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 or print Psalm 136:1 with large letters on paper. Make copies for you and your child.
– Give your child their Psalm 136:1 paper along with a pink, green, purple, blue, and orange crayon or other crayon colors of your choice.
– Explain that you are going to do a “Crayon Verse Study” together.
– Read Psalm 136:1 out loud.
– Pray together and ask the Lord to give you understanding as you study.
If your child cannot read, as you follow the steps below, read the verse out loud for them each time you ask a new question so that they can once again think on the verse and answer your question.
If your child is very young, it will probably be best to keep the answers simple, focusing on the overall meaning of the verse. If they are older, it would be great to encourage more discussion.
Think! What is the first word in Psalm 136:1? What does the word “Give” mean?
Color! Draw a rectangle around the word “Give” with your pink crayon and color in the rectangle.
Color! Draw a green oval around the word ‘thanks’ and color in the oval.
Color! Draw a purple circle around the word “Lord” and color in the circle.
Color! Draw blue squares around the words “good and mercy” and color in the squares.
Color! Use the orange crayon to draw a cloud around the words ‘for ever’.
Enjoy the “Crayon Verse Study” using other Bible verses.
Use this “Crayon Verse Study” activity to introduce each of your new Bible memory verses.
If you plan to continue to do this activity with other Bible verses, you may want to have your child keep their “Crayon Verse Study” papers in their own “Crayon Verse Study” folder.
If you are doing this with an older child, you and they could look up cross references that relate to the verse you are studying and then talk about how the cross references help to understand the meaning of the original verse of study.
– What did you like about the Crayon Verse Study?
– Are you going to do the Crayon Verse Study with another verse?
– Is this an idea you would share with a friend? Why or why not?
This was one of my favorite ideas yet! My kids (ages 5,4,2) really enjoyed doing this Bible verse study. It helped me teach the verse, and helped them understand it! Thank you for this idea:)
“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)
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As a young daughter my parents encouraged me to memorize Scripture verses. I memorized Isaiah 41:10 and it became one of my favorite verses.
“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.” Isaiah 41:10
As an adult I continue to treasure Isaiah 41:10. And I can say with confidence that God has always been faithful to His Word. Praise Him! He is worthy of all our trust.