Creative Ideas for Teaching the Bible to Kids

Where, Oh Where, is Solomon Found: A Game that Teaches the Books of the Bible August 03 2018, 0 Comments

Here is a fun game that teaches the Books of the Bible and their main characters. Do your kids know what book or books Solomon can be found in. Or how about Noah or Elijah or Deborah or Jesus? Play this game and your kids will be well on their way to knowing more about God's Word, the Bible.

Several years ago, I came up with a game that teaches the Books of the Bible and their main characters for my large group of elementary kids.

I wanted them to become more familiar with the names of each book of the Bible along with their main characters. "Where, Oh Where, is Solomon Found" was born and the kids had a lot of fun with it.

 

Here's how to play "Where, Oh Where, is Solomon Found"

A Game that Teaches the Books of the Bible For this game, you will need the following items:

1. Cards that show the names of the books of the Bible. You can make your own or you could purchase my downloadable product called "Bible Book Cards" for only $5.00. Here is a sample picture of what my cards look like.

Click HERE to learn how to purchase your own set of Downloadable Bible Book Cards. 

You will also notice that my cards have points on the back, which means you can make your game even more fun by letting the kids earn points for their right choices. Choose the Bible Book Cards that you want the kids to choose from. Putting all 66 books out might be a little overwhelming. You also want to set your kids up for success. I suggest you place the cards on a pocket chart so that the whole class can see them.    

2. A copy of the following little song that you will sing with the kids put to the tune of

"Oh Where, Oh Where, Has My Little Dog Gone?"

~Oh where, oh where, is (Solomon) found

~Oh where, oh where can he be

~Can you tell me where in the Bible (he's / she's) found

~Oh where, oh where can he be

(I suggest making a large poster of the song or creating a nice Power Point slide for it.)

3. A list of Bible characters that you want the children to learn in which book they are found.

4. This is optional, but I suggest that you grab some great pictures of each of the Bible characters you want to showcase in your game. You can always go to "Google Images" to find some great pictures to print off.

You are now ready to play.

Simply sing the song with the kids using the name of the Bible character that you want them to find. Show the picture of the character, if using pictures. Let a child come forward and pick a Bible Book Card that he believes contains the character. If you are using points with your Bible Book cards, then the child receives that number of points for his team.

That's it! Have fun!

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Scripture Grids: A Super Bible School Activity for Elementary Kids July 28 2018, 0 Comments

Are your kids aware that God is always near them?  Philippians 4:5 says this: “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”  This is a small but powerful verse.  Not only are we to remember that God is always near us, but because of this truth we need to treat everyone with gentleness. 

To be gentle means to be “mild in temperament or behavior; kind or tender.” (New Oxford dictionary)  Some of our kids can get pretty selfish and hotheaded, so I think this is a verse that they should memorize.  Here’s a fun Bible memory verse activity to help them do just that.  It’s called “Scripture Grids.”

Here’s what you do: If you are able, create a large grid on your floor that has 12 sections – 3 columns and 4 rows.  I use tape to create mine and I make it at least 6 feet high.  Next prepare 12 cards that will be placed in the grid.  The first 12 cards will each have one word from Philippians 4:5.  The 12th card will have the reference Philippians 4:5 written on it.  Place these 12 cards on the grid in correct verse order beginning in the top left square.  Finally prepare a set of point cards as follows:

1.  Row 1, Column 1 = 10 points

2.  Row 1, Column 2 = 20 points

3.  Row 1, Column 3 = 30 points

4.  Row 2, Column 1 = 40 points

5.  Row 2, Column 2 = 50 points

6.  Row 2, Column 3 = 10 points

7.  Row 3, Column 1 = 20 points

8.  Row 3, Column 2 = 30 points

9.  Row 3, Column 3 = 40 points 1

0. Row 4, Column 1 = 50 points

11. Row 4, Column 2 = 50 points

12. Row 4, Column 3 = 50 points

13. Sorry

14. Sorry

Place these cards in a bucket or basket from which the kids will pick.  You are now ready to play the game.

