The lessons listed under “Find A Study” on the right are written in a storybook style that worked really well with my children even at a very young age. If you choose “Print” from your browser, it should pull up a printable version of the study.
You can use my lessons in a variety of ways:
1. Read the story/discussion section to them first, since sometimes these grab their attention better. Then read the Bible passage. Ask them to tell you what they’ve learned (please look on my narration page for other review tips).
2. This age group likes hands-on things, so you can find an activity to supplement your lesson. (Or scroll down on this page to find links to other websites with activities for Bible students).
3. Because this age does better with short, simple lessons and variety, consider “stretching” one lesson plan over a week by combining readings with activities. You can find more tips about this on my post about the five-day format for teaching.
Here are some other sources for easy daily lessons for younger children:
Aunt Charlotte’s Stories
This is a wonderful little book of Bible stories for elementary-aged children. There are 52 chapters, which are meant to be weekly studies. Each chapter comes with three lessons. I did one lesson a day with my children ~ that gets you a little over 150 lessons.
“If I’d been Abraham I would not have done that. Why did he not take the best and let Lot scuffle for himself?” said Willie… “No,” said Aunt Charlotte, “Abraham did right, as we shall see. Jesus says, ‘blessed are the peace-makers,’ and Abraham was a peacemaker….” (A Child’s Bible Reader, page 41).
The lessons have questions at the end of each section for the children to answer. As always, be ready to compare the lessons to the true Scripture. They quote from the King James version of the Bible.
A Child’s Picture Bible
This book can be downloaded free from Google Books. It contains simple pictures and short stories from the Old Testament.
The Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes by Kenneth Taylor. There are later versions of this book, but I prefer the illustrations in the original.
The Bible Illustrated for Little Children by Ella K. Lindvall.
The Bedtime Bible Storybook: 365 Read-Aloud Stories by Daniel Partner.
As with any Bible storybook, you’ll have to “screen” each story to make sure it conforms with Scripture. I don’t hesitate to point out discrepancies in our storybooks to my children. Sometimes I ask them for a pen so we can cross something out!
I’ve been compiling some of my favorite links and resources for Bible class materials for the very young, especially ages 0-3. At this age, a beautifully-written and -illustrated storybook makes for a good, simple Bible class with mom and dad every day. Some parents may want to add songs or other teaching tools.
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- There are free Bible storybooks available for downloading from The Baldwin Project (scroll down to “Biblical Faith Stories”). For this age group, I recommend The Nursery Book of Bible Stories by Amy Steedman, which can be downloaded here.
- The Garden of Praise website has Bible stories, activities, and songs to print out.
- This website has an entire book of wonderful illustrations to color. I have specific links to it on my clipart page.
- This website has illustrations of Bible stories that even older children can appreciate and color.
- Diana Dow has lesson plans and songs for children on her website. She is an experienced teacher and her material is Scripturally sound. Keep in mind that the lessons were written for the Bible class teacher with 30-45 minutes and same-aged children in class. You will want to pick and choose which parts of the lesson you want to focus on for family Bible studies (see my post on simplifying studies for ideas).
- The Back To the Bible website has recordings of songs for children, along with the words written out.
- The Calvary Chapel website has a free curriculum, complete with coloring and activity sheets. You’re given a Bible reading, memory verse, and then exercises based on individual verses. Application/discussion is therefore left up to the teacher (of course, I would just use narration). There’s even a Spanish version.
- The Sunday School Sources website has free lessons, activities, songs, and flashcards.
- For a printout of flashcards and a puzzle that will help your child memorize Psalm 23 (“The Lord is my Shepherd”), see this post.