I was barely 4 years old and attended Mrs. Pratt’s Sunday School class. Now Mrs. Pratt had a Sunday School routine. First, she played the piano while we all stood in rows with hymnals in hand. After the hymnal time, we would be dismissed into two separate classes, Beginner and Primary. I went to the beginner class and we would listen to a Bible story. After the story came the highlight of the week- a game of hot potato. Mrs. Pratt owned a fancy hot potato that you wound up to make it vibrate. The kids would pass the potato around in a circle and when the potato stopped vibrating, it would make a popping noise. No one wanted to hold the potato when it popped. No one.
One particular week, we had a substitute teacher. I can’t remember her name, but I do remember knowing that she was excited to teach us that week. The substitute didn’t play the piano, but we tried to sing anyway. Then when we sat in the class, she began to tell the story of Moses and the children of Israel. And after all the crazy things they went through because mean ol’ Pharaoh wouldn’t let them go, finally they were freed from the slavery of Egypt.
As the teacher told the miraculous story of how God delivered the children of Israel, she stopped and talked about the Red Sea. She pulled a pan of red jello up on the table beside her. Then she did something so miraculous- she had placed plastic wrap down the middle of the pan of jello and when she said that God parted the Red Sea to allow the children of Israel to walk across on dry land, she lifted up the jello to reveal the clear glass bottom of the pan, clean as a whistle. Why this was the coolest trick I’d ever seen in Sunday School as a 4 year old! And then, you know what she did? She had each of us children take our fingers and walk through the middle of the pan of red jello while we all said together “God parted the Red Sea.” And that was one of the first times I can remember thinking “Learning the Bible is so fun!” All these years later, I can still see my fingers walking through the red jello. THAT is why it’s important to make learning fun. You never forget the things you learn when you’re having fun.
Today I wanted to share 5 ways to make learning the Bible fun for anyone.
1. Complete a Bible Verse Scavenger hunt.
2. Play Bible board games.
The picture and link above is the old one our family still plays and owns, but recently I discovered that the game, Apples to Apples, is available in a Bible edition. Click on the graphics for more details or to purchase.
3. Use Bible apps.
4. Watch What’s in the Bible? DVD’s.
Our family is a huge fan of What’s in the Bible? DVD movies and recently we were given the privilege to check out their latest awesomeness releasing June 24th. A Sing Through the Bible DVD AND a fabulous new coloring book perfect for making duplicate copies for Sunday School classes and children’s church. Check out this clip to see the summary of this cool DVD:
Music holds a special place in memory banks and I’m so excited for my kiddos to learn more about the Bible through this super fun tool! The coloring book holds an incredible 200 coloring pages and you can preorder here. To order the DVD’s, click here.
5. Did you know this was coming? Surely you knew this was coming-
Watch the American Bible Challenge show on GSN, especially on Thursday, June 19th, 8/7c!!
Yes, the week we’ve been anticipating for months has finally arrived and our team, Lift Your Voice, is so pumped about competing on this show that we are hosting a Twitter party during the show. To find your local channel, check out GSN’s channel finder here.
Please join us on Twitter as we chirp it up using hashtags #BibleChallenge and #LiftYourVoice from 8/7c on Thursday night, June 19th.
On Facebook, you can join the Pledge to Watch Campaign to help us support the work of the National MPS Society.
Alright Friends- not our typical Whimsical Wednesday post, but Wednesday is here and we host a blogger link up party nonetheless!! YAY- thanks for linking up each week and let’s continue to encourage one another.
See you on GSN tomorrow!!
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