We’re learning all about Patience this month during Wednesday night Kids Club and I thought I’d share a post I wrote over at 3 Boys and a Dog. Hop on over to Kelli’s blog to read about 5 ways to teach kids patience and pick up a free handwriting practice sheet of Psalm 27:14!
Also, be sure to check out the Kid’s Quest blog — they were using 252Basics back in 2010 as well and have some great graphics and posts about patience on their sight. Check out this cool virtue sign:
Here’s some more great tips about teaching patience in this 252Basics Video:
252Basics Preview – Patience (May) from Otterbein Church on Vimeo.
Last summer, we did a Summer Blast (that’s the cool term for alternative Vacation Bible School) focused on God’s Great Big Love. Since Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, it seemed like an appropriate time to dig some of the crafts out of the archives and showcase them for you!
Here’s a few projects you’ll find in the packet:
Paper Heart Wreath
Love Themed Bible Verse Chain
Hanging Heart Ribbon
Love Water Color Stencil
Heart Cookie Cutter Painting
Finger Print Heart Tree
Remember, you can grab all these crafts and more inside this PDF we used for our “God’s Great Big Love” Summer Blast program. Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!
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I am always on the lookout for good preteen Bible. This is sometimes a tough age for kids and we want to make sure that the Bible they are using is engaging and easy to understand. My friend Sherrie recommended I take a look at the Quest Study Bible from Zondervan. It’s a regular NIV Bible but in the margins, there are questions and answers — things that people might ask as they are reading to the passage. sonogram was kind enough to send me a review copy and here’s what I thought:
- New international version translation: easy-to-understand and biblically accurate.
- Introduction to each book of the Bible including things such as: who wrote this book, why was it written and who are the key people in this book. There is also an outline of some of the stories in the book which would be helpful if you’re looking for specific account.
- Mini timeline at the beginning of each book
- Question-and-answers: I felt that this bobbled a good job picking up on things that people would ask questions about. The question seemed to be age-appropriate and answered accurately.
- Little illustrations and these sidebars/margins do a great job showing what the passage is talking about when a wordy explanation simply won’t do.
- Many of the answers in the margin refer to supporting Scriptures so kids can look up more details.
- I disagree with a few of the answers and articles in this Bible such as the debate about the 6 days of creation (24 hour days?) and the old earth/new earth theory. The authors say things like “some Christians believe this… but other Christians believe this…”. I’m not sure that’s the best approach.
- The print actually may be a little too small. Maybe it’s just because I’m getting old, but I find it difficult to read this Bible while I’m eating breakfast. I have told the book a little closer in order to see all the words.
- Since this is a Youth Bible, I feel a few more pictures or maps would’ve been ideal. Of course, the Bible is very text-heavy, and simple illustrations would help to keep kids engaged.
This seems like it would be a great Bible for preteens or teens. It has a lot of interesting facts and answers a lot of common questions teens would have while reading through the Scripture. I really enjoyed reading it during the past week and even learned a few things by reading the question and answers in the margin. Currently, the price of the NIV Youth Quest Study Bible: The Question and Answer Bible is about $19 on Amazon, a great buy for the kids in your life! There is also a leather-bound edition that might be worth taking a look at ($35).
After reading The Almighty Bible: Genesis, I was pretty impressed. Five months later, I’m still thinking about pictures from that book, and am even more impressed that it has allowed me, a seasoned Bible reader, a whole new way to connect with God’s Word. When I finally sat down to read The Almighty Bible: Exodus, I was not disappointed.
I mean, who wouldn’t get a little wound up seeing the 10 Plagues, the first Passover, walking through the Red Sea, Moses talking with God, and a whole host of other really intense biblical accounts illustrated beautifully in the pages of this book? I again love the fact that the verses are below each comic segment, not making the reader jump from thought bubble to thought bubble. The pictures seem to be biblical accurate, and of course, they are pretty captivating. At first, I didn’t think most parents would want to buy each individual book separately, in order to “collect the whole Bible”, but I be beginning to whistle a different tune. These are so well done, they would be an excellent collection for any youngster, especially if you get other family members involved in the giving process.
There are few minor complaints with Exodus, and I mean minor.
- I’m still not crazy about the title “The Almighty Bible” — I think Almighty should be reserved for God. Likewise, I’m not crazy about using the term “Yahweh” for God. I know that it historically was His proper name, but the Israelites weren’t allowed to speak it or write it, and perhaps that particular name deserves a little more
- The swirls of supernatural magic everywhere. On nearly every page there are bright light swirls that symbolize God’s power or something miraculous happening. After awhile, it got to be a bit much. I doubt there were magical lights during the actual events, so maybe we can tone it down in the drawings as well.
- The wings of eagles passage in Exodus 19 was drawn literally when I’m pretty sure it was a metaphor. Not a huge deal, but the eagle was actually carrying Moses, and kids might get the wrong impression.
Other than that, great series! I’m excited that it’s also offered through an app. Great for tech savvy parents!
For this book, my husband did the honor of reading and reviewing the book Daddy Dates by Greg Wright. Here’s what he said:
When my wife and I started to consider kids, we were generally told that boys were great and girls were…well the only advice we got was “LOOK OUT”. After recently having a daughter myself, I was eager to find a book that could provide some practical insights into being an effective dad. From the start, Greg used the book Daddy Dates as an effective medium to touch on all the issues that I as a new dad started to fret over. Girls face tremendous pressure from media, the social scene, as well as at home, and all I wanted was to be a guide through this rough passage. Even though the idea is simple and spawned from common sense, it is often those small ideas that are overlooked while we search for the great solution. I am grateful that I came across Daddy Dates as it has given me a new outlook on fatherhood. It has also given me the courage to have a real and hopefully impactful relationship with my own daughter. I recommend this book to any struggling or overwhelmed father of girls.
Pick your copy of Daddy Dates up at Amazon today!
Also, check out the official Daddy Dates website!
I was browsing through the latest copy of Thriving Family Magazine when I read about a great radio program for preteens about prayer. Even better? You can download it free — a great resource for both parents and children’s ministry workers. Here’s the description:
Do your tweens understand that prayer reflects a unique relationship between God and man? Or do they approach prayer like ti’s simply a way to get what they want? As your tweens mature, they may begin to appreciate the importance and privilege of talking to their Creator. Download this complimentary episode called “When in Doubt…Pray!” to explore the deeper realities of prayer with your child.
Also, find more free episodes at Whitsendblog.org/thriving. Each episode comes with summary and discussion questions.