How to play:

Divide your class into 2 teams. A child from team one will come forward and pick a point card out of the basket.  Have the child find the correct card on the grid and turn it over.  He must now say the whole verse including the missing word.  If he does so successfully, he earns the points on the card.  The play goes to the next team.  The game will get harder as each word is turned over.  If a child chooses a SORRY card, his team loses a turn.  The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Before playing the game, you might want to introduce the lesson in the following way:

Who would like to read Philippians 4:5?  (Wait for response.)  Does this verse say that God is far away or near?  (Wait for response.)  That’s right.  God is always near us.  This verse also says that because He is near us, we should be gentle to all we meet and in all we do.  To be gentle means to be “mild in temperament or behavior; kind or tender.”  It’s important to remain gentle and kind in this life even when it’s hard.  God will bless you for it.  He loves you and cares about you and is always near you.  Let’s play a fun Bible memory verse activity to help us learn this Scripture and hide it in our hearts. It’s called “Scripture Grids.”

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Just in case you're interested, you might want to check out this book with even more Bible memory verse games for your kids:

Bible Memory Verse Games For Children: 50 Fun and Creative Activities to Help Kids Learn--and Remember--God's Word

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How to Share the Gospel with Preschoolers July 25 2018, 0 Comments

Here is a practical article on how to share the Gospel with preschoolers along with creative ideas to do so.

Who doesn’t like to hear good news? Adults and children alike love being the recipients of good news. And preschoolers are no different. God has wired the preschooler with extra quantities of joy when hearing good tidings I believe, and in my mind, they are ready to hear the best news of all - the Gospel, or good news, of Jesus Christ!

 

In its very essence, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is simple: God made you. God loves you. God wants to have a relationship with you. But you are a sinner, which prevents the relationship from happening. But God loves you so much that He was willing to do what it took to bring you into relationship with Himself. So, He gave His only Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for the forgiveness of your sin. But Jesus did not remain dead. He came back to life and lives in Heaven with His Father, God. When you believe that Jesus died for your sin, you can now have a relationship with Him that will last forever.

Yes, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is simple, but deeply profound and ultimately life changing. As teachers to preschool children, how can we begin to share the Gospel effectively with these little ones God has placed within our care? I believe the key to accomplishing this task is in the word “begin.”

You must begin sharing the main points of the Gospel and God’s Word at the child’s level. Begin sharing God’s truths carefully and simply and the Holy Spirit will begin to give them understanding little by little - just as He has done for you.

So, let’s look at the main points of the Gospel and I will present you with some creative ways to share God’s wonderfully good news with your little ones.

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Point #1: God Loves You!

Preschoolers are “love-sponges.” If you are willing to poor some love into their lives, they are usually ready to receive. They are even ready to receive the fact that they can be loved from afar by a long distance family member such as Grandma or Uncle Bob. Preschoolers are definitely ready to hear that God loves them. I believe God wants us to tell our children that He loves them as much as we possibly can.

Here is a link to give a creative way to share the truth that God loves your preschoolers:

A Story of God’s Love:

http://scripturelady.com/a-story-of-gods-love-a-valentines-day-presentation/

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Point #2: God Made You

Preschoolers are fascinated by their bodies. Sometimes they just like looking in a mirror to discover more about who they are. And God knows everything about them, even the number of hairs on their head. At this age, it is important to carefully navigate your children through the differences they may see with other children. I work closely with children and adults with special needs and I always focus on their abilities and the hearts that God has given them. God, Himself, says that He looks at our hearts. That is His focus and it should be ours as well. Teaching your children at an early age to discover a person’s true heart will be one of the greatest lessons you can ever give.

Here is a link to give a creative way to share the truth that God made your preschoolers:

How Did God Make You?

http://scripturelady.com/how-did-god-make-you/

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Point #3: God Wants to Be Your Friend

While God has made preschoolers to be very self-absorbed at this age, they are also learning fundamental social skills. In other words, they are learning how to be a friend. Friendship can be a frustrating road at any age, and preschoolers are also figuring out how to navigate around different personalities. But God can be their very best friend. He’ll never make fun of them. He always wants to be with them and He wants to share His love with them. who doesn’t want a friend like that?

