. | Kids Bible Teacher.com
This John  3:16 folded puzzle is a fun little origami craft that unfolds  to reveal the message of John 3:16. | Kids Bible Teacher.com
This John  3:16 folded puzzle is a fun little origami craft that unfolds  to reveal the message of John 3:16. | Kids Bible Teacher.com

Will you be using this John 3:16 folded puzzle? If so, I would love to hear how it goes, or if you have any suggestions for how to use it. Please scroll down to comment.

This John  3:16 folded puzzle is a fun little origami craft that unfolds  to reveal the message of John 3:16. | Kids Bible Teacher.com

May God bless you!

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  1. This is brilliant as I used the verse as our memory verse in our online Sunday school and this will be a great way for them to remember the verse. I will be giving these to the children in our services on Easter Sunday. Thank you very much Anna Joy!

    Happy Easter to you and your family.

    Blessings
    Patricia

  2. I absolutely love this idea! What a great way to introduce key scriptures to kids. Your pictures are great. I appreciate that you provided it in different versions since I stick with the King James Version. I'm excited to do this with the grandchildren.

  3. Thank you so much! I'm planning on using this with our Wednesday night Kids Club class, I'm sure they will love it!

  4. This is really good! However, it becomes too small for little hands to fold – I found it quite hard to make the final folds. Really good artwork though. Not sure I'll use it for preschool or Kindergarten, Primary or Elementary kids with better dexterity.

    Thank you for the freebies!

    P.S. I had no problem downloading this file and printing it two sided.

  5. Thank you Anna Joy! This is so awesome!
    I’m sure my grandchildren will have so much fun playing with it and learning the scripture at the same time. I love it!

    1. Oh, no, Donna. I am sorry to hear this. I just included an image below the download links above that, I hope, will help with this problem – if this is the problem you were experiencing. Please let me know if you are still having troubles. May God bless you! – Anna Joy

  6. That is so awesome. Would love them for a child's craft at church but I can't figure out how to download the two sided pictures. Thank you and Happy Easter.

    1. Debbie, I included a picture below the links to see if that helps to clarify how to download. After you have downloaded or opened the print dialogue box, you can choose to print. If you have a printer that has a double sided feature, choose the two pages that you want to print (full color or black and white outline) and click the box next to “print double sided”. If you don’t have that option, you may need to print one side, then flip the paper manually and print the other side. You could also print a copy of each side on separate paper, then make copies of side one on however many pages you need, replace the copy paper back into your printer and make copies of the other side. You will need to experiment so you know which way your printer feeds the paper through. I hope this helps. May God bless you! – Anna Joy

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