The BEST Children’s Storybook Bible

I am extremely picky when it comes to children’s Bibles.

Extremely.

I’m looking for a lot in that little package. Biblical accuracy, lack of fluff, lovely illustrations, and all done with text that is engaging and interesting to the youngest audience.

It’s a tall order.

So where, exactly, does one find a children’s Bible that meets these high standards? Perhaps you’ve walked into a Christian bookstore or browsed the pages of Amazon lately to find one. If you went into that without a plan, you probably found yourself overwhelmed. An Amazon search for “children’s bible stories” brings back a whopping 7,663 results to wade through!

And what happens if you choose the wrong children’s Bible? In your desire to begin planting God’s truth in your child’s heart, you could instead be sharing inaccurate accounts and misleading picture of God’s Word. Or worse, nothing at all could happen. The lack of an accurate and engaging story could leave your child bored, uninterested, and apathetic towards God’s Word.

What Are You Going To Do?

Well, you could spend a couple hours scrolling through Amazon, reading all the mixed reviews (do people ever agree on those reviews?). You could drive to the nearest Christian bookstore and page through all the Bibles on the shelf, maybe asking the employees for their recommendation (hopefully they’ve tested them out with their kids). Or you could hop over to Amazon right now and take five minutes to purchase our hands down, number one, most favorite Children’s Bible.

We have been using The Rhyme Bible Storybook since my oldest was just a small toddler and we absolutely love it. We own multiple different children’s Bibles, but this is the one we find ourselves coming back to again and again and again. (It’s also the Bible we used for the Play Through the Bible series)

And if that’s not enough to convince you to go grab it right now, I want to give you a detailed review of why we love this Bible so very much.

Biblical Accuracy

When it comes to storybook Bibles, this is probably my number one concern. In our attempts to make the stories digestible to children, are we staying true to the meaning of the actual Biblical text? In the many other Bibles I have read or flipped through, there are three common themes I see happening: too much extra fluff, important elements being omitted, and dumbed down stories. With the Rhyme Bible Storybook:

1) There is no extra “fluff” added. The author goes just a little too deep into their imagination, weaving a story that may not actually be implied in the original text. While these stories can be fun to read, they don’t always give an accurate picture of what the Bible is trying to say. The Rhyme Bible Storybook is simple and to the point, while also communicating the important aspects of the text.

2) The most important elements are included. On the opposite end of the spectrum we have another problem, vital information being left out. This especially happens with children’s Bibles that like to gloss over the more uncomfortable aspects of the Bible. I’ve seen the Fall skipped over, hard stories tied up with a pretty moral, and even the frighting omission of Christ’s death on the cross. While no children’s Bible is going to cover all the dark, nitty gritty moments in the Bible (nor should they), with its 35 stories the Rhyme Bible Storybook does a great job giving an overview of the Biblical story, including the most important aspects.

3) The stories are not dumbed down. You’ll find this especially in the story Bibles that are marketed towards the very youngest listeners. Sure, the stories are short and simple, but there is not much there either. With the Rhyme Bible storybook, the stories are simple, yet also give plenty of information that can be discussed, dwelt on, and grown into. With this Bible both my one year old and my five year old are able to listen intently while still gaining something from the stories each on their own levels.

Simple Text

I mentioned this briefly before, but I think it bears repeating. The text in the Rhyme Bible Storybook is beautifully simple. Young children and older alike will be drawn into the lovely rhyming nature of the stories. Yet, the sing-song text is not overly flowery or verbose, unlike other popular children’s Bibles that have not done well at keeping my children engaged (I’m looking at you Jesus Storybook Bible).

However, if you find that your younger toddler still has trouble following these short stories, I also recommend The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers. We have used both versions, and while we don’t love the toddler one quite as much, the stories are even shorter and simpler, perfect for the youngest children.

Beautiful Illustrations

Beautiful illustrations may not seem like that big of a deal, but I can assure you, once you’ve glanced through some of the downright goofy looking children’s Bible cartoons, lovely pictures are a nice change of pace.

The illustrations in the Rhyme Bible storybook are simple, colorful, interesting, and full of emotion.

Just a note: there is an older version and a newer version with updated illustrations. We have the newer version of the Rhyme Bible Storybook and also the toddler version with the older illustrations. We like both! Some people do have a preference though and you can find both versions on Amazon.

Well Made Product

Lets face it, toddlers and preschoolers can be rough on books. They are still learning to turn pages gently, close the cover properly, and to not chuck books across the room mid tantrum. Our copy has survived multiple years and tons of use from two rough boys. It’s looking a little rough around the edges, but still going strong. The binding is sturdy, the pages are thick, and it’s made to last.

Engaging and Child Approved

Besides being Biblically accurate, an engaging story is probably the most important part of any children’s Bible. If your child isn’t interested in listening to the stories, reading them isn’t going to do a whole lot.

