Many Christian parents encourage their kids to learn Bible verses as a part of their faith education. Children as young as 2 years of age can memorize a simple Bible verse -- if the verse is presented correctly. Once the child learns the Bible verse, periodic review ensures that the child continues to recall the verse.
Scripture or a biblical principle set to music helps children remember. Many Sunday school and vacation Bible school teachers can provide simple songs they frequently use, but not all of the songs are Bible verses. Your child could know Psalm 47:1, “Clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph” because it is a familiar song for many church kids’ choirs. The kids enjoy clapping, raising their hands for “hosannah” and shouting, “praise him.” “Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God” and “Seek and Ye Shall Find” are two songs based on Matthew 6:33. Church kids’ choir directors often use hand signs, American Sign Language and body motions to help kids remember the verse.
Know the Story
The ancient Hebrews used stories to help their children remember Scripture. Deuteronomy 6:7-9 commanded parents to talk about the Scriptures at home, walking down the road, lying down at night and getting up in the morning. You can use this same principle by telling your child the verse as a story and include the biblical reference at the end. Some of the easiest examples of simple verses that tell stories are Jesus’ parables, such as the wise and foolish builders, the parable of the Good Shepherd and the pearl of great price. Repeat these stories often to help your child remember them.
With elementary ages kids and older, you can use games to help your child remember Bible verses. Scramble the words with the Bible reference and have your child put the verse in the proper order. Create a word search puzzle using the words of a familiar Scripture and provide the reference to help your child puzzle it out. Your child’s Sunday school or vacation Bible school teacher could have puzzles you can use or you can find them in many Bible activity books.
Kids in elementary grades and older can create crafts to remember Bible verses. Your child can string letter and number beads to spell out a Bible verse. A child who knows how to sew could embroider the verse on a cross, make a Bible verse quilt or illustrate a Bible verse with cross stitch. A young child could build a toy house on a solid foundation and another on sand to understand the parable of the wise and foolish builders found in Matthew 7:24-27. A cardboard roll lamb can help your child remember the verses about the Good Shepherd found in Luke 15:3-6.
- Scripture Sings; New Life Publications
- Bible Gateway: Deuteronomy 6:7-9
- Bible Crafts and More for Ages 2-4; Standard Publishing
- The Preschool Worker’s Encyclopedia of Bible Teaching Ideas New Testament; Group Publishing Company
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