5 Great Resources for Teaching Your Kids the Old Testament

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In my last post, I gave 8 reasons why I think you should be studying the Old Testament – both personally and with your kids.

This week, I want to quickly pass on five great resources for doing just that!

These resources will cover a wide range of ages and levels, so you should be able to find something for everyone in your family!

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1. Play Through The Bible

Let’s start with the itty bitty kiddos. Play Through the Bible is the very first series I did on my blog. It is, to date, the most popular resource I have available.

When my oldest was a toddler I wanted to start being intentional about teaching him the Bible, but couldn’t find the kind of resource I was looking for. So, I created it myself!

Play Through the Bible takes tots and preschoolers through an entire children’s Bible, covering 25 of the major stories of the Bible. It meets them right where they are with super simple crafts, hands-on activities, and kid friendly discussions.

I am currently revamping the entire series and cannot wait to release it as an eBook in Summer 2017! However, you can still get the entire original series here.

 

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I wanted to share one more resource you can find here on Steadfast Family before I move on to some others.

Case of the Mixed Up Timeline is a unique kids devotional that I released this past summer. If you and your kids are looking for a super fun way to introduce yourself to some of the main stories of the Old Testament, this will be perfect for you!

In this devotional, a villain named “Dr. H” has traveled back in time and destroyed the Timeline of Biblical Heroes. As a special agent, your child must travel back in time to complete the case files and set the timeline straight once again.

Each Biblical Hero has an incomplete case file and your child must solve the clues to discover the information on each Hero’s story. They then use that information to put the timeline back in order. Each case file also contains a “mission” – a hands on activity to further experience the story.

Read more about the devotional here!

3. Future Flying Saucers Bible Lessons

The Future Flying Saucers blog has a ton of hands-on, kid friend, and just plain awesome Bible lessons. On this page you will find at least 39 Old Testament specific lessons and a lot of other lessons and ideas as well!

4. The Bible Road Trip

Okay, so I haven’t used this resource myself, but I have heard nothing but good things about it! It is described on the website like this,

Bible Road Trip is an exciting journey which places you and your children in the driver’s seat! Aimed at youth grades PreK-12, Bible Road Trip will allow your family to survey the Bible cover-to-cover in 3 years ~ with breaks for summer. There are notebooking pages available for the Lower Grammar (Grades 1-3), Upper Grammar (Grades 4-6) and Dialectic (Grades 7-9) levels. Students at the Rhetoric level (Grades 10-12) will keep their own notebooks and be busy sharing their information with others!

I absolutely love how the whole family can partake in this Bible curriculum together! I highly recommend checking it out!

5. Intoxicated on Life Resources

Intoxicated on Life is another fabulous resource for all things family discipleship. There are so many great materials on this website, but they also have multiple resources specifically for studying the Old Testament. Pop on over and check it out!

Am I missing anything? What is your favorite resource for studying the Old Testament?

 

 

 

 

Case of the Mixed Up Timeline (New ADVENTURE DEVOTIONAL for kids eBook!)

It’s here! It’s here! 

I have been working on this project on and off for the last year and a half. Writing, testing, editing, designing, and editing some more! I wanted to make sure it was the best it could be for you and your kids.

What Is It?

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If you joined us for the Summer Search for God last summer, then you have already been introduced to an adventure devotional.

I created the concept of an “Adventure Devotional” because most people, especially young ones, learn best through experiences. It is the things that we do, touch, taste, and feel that really stick in our memories. My goal with adventure devotionals is to bring God’s Word off the page and into life experiences that will stick with your children for years to come. The Case of the Mixed Up Timeline is no exception.

So what is it all about?

In this devotional, a villain named “Dr. H” has traveled back in time and destroyed the Timeline of Biblical Heroes. As a special agent, your child must travel back in time to complete the case files and set the timeline straight once again.

Each Biblical Hero has an incomplete case file and your child must solve the clues to discover the information on each Hero’s story. They then use that information to put the timeline back in order. Each case file also contains a “mission” – a hands on activity to further experience the story.

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Included in the eBook is the following:

  • Parent introduction
  • Log book cover page and special agent badge printable
  • Letter to “new recruits”
  • 10+ pages of printable images needed to complete the cases
  • Printable timeline
  • 23 “case files”
  • Parent files with answers, activity ideas, devotionals, and Scripture references.

 

Ready for an Old Testament Adventure?

