Resurrection Cards with younger children
I am so so excited about our newest resource for families -- Our Resurrection Cards. These cards can be used with children ages 2+ depending how deep you wanted to go. I know many of the people in our community have both toddlers and big kids so I thought it might be helpful to share how these cards can be used with younger children. (And how I plan to use them with my own kiddos!)
There are several ways to use these cards with young children. Some examples:
- Talking about each cards illustration, reading the highlight verse, doing the prayer prompts and singing the hymn each night
- Finding each days reading in a corresponding children's Bible to engage with your children at a level they can comprehend
- A mixture of both!
We always aim to read directly from Scripture with our kids, but sometimes we add in additional resources (like children's bibles) to help our children get a simplified picture of the story we are reading. And it definitely helps that these bibles help bring it down to their level.
I want to note that God's Word is simple enough for a child to understand, yet complex enough for adults to study and continually learn something new. I love that about the Bible! You do not need these additional books to teach your child what the Scriptures say, but I figured some of you may have them already, and if so I hope it encourages you to pull them out as you walk through the Easter Story with your families!
My Bible: The Reformation Study Bible in ESV
The Gospel Story Bible by Marty Machowski -This Children's Bible my 4 and 7 year old can both understand well and they love it!
The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung -Not a comprehensive Bible, but walks through Creation, The Fall, Redemption, and Restoration in a simple way. Kevin DeYoung also just released a new children's bible The Biggest Story Bible Storybook which I am eager to get my hands on!
The Ology by Marty Machowski -one of my favorites, covering all sorts of topics that you find in the bible, from the trinity to the resurrection. A good one to add to your stash -also note, you can usually find a decent used one from Thrift Books.
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones -we've had this book since my oldest was born. We've read it too many times to count and there are so many nuggets of truth in this kids Bible, it's made me teary-eyed more than once!
WonderFull: Ancient Psalms Ever New by Marty Machowski (can you tell we're big fans?) This book goes through the Psalms with short blurbs about the scriptures read, and prayer prompts for children to do.
These are all books and bibles that we have collected through the years. And they all have different things I like about them. If you are looking for a new children's bible and I could only recommend one, I'd go with the Gospel Story Bible. It has many stories in it and works for a wide age range of children.
Now let me tell you how we will be incorporating these books with our Resurrection Cards! We plan to alternate between reading Scriptures from my bible, and these different resources each day. I've taken a few pictures to share below to give you an idea of how we will do that. I hope it is a help to you!
For The Triumphal Entry Card we will read this excerpt from The Gospel Story Bible.
For The Betrayal Card we will read the Scripture in the Bible and then read this excerpt from The Ology.
For the Garden of Gethsemane Card we will read from The Jesus Storybook Bible
For The Casting of Lots Card we will read the Scripture from the Bible and then utilize the book WonderFull, Ancient Psalms Ever New to read more about the "Psalm to meditate on" that you'll find on the back of this card.
These are just a few examples of how we plan to use these cards and biblical resources to help us walk through the Easter Story with our family. I hope it was helpful, and encourages you to pull out the bible (children's or not) and guide your children through Jesus' life, death and resurrection this Easter Season!
Do you have any other children's Bibles or resources that you would add to this list? Leave a comment below to share it with whoever finds themselves reading this post! My desire is that this space would be a tool we can all use for learning about new things that help us all engage the Bible with our kids!
// soli Deo gloria