A friend keeps his promises. Here’s a creative way to share with your little ones that God always keeps His promises:

http://scripturelady.com/gods-promises-for-preschoolers/

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Point #4: Sometimes I Do Wrong Things Called Sin

I love CEF’s (Child Evangelism Fellowship’s) definition of sin: Sin is anything I think, anything I say or anything I do that makes God unhappy. This is the definition I use when teaching about sin to preschoolers. Although they are young, they are becoming very aware when they do something wrong. When you see a preschooler commit a sin, I believe you need to take them aside and lovingly point out what they did wrong, who or what got hurt (if anything), and then point out the truth that God does not like it when we sin. As the Holy Spirit is teaching this child through your leading and guidance, the child will become more aware and sensitive to doing wrong. They must then go and say they are sorry for what they’ve done and tell God they are sorry, too. Unfortunately, we live in a society that squelches the practice of doling out consequences for our wrong doings, but as Christians, we have an obligation to teach our children early on, that when they sin, they are doing so against God.

Here is a link to give a creative way to share the truth that your children sometimes do wrong things called sin:

All Have Sinned Balloon Bop: A Bible Game Based on Romans 3:23

http://scripturelady.com/all-have-sinned-balloon-bop-a-fun-bible-memory-verse-activity-for-your-preschoolers/

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Point #5: Jesus Died to Forgive Your Sin and Is Alive!

This Gospel point is the Easter story in a nutshell. It’s also the most sensitive point to share with preschoolers. While I am a proponent of sharing the message that Jesus died on the cross, I encourage you to be very aware of the sensitivities of the children whom you work with. You should never share the gory details of this part of the Gospel with your little ones. But you can point out the fact that Jesus loved your children so much that He was willing to be hurt for them. Preschoolers already understand pain. They know what it means to bleed and have scrapes and “owies.” As the Holy Spirit works in their lives, prayerfully they will become more aware of Jesus’ great love for them and slowly, but surely, understand His great sacrifice.

The following is a link to my story, The Little Hill. This is a great rendition of the Easter story at a preschool level.

http://scripturelady.com/the-story-of-the-little-hill-a-preschool-easter-lesson/

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Point #6: I Believe in Jesus! and Someday I’ll Live with Him Forever!

The last main point of the Gospel to share with your preschoolers is the chance for them to declare that they believe in Jesus and eternity with Him. As mentioned before, preschoolers don’t need to see Jesus to believe in Him. They are children and Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14) I believe God made this profound statement to remind us that our faith in Him must be like that of a little child - you don’t have to see to believe.

Should you ask your preschoolers to believe in Jesus? In my opinion, absolutely! Do they know and understand everything about the Gospel? No, but with any kind of learning, you must let the child declare what he does know to be true at the time of his learning. God is using you to help build a relationship with Him truth upon truth.

Here is one of my favorite ways to share the Gospel with preschoolers: 

https://vimeo.com/107085256

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In closing, if you haven’t already started to share the good news of Jesus Christ with your preschoolers, begin now and begin well!

If you are interested, you might want to check out this book by Kirk Cameron:

The Way of the Master for Kids: Teaching Kids How to Share Their Faith 

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The Wordless Book Song

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Who Am I?: A Bible Memory Verse Activity for Kids for Colossians 3:16 July 24 2018, 0 Comments

A Bible memory verse activity is a great way to teach God's amazing Word and here's a Bible game based on Colossians 3:16.

Colossians 3:16 says this:  “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish with all wisdom and as you sing psalms, hymns and spirituals with gratitude to God.”  When the Word of God dwells richly within our hearts and our minds I believe this means that we are familiar with God’s Word.  

The Bible’s stories, characters and truths are not strangers to us.  You are learning to know them well and God’s word is enriching your life.  Here is a fun Bible memory verse activity to see how richly God’s Word dwells within you.  It’s called “Who Am I?”

Here’s what you do:

For this Bible memory verse activity you will need to prepare picture cards for the Bible characters listed below.  On the backs of the picture cards write the statement associated with each character.  You will also need to prepare 21 point cards – 4 (10 point cards), 4 (20 point cards), 4 (30 point cards), 4 (40 point cards) and 5 (50 point cards).  On the fronts of the point cards write the game title “Who Am I?”  Laminate all your cards for long-term use.  Place all the point cards title side out on a pocket chart or lay them out on a table.  The picture cards should be fanned out in your hand from which the kids will pick.

