Many parents want to teach their children about the Bible, but don’t know where to start. Perhaps you can relate? Thankfully, teaching kids about the stories in the Bible is not as hard as you may think. Here’s a few ideas to get you started!
1. Use a Coloring Page
The internet is full of Bible themed coloring pages (look at Ministry to Children or Danielle’s Place to get started). Why not print out a few and talk about the Bible story as you and your child color together? What’s in the Bible also has some great coloring pages.
2. Stick Puppets
I don’t know what it is about a Popsicle stick, but as soon as you slap one on a picture, it becomes 10x more fun! Even if you use a simple Bible character figure like the ones found here, you can really up the sticking power of a Bible story. You can also make masks out of paper plates based on the story (like Lion’s from Daniel 6).
3. Use a Prop
Grab something from your closet or shelves to help really bring the story home (pun intended!) For example, use a colorful bathrobe or coat to tell the story of Joseph’s colorful coat or use a blow-up boat to tell the story of Jesus calming the storm.
Some kids learn better by moving, so why not throw some fun activity into story-time. One of my favorite resources for this sort of thing is the “Forget Me Not Bible Story Activities” book (you can grab a free sample chapter here). Of course, you don’t need an extra book to do this — usually there’s some kind of action in the story – just read the passage ahead of time to find it. For example, in the account of the 10 Plagues (Exodus 7), you could have the kids jump like frogs, buzz like gnats or even cross their arms and say “NO!” like Pharoah.
5. Story Bible
Want to take it easy for a night? Grab a story Bible and read a few pages in it. There are some really great ones out now and the pictures and easy wording keeps kids engaged. Some of my favorites?
- The Toddler Bible (read my review here)
- The Read and Share bible (read my review here)
- The Almighty Bible (read my review here)
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6. Story Book
Want to focus on just one story? Grab a story book of a popular Bible story. Golden book has a ton, but there are new ones coming out every day, so look around. There are even e-books with Bible stories in them!
7. Puppet Show!
Everything is more fun when you make a production out of it. Recently, I read about a family’s reenactment of the Ruth story and thought it was a great way to make the Bible come to life for kids. Read about the full experience here!
8. What’s Missing?
When you get ready to tell the story, let your child know there will be a QUIZ GAME at the end. Be sure you mention the word GAME as this will automatically produce feelings of fun. :) When you’re done with the story, start to tell it again, but pause at key events (or names) and have your child fill in the blank. Of course, adding candy to the mix might up the enthusiasm quotient.
9. On Location
Everyone loves a field trip, right? Take your Bible story to a whole new level by telling the story “on location”. Are you learning about Zacchaeus in Luke 19? Climb a tree in your backyard and tell the story. Are you talking about the Israelites wandering around the desert (Exodus/Leviticus)? Take the kids to the beach and play with sand as you tell it.
10. Engage the Senses
As you read through a Bible story, imagine what it would have been like to be there. What would you have heard? Seen? Perhaps tasted or smelled? Recreate those experiences for your child! Learning about how Jesus fed the 5,000 in Matthew 14? Cook some ready-made rolls and fish sticks for dinner! Amanda from Impress Your Kids (one of my most FAVORITE blogs) tells making potpourri with her kids as they learned about Mary annointing Jesus’ feet (read all about it here).
Mostly, just have fun with the Bible. It is chock-full of fabulous stories, so the hard part is already done for you. Now you just have to build onto a great foundation! You can do it — stay in the Bible yourself and you’ll be surprised at all the opportunities you have to talk about this great book!
What About You?
How do you share the Bible with your kids? How do you make it exciting and fun? Leave me a comment — I’d love to hear about it!