Letter Fun

In the most recent Let’s Pray post, 1 Corinthians 13:4 was our focus verse for prayer. On this video I share a creative way to memorize 1 Corinthians 13:4 with your children. This idea can apply to memorizing other Bible verses as well.

Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

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.

Step, Stop and Say!

Step, Stop and Say is a fun way to enjoy memorizing a Bible verse with your children. This video introduces the activity and explains how to get started. See further ways to enjoy this activity here:

FOR CHILDREN WHO
HAVE YET TO READ

Step in a Circle!

Place the verse cards in a circle. Step around the circle as you say the verse. 

Step it Up!

Take the Bible memory word cards and lay the cards in order up your stairs, one card per step. Walk up the stairs saying each word of the verse.

Step it Down!

Lay the cards in order starting at the top of the stairs and going down the stairs. Walk down the stairs saying each word of the verse.

FOR CHILDREN
WHO CAN READ

Turn it Over!

After you have enjoyed “Step, Stop and Say” for a few days, you may like to have your child turn one word card over so that he can no longer see the word on the card. Have your child say the verse again as he steps to each card. Your child will need to remember the word that he can no longer see as he says the verse. Continue to turn more cards over when your child is ready to say the verse without seeing those words.

Draw!

Your child may enjoy drawing a picture on the back of each card that will remind him of the word on the other side of the card. These drawings will be a helpful hint when saying the verse with cards turned over.

Step Outside!

RUN: Place the cards around the edge of your yard. Leave a lot of space between each card. Have your child run to each card and then stop and say each word.

HIDE: Hide the cards around the backyard. Make sure a part of the each hidden card is showing. Have your child collect the cards as he finds them. Then ask him to put the cards in verse order. Read or say the verse together with or without the cards.

FOR OLDER CHILDREN
WHO CAN READ

A Complete Verse!

Enjoy “Step, Stop and Say” using Bible memory cards that have a complete Bible verse on them. Each step will give your child the opportunity to review another memory verse!

SAVE THE CARDS – Each time you have finished using the cards, have your child collect the cards. Use a paper clip to keep the cards together and put the cards with your other Scripture Memory resources to use again.

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Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

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.

A Bird in the Nest

Are you interested in an activity that will help your daughter review her Bible memory verses while giving her an opportunity to stretch her legs and move about?

Play “A Bird in the Nest”

Suggested Ages: 2-5

Create a ‘big nest” on the floor with pillows, or a blanket.

Place your Bible Memory Verse Cards (MVCs) face down in the “nest” allowing a good space between each card.

Use a soft object to represent a bird. (A bean bag, or a stuffed animal would work well for this. You will want to use something that does not roll.)

Have your daughter step back from the nest and take turns helping the bird “fly” into the nest.

Pick up the card that is closest to the “bird” after it lands. Turn it over. Have your daughter say the memory verse on that card. (Remember to have her say the Bible reference before and after the verse.)

Collect the MVCs as each verse is said.

Repeat until all the memory cards are out of the nest.

Enjoy!  

IDEAS!

Add a fun challenge: Your daughter could take one step back from the nest each time she is ready to help the bird “fly” into the nest.
Add another fun challenge: Tell your daughter the Bible reference on the MVC the bird lands next to, and see if she can quote the verse without help. Or, quote the Bible verse and have your daughter tell you the Bible reference.
This activity can be enjoyed inside or outside. Neighborhood kids may want to join in the fun!

BIBLE TIME!

Enjoy playing “A Bird in the Nest” as part of a Bible Time with your daughter. Follow three simple steps:

1. SING: Start with singing a song to the Lord.

2. BIBLE: Play “A Bird in the Nest”. As each verse is said ask your daughter a question that can be answered from the verse.

3. PRAY: Then talk to God in prayer. Thank Him for a truth found in one of the Bible memory verses.

SHARE IT!

1. Share this post with a friend!
2. Share with me!
– What Bible verse are your memorizing with your child?
– I would enjoy seeing a photo of your child playing “A Bird in the Nest”!
– What did your child like best about this activity?
– What suggestions do you have that would improve this activity?

 
“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

Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

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.

Tick, Tock, Stop!

Are you interested in an activity that will help your daughter review her Bible memory verses while giving her an opportunity to stretch her legs and move about?

Play “Tick, Tock, Stop!”

Suggested Ages: 2-8

You will need an open floor space to create an imaginary clock face using your Memory Verse Cards (MVC).

1. Circle

Lay the MVCs on the floor in a large circle. This circle becomes the clock face.

2. Stand

Have your daughter stand in the center of the circle. Her arms will become the clock’s arm by holding both of her arms out in front of her, with her hands clasped together.

3. Turn Around

Have your daughter slowly turn around with her eyes closed staying in the center of the circle as you slowly say, “Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick tock, tick tock……”

4. Stop!

When you say, “Tick, Tock, Stop!” she is to stop and open her eyes, keeping her arms outstretched in front of her.