How to play:

Divide your class into 2 teams.  Have a child from the first team come forward.  Have him point to a point card.  Turn it over to reveal the number of points he could possibly earn for his team.  Now read the statement on the back of the picture.  The child will now make a guess as to who the person is in the picture.  If he guesses it correctly he earns the number of points he picked.  If he does not make a correct guess, the other team gets a chance to guess.  If they are correct, they will earn double the amount of points that were picked.  This will make for a more exciting game.

Before playing the game, you may want to introduce it in the following way:

Raise your hand if you can tell me about someone you are familiar with or know really well.  (Wait for responses.)  Do you guys think that you can know God’s Word really well just like knowing your best friend or a family member?  I believe you can.  I know it is my desire to have God’s Word dwell within me richly.  Who will read Colossians 3:16?  (Wait for response.)  I’m curious how well you guys know the Bible.  How comfortable are you with knowing its stories, characters and truths?  Let’s play a game called “Who Am I?” to help us learn to know God’s Word even more.

List of Bible stories:

1. Adam – My first-born son, Cain, killed his brother, Abel, and became the first murderer.  Who am I?

2. Noah – I told many about the coming flood, but in the end only myself, my wife, our 3 sons and their wives were saved.  Who am I?

3. Abraham – God told me that my ancestors would number more than the stars in the sky.  Who am I?

4. Hagar – God protected my son Ishmael and I after Sarah had cruelly sent us away.  Who am I?

5. Lot – God told my wife not to look back at Sodom and Gomorrah as we were fleeing for our lives.  Who am I?

6. Isaac – I was doubly blessed.  My wife gave birth to twin sons – Jacob and Esau.  Who am I?

7. Esau – My brother Jacob tricked me out of my birthright, but later I forgave him.  Who am I?

8. Jacob – I fell in love with Rachel, but my uncle tricked me on my wedding day and I ended up marrying Leah instead.  Who am I?

9. Joseph – My brothers threw me in a well, but what my brothers meant for evil, God meant for good.  Who am I?

10. Moses – My mother protected me from being killed when I was a baby and hid me in a basket made of reeds.  Down the river I went until I came to an Egyptian princess.  Who am I?

11. Pharaoh – My firstborn son died during the plague of death.  I let Moses’ people go.  Who am I?

12. Aaron – while Moses was on Mt. Sanai receiving the 10 Commandments, I encouraged the Israelites to build a golden calf and worship it.  Who am I?

13. Joshua – Caleb and I went to spy out the land of Canaan that God promised to give us.  Who am I?

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“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish too, with all wisdom and as you sing psalms, hymns and spirituals with gratitude to God.”

Colossians 3:16

(Click here for a sample of this Bible verse song.)

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Zero, 100, or Bonus - A Bible Memory Verse Activity for Kids - Luke 2:14 July 21 2018, 0 Comments

A Bible memory verse activity is a great way to teach God's amazing Word and here's a Bible game based on Luke 2:14.

Luke 2:14 says this: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." As a Christian, I have been taught that my main purpose in life is to glorify God.  What exactly does this mean? 

Well, I am no scholar, but I did hear a great sermon on this topic once and though glorifying God can be a deep theological point, I walked away with an elementary explanation that has helped me ever since. 

To give God glory means to reflect all that He is in my life.  In other words, when people look at my life, I should desire that they see more of God’s character in me than my own sinful character.  In fact, the word GLORY spelled backwards gives a great acrostic for its meaning – You Reflecting Our Lord God.  Kind of neat, huh?

 

I think this is a concept our kids can grasp.  And here is a fun Bible memory verse activity to help them learn Luke 2:14 and more about giving glory to God.  I call it “Zero, 100 or Bonus.”

Here’s what you do:

For this game you will need to prepare 3 cards.  One will say “Zero”, one will say “100” and one will say “Bonus”.  Place these 3 cards in a bag or bucket from which the children will pick.  You will also need to make up 12 point cards – 3 of 200 points, 3 of 300 points, 3 of 400 points and 3 of 500 points.  Place these point cards on a pocket chart or on table face down.  Finally, you will need the Bible review questions found below.

