Hello, friends! This week, I am excited to share a sweet post by Melody Gienger from Mommy Unvarnished! When it comes to finding ways to teach kids about the Bible, I know I get overwhelmed sometimes, and that’s why I am so excited about this post; it’s a must-read for anyone longing to teach children about God’s Word!
Melody Gienger is the mother of three rambunctious, adorable children aged four and under. She has been married for six years and is a stay-at-home mom while her husband goes back to school full time. She is the author of the blog mommyunvarnished.com, where she writes about her faith and the lessons she has learned through depression.. You can find Melody on Facebook and Instagram.
“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. “ – Deuteronomy 11:18-19
Do you remember the story of when Moses summoned all of Israel to him before they were to go into the Promise land with Joshua? He was in short reminding them of what God had done for them and to an extent was begging them to remember God with every means possible and that if they did they would be blessed and if they didn’t they would be cursed.
Well the same concepts apply to us today. We may not be going into the same Promised Land that Israel was, but we have a promised kingdom. We still need to be teaching our children today, talking about God’s character, His laws, His way, when we sit at home, when we walk along the road, when we lie down and when we get up. It is so crucial that our children know the truth, especially in this day in age! Satan’s lies are still prevalent and a lot of times coated in shiney flashy colors, beaming in at us from all angles and the truth gets warped into the perspective that there is no absolute truth.
Now, if you’re like me, you can easily start going down the “feeling like an awful, can’t do this parent” mode, so I want to give you some encouragement today. Parenting is HARD! There is no cookie cutter one way fits all handbook (no matter how many people try and sell you theirs). Each and every one of our children are unique and take a little different approach, but God also gave you the children He did for a reason and He gave us the means to parent them. So even when you feel like your the World’s worst mom (or dad) don’t give up! Sure take a good hard look at what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. If you need to make a change, than make a change (on a side note, don’t be afraid to get help if need be and I think we all do at some point), but keep putting one foot in front of the other, one day, one moment at a time.
With all that being said, today, I would like to share with you 10 fun ways that I personally like to teach my kids the Bible. Not all of these may work for you, but hopefully you can walk away encouraged and inspired to keep teaching your children God’s Word and His Way.
With Three kids, under the age of 5 at home right now, I find it can be pretty hard to get them all to sit down and pay attention while I read from the Bible. So that’s not how we go about it. We take advantage of the little moments throughout the day, which sometimes can seem like a waste of time, but in the end are super crucial and a lot of times, turn out to be a lot of fun as well.
I hate having planned an activity for hours and then have your kids spend 5 minutes on it, get bored or worse yet having everyone (mommy included) melt down in tears by the end when it doesn’t go as planned. Granted, sometimes those activities are needed, but what I want to encourage you to do is when you see little opportunities throughout the day to act on them and bring in God’s Word naturally. Here’s 10 fun ways I personally have found work for us!
10 Fun and Easy Ways to Teach Kids About the Bible
1. Singing Verses
Putting verses to song and singing them throughout the day, like when you’re driving in the car or doing dishes together, is a great way for kids to start learning and memorizing the Bible. There are lots of different sites, blogs and places to find some. Cornerstone Confessions is a great place to start! A lot of times, we like making up our own rhythm/song for the verses we’re working on.
Another fun way to tell Bible Stories to children is through felt. I love Betty Lukens’ Thru the Bible in felt. It has vibrant colors and lots of fun interactive ways for you to introduce the Bible visually to your kids.
(A little word of warning: when you first get it, you will spend HOURS, or in my case years, cutting out all the little felt pieces. So, if you have a chance to buy used, DO IT or I would highly recommend having a bunch of your friends over for tea and ask if they wouldn’t mind spending a day cutting out felt with you and talking (who doesn’t love a good tea party ;)).
In the end it is so worth it, though! I love being able to tell the Bible story to my kids and then leaving it up throughout the week and seeing them play with it, retelling it and adding in some of their own imagination along the way, like when a wolf sneaks into the garden of gethsemane when Jesus is praying. You just never know what they may say or do, but over all they seem to remember the story so much better!
3. Acting Action Stories
Our all time favorite way to learn different Bible stories is by acting them out. One of the keys here is to let your kids help! Let them make some of the decisions, get props, etc..
- For baby Moses: we just grab a laundry basket (props if it’s a wicker basket) and throw down as many blue blankets as the kids can find for the water and sometimes the kids want to play baby moses themselves, other times they will run and grab one of their own baby dolls.
- For Zacchaeus, let them run outside and climb a tree.
- For Daniel and the lions den, let them make lion masks and pretend to be the lions.
