- Bring the Bible alive for your kindergarten-aged child.Design Pics/Valueline/Getty Images
As a Bible teacher or parent you recognize that by kindergarten age most children are ready to move beyond just being entertained and are now ready to learn more about the Bible. However, most still struggle with a short attention span. It can be hard to keep their focus long enough to get a point across.
- Many children love animals, and nothing get their attention better. Have the children bring pictures of their pets and tell each other all the things they do for them. Compare how the pets are dependent on us for food, shelter and love to the way we are dependent on God for the same things.
Tell a Bible story from the perspective of an animal. For example, tell the Christmas story form the viewpoint of Mary's donkey or a calf in the stable. You can use a puppet or stuffed animal to help you tell the story.
Draw or color pictures of various animals while discussing a Bible verse about that animal. Matthew 10:29-31 talks about sparrows: "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father's care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." Have the children draw or make a construction paper sparrows while you talk about how much we are worth to God and how he knows our troubles. Give each child a penny for two sparrows.
- Teach the children simple Bible verses in sign language. The gestures will not only help the children to remember words but will reinforce their meaning. Bible songs and prayers are also options for sign language lessons.
- Felt board stories are visual; you can get children involved in creating some of the props, settings and characters. Have the children make felt trees, houses and people, then use their own art to tell a Bible story.
Make puppets by having children draw or color props and characters on poster board. Cut them out, then glue or tape them to Popsicle sticks or pencils. Act out the stories from behind a puppet stage made from a cardboard box.
- Have the children try out some things that people in the Bible did in their daily lives. Talk about Isaiah 64:8--"Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand"--while the children make clay pots. Get some simple musical instruments that they might have had during Bible times and make a joyful noise to the Lord. Have the children plant grains or herbs that are mentioned in Bible. Get some wheat plants and show them how to winnow, teaching them the difference between wheat and chaff.