How to play:

Divide your class into 2 teams.  After introducing Luke 2:14 to your class and reciting it several times, explain that several will have the chance to say the Bible verse correctly and thus earn points for their team.  Have a child come forward.  He must answer a Bible review question on glory correctly.  If he does, he then gets to reach in the bag that has the 3 cards.  If he picks the “Zero” card, he earns no points and the play goes to the next team.  If he picks the “100” card, he earns 100 points for his team.  If he picks the “Bonus” card, he gets to pick one of the point cards and earns that number of points for his team.  He also can earn another “Bonus” point card if he says Luke 2:14 correctly.  If he does not say it correctly, the second “Bonus” point card will go to the other team.

Before playing this game, you might want to introduce the lesson in the following way:

When you look in the mirror, whom do you see?  (Wait for responses.)  Of course, you see yourself.  But when you look in the mirror, do you ever see God there?  (Wait for responses.)  OK.  So, you’ve never seen God staring back at you in the mirror, but did you know that you could at least see the reflection of His character.  In other words, God is kind and loving.  Are you ever kind and loving?  (Wait for responses.)  Sure.  Many of you have been kind and loving to me!  When you are showing God’s character in your life, you are reflecting who He is to those around you.  You are giving glory to God. To give God glory means to reflect all that He is in my life.  In other words, when people look at my life, I should desire that they see more of God’s character in me than my own sinful character.  In fact, the word GLORY spelled backwards gives a great acrostic for its meaning – You Reflecting Our Lord God.  Kind of neat, huh?  Who wants to read Luke 2:14? (Wait for response.)  The angels sang this verse to the shepherds in the fields when Jesus was born.  It was their desire and it is God’s desire that we reflect Him in all we do.  Let’s play a game to help us learn more about ways we can glorify God.  It’s called “Zero, 100 or Bonus.”

 

Bible Review Questions for How to Glorify God:

1. 1 Corinthians 10:31says this: "Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatsoever you do, do [it] all to the glory of God."

True or False?:

We can glorify God by doing simple every day things, such as eating and drinking as long as we are doing them for God.

 

2. 1 Peter 2:12 says this: “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”

True or False?:

"People really won’t ever look at my life and see how I live it for God."

 

3. Again:  1 Peter 2:12 says this: “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”

True or False:?

"People might actually end up coming to know God and glorifying Him because of the way they see me live my life."

 

4. 1 Peter 2:17 says this: "Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.”

True or False?:

"Three ways that I can glorify God in my life are loving my church family, fearing God and honoring those in authority like the President."

 

5. John 13:35 says this: “By this all men shall know that you are my disciples if you have love one for another."

True or False:?

"The best way to glorify or reflect God in my life is by hating everyone."

 

6. 1 Corinthians 6:19,20 says this: "Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's."

True or False:?

"As Christians, we need to glorify God in our body and spirit which belong to God."

 

7. According to 1 Corinthians 6:19,20, our bodies are “the temple of the Holy Spirit.”  Therefore, we need to be very careful what we put inside our bodies.  We should stay away from anything harmful like drugs in order to glorify God the best we can.

True or False:?

"I can glorify God by eating, drinking and taking bad things."

 

8. Ephesians 5:8-9 says this: "For you once were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light and find out what pleases the Lord.

True of False:?

"As a Christian, I can reflect God’s light of goodness in my life and glorify Him in the process."

 

9. Romans 15:5-7 says this:   "May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”

True or False:?

"As Christians, we can glorify or reflect God by accepting each other just like Jesus has accepted us."

 

10. John 15:8 says this:  "This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples."  Bearing fruit in our lives for God means that we are doing what pleases God such as loving our friends and family and being kind, caring and giving.

True or False:?

"To glorify God we must plant lots and lots of strawberries."

 

11. Psalm 29:2. "Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness."  The writer of this Psalm knew it was important to admire God’s beauty and His name.  This is another way to glorify God.

True or False:?

"We can glorify God by appreciating how wonderful and beautiful God is."

 

12. Deut. 6:5, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul."  The best way to glorify God and reflect Him to others is by loving Him.

True or False:?

"Loving God with only our liver is the best way to glorify Him."

 

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How to Tell a Bible Story - “What’s in the Bag?” July 15 2018, 0 Comments

What’s in the Bag? - Here is a creative way of how to tell a Bible story to kids to keep them engaged and listening.