What Will My Child Gain From This Study?

The Case of the Mixed Up Timeline will provide your child with an overview of 23 of the main stories of the Old Testament. He or she will get to learn about and experience these stories in a unique, hands on way.

Not only that, but the parent files contain everything you need to further the discussion of these stories, bringing about a deeper understanding and personal connection. 

How Do I Purchase This Awesome Devotional?

Easy! Just pop over to the shop and in just a few moments you can start printing it out! And if you act quick, as a launch week special, you can get the entire adventure devotional for 50% off! That’s only $5!

Launch Week SALE

That means for only $5 you can get all the printables, 23 devotional “case files”, and the parent files. But grab it now, because this sale is for launch week only!

Buy it now!

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Hero Training! Kid’s Character Challenge – Diligence – Week 5

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Week five of Hero Training is a week I have been looking forward to for a while! Many times I have told K to “be diligent” as he is working on something, yet in the back of my mind I knew that I really needed to teach him what being diligent even was! So, hooray!, a week devoted to learning about diligence.

If you haven’t read the introduction to the series yet, check it out here (it has all the instructions and info you’ll need).

Get past weeks here: week one (helpful)week two (self-controlled)week three (creative), week four (attentive)

I hope you have fun doing the challenges and, don’t forget, if you’re joining in be sure to use the hashtag #herotrainingcc on instagram and twitter!

Lesson

Hero Training! Kid's Character Challenge - Week 5 Diligent

 

Hero Trait: Diligent

Definition: Working hard until the job is finished.

Super Hero: Superman (because never stops working until the bad guys are defeated)

Memory Verse: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the lord, not for human masters (Colossians 3:23)

Examples of Jesus Displaying this Trait:

  • Jesus worked hard at his job of proclaiming the Kingdom of God. (Luke 4:42-44)
  • Jesus carried out God’s will for him until it was finished. (John 19:30)

Discussion Questions:

  • What are some ways that Jesus was diligent?
  • Are you diligent when you work?
  • Can you think of a time that you weren’t diligent?
  • Have you ever seen someone else being diligent? What were they doing?
  • Why is it important to be diligent?

Notes:

  • We talked about how Jesus was diligent to carry out God’s job for him. We talked about how there was no car, bus, or plane for him to take from city to city – he had to walk everywhere! In Luke 4 it talks about how the people tried to get Jesus to stay with them, but he said he needed to continue on, telling people about the Kingdom of God.
  • We also talked about how when Jesus died on the cross, he said “it is finished” because his job was done. He did what he was supposed to do all the way to the cross.
  • With a little boy who easily gets distracted while working on something, we have plenty of opportunities to practice diligence!
  • Every week we listen to the song “Jesus is my Superhero” to remember who is the best super hero of them all! We talk about how Jesus is the best hero because he saved us and about how he is the only one who can do all the hero traits perfectly. I found this awesome version (Lego stop motion!) of the song on youtube and K loved it!

Challenges

Challenge #1

Memorize this week’s verse!

Challenge #2

Traverse a balance beam

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It takes a lot of hard work to cross a balance beam. You need to be diligent or you just might fall! We just happen to have a balance beam at our local park, but you can also use a piece of wood, a rope, some tape, or even a line on the sidewalk!

Challenge #3

Do a chore without any whining or complaining. 

Do your best work with absolutely no grumbling! Read Philippians 2:14-15.

Challenge #4

Learn something new.

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Whether it’s learning to tie your shoes or trying a new recipe, learning a new task takes a lot of hard work and diligence. Pick something you’ve never done before and give it a try. (We tried learning a new game) Don’t worry if you don’t get it right the first time, be diligent and try again!

Challenge #5

Make word art out of this week’s verse.

Your child can write out the verse and decorate it, or you can download a printable coloring page version of this week’s verse here. Display the verse near were your child has a chore chart or does most of his or her chores.

Character Badge

Once you’ve completed all the challenges you’ve earned another character badge! Find the tutorial here to make your own super hero cape and character badges.

If you come up with another way of giving “badges” (or something similar) to keep track of your child’s progress – I’d love to see it! I’d also love to see how you complete the challenges! Tag your post with #herotrainingcc on Instagram or Twitter!

Well, that’s it for week five of Hero Training! If you join in, I’d love to hear from you. Let me know how it is going in the comments!

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Summer Search for God – Week 7 – Conduct a Science Experiment

*UPDATE*
An updated version of this eBook is now available in the shop.