Every child I have read the Rhyme Bible Storybook to, both my own children and others, have loved it. They have listened intently, captivated by the story being read. Every morning when we do our reading, every story is followed by pleas of “More! More! Another story!” And, while it’s possible that your child is the exception to what I’ve found, I think if you give this Bible a try you, too, will fall in love.

Where to Buy

While I assume the Rhyme Bible Storybook can be found at your local Christian Bookstore, the easiest thing to do is to hop over to Amazon and get it delivered right to your house. New versions of the book run for about $13, but you can also easily find it used for around $5.

Even if you already have children’s Bibles, this one would make a great addition to your collection. You won’t be disappointed! It also makes a great gift to tuck in an Easter basket or give at a baby shower. You might love it so much you buy twenty and give them to all your friends!

This is NOT a sponsored post – we just really love this children’s Bible! There are Amazon affiliate links included, which does not change the cost of the book to you, but does give me a little extra spare change to keep this blog running. Thanks for making purchases through my links!


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How to Host a Mud Party Playdate

Looking for a fun way to celebrate the end of the Summer? Not afraid of making a big ol’ mess? Then, a mud party play date might be perfect for you!

Get all the details over at Intentional By Grace!

Fruit of the Spirit Preschool Curriculum Review {Home Preschool 101 Series}

This post is part of the series “Home Preschool 101.” It is a peek into how we do homeschool preschool.

Here are all the posts (links will go live as published)…

Our Home Preschool Goals

Our Simple Preschool Plan 2015-2016

Our Top Eight Preschool Building Materials

Our Top Five Preschool Science Supplies

Our Top Ten Preschool Arts and Craft Supplies

My Favorite Preschool Resources

Home Preschool Room Tour


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As part of our preschool plan for this year we are going to be using the Fruit of the Spirit Curriculum. Today, I wanted to spend a little time telling you about this awesome program!

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Overview of the Program

The Fruit of the Spirit Curriculum is an 18 week program designed to be done three days a week. Based on Galatians 5:22-23, it teaches God’s truths to little learners in a fun and engaging way. This curriculum uses God’s Word as the basis for learning about a variety of preschool skills such as: pre-reading skills, numbers, colors, shapes, and more. You can download a free lesson plan here.

What I Love about this Program

1. The seamless integration of Biblical truth and preschool skills

What a better way to teach your preschooler than to surround the lessons with truth about Jesus? Each lesson is based on a portion of Galatians 5:22-23 with Bible activities and preschool lessons to go along.

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Making the “Fruit of the Spirit Tree”

2. Hands on activities

Leigh Ann definitely took into consideration the way preschoolers learn best when she created this curriculum. The whole thing is chalk-full of hands on activities! Crafts, sensory activities, music – when your child uses the Fruit of the Spirit he or she will have all their senses engaged.

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*Attempting* to explain the Trinity

3. Great conversation starters

On our very first day of use the Fruit of the Spirit Curriculum, K turned to me and asked “what is a Spirit?” We hadn’t discussed this topic very much outside of our lesson on the baptism of Jesus , so what followed was a conversation on the Trinity. Hard concept for a little person (or a big person!) to grasp, but we probably wouldn’t have even tried yet without the nudge from this program.

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Playing a game with one of the printables

4. Uses low cost materials

We don’t have a lot of room in the budget for preschool materials, so this curriculum works perfectly. It requires no fancy supplies and what I didn’t already have, I was able to grab from Wal-mart in one trip. Plus, the recommended reading can be found at the library and the songs can be found on youtube. Not to mention the hundreds of printables included!

What Are You Waiting For?

If you are looking for a great program for your preschooler that combines fun early learning activities and a great message about God’s truth – look no further. You will love the Fruit of the Spirit Curriculum!

Right now Leigh Ann is running a sale on the curriculum – 20% off of the already low price! But if you want it, you better grab it now because the sale only goes through the 31st! 

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Reach Their Hearts Early: Discipling Your Preschooler

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I tucked my three year old son into bed and asked him if he’d like to pray. He nodded his head yes and began in his small voice, “God, please give me a new heart every day…”

My own heart melted. I want nothing more than to see my child’s heart renewed through Christ.

It is my goal to be very intentional in discipling my children, even from a very young age. The hearts and minds of the littlest ones are capable of grasping more than we often give them credit for.

Are you looking for ways to disciple your young child? Join me over at Rooted Families where I’m sharing three ways that I’ve found to disciple my preschooler.

Reach Their Hearts Early

 

 

The ULTIMATE Round-Up of Resources for Teaching Toddlers about God

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To celebrate the completion of our Play Through The Bible series I have brought together over 75 different resources from across the web that can help you as you strive to raise your little one to follow God. From Bible memory to learning how to sit still in church, this list has you covered!

If you enjoy this round-up, please be sure to pass it along to other toddler parents in need of ideas, tips, and encouragement!


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General Tips and Ideas

Toddler Doctrine – Planting Seeds of the Gospel – Amanda from Bless Your Heart and Home shares the truths they are trying to impress upon their 2 year old son. Includes a large list of resources.

