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Beyond Bible Stories for Kids: Make God’s Word Fun and Approachable


Go beyond simple Bible stories for kids. You can make God’s Word fun and approachable, and teach your kids the Word of God at a deeper level.

Beyond Bible Stories for Kids

I sighed and looked over the rack of at-home Bible story books and curriculum for kids again. I wanted my kids to learn the Bible. The whole Bible. I just felt like I needed a little help. I wondered if I was kind of a weirdo for wanting to teach the Bible to my kids. Scripture had, however, changed my life. Reading the Bible over and over introduced me to the King of the Universe. God’s Word helped me understand my own sad spiritual state. I learned that God has a great plan for salvation. In the Bible, I learned how Jesus–my Lord and Savior–would have me live. I wanted the same for my kids. I wanted them to feed on God’s Word.

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” – Matthew 4:4, ESV

In the end, I decided to overcome my discomfort with reading the Bible to my kids, and we started a wonderful journey through God’s Word.

Bible Stories for Kids?

                                                                 …or the Bible as a Story?

It’s so important to remember that the Bible is God’s story to us. God built us for story—and then he told us a great, big story, with lots of smaller stories included. Each smaller story really points to God’s overarching themes throughout the Bible. If we concentrate on those, it helps our kids orient themselves in the Bible. Because the Bible is a story with primary themes, reading it aloud as a family can be really interesting. Your children will enjoy delving into the lives of the people and their stories told in Scripture.

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Make God’s Word Fun and Approachable

As families, if we focus on making the Bible a central part of our lives, we indicate to our children that Scripture is important. Our enthusiasm for God’s Word rubs off on them.

I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. Psalm 78:2-4, ESV

You can do really fun Bible activities and crafts to help your kids get excited about the Bible.

  • My kids and I took sidewalk chalk and measured and marked Noah’s ark on our street so they could see how long it was—it was over a city block in length!
  • We drew a to-scale sperm whale in the street and they sat in the belly while I took pictures (and watched for cars). The story of Jonah doesn’t indicate what kind of sea beast swallowed Jonah, but a sperm whale is 52 feet long and definitely could swallow a person.

There are amazing books about the Bible, videos, and fun resources like songs and printables. There is just no end to the resources available to us now, as parents. Here are a few more Bible activities your children will enjoy that focus on understanding the Bible:

We are going to invest time and energy into activities for our kids—they might as well be tools that teach the Bible in a fun way! Teaching the Bible isn’t hard. Your family can learn the Bible together in ways that are both fun for them, and manageable for you.

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