Ways to Teach about the Invention of the Printing Press for Kids

Here are some fun ways to teach about the invention of the printing press for kids — the printing press changed the history of the world.

Learning about history is so important for our kids… and learning can be fun!

The Invention of the Printing Press for Kids

The invention of the printing press was an event that changed the course of history. The ability to quickly and accurately reproduce written materials was truly a huge leap forward for humans. Not only could people share news and ideas in ways previously unheard of, they could share important works–like the Bible–with common people. Handwritten books were painstakingly produced over long periods of time, which made them both rare and expensive. With moveable type, large works became inexpensive and easy to produce. The Gutenberg Bible, the first major work printed on a massive scale, was sold to seminaries and churches. Before the invention of the printing press, many priests had never seen a Bible. Within a century of Johann Gutenberg’s invention, the Bible was widely available. Reformers were translating God’s Word into the languages of the people so they could understand Scripture for themselves.
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Invention of the Printing Press | Ways to Teach Your Kids

Teaching our kids about the invention of the printing press doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, it can be a lot of fun! Kids love story, and they love hands-on projects. With just a few resources, you can teach your kids about how the printing press changed the world. In fact, Johann Gutenberg’s marvelous machine made both the Protestant Reformation and the American Revolution possible.

Check out these resources on the printing press:

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  • What Was the Gutenberg Bible? – This fun book about the history of printing, God’s Word throughout time, and translations into the language of the heart for God’s people is a great resource for your kids, ages 8-11.
  • The What was the Gutenberg Bible lapbook is free from Thinking Kids Press. Your kids will learn about the impact of the Gutenberg Bible and the printing press, study important people who impacted the printing and distribution of the Bible, learn vocabulary and geography involved in the invention of the printing press, create a timeline of Johann Gutenberg’s life, and study what Isaiah 55:10-11 says about God’s Word.
  • Your kids can create their own representation of Johann Gutenberg, the printing press, and the Gutenberg Bible with a fun, printable toilet paper roll craft.
Netflix Jr. has a puppet show about Gutenberg and the printing press that will allow your littles to get involved in your study.
Your kids will enjoy this explanation of the importance of the printing press from the Superbook Show.
This quick video from Museum of the Bible is a great resource.
The invention of the printing press changed the course of the world. Your kids can learn about God’s plan for the production and distribution of his Word through the amazing machine invented by a mysterious man named Johann Gutenberg!
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