7 Ways to Teach Your Toddler About Jesus – Anne shares 7 ways she’s found to teach her little ones about Jesus.

Simple Ways to Bring Jesus into Your Child’s Daily Routine – Becca of Bare Feet on the Dashboard shares some great tips for making Jesus a part of everyday life.

Truth for Tots – A series from Jenni of Live Called that explores the many ways we can teach toddlers and preschoolers about God.

The ABC’s of Bible Study for Children – A series hosted by Dusty of To the Moon and Back bringing together 13 bloggers to share Bible Studies for each letter of the alphabet.

 

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Devotions

3 Ways to Hold Devotions With Your Toddler – Kayse Pratt gives three practical tips for how to find time to make devotions with your toddler a part of your daily routine, plus shares their current top book pick to use during that time.

Bible Time Suggestions for Toddlers and Preschoolers – MaryEllen from Imperfect Homemaker shares the three things she does during Bible time with her four children ages four and under.

How We Do Family Devotions with a Toddler – Leigh Ann from Intentional by Grace shares how her family does devotions all together in a way that fully includes their two year old son.

Four Ideas for Teaching Scripture to Your Baby or Toddler – Jenn from The Purposeful Mom shares four ways she’s found to teach scripture to the littlest ones who might not be ready for a structured devotions time.

 

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Memorizing Scripture

How to Implement Bible Verses for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Memorize – Dollie from Teachers of Good Things shares what she’s found to be the most effective way to teach little ones to memorize scripture.

Bible Memory Beginnings for Toddlers and Preschoolers – Shirley from Satisfaction Through Christ shares a little bit of her story of beginning Bible memory with her son and gives some great tips for how she went about it. Includes free printables!

Printable ABC Memory Verses for Preschoolers – Free scripture printable for each letter of the alphabet from Mary Ellen of Imperfect Homemaker

How to Teach a Toddler to Memorize Scripture – Penny Lane from Sisters Raising Sisters shows that toddlers really can memorize scripture and gives four fun ways to help them learn to do it.

5 Bible Verses Toddlers Can (and Should) Memorize – Leigh Ann from Intentional by Grace shares her top five Bible verses they have their children memorize.

 

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Christian Preschool Programs

ABC Jesus Loves Me – A Bible based preschool curriculum that has lesson plans beginning at age two and is free for family use.

God’s Little Explorers – This hands on and active preschool curriculum from Motherhood on a Dime has both free and paid versions.

Fruit of the Spirit Curriculum for Toddlers – Created for ages 2 & 3, Leigh Ann’s preschool curriculum is centered around the Fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23.

Montessori Bible Lessons Archives – While not a complete preschool curriculum, The Christian Montessori Network has a large collection of Bible based Montessori style preschool lessons.

 

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Prayer

How to Teach Toddlers and Preschoolers to Pray – Dollie from Teachers of Good Things shares three simple tips to teach your toddler or preschooler how to pray.

Meaningful Prayers for Kids – Kate from House Mix shares some simple but beautiful prayers she’s found that she says with her two year old.

What To Do When My Child Does Not Want to Pray (Continued) – Ten different types of prayers you can do with your child to encourage them to pray, from Jessica of Our Family For His Glory.

 

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Bible Themed Quiet Books

The Story of Creation in a Quiet Book (no sew) – Nicolette from Powerful Mothering explains how to make a Creation themed quiet book.

Adorable Quiet Books! – If you’re not the DIY type, Alesha from Full Time Mama shares about the quiet books in her mom’s Etsy Shop!

Baby Jesus Book – If you are looking for something super simple, check out this printable touch and feel book from Bible Songs and More.

 

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Apps

Best Bible Apps for Kids – Kim from Not Consumed shares eight of her favorite Bible apps.

Our Fave Bible Apps for Kids – Lauren from Tutus and Tea Parties shares her favorite free Bible apps for toddlers.

FREE Holy Bible iPhone and Android App for KIDS! – An awesome Bible app created by YouVersion shared by Heidi from thefrugalgirls.com. (K loves this one!)

9 Best Bible Apps for Kids – After trying out a bunch of different kids Bible apps, Rachel from rachelwojo.com shares her top 9.

 

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Music

Steve Green’s Hide ‘Em in Your Heart – One of our absolute favorites! A classic that I used to listen to when I was a kid!

Teaching Young Children Bible Verses through Scripture Songs – Jenni from Live Called shares four great scripture song resources as part of her Truth for Tots series.

Preschool Bible Songs – A long list of classic preschool Bible songs from ABC Jesus Loves Me.

 

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Bibles/Books

The Best Bibles for Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers – Jenae from I Can Teach My Child gives the run down on the best story Bibles for three different age ranges.

Best Biblical Themed Books for Kids – Heather from the Christian Montessori Network shares her top children’s Bibles.

Toddler Bibles Reviewed – Some criteria for evaluating toddler Bibles and thorough reviews for 7 selections from Raising Godly Children.

