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, 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, 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, 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, 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 Colorful Picture

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?

Create “A Colorful Picture”!
Suggested Ages: 2-12
 

1. Write:

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.  

2. Discuss:

Show your daughter 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 daughter could draw on the verse paper to help tell about the verse.  

3. Draw and Color:

Provide crayons, markers or colored pencils. Have your daughter draw and color a picture on the verse paper. Give her time to think and create. It may take several days for an older daughter to complete the picture, depending on how much detail she includes in the picture. This simple process can help your daughter develop a deeper understanding of the Bible verse.  

4. Show and Tell:

When your daughter is done with her picture, have her show it to you and tell you what it is about. If your daughter is 2 or 3 years old, you may have to help her tell about the picture by asking her questions, making some probable guesses and then talking about the drawing yourself. Asking your daughter to talk about her picture gives her the opportunity to continue to think on the meaning of the verse and gives you the opportunity to enjoy her creativity and to praise her for her work.  

5. Review:

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 daughter is old enough to talk, she can try to say it with you. If your daughter can read, she can read or say the memory verse to you.  

IDEA!
Put the Colorful Picture somewhere in your house for all to see. When it is time to take the picture down, you could save it in a three ring binder using a page protector. As more Colorful Pictures are made and added to the binder, the binder will become a Bible Verse Picture Book that can be used for memory verse review.
BIBLE TIME!

Enjoy creating a Colorful Picture 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: Have your daughter color a Bible Verse Picture and then talk about it, follow the directions above.
3. PRAY: Then talk to God in prayer.

FAMILY!
This is a great activity to enjoy with the whole family! Have each person create their own Colorful Picture about the same Bible verse. Talk about the finished pictures, and say the Bible verse together.
SHARE IT!

1. Share this post with a friend!
2. Share with me!
– What Bible verse are your memorizing with your daughter?
– I would enjoy seeing a photo of your daughter’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?

YOUR PICS

Lindsey

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
Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, 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.

Hide It! Find It!

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

Play “Hide It! Find It!”
Suggested Ages: 2-8

1. Write:

Write Genesis 1:1 or a Bible verse of your choice on a card if you have not already done so.

2. Hide

Hide the Memory Verse Card (MVC) in a room of your house while your daughter is not looking. For example, under a couch pillow with a piece of the card peeking out.

3. Look

Have your daughter then come into the room and look for the card.

4. Find and Say:

When your daughter finds the MVC, express excitement and then say the verse. Remember to say the Bible reference before and after you say the verse. Your daughter can join you in saying the verse if she is able.

5. Again!

Hide and find the memory verse card again! And again!

(Note: When you have more than one memory verse card, you can hide the cards all at once and then your daughter can find each one. Say the verses one by one as they are found or say all of the verses after all the cards are collected.)

BIBLE TIME!

Play “Hide It! Find It!” as part of a simple Bible Time with your daughter. Follow three simple steps:

1. SING: Sing a song to the Lord.
2. BIBLE: Enjoy “Hide It! Find It!” following the directions above.
3. PRAY: Talk to God in prayer.

FAMILY!
“Hide It! Find It!” is a great activity to enjoy with the family after you have created multiple Bible memory verse cards. (If siblings are participating in this activity, it is a good idea to assign how many cards each person can find so that your youngest child has the opportunity to find cards along with your older children.)
SHARE IT!

1. Share this post with a friend!
2. Share with me!
– What Bible verse are you memorizing with your daughter?
– What did you like best about the “Hide It! Find It!” 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, 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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