Half Term Creative Bible Ideas
Half-term holiday is coming! Why not try some creative Bible story ideas?
At the Glo conference a couple of weeks ago, we were encouraged about discipling our children through Deuteronomy 6:4-7;
‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you site at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up’.
The encouragement is that teaching our kids about following Jesus doesn’t have to mean setting aside lots of time to do it, though we can do that. We can disciple them as we go about our daily life and in the things we have already planned for our families to do. Therefore, some of these activities are things you can do as you ‘go along’ with your half-term plans and some are things that might help you out on days when you don’t have plans. Of course, you’re very welcome to try these things even if half-term doesn’t affect you at all!
1) Act it out
Lots of Bible stories are so much fun to act out. Help your kids dress up and arm them with props and let them pretend to be the characters as you read the story. They could be wise men on their way to worship Jesus, stand on a chair to be Goliath or pack a bag and pretend to be Paul on his travels. If your family aren’t so keen on the acting side of things, you can always make some toys tell the story instead. You can use cuddly toys, dolls, action figures and those small plastic people that toddlers have. If you want to you could also take pictures or video of your retelling of the story so that you can look back at it together.
2) Story-sack it
Take a shopping back and fill it with a selection of toys and objects to help you tell the story. You can include toys which can be the characters, toys to make sound effects, food if there is some mentioned in the story and any games or activities you can relate to the story. You could even include a prayer or reflection activity if one occurs to you. For example if you were doing the feeding of the 5000 you could include some figures to be Jesus, the disciples and the crowd, a lunch box with some plastic or paper bread and fish in it, some real bread (real fish might get a bit smelly!), a picnic rug to sit on and the bits for this activity as you think about relying on God. Let you kids explore the bag for themselves or get them to guess the story from the contents if they are older. Use the objects to help you tell the story and ask your kids questions about it. If you’re going away you could take the bag with you to fill any gaps in time you have or even to have fun with in the car!
3) Set the scene for it
Putting ourselves in the scene for a Bible story can really help bring it to life. After all, unlike a lot of the stories we tell our children, these stories are things that really happened. Anywhere you go outside during the holiday is a great chance to talk to your children about how God created the world. If you’re out on a clear night and can see the stars then you could tell them the story of God’s promise to Abraham. If you’re by the sea you could talk about Jesus appearing to the disciples on the beach after his resurrection. If the weather is bad you could talk about Jesus calming the storm. I’m sure there are plenty of other ideas!
4) Bible app it
If you have a busy week you might need some time when the kids can get on with something by themselves. Why not download a Bible app to a phone or tablet that they can use. The ones I’ve tried have been The Bible App for Kids, Superbook and Guardians of Ancora (from Scripture Union). They’re all free and include a mixture of video, games and quizzes. The Bible App for Kids is probably more suitable for younger ones and Guardians of Ancora for older ones.
5) Art attack it
Remember ‘Art Attack’? I used to love the bit where they got loads of different objects and made them into a big picture. While you might not be able to do something on that scale you can combine reading a Bible story and doing a craft activity. This can be as simple as getting a big bit of paper or a cardboard box and taking it in turns to draw bits of the story. However, you can go further. You could make something huge out of recycling or bake something or use paint or chalk or make a collage. For example, if you were doing the story of Joshua and the walls of Jericho, you could build them out of empty cereal packets. If you type the Bible story you’re looking at into Pinterest then you’ll find a multitude of ideas!
Hope these ideas bless you and your family! If you would like more ideas (or different ideas) then you can check out the blog post from last year on creative prayer ideas and there are lots and lots of ideas and resources online.