A New Family Favorite – A review of Treasury of Bible Stories from Tricia Goyer.

Christian Picture Books – A round-up of eleven Christian picture books to read with your little one from Le Chaim (on the right).

 

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Little Ones in Church

How to Keep Your Children Quiet in Church – Leigh Ann from Intentional by Grace shares the why and the how she keeps her little boys in the church service.

No Fuss Parenting – Teach Kids to Sit Still – Tricia from thedomesticfringe.com shares the method she used to teach her kids to sit still – a valuable skill for going to church!

Seven Ways to Help Little Ones Behave in Church – Brittany from Equipping Godly Women gives seven things she does to teach her kids to behave in church.

My Church Bag Ideas – Ideas for quiet activities to have in a church bag for a 2 and 4 year old from Six Sister’s Stuff.

Quiet Bags – Hillary from Pulling Curls shares 5 tips for packing a special church bag for your kids.

 

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Games

Noah’s Ark Game – A printable Noah’s Ark dice game from Let’s Get Together.

God Made the Farm Animals – A File Folder Game from Bible Fun For Kids.

Play Games – Tons of great Bible games for home or Sunday School from Jesus Without Language.

The Obedience Game – Jodi from Meaningful Mama takes an important lesson in character and turns it into a fun game kids will be begging to play!

Games for Ages Birth through 2 – There are tons of great resources for games in the archives of Children’s Ministry Magazine.

 

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Character Development/Parenting

Happy Hearts Method of Discipline for Toddlers – Leigh Ann from Intentional by Grace shares a parenting strategy that has worked wonders for her toddler. (We do something very similar with K too!)

Character Development Archives – Jodi from Meaningful Mama has TONS of resources for character development for kids of all ages.

Toddler Tantrums are a Gift – In this insightful post, Leigh Ann from Intentional by Grace explains how she came to learn that tantrums can really be a blessing in disguise.

Intentionally Parenting Your Toddler – Lisa shares a three part series about parenting toddlers on her blog, The Pennington Post.

What God Really Wants for Moms with Young Children – Some really insightful advice about where to keep your focus during the trying years of raising littles, from The Better Mom.

 

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Holidays

Teaching Toddlers the Story of Jesus’ Birth – Jennifer, mom of triplets, shares how she taught her toddlers the Christmas Story.

Celebrate Advent with your family using the Jesus Storybook Bible – Adriel Booker shares how her family used the Jesus Storybook Bible to observe the advent season. Includes a free printable reading guide!

7 Nativity Learn and Play Activities – Another great resource from The Christian Montessori Network.

Sensory Nativity Story Box – A really fun idea for sharing the Nativity Story with little ones from The Fairy and the Frog.

Song of the Stars by Sally Lloyd-Jones – A review of the Christmas book Song of the Stars and activities to go along from The Homeschool Village.

Resurrection Eggs for Toddlers – Super cute Resurrection Eggs just for toddlers from Meredith of Wait ‘Til Your Father Gets Home.

Easter Salvation Storybook Craft – A fun craft for toddlers and preschoolers that goes through the Easter story from Rebecca of Family Abounds.

Flannel-Board Fun! – Heather from Cultivated Lives shares a fun Easter flannel board she made for her boys.

Free Easter Preschool Printable – A 7 page mini pack from Brooke of The Intentional Momma.

 

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Free Printables

A is for Adam and Eve – Brooke from To the Moon and Back has many great printable packets, including this one for Adam and Eve.

Top 10 Free Printable Bible Verses Coloring Pages for Your Toddler – from the Mom Junction.

Toddler Bible Time – A free printable scripture booklet from Emily of Live a Charmed Life, perfect for toddler devotions.

Bible Verses from 1 to 10 – Scripture memory cards based off the songs from the Songs for Saplings 123 album from Amy of Wildflower Ramblings. Amy also has more free printables which she links to in this post.

ABC Printable Scripture Cards – Super cute cards with scripture for every letter of the alphabet from Jenae of I Can Teach My Child.

Bible Kids Fun Zone – Tons of free crafts and printables for preschoolers.

 

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Bible Crafts and Activities

Crafting the Word of God – Crafts for pretty much every Bible story you could ever want! We have used quite a few of them in our Play Through The Bible Series.

Bible Alphabet Crafts – A Bible craft to go along with every letter in the alphabet from Catholic Icing.

Fruit of the Spirit Toddler/Preschool Lessons – Marla from Better Than I Could Have Imagined shares some fun Fruit of the Spirit activities she did with her little girls.

One Year Old Preschool: Creation – Leah from Simple. Home. Blessings. shares the creation activities she did with her one year old daughter.

Lamb of God Sheep Craft – Tara from Feels Like Home shares an adorable sheep craft that can lead to all manner of Biblical discussions with your young child.

Parable of the Sower Small World Play – A super fun small world from Wugs and Dooey that multiple ages are sure to enjoy!

