By Shelly Harris
We practice Bible skills at church, but how often do we encourage families to practice Bible skills at home? Right now families are spending more time at home together. This is a great time to help families develop Bible skills with their boys and girls. Invite families to try these suggested activities.
- Encourage babies/toddlers to touch the Bible as you share that it is a special book.
- Using your hand to guide their hands, help babies and toddlers to turn the pages of the Bible. As you turn, point out the names of the Bible books or names in the Bible (such as Adam, Eve, God, Jesus, Moses, Peter).
- Tell a brief Bible story.
- Write the name of a Bible person on a piece of paper and help preschoolers find a matching name in the Bible.
- Gather toy musical instruments or pots and pans and create a rhythm while you practice saying a Bible verse or phrase of a Bible verse.
- Place a Bible marker in the Bible at a verse (example: 1 John 4:16b). Help your preschooler open to the verse and practice repeating the words or phrase after you (example: God is love).
- Name a book of the Bible for younger kids to find in their own Bible. Help them use the table of contents as needed.
- Select a verse and challenge kids to memorize it (examples: Psalm 56:3 or Ephesians 4:32). Find fun and unexpected places to write the verse to help them remember the challenge (on the bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker, on a notecard taped to the pantry door).
- Help kids develop the habit of daily Bible reading by helping them select a book of the Bible to read a chapter from each day.
- Guide kids to use a Bible atlas, the maps in the back of a Bible, or a map online to locate important Bible places (Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee).
- Challenge boys and girls to open to a Bible book you name on their first flip or turn.
- Name a Bible book and invite kids to name the book that comes before and the book that comes after.