Read the following “transcript” of this video and learn how to tell a Bible story using the creative idea called “What’s in the Bag?”

If you’d like some great Bible review games or Bible verse songs for your kids, go to www.scriptureladyshop.com for creative resources for your children.

I learned about this creative form of Bible storytelling from a children's curriculum writer named Tina Houser. I highly encourage you to go online for her great curriculum for the Christian classroom. She is fun, energetic and an inspiration to me in my own ministry.

For this form of Bible storytelling, you are going to take any Bible story and separate it into a number of sections. So, if you chose the story of "Creation," that really lends itself nicely to be separated into 7 sections because there are 7 days to the story of "Creation." Then you will find an object that best describes or depicts each part of the story. You will place each object inside a bag.

For example, I went to my local "dollar" store and bought colorful bags and then went to my computer and created colorful number stickers that I placed on the front of each bag.

Sticking with the story of "Creation" I separated my story into 8 sections and I chose the following objects to place in each bag:

Bag One: A flashlight (Let there be light. Genesis 1:1-5)

Bag Two: Cotton balls (Let there be sky. Genesis 1:6-8)

Bag Three: Dirt (Let there be dry land. Genesis 1:9-13)

Bag Four: Suntan lotion, a toy star, and some swiss cheese (Let there be sun, moon and stars. Genesis 1:14-19)

Bag Five: Toy birds and fish (Let there be fish and birds. Genesis 1:20-23)

Bag Six: A Barbie doll and a boy hero action figure. (Let there be people. Genesis 1:24-31)

Bag Seven: A sleeping mask. (God rested on the 7th day. Genesis 2:1-3)

Bag Eight: A bag of candy to give out to the class to end by saying, "And God saw all that He had made and said that it was very good!" Genesis 1:31

Once you have all the bags filled, you will hand out a bag to each child. If you have less than 8 children, you can double up on the bags, if more than 8. the children will have to take turns.

You will then begin telling the story of "Creation" by asking, "Who has bag #1?" That child should come forward and pull out the object from the bag. As he pulls out the flashlight, you might say, "Hey, what does a flashlight have to do with the story of Creation?" Wait for his answer, then proceed to tell the first part of the story of Creation either from your Bible or perhaps with Power Point slides.

Continue to ask each child to come up with the next bag until all the bags have been brought forward and the full story has been told.

"What's in the Bag?" is a very fun and engaging way to tell a Bible story. It uses fun everyday objects that you can probably find around your house or at your local "dollar" store.

This form of Bible storytelling is great for both preschoolers and elementary children.

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The Bible Story Book - Here is a creative way of how to tell a Bible story to kids to keep them engaged and listening. July 08 2018, 0 Comments

The Bible Story Book - Here is a creative way of how to tell a Bible story to kids to keep them engaged and listening.

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Read the following “transcript” of this video and learn how to tell a Bible story using the creative idea called “The Bible Story Book

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So using my Bible Story Book is absolutely one of my favorite ways to share Bible stories with preschoolers. I got the idea one day when I was in a store much like Tuesday Morning, an awesome “price knock-off store,” that is common throughout the country. I saw this “box like book” sitting on the counter and I thought, “Wow, I could turn that into a “Bible” and add some felt pictures inside along with some Bible characters and I could tell a story with it.”

I actually had my friend paint the “book” to make it look like a black Bible. I even added a cute little ribbon on the bottom. I then went on to my computer and added a nice little sticker that says “My Bible Story Book.” You can see that mine has been around a while which gives it that old rustic Bible feel.

Then on the inside are some great felts of a nature scene that I had sitting around. I added some trees and grass and even a cute little lamb.

There is a great book called The Gracious Mother Goose, Grades PK - 2: Christian Rhymes, Songs, and Stories by Becky White.

I think it might be out of print by now, but if you can find it, grab it really fast because she has so many cute little poems and songs all about the Bible. One of them is really cute. She takes some of the main Bible characters and makes a poem out of them.

First I took the cute drawings she has and enlarged them a bit and colored them and laminated them. Then I just took her poem and put a little music to it.

So, for example, for the Bible character of Abraham I sing the following:

Abraham was a very old man

And a very old man was he

When he was a hundred and Sarah was 90

They grew to family of three

After singing the song, I point to the Bible character and ask the boys and girls, “Boys and girls, who is this?” Hopefully if they were listening to the song they will say, “Abraham!”