Biblical Lunches Archives – Amy from Creative Kids Snacks has tons of amazing lunches and snacks with a biblical theme.

Moses and the 10 Commandments Booklet and Activity –  Tara from Feels Like Home has a free printable 10 Commandments Booklet for kids to create their own little book of the 10 Commandments.

Creating Your Own DIY Godly Play Materials – Interested in the Montessori based curriculum Godly Play? Megan shares a bunch of great ideas for DIYing your own materials. Want to learn more about Godly Play? Check out the links at the top of the post for the rest of the Godly Play series.

How to Make Bible Story Stones – Leigh Ann from Intentional by Grace shares how she made some fun Bible Story Stones with her boys.

 

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Pinterest Boards

This is really only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to resources for teaching your toddler about God. New posts are being shared every day. Here’s a list of Pinterest boards to follow to keep the ideas flowing!

https://www.pinterest.com/slavila/bible-crafts/

https://www.pinterest.com/mamachew315/bible/

https://www.pinterest.com/tutusteaparties/scripture-for-kids/

https://www.pinterest.com/glindadennis/bible-story-crafts/

https://www.pinterest.com/kgibbs522/little-kids-haven/

https://www.pinterest.com/kindkids/religious-education/

https://www.pinterest.com/aroebuck/bible-activities-for-2-3-yr-olds/

https://www.pinterest.com/ji1lybean1/sunday-school-for-toddler/

https://www.pinterest.com/terrycaputo/preschool-bible-crafts/

https://www.pinterest.com/sammyjo33/toddler-bible-study/

https://www.pinterest.com/meganspires/growing-godly-kids/ 


 

I hope you enjoyed this giant list of resources and were able to find some great ideas and encouragement!

Am I missing a resource you love? Please add it in the comments so I can check it out!

And, again, if this list blessed you in any way please consider sharing it with others!


 

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The Prodigal Son – Story and Activity to go with The Jesus Storybook Bible

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Today we are joining up with the Jesus Storybook Bible Blog Hop one last time to bring you an activity to go along with the story of the Prodigal Son, found in The Jesus Storybook Bible as “Running Away” on page 272.

The story of the Prodigal Son is such a great one! Reading this story was very timely for us as we have been having a lot of “talks” lately about making right choices and doing good things. It is so important to also have reminders that there is nothing you can do that will make God (or mom and dad!) stop loving you. It’s not the good things we do that make God love us, but just the fact that we are His children.

We had a ton of fun with our activity to go along with the story! It really helped K cement the story in his mind as he went through each part. I hope you give it a try!

The Prodigal Son Activity Stations

For today’s activity I decided to make stations for K to experience each section of the story. He helped me get everything ready as well, so he was fully involved in the activity!

At every station we talked through that part of the story again and I asked K a lot of questions to see if he could remember what happened.

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Our first station was for the part of the story where the son took the money from his dad and ran away to spend it. I set up a play cash register, some food (a banana), a fancy glass, and some fancy clothes. The first thing K did was get the money from me (pretending to be the dad).

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As he “spent” his money I had him put on the fancy clothes, and pretend to take a drink from the fancy glass. We talked about how the son didn’t want to listen to his dad anymore, he wanted to spend him money on whatever he wanted. Then I asked K what happened to the son’s money. We talked about how it all ran out because he didn’t listen to his dad. So we put away the money and the glass and we took off the fancy clothes and headed to the next station.

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The next station was a big bowl with some cereal in it to be the “pig food.” I thought about putting something truly yucky in the bowl like dog food, but decided to just keep it fun and use our imaginations. We didn’t have any pig toys or stuffed animals so K grabbed some of his other stuffed animals and just pretended they were pigs!

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He thought it was so silly to be eating with the pigs! I kept trying to tell him to make a yucky face like he was eating pig food, but he could barely stop giggling! This face was the best we got!

After eating “pig food” we talked about how the son realized he didn’t need to eat pig food, he could just go back home. We talked about how the son was afraid that his dad would be mad and wouldn’t love him anymore. What would happen?DSC_4047

Then, K ran to the next station where I was waiting as the dad to give him big hugs and kisses. I told him how much I loved him and that I would love him always and forever!

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It’s really hard to take a picture of yourself giving hugs! My little snuggle bug absolutely loved this part though!

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For the last station we had a party to celebrate the return of the son! We had a special treat (chocolate chips) because you always have treats at parties. I had hung some streamers and turned on some music, so we ended the activity with a….

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DANCE PARTY!!

 


I hope you enjoyed our activity for the story of the Prodigal Son – I know we did! If you are looking for more hands-on activities to go along with the Jesus Storybook Bible, be sure to check out the whole series here. If you are looking for activities and crafts specifically geared towards a younger age, be sure to check out our Play Through The Bible series. 

