Parents may find that getting their children interested in the bible can be difficult at times. Don’t fret! This does not mean that your children are not interested in God; children have shorter attention spans than adults and need more stimulation to stay on track with learning. We are hoping to give you some tips that will help your kids get excited to learn about the bible, and hopefully hold their attention for more than fifteen minutes.
Children, and hopefully most adults, love playing board games. In fact, board games are extremely healthy for your children’s brain development as we outlined in our blog here. One of the most fun ways to engage children in learning about God’s word is through games. Loop the Fruit can easily teach children verses from the bible with the fruit cards. As the player moves around the board and collects fruit cards, they will read aloud simplified children’s versions of important bible verses.
By interacting with the verses through game, they will be able to memorize the verses as well. Memorization is important as it will help your children understand and be influenced by God’s word each day as they face challenges. The more they play, the more they will hear the verses and memorize them. You may even decide to choose a verse each week to memorize as a family, but make sure to review past verses so your kids don’t forget them.
One of the best ways to get anyone to care about God’s word is by figuring out a way to apply it to their lives. By finding a way for it to apply to them personally, they will have a higher chance of grasping and understanding what it means. When teaching children about God’s word, focus on the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. By applying any of these fruit to your children’s lives, you can remind them to have patience with their classmates, or kindness with their siblings. By finding ways to apply the fruit of the holy spirit to their lives, they will feel more excited about God’s word.
Think about what kids love to do on their own time and find a way to incorporate God into those activities. Think arts and crafts. You could make sock puppets together and recreate stories from the bible, like Noah’s Ark, David and Goliath, or Daniel and the lion’s den. You can also create skits together, painting activities, coloring pages, or any other fun activity your kids love to participate in. By bringing stories to life through arts and crafts, you help them with memorization.
There are many creative ways to engage your children in the bible. It will take some time, creativity, and dedication; however, the return will be priceless. Making sure your children are included and engaged in learning about God’s love will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Since children are sponges, it’s best to get them involved early so they can spend their life serving the Lord.