Join me as I blog through Summer Search for God

For eight weeks this Summer I will be blogging through my eBook, Summer Search for God. I want to be able to give some more examples of how you can do the activities, so I will be sharing how me and K go through the devotional.

I’d love for you to join us! If you don’t already have the book, grab it here for free. Then, share how you are rocking the missions using the hashtag #summersearchforGod on Instagram or Twitter. If you write a blog post on your experience, please leave a link in the comments!

You can find links to the previous weeks below…

Week 1 – Build a Fort

Week 2 – Make a Special Treat

Week 3 – Go for a Hike

Week 4 – Create a Masterpiece

Week 5 – Go on a Treasure Hunt

Week 6 – Get Wet


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Mission Description

For this mission you need to conduct an official science experiment. There are many different types of science experiments you can do. You should take a guess at what will be the outcome of your experiment (that’s called a “hypothesis”) and then do the experiment to see if you were right! Two good places to find ideas for your science experiment are the library and the internet.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. – Genesis 1:1 NIV

What We Did

K was very excited when I told him that the next mission was to do a science experiment. We’ve just recently started doing more science for homeschool preschool and he loves doing the experiments!

For this mission we decided to do the classic “sink or float” experiment!

First, I had K gather some objects together…

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Then, I wrote them down on a paper with space to write the predictions and results.

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We filled up a bin with some water…

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…and got to work testing our objects!

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We kept track of the guesses and results – and K enjoyed learning the word “hypothesis.”
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And of course you can’t have a bin of water laying around without a little water play time!

 

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The verse for this mission was Genesis 1:1. We talked about how God created the whole world and science is how we learn about the world God made. We kept our discussion pretty simple, but if you’ve purchased your copy of Summer Search for God you will find more discussion points, verses, and ideas.

 


Do you have your copy of Summer Search for God yet?

Grab one here and get all the missions, journal pages, and the parent debrief files. It’s currently free for subscribers!

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Summer Search for God – Week 5 – Go on a Treasure Hunt

*UPDATE*
As of 5/9/16 this eBook is now available in an updated version in the shop here

Join me as I blog through Summer Search for God

For eight weeks this Summer I will be blogging through my eBook, Summer Search for God. I want to be able to give some more examples of how you can do the activities, so I will be sharing how me and K go through the devotional.

I’d love for you to join us! If you don’t already have the book, grab it here for free. Then, share how you are rocking the missions using the hashtag #summersearchforGod on Instagram or Twitter. If you write a blog post on your experience, please leave a link in the comments!

You can find links to the previous weeks below…

Week 1 – Build a Fort

Week 2 – Make a Special Treat

Week 3 – Go for a Hike

Week 4 – Create a Masterpiece


 mission 5

Mission Description

For this mission you need to go on a treasure hunt. However, before you can go on a treasure hunt you will need a map. Figure out where you will search for the treasure and draw a map of that place. Then, get together any gear you will need for your search. Once you are all set, go searching for some treasure!

If you look for [wisdom] as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. – Proverbs 2:4-5 NIV

What We Did

This mission was really fun! I read it to K and we talked about how God’s Word is like a treasure that we would search and search for. After our short discussion, he got started right away drawing treasure maps!

Drawing maps and learning about God!

Little did he know that I had something planned for him later in the day! While he was upstairs having his quiet time, I got to work planning a treasure hunt!

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It was really simple to throw together! First, I cut out some small pieces of construction paper. Then, I wrote simple clues on the papers. Each paper had a clue for where he could find the next piece of paper. The last clue led to a surprise – a candy bar! – with a message written on it: “Search for wisdom like hidden treasure.”

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Once everything was ready, I hid the clues around the house…

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…and hid the treasure inside his lego table, surrounded by some coins we made way back when we learned about Zacchaeus.

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When he came down from his quiet time the treasure hunt was on!

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He ran around finding the clues and having a blast!

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When he found the candy he was pretty stoked! It was a special treat for him!

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The message on the “treasure” gave us another opportunity to talk about the verse application.

If you have purchased your copy of Summer Search for God, then you also have access to additional ideas, scripture references, and parent material. If you haven’t downloaded your copy yet, what are you waiting for?!

 


Do you have your copy of Summer Search for God yet?

Grab one here and get all the missions, journal pages, and the parent debrief files. It’s currently free for subscribers!

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