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5 Ways to Teach Your Toddler About God

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Today I’m over at Intentional By Grace sharing 5 tips I’ve learned over the last year about how to teach your toddler about God. Here’s a sneak peak…


Toddlers. You’ve got to love them. Wild balls of energy with short attention spans and an even shorter ability to sit still. Logic means nothing to them, and don’t even start with the analogies and metaphors. So how exactly are you supposed to even begin to explain to them the very long, very complex thing that is the Bible?

We can all agree that teaching Biblical truths to our children from a young age is important, but sometimes it is just so hard to know where to start. 

Shortly after my son turned two I knew that I wanted to start being more intentional with teaching him about the Bible, so I set out to find ways to make connections with his toddler brain and heart.

I want to share with you five things I’ve learned in the last year… read more at Intentional By Grace.

Jesus Heals A Blind Man – Play Through The Bible – Week 23

 

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So sorry about  how late this post is going up! It was one of “those weeks” where Bible craft time just didn’t happen! Plus, it was rainy all week and that always makes the dismal light situation in our house go from bad to horrible – not good for pictures! Thankfully, we had some time to today to sit down a do a few simple crafts to go along with our story.

Week 23 of Play Through The Bible is the story of Jesus healing a blind man. Even though our story Bible only gave one blind man story (the man calling out from the side of the road), we also included the story of Jesus healing the blind man by putting mud on his eyes. We kept it simple and still had a lot of fun!

If you haven’t read the introduction to this series yet I recommend going here. For all the plans in one place, go here.

 


Week Twenty Three – Jesus Heals a Blind Man


Focus Point

Jesus heals a blind man.

Story Time Tips

  • We read “The Blind Man” starting on page 218 of The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers.
  • We had to stop on the first set of pages and talk a little bit about what it meant to be blind. K had never heard the word before. I told him that it meant you couldn’t see. I told him to close his eyes and said that if you were blind it would be like that all the time! I asked him if he thought it would be good to be blind and he said “no.”
  • I made extra mention of how the crowd tried to tell the blind man to be quiet. I asked him what he thought Jesus would say. (This ties in to last week’s story with the disciples trying to tell the children to go away.)
  • After we finished reading the story, I told K the story of another blind man. I told him how Jesus put mud on his eyes and when he washed them, he could see! He thought this was just the craziest thing and immediately had to run and tell the story to daddy.

Activity

Play a blind man listening game. This would be a great game to play outside where there is a lot of sounds to hear. Have your child close their eyes and pretend to be blind. Have them listen really closely just like the blind man did in the story. Have them be quiet as long as they can (this is a hard one for toddlers!) and then have them tell you about the sounds they heard.

Discussion

Parent: “Could the blind man see?”

Child: “No.”

Parent: “But who did he hear?”

Child: “Jesus.”

Parent: “What did Jesus do for the blind man?”

Child: “Made it so he could see!”

Parent: “Yes, because Jesus is very powerful. He can do miracles!”

Daily Craft

Day One – Small World

Due to time restraints, we didn’t do a small world this week!

Day Two – Coloring Page

http://www.sermons4kids.com/healing_blind_colorpg.htm

Day Three – Blind Man Mask

Play Through The Bible - Week 23 - Jesus Heals the Blind Man

 

Materials needed:

We found this fun idea from Crafting the Word of God!

 

Play Through The Bible - Week 23 - Jesus Heals the Blind Man

First, color the two faces. K did one and I helped with the other.

Play Through The Bible - Week 23 - Jesus Heals the Blind Man

Cut out the faces.

Play Through The Bible - Week 23 - Jesus Heals the Blind Man

Cut out the eye patches and glue those onto one of the faces.

Play Through The Bible - Week 23 - Jesus Heals the Blind Man

Glue the two faces together with the craft stick stuck in between.

Play Through The Bible - Week 23 - Jesus Heals the Blind Man

All finished!

Day Four – Blind Man Healed with Mud

Play Through The Bible - Week 23 - Jesus Heals the Blind Man

 

Materials needed:

  • Blank face (we found one here)
  • Tape (not pictured)
  • Markers
  • Two small brown squares cut out of construction paper

Play Through The Bible - Week 23 - Jesus Heals the Blind Man

First, color a face onto your head. In true toddler style, K gave the man a purple face, pink hair, and a blue beard! 🙂

Play Through The Bible - Week 23 - Jesus Heals the Blind Man

Tape the brown squares over the eyes (only on one side so they can flip open).

Play Through The Bible - Week 23 - Jesus Heals the Blind Man

Open and close the flaps to put on the “mud” and wash it off.

Play Through The Bible - Week 23 - Jesus Heals the Blind Man

Yay!

Day Five – Eyes in the Mud

 

Play Through The Bible - Week 23 - Jesus Heals the Blind Man

Materials needed:

  • Play-doh, preferably brown (we already had some made up that was a bunch of colors mixed together – works for us!)
  • Googley eyes

I found the idea for this activity on I Can Teach My Child. She has a whole lesson plan to go along with the activity, so check it out.