The biggest thing is let them have fun doing it, highlight (emphasize) the main points, but don’t be afraid if things don’t go as you had planned. Be enthusiastic (kids feed off your energy), act silly yourself, let them see it’s ok, but if you find they aren’t going for it, try a different angle, but don’t force it. Kids learn and retain information better when they’re having fun, (from experience here) it’s not always good to micromanage and have everything go perfect.
4. Puppet Shows
My kids LOVE making puppets. Sometimes we go all out on them, other times it’s a face on a popsicle stick or just one of their stuffed animals. You can help them narrate or just sit back and see how they would tell the story themselves (after you’ve told it to them once or twice previously, of course).
5. REVIEW, Review, review
One thing we get into the habit of doing during the school year is a lunch review. I have all the verses they are working on so far throughout the year (from abcjesuslovesme.com) pinned up to a piece of yarn on our wall. They also have pictures on them, to give them a visual clue, so during lunch I use a laser pointer to point at the picture and they say the verse. My kids love reviewing what they know and sometimes I even let them use the pointer to quiz each other, after they’ve eaten of course. I can always tell a big difference with the verses we were consistent at reviewing every day and the ones were I let slide during the week or wasn’t very consistent at.
6. Action Songs
As a family, our night time routine consists of reading books, singing, praying, and saying one thing I like about you. Most nights just seem to be wild, but the kids love jumping around and dancing to the songs. My husband and I will do a few of the songs we learned together in school as well as a lot of classic sunday school songs. I will be honest and tell you, a lot of times when we’re singing my kids won’t even act like they’re paying attention, they’re too busy running and jumping around, but I know they’re listening and learning, even when they don’t act like it at the time. Even now, you give them the opportunity for a solo, on one of their home-made guitars or mommy’s ukulele, and they can’t get enough, beaming from ear to ear in the spotlight. I’m always surprised when they sing their bible songs so well, showing me they really are listening.
7. Mimicking Mommy Journal
Monkey see monkey do, is it true for you too? I don’t always do this one, because I desperately need and crave my alone time in the morning before the day starts. Occasionally though, when I am reading my Bible and journaling in the morning I will let one of my kids sit beside me with their own notebook and do some of their own journaling/scribble drawings. They love it when I let them, and I know it’s important for them to see. As I said before, though, I usually don’t let them as I need the quiet, alone time for my own growth and sanity. If you’re the type that having your child beside you doesn’t bother you at all, be all means, this is a great one to put into practice. Nonetheless, whether you let them sit with you or not, it’s good for them to consistently see you in the Word of God yourself, even when they have to stay in their rooms for 30 minutes longer.
8. Creative Lunch Food
This is another one that I do every once in awhile, when I have a creative spark day. Building in the bible lesson for the week through food is a great way to reinforce the lesson and start more conversations about what they are learning in the Bible. Some simple ideas are making crosses out of veggies, crossing the jello-Jordan, or surviving the blood red jello plague. There are so many pinterest inspirations out there, just look up Bible Story Snacks and you will have hundreds right at your fingertips.
9. Reading Books
Another simple but fun one is reading kids books with a lesson. It doesn’t always have to be a particular bible story. We use Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr. Magazine or we check out our local churches library. A lot of times they have lots of fun faith filled books for kids. My kid’s personal favorite is Adam Racoon in Lost Woods.
10. Knowing Your Kids
The last one I’m going to share is knowing your kids and using whatever they are into and turning it into lessons every once in awhile. For example, my daughter is really into superheros right now. We have lots of talks (especially on our mommy daughter walks in the evenings) about what it really means to be a superhero and how to be kind to others. Learning how Jesus would want us to act as a superhero..ect. My oldest son is really into dragons and flying. Though, he’s not at the age where I can just sit down and have a deep meaningful conversation with him, even in schooling I will make different colors of dragons for him to learn his colors and different dragon shapes for him to learn shapes, but I could also assign different bible verses to different dragons for him to start remembering. Maybe your child is into trucks or unicorns or some other tv show character. You could have them drive or fly over the numbers to a verse while you practice saying it together, or take some kind of good aspect of the character they like and see how it compares to the character of Jesus.
The possibilities are endless. The main thing is you meet your children where they are at! Help train and direct them in God’s ways continuously, a little bit at a time. Don’t be afraid to have fun, get messy, and mess up sometimes. We aren’t perfect parents, and we don’t have the perfect way of doing things, but if we wait until perfection comes around we will miss out and waste the opportunity and responsibility that God has given us. The main thing is to TRY and do the best that you know how. YOU GOT THIS and you might as well have some fun along the way!
Thank you so much again, Melody, for sharing this awesome post! One of my greatest desires is to teach my children about the Bible, and I am looking forward to using some of these great ideas! Head over to Melody’s blog for more great projects and inspiration, and connect with her on social media here:
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