Bible Time Tips (for toddlers and preschoolers)

Hi all. Hope you are having a good day.

I love Bible time with my kids…although that seems to be when i feel opposition the most. Below are some of the ideas we incorporate to help Bible time move smoothly at our house.

1. Keep it short

Small people have small attention spans. A 5-10 minute story and a 5-10 minute craft. Repetition brings it home though. Throughout the week we generally do 2-4 Bible stories (except for December and Easter week where we do every day.) We talk about the stories again in the car, while waiting at restaurants or whenever a life situation can bring us back around to the Biblical truths. We also have a verse each week and it’s an easy idea to say it before each meal or at bedtime each day to help keep the Word fresh in their heads.

2. Use snacks

My kids seem to listen best (and sit still) when presented with food. So we usually do Bible time during our afternoon snack. I read or tell the story while they eat and then we do our craft or activity together.

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3. Don’t be afraid of media

Youtube has a plethora of veggie tales, beginner Bible stories and Bible songs available. We also use worship and Bible verse CDs. The purpose of Bible time is to our lead our kids to Christ…so do that however you feel led! (I’ll be sure to link to videos when we use them).

4. Don’t be afraid to be silly

Kids learn best through play. Any story that can be filled with silly antics, voices or play is sure to stick with your child.

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My “leprous” husband

5. Model what you preach

Isn’t this the hardest? I often have to ask my children for forgiveness, BUT, our kids will never accept God if we are hypocrites. We don’t have to put on a show, or a perfect persona, but we DO need to be honest with them and TRY to live as God would have us live. We need to show our children what it means to love and serve God and to seek Him always…even and especially when we fall short.

6. Trust God

When we first began Bible time, i felt a real sense of urgency. I was anxious to portray what i wanted to say and anxious for my children to soak it up. But here’s the thing…they are kids. They have simple understanding, but an amazing capacity for faith.

I had an epiphany (or rather, a gentle reminder from the Lord), that my job is to present the Word and it is His job to work in their hearts and truly bring them to Him. I don’t know about you, but that brings me a lot of peace. It’s not all on me. I share the gospel with them and trust God to lead their hearts. He loves our children even more than we do (somehow?! :0D) and has only entrusted them to us for a short while, we must trust Him to capture their hearts.

So there you have it. Please feel free to leave a comment about what YOU do to help facilitate Bible time at your house. I am always up for suggestions. Love to you all!

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