Have you been searching for some new ways to teach Bible stories to your children? Historically, reading is the most common method of helping your child learn and understand the Bible. But, why not open up the learning curve to include games? Depending on what you enjoy, there are several board games and online possibilities, or you can choose to develop your own activities. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. There is a large variety of fun options just waiting to be shared with your family. Here are some fun suggestions to get you started.
Noah’s Ark Sets
If you have toddlers that are 1-4 years old, they are still a bit too young for most board games. My children love playing with their Noah’s Ark and it allows us plenty of time to talk about this Bible story and others. They enjoy using their imagination, and ask lots of questions that help develop their critical thinking skills. We have the Fisher-Price LittlePeople Noah’s Ark and would definitely recommend it. This toy is both durable and lots of fun. It includes the Ark, Noah, and four pairs of animals.
Board and Card Games
There are several choices available to add to your family game night collection. Some of these board games include: Bible Snap Card Game (for ages 3 and up), Jonah, Go Fish (for ages 4 and up), Children’s Bible Trivia (for ages 6 and up), Scattergories Bible Version (for ages 8 and up), Outburst Bible Version (for ages 8 and up), and Apples to Apples Bible Edition (for ages 8 and up).
One of the most important things we can do as parents is to give our children uninterrupted time and attention. As parents, we sometimes feel like we’re constantly being pulled in every direction, all at once. And there are those days when we wonder how we keep it all together and don’t break. But God made us resilient, and this trait allows us to be Super-Man Dad and Wonder-Women Mom, even on the most challenging days. This characteristic enables us to pause from the everyday stresses in life, and share quality time with our children.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. —Proverbs 22:6
As parents, God has entrusted us with a very precious gift, and part of this responsibility includes teaching our children to live by God’s Word. Children enjoy learning and love to play games. Why not incorporate these two things together when teaching Bible stories?
Smartphones and iPad Apps
Technology has become so commonplace that’s it’s hard for our children to even imagine a time when cell phones and computers didn’t exist. On the plus side, we have a wealth of knowledge at our fingertips just waiting to be tapped into. There are some fantastic apps available that can help teach your child about Bible stories. Here are three options to check-out: Jesus Loves Me (available on iPhone and iPad, suitable for ages 0-5), Bible For Kids (available on iPhone and iPad, suitable for ages 6-8), and Children’s Bible Games & Activities (available on iPhone and iPad, suitable for ages 7 and up).
Websites and Online Games
The internet is a wonderful resource when searching for game templates designed to teach children about the Bible. You can download things such as: Bible Bingo, Bible Word Search, Bible Crossword Puzzles and Bible Coloring Pages to print out. Here are a few websites that have lots of fun games and activities to choose from: Livingwaterbiblegames.com, Kidssundayschool.com and Thescripturelady.com.
Create Your Own Games
Are you feeling crafty? Try making up your very own Bible games. Include your children in the process and have some fun creating a unique family game.
The most important thing to remember is that quality time with your children is truly priceless. They grow up in the blink of an eye, and every minute spent together has the opportunity to become a cherished memory. Combining learning with fun and laughter can create a powerful recipe for strengthening and maintaining family unity.