5. Say

Look at the MVC on the floor that her hands are pointing to. Say the Bible verse together.

6. Continue!

Turn the MVC over after you have said the Bible verse. Continue this pattern until all the verses on the “clock face” are turned over. If more than one child is participating in this game, they can take turns being the clock arm. Have fun!  

IDEAS!

Tick, Tock, Stop! can be played with as few as four MVCs, placing them at 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock.

Tick, Tock, Stop! Can be played with 12 MVCs, placing them at each imaginary number space on the clock face.

Tick, Tock, Stop can be played with many more MVCs as well! If you have more than 12 MVCs, you can put a pile of multiple MVCs at each number space, or create a larger clock by placing the MVCs as if each MVC stood for a minute space on the clock.

Take Turns: You and your daughter could take turns being the one to say “Tick, Tock, Stop!” and the one to be the clock arm.

BIBLE TIME!

Enjoy Playing “Tick, Tock, Stop!” as part of a simple Bible Time with your daughter. Follow three steps:

1. SING: Start with singing a song to the Lord.
2. BIBLE: Play “Tick, Tock, Stop!” following the directions above.
3. PRAY: Then talk to God in prayer.

SHARE IT!

1. Share this post with a friend!
2. Share with me!
– I would enjoy seeing a photo of your clock!
– What did you like best about the “Tick, Tock, Stop!” activity?
– What suggestions do you have that would improve this activity?

 
“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

Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

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.

Verse Study

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 daughter?

Enjoy “A Crayon Verse Study”!
Suggested Ages: 3-10

Prepare:

– Write or print Psalm 136:1 with large letters on paper. Make copies for you and your daughter.

– Give your daughter her 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.

Notes:

If your daughter cannot read, as you follow the steps below, read the verse out loud for her each time you ask a new question so that she can once again think on the verse and answer your question.

If your daughter is very young, it will probably be best to keep the answers simple, focusing on the overall meaning of the verse. If she is older, it would be great to encourage more discussion.

Study:

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.

Think! What does Psalm 136:1 tell us we are to give? What do we mean when we say “Thanks?”

Color! Draw a green oval around the word ‘thanks’ and color in the oval.

Think! To whom are we to give thanks? Who is the Lord?

Color! Draw a purple circle around the word “Lord” and color in the circle.

Think! What words tell us about God? What do the words good and mercy mean to you?

Color! Draw blue squares around the words “good and mercy” and color in the squares.

Think! How long does God’s mercy last? How long is forever?

Color! Use the orange crayon to draw a cloud around the words ‘for ever’.

Pray: Thank God that He is good and that His mercy endures forever.
IDEA!

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 daughter keep her “Crayon Verse Study” papers in her own “Crayon Verse Study” folder.

If you are doing this with an older daughter, you and she 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.

SHARE IT!
– What Bible verse did you use?

– 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?

YOUR PICS!

 

Lindsey

 
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

Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

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.

Follow Me!

Are you interested in an activity that will help your daughter memorize a Bible verse or review Bible memory verse(s) while giving her an opportunity to stretch her legs and move about?

Play “Follow Me!”

Suggested Ages: 2-5

 

1. Write or Collect:

Write Genesis 1:1 or a Bible verse of your choice. Or collect the Memory Verse Cards (MVC) you already have.

2. Walk:

Have your daughter stand behind you and then follow you wherever you go. Take the MVCs with you.

3. Stop!

When you choose to stop, have your daughter stop as well.

4. Say

Say a verse selected from the MVCs in your hand. If you have one Bible memory verse card, then each time you stop, say that verse. If you have more than one memory verse card, say a different verse each time you stop. If your daughter is able, she can say the verse with you or for you.

5. Continue:

Continue to “walk, stop and say” until you decide you are done!

6. Examples for playing “Follow Me” outside:

– walk to a tree, and stand by the tree trunk to say the verse
– walk to the driveway and lie down to say the verse
– walk over to the backdoor and knock on the door, then say the verse
– walk to any playground equipment you own and swing on a swing, or slide down the slide while saying the verse
– walk to your car and sit in the car for fun while saying the verse  

IDEAS!

– Run, jump, skip or hop instead of walking to your next destination.
– Have your daughter lead if she is mature enough to do so.
– When it is too hot, cold or wet outside, you can do this inside, using a table to sit under, a bed to lie on, the basement to walk around in, and couch to sit on.

BIBLE TIME!

Play “Follow Me” as part of a simple Bible Time with your daughter. Follow three steps:

1. SING: Sing a song to the Lord.
2. BIBLE: Play “Follow Me” following the directions above.
3. PRAY: Then talk to God in prayer.

SHARE IT!

1. Share this post with a friend!
2. Share with me!

– What Bible verse are you memorizing with your daughter?
– What was your daughter’s favorite part of this activity?
– Would you do this activity again? Why?

 
“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

Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

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.

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