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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?

Create “A Colorful Picture”!

This is the third of a series of posts offering Bible Study and Scripture Memory activities that are designed to be used with children.
 

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 child 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 child could draw on the verse paper to help tell about the verse.
 

3. Draw and Color:

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

4. Show and Tell:

 
When your child is done with his picture, have him show it to you and tell you what it is about. If your child is 2 or 3 years old, you may have to help him tell about the picture by asking him questions, making some probable guesses and then talking about the drawing yourself. Asking your child to talk about his picture gives him the opportunity to continue to think on the meaning of the verse and gives you the opportunity to enjoy his creativity and to praise him for his 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 child is old enough to talk, he can try to say it with you. If your child can read, he 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 child. Follow three simple steps:

1. SING: Start with singing a song to the Lord.
2. BIBLE: Have your child 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 child?
– I would enjoy seeing a photo of your child’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