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Reply to "Creative Ways to Read and Discuss the Bible with Children"

Our teachers and shepherds met and compiled a list of creative ways to review the Bible story after Week #1 of the rotation.

We tried some of them out in March -- and it went fairly well. It's going to take some time for our teachers to adjust to this.

We also decided to give a SPECIFIC suggestion in each rotation lesson of how to modify it. That means a little extra work for me to edit all the lessons to include these suggestions and to go ahead and do the preparation or get someone to do it. But, I think it will be worth it. Time will tell!


Ideas for retelling the Bible story 

  • Use visuals – 85% of people are visual learners (story cards, story strips, props, etc.)
  • Ask them to tell you the story – then fill in details or ask others to fill in the missing information.
  • Ask questions – start with basic, move toward complex, deeper level. Use background information to guide discussion.
  • Socratic method – kids do more of the talking and discovery. Ask questions to get them to think.
  • Partner readers with non-readers in K-2.
  • Have K-2’s describe what is in the first picture – next, next and so on.
  • Pictionary style activity. Ask kids to draw the first thing that happens in the story on the white board/flip chart. Check Bibles for accuracy.
  • “Around the World Game” – ask two kids a question, first to answer correctly, chooses the next two kids to answer a question.
  • Encourage kids with own Bibles to highlight memory verse, key passages, title of story, etc.
  • Purchase small sticky notes and encourage kids to use these to mark passages, even draw a reminder on them.
  • Use “Final Words” before leaving classroom… “What is one word or concept you learned today?”
  • Discussion: Ask for more than one answer.
  • Remember K-2’s need to MOVE. Have them move or add motions during the story, during memory verse review, etc.
  • Tell the story with inaccuracies (pausing after a sentence or two). Have kids tell what is wrong – maybe use a bell to note when it’s wrong. (don’t do this until late in the rotation)
  • Let kids do as much as possible with all activities. When a few kids are doing something with the teacher, shepherd could discuss – using story cards, strips or question ball or review memory verse.
  • At beginning of class tell them what they will learn – can also write it down in the room.
  • Tell them a word to listen for – maybe assign a word to each child. They raise hand when they hear it.
  • Randomly assign readers rather than going around the circle. Kids can always pass. Inc. is a volunteer-run, 100% member supported, 501(c)3 non-profit Sunday School lesson ministry. You are welcome to borrow and adapt content for non-commercial teaching purposes --as long as both the site and author are referenced. Inc reserves the right to manage, move, condense, delete, and otherwise improve all content posted to the site. Read our Terms of Service. is rated 5 stars on Google based on 51 reviews. Serving a global community including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, S. Africa, and more!