Play Through The Bible - Week 23 - Jesus Heals the Blind Man

I just gave the Play-Doh and eyes to K and let him play freely, putting the “mud” on and off the eyes. It kept him entertained for quite a while!

Extra Resources

We didn’t use any extra resources this week, do you have any to share?

 

 


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Let The Little Children Come – Play Through The Bible – Week 22

Play Through The Bible - Week 22 - Let the Little Children Come

Week 22 of Play Through The Bible is the story of the little children coming to Jesus. This was a great week for really emphasizing how much Jesus loves his children, even (especially!) the littlest ones.

If you haven’t read the introduction to this series yet I recommend going here. For all the plans in one place, go here.

 


Week Twenty Two – Let The Little Children Come


Focus Point

Jesus loves me!

Story Time Tips

  • We read “Children Come To Jesus” starting on page 208 of The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers and “Children Come To Jesus” starting on page 300 of The Rhyme Bible Storybook.
  • We focused on three main parts of the story: 1) The children wanted to see Jesus, 2) The disciples told the children to go away, and 3) Jesus wanted to see the children.
  • We talked about how Jesus loves ALL his children, but K was quite tickled to hear that Jesus loved him! It made me realized that I should be telling him that a lot more often!

Activity

Act out the story. Have your child try to go see Jesus and tell them to “go away!” While they are walking away switch to being Jesus and say “let the children come to me!” After that give lots of hugs and kisses and talk about how Jesus loves them so much.

Discussion

Parent: “Who did the children want to see?”

Child: “Jesus.”

Parent: “What did the disciples say?”

Child: “Go away!”

Parent: “But what did Jesus say?”

Child: “Let the children come to me.”

Parent: “Yes, because Jesus loves his children.”

Daily Craft

Day One – Let The Children Come Small World

 

Play Through The Bible - Week 22 - Let the Little Children Come

Materials Needed:

  • Jesus and disciples figurines (we used our peg dolls)
  • Green tissue paper
  • Assorted figures to be children

This small world was really simple! I left the green tissue paper in the bin from last week, added Jesus and some disciples, and threw in a bunch of random people to be the children. Jesus is standing in the place of honor on top of a play coin. 🙂

Play Through The Bible - Week 22 - Let the Little Children Come

 

Day Two – Coloring Page

Play Through The Bible - Week 22 - Let the Little Children Come

For this day you can color a page (such as this one) like normal, or you can do what we did and cut out the Jesus from this page, glue him to another paper, and draw some children around him. I just can’t get enough of those little three year old drawings!

Day Three – Jesus Loves Me Handprint Craft

 

Play Through The Bible - Week 22 - Let the Little Children Come

Materials needed:

Play Through The Bible - Week 22 - Let the Little Children ComeUse the red paint to make two handprints on your paper, aiming for a heart shape.

Play Through The Bible - Week 22 - Let the Little Children Come

We drew a heart around our handprints since it was hard to get wiggly fingers positioned just right.

Play Through The Bible - Week 22 - Let the Little Children ComeUse the stamps to write “God loves me” on your paper. We were going to write “Jesus loves me”, but of course we couldn’t find the “j” stamp anywhere! If you don’t have stamps you can just write it out with markers.

Day Four – Jesus Loves Me Picture Frame

 

Play Through The Bible - Week 22 - Let the Little Children Come

Materials needed:

  • 4 large craft sticks
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Picture of your child
  • Markers

 

Play Through The Bible - Week 22 - Let the Little Children Come

First, glue the craft sticks into a square. We cheated and used the hot glue gun! You can use Elmer’s glue, but you will have to give it some time to dry.

Play Through The Bible - Week 22 - Let the Little Children Come

Write “Jesus Loves Me” on the top and then let your child decorate it with the markers.

Play Through The Bible - Week 22 - Let the Little Children Come

Glue the picture of your child to the back! We happened to have some sticky magnets laying around, so we put magnets on the back and hung it on the fridge. You could also tie a string around the corners and hang it up.

Day Five – “I Can Pray” Book

Play Through The Bible - Week 22 - Let the Little Children Come

 

Materials needed:

  • “I Can Pray” book printable (you can grab it right here – I Can Pray)
  • Markers
  • Something to bind the book (staples, tape, hole punch and string or brads, etc / not pictured)

For this craft, we talked about how Jesus loves his children, and he loves to hear them pray to Him. I put together this little book to get us talking about different ways we can pray.

 

Play Through The Bible - Week 22 - Let the Little Children Come

Every page of the book has something different to pray about. I added a few pictures to get you started. We went through each page and talked through what things we could pray about in that category. Then, I wrote down and drew pictures for the extra things K said.

Play Through The Bible - Week 22 - Let the Little Children Come

After that, K went back through the book and colored all the pictures. We fastened our book together with a hole punch and brads since that is what we laying around.

