Would you like a simple, yet creative and fun way to encourage discussion and increase comprehension of a Bible verse that you are memorizing with your child?
Write Genesis 1:1 or a Bible verse of your choice. Include the Bible verse reference. Write the verse on the bottom, side, or top of the paper leaving most of the page blank for a drawing.
Show your child the paper with the memory verse on it. Talk about the verse. Ask, “What is the verse saying?” Explain any unknown words or phrases. Brainstorm about what your child could draw on the verse paper to help tell about the verse.
3. Draw and Color:
Provide crayons, markers or colored pencils. Have your child draw and color a picture on the verse paper. Give them time to think and create. It may take several days for an older child to complete the picture, depending on how much detail they include in the picture. This simple process can help your child develop a deeper understanding of the Bible verse.
4. Show and Tell:
When your child is done with their picture, have them show it to you and tell you what it is about. If your child is 2 or 3 years old, you may have to help them tell about the picture by asking them questions, making some probable guesses and then talking about the drawing yourself. Asking your child to talk about their picture gives them the opportunity to continue to think on the meaning of the verse and gives you the opportunity to enjoy their creativity and to praise them for their work.
Say the memory verse again while looking at the Colorful Picture. Remember to include the Bible reference before and after you say the verse. If your child is old enough to talk, they can try to say it with you. If your child can read, they can read or say the memory verse to you.
Enjoy creating a Colorful Picture as part of a Bible Time with your child. Follow three simple steps:
1. SING: Start with singing a song to the Lord.
2. BIBLE: Have your child color a Bible Verse Picture and then talk about it, follow the directions above.
3. PRAY: Then talk to God in prayer.
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2. Share with me!
– What Bible verse are your memorizing with your child?
– I would enjoy seeing a photo of your child’s colorful picture!
– What did you like best about the colorful picture activity?
– What suggestions do you have that would improve this Colorful Picture activity?
Our memory verse right now is Ephesians 5:20. The kids loved the idea of writing out and illustrating “their” verse:) while it might be hard for anyone else to distinguish what they colored, it was a blessing to hear them explain their special pictures. Each one had totally different ideas for what they were thankful for. This was a simple yet neat idea; one that I would do again!! The kids really enjoyed it. And it was a great way to talk about the truth/verse again!
“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.”
Jeremiah 15:16 (KJV)
Wife, Mother, Mentor
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Thank you for sharing simple ideas! Your ideas don’t overwhelm me! They help me make Bible time more interesting for my kids, but more importantly as I try these ideas, I see them help my kids understand and retain the truths from God’s Word better!
Praise the Lord! I am so glad! God is continuing to teach us both and is using you to encourage me. Thank-you! Thank-you for your willingness to try these ideas and for sharing about them.