Another fun way I’ve had with telling Bible stories with my Bible Story Book came from one of my musical Bible programs called, “God Gave Me a Family.” In that program I share with the children that there are many different families in the Bible. In fact I share the following five: Adam and Eve with their sons Cain and Abel, Noah and his three sons, Abraham, Sarah and baby Isaac, Joseph and his father and finally, Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.

I went onto Google Images and found some Bible pictures from the public domain that depict each of these families. For example, I found a picture of Adam and Eve together and a picture of Cain and Abel together. I laminated the pictures and placed felt on the backs. I then placed all the pictures of the children on my felt board. I then place a picture of one of the Bible parents inside my Bible Story Book. I will share a little bit about the family and then I ask a child to come up and find the family’s child or children from the felt board and have them place the picture inside the book.

I actually printed my pictures onto some fabric. There are so many wonderful public domain images of Bible stories and I so encourage you to go online and really search them out. The vintage images are especially nice. Their coloring is great and they always depict a great look and feel for that Bible story.

So go to a store such as Tuesday morning or Michael’s or Hobby Lobby and look for your “book box” to create your very own “Bible Story Book.” Your little ones will LOVE it

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Growing in the Knowledge of God - A Bible Activity About the Trinity May 15 2018, 0 Comments

Are your children growing in the knowledge of God and who He is? Do they know He is the triune God - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit? Here is a fun Bible activity to play with your kids to help them learn about some basic characteristics of the Trinity.

I am getting ready to debut my newest program called, “God’s Beautiful Garden.” In this program, I will be introducing a fun Bible game about growing in the knowledge of God.

It’s important that our children know that God is a triune God made up of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. This Bible activity will help them learn about three different characteristics for each Person of the trinity.

Here’s how to play “Growing in the Knowledge of God”:

For this Bible game you will need to create 3 large “seed” packets. You can use 3 large mailing envelopes and add pretty flowers to the front of them. Try to make each “seed packet” look different. You should also add the title of “GOD” on the front of each one.

Next, gather the following 3 sets of pictures:

For God the Father - a picture of creation, a picture of a heart, and a picture of the word "sin" with a big “X” over it

For God the Son - a picture of Baby Jesus in a manger, a picture of Jesus on the Cross, a picture of Jesus with His disciples

For God the Holy Spirit - a picture of a dove, a picture of some fruit, a picture of a road divided, which will signify how the Holy Spirit leads us and guides us.

You will also want to gather or create some pictures that represent each Person of the trinity. For God the Father, I often use a picture of a bright and beautiful cloud. For Jesus, I just use a nice picture of Him as a man. For the Holy Spirit, I usually use a picture of a dove.

Before playing “Growing in the Knowledge of God”:

Place one set of pictures in each of the “seed packets.” Place the pictures that represent God in His 3 forms nearby on a table or on a pocket chart for all the children to see.

Say the following to introduce this Bible activity:

Raise your hand if you’ve ever planted some seeds to make some flowers grow. (Wait for responses.) It’s fun to work in a garden. It’s fun to get your hands dirty and to dig a hole for your seeds to fall into. And it’s fun to water the ground knowing that in just a few days or so, you will get to see your flowers grow. 

Watching things grow in a garden is fun. But flowers aren’t the only things that grow. Did you know that you are growing? I am sure your families love watching you grow.

Your moms and dads and grandmas and grandpas are watching you grow taller and smarter.

I love watching you grow in God. Growing in your knowledge of God is very important. But how do you grow in God? Well….you’ve got to plant some seeds!

“What kinds of seeds?” you may ask.

The seeds of God’s Word, the Bible. Each time you read the Bible, you get the opportunity to grow in your knowledge of God and who He is. This is what we are going to do today.

I have here 3 “seed packets.” Inside each of these “seed packets” are pictures to help us learn more about who God is. I’ve gathered these pictures from truths that I’ve learned about in the Bible.

The Bible says that God is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We call this the Trinity. I have 3 pictures here that will help us think of each the 3 ways that we can know God. (Point to 3 pictures of God.)