Extra Resources

Here are a couple songs that would be great to sing this week:

Jesus Loves Me – Cedermont Kids

Let The Little Children Come – Steve Green

 


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Parable of the Lost Sheep – Play Through The Bible – Week 21

 

Play Through The Bible - Week 21 - Parable of the Lost Sheep

Week 21 of Play Through The Bible is the parable of the lost sheep. K really enjoyed this story and crafts that involve fuzzy sheep are always a hit!

If you haven’t read the introduction to this series yet I recommend going here. For all the plans in one place, go here.

 


Week Twenty One – The Parable of the Lost Sheep


Focus Point

The shepherd loves his sheep.

Story Time Tips

  • We read “The Lost Lamb” starting on page 198 of The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers.
  • I forgot to mention it last week, but for these parables we have been talking about how they are stories that Jesus told. K liked learning that Jesus told stories too.
  • On page 200-201 you can count sheep like the shepherd was doing.
  • K really latched onto that the sheep was scared when he was lost. He can be very sensitive to emotions, so I made sure to focus extra on how the shepherd loved his sheep so much that he never stopped looking until he found him.

Activity

Have your child be the sheep and play “hide and go seek sheep.” Call out for your lost little sheep as you look around the room searching for your child.

Discussion

Parent: “What happened to the sheep?”

Child: “He got lost.”

Parent: “What did the shepherd do?”

Child: “He looked for him.”

Parent: “Did he find his sheep?”

Child: “Yes!.”

Parent: “Yes, because he loved his sheep just like God loves us.”

Daily Craft

Day One – Parable of the Lost Sheep Small World

Play Through The Bible - Week 21 - Parable of the Lost Sheep

 

Materials Needed:

  • Cotton balls
  • Figurine for the shepherd (we used a blank peg doll)
  • Green tissue paper
  • Cardboard box or something similar (ours is a piece of packing material we’ve used for a lot of different things)

 

Play Through The Bible - Week 21 - Parable of the Lost Sheep

I set up this small world by first laying some green tissue paper on the bottom of our lego table/sensory bin for the grass. Then, I scattered around some cotton ball “sheep” and added a shepherd. A piece of recycling became a mountain for one of the sheep to get lost behind.

Play Through The Bible - Week 21 - Parable of the Lost Sheep

Day Two – Coloring Page

http://www.sermons4kids.com/lost_sheep_colorpg.htm

Day Three – One Hiding Sheep

 

Play Through The Bible - Week 21 - Parable of the Lost Sheep

Materials needed:

  • Green, gray, and white paper
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Markers
  • Scissors

 

Play Through The Bible - Week 21 - Parable of the Lost Sheep

First, cut out some fluffy sheep shapes from the white paper.

Play Through The Bible - Week 21 - Parable of the Lost Sheep

Then, cut out a rock shape from the gray paper a little larger than your sheep.

Play Through The Bible - Week 21 - Parable of the Lost Sheep

Glue your sheep bodies onto the green paper, leaving one to the side.

Play Through The Bible - Week 21 - Parable of the Lost Sheep

Draw some legs and a head onto your sheep.

Play Through The Bible - Week 21 - Parable of the Lost Sheep

Taping only the top, secure the rock onto the green paper.

Play Through The Bible - Week 21 - Parable of the Lost Sheep

Lift open your rock flap and glue down your last sheep underneath.

Play Through The Bible - Week 21 - Parable of the Lost Sheep

Give him some feet and a head too.

Play Through The Bible - Week 21 - Parable of the Lost Sheep

K has been working on drawing people on and off for a while now, so with a little help he was able to draw in his own shepherd. You could always just print and glue a shepherd onto the paper or just leave it off.

Play Through The Bible - Week 21 - Parable of the Lost Sheep

 

Day Four – Fluffy Handprint Sheep

Play Through The Bible - Week 21 - Parable of the Lost Sheep

 

Materials needed:

Play Through The Bible - Week 21 - Parable of the Lost Sheep

First, trace your child’s hand on the black paper. (You could also do a black handprint instead. We were out of black paint so we decided to trace and cut from black paper instead.)

Play Through The Bible - Week 21 - Parable of the Lost Sheep

Cut out your child’s handprint.

Play Through The Bible - Week 21 - Parable of the Lost Sheep

Glue the handprint upside down onto the green paper.

Play Through The Bible - Week 21 - Parable of the Lost Sheep

Put some glue on the top part of the handprint where you want the sheep’s fur to go.

Play Through The Bible - Week 21 - Parable of the Lost Sheep

Glue on your cotton balls to make the sheep’s fluffy fur.

Play Through The Bible - Week 21 - Parable of the Lost Sheep

After K was done with the sheep I wrote on part of Luke 15:6 to finish it off.

Day Five – Shepherd Painting

Play Through The Bible - Week 21 - Parable of the Lost Sheep

Materials needed:

 

Painting is always a favorite for K, so we decided to do that for our last shepherd craft.

Play Through The Bible - Week 21 - Parable of the Lost Sheep

Extra Resources

We didn’t use any extra resources this week. Do you know of anything we should check out?

 


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