We all know the saying, “if you can’t beat ‘em, join them.” As a mom of three kids, sometimes that’s how I feel about technology. I daydream about what life would be like if smart phones and tablets were not invented (you know, the way it was when we were all growing up). The reality is, they are here, they are everywhere, and if used properly, they can be an amazing tool of discipleship. So, since I can’t make them disappear – I try to find the best quality of apps that can help my kids focus on strengthening their knowledge of the Bible, knowing who God is throughout scripture, and how to apply that to their lives.
Here are 3 apps that you can use with your kids (at home or suggest to the families in your ministry):
1. Bible Studies for Life: Kids Family App (free) – Download this app every quarter to receive a weekly Bible story, life-app video, digital coloring page, interactive game and song of the week! It also includes “One Conversation”, meant for families to have intentional talks about the Lord. Learn More.
2. The Gospel Project: Kids Family App ($1.99 phone, $2.99 tablet) – Each quarter, this app provides 5 family devotionals with interactive activities such as Bible story videos, discussion starter videos, games, voice recorder for scripture memory, key passage song, and a family journal session. Learn More.
3. Explore the Bible: Kids Family App (coming this fall) – You will want to download this free app each quarter for Bible skill activities, scripture memory games and quizzes, plus interactive models of the objects used to help unpack the text of the bible book being studied.
The great thing about these apps is that they stand independent from the curriculum that goes with them! This means they are quality family apps that can be used by anyone, anytime! I hope you can use them with your family or encourage the families you serve to use them as an amazing way to connect with their kids!
Jana Magruder serves as the Director of Kids Ministry Publishing. Jana brings a wealth of experience and passion for kids ministry, education, and curriculum writing. She and her husband, Michael, along with their three children attend Forest Hills Baptist Church where she teaches The Gospel Project to preteen girls.