I would like someone to come up and pick one of our seed packets and pull out a “seed” or picture to help us discover which Person of the trinity we can grow in our knowledge about.

At this point, you will have a child pick a “seed packet” and let them take out a picture. Let the class guess who in the trinity the picture refers to. Take time to expound on each of the pictures and their meanings, but don’t linger too long on each picture. You want to keep the momentum of the activity moving forward and have it be a fun experience for all.

That’s it! this will definitely be a fun way for your children to grow in their knowledge of God.

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Keep it Up! - A Fun Bible Memory Verse Activity with Balloons May 13 2018, 0 Comments

Try this fun Bible memory verse activity with balloons to add lots of excitement when memorizing the Bible. "Keep it Up!" is a simple activity that only requires a Bible verse and one or more balloons.

Your kids will love it! When you add God's Word to a fun Bible memory verse activity with balloons, you have a winning combination.

"Keep it Up!" will motivate your kids to learn their Bible verse with gusto.

Here's what you need to prepare to play "Keep it Up! - A fun Bible memory verse activity with balloons: First, you will need to choose a Bible verse you want your children to learn. Maybe it's one that goes along with a Bible story that you have been teaching or maybe it's one that you get from your curriculum. Second, make word cards for each word in the Bible verse. Then place these cards in order and face down on a pocket chart or on a table for all the kids to see.

Click HERE for an example of how I made word cards for John 3:16.

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Third, blow up a few balloons to have ready for the game. I like to use the 12" to 18" size. Finally, be ready to keep points on a board or a piece of paper. You are ready to play!

Here's how to play "Keep it Up! - A fun Bible memory verse activity with balloons: First, go over the Bible verse several times to help the kids grow in their confidence of having it memorized. Putting a Bible verse to music is a great way for kids to quickly memorize a scripture.

Next, pick a child to play the game. You can separate your group into 2 teams if you'd like or let them gain points separately. Throw the balloon high up in the air. The child must keep the balloon up in the air with any part of his body EXCEPT his hands. You need to keep track of how many times the child makes contact with the balloon before it falls to the ground. Let's say the child kept the balloon up in the air with 4 touches. The child would then get to turn over 4 Bible verse word cards to help him say the verse correctly.

If the child says the verse correctly, he then gets to keep the balloon up again, just like before. But this time, he is trying to make as many touches to gain points before it falls to the ground. He earns 100 points per touch.

That's it! Fun and easy!

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Bible Verse Search Puzzles: Having Fun with the Bible May 11 2018, 0 Comments

Try giving these Bible verse search puzzles the next time you want your kids to hunt for the treasure of God’s Word. All you need is a Bible, a dictionary and some paper. You will need to do a little prep work and then send your kids on their scripture hunts.

I LOVE puzzles! Jigsaw puzzles, logic puzzles and word search puzzles are my favorites.

A lot of kids love puzzles too. Here is a fun way to create your own Bible verse search puzzles to help them hide God’s Word in their hearts and minds.

This idea was inspired by a game I saw in a kids’ book of games called 501 TV-Free Activities for Kids by Di Hodges. I thought it was really creative and could easily be adapted to creating your own Bible verse search puzzles.

How to Make Your Own Bible Verse Search Puzzles:

Choose a Bible verse that you would like your kids to learn, such as John 3:16, which says: For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.

Take a dictionary and and look up the first word in the verse. In this case, it is the word “for.”

1. On a piece of paper write down the very next word that comes after the word “for” in the dictionary. For example, in my Webster's Dictionary from the 1950's “forage” comes right after “for.”

2. Continue to do this for each word in the verse.

3. Do not do this for the reference of the verse, i.e.: John 3:16. In fact, leave the reference off.

The child will have to look that up after he figures out the scripture by looking it up in a concordance or “googling” it online. Here is what the first part of John 3:16 would look like if I wrote it using my Webster’s Dictionary:

"Forage Godartia soak love-apple Thea worldliness thatch head gavel hispid one-horse andante onamancy sonance..."

Tips for Playing your Bible verse search puzzles:

1. Make sure the child uses the same dictionary you used. Not all dictionaries are the same.

2. Reward you child with a fun treat for his hard work.

3. Have your child make up their own Bible verse search puzzles for others in your family or classroom to solve.

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