The Bible was written long ago, but its message is just as timely today. Even very young kids can understand many Bible stories. Devotions are short readings based on a Bible verse or passage that make a point or teach a specific lesson. Reading devotions to your little one is a good way to introduce your child to the Bible — and get him interested in learning more about it as he gets older.
Preschoolers benefit from devotions that are brief but interesting. They should also teach your child a Biblical truth and reinforce a Godly principle like obedience or love. Since little ones are not renown for sitting still for long periods of time, the devotion should not take more than 10 or 15 minutes to read. Concluding the devotion by reciting the memory verse on which it is based will help your child understand that what you read is God’s word.
Crafts can help young kids understand an abstract Biblical concept in a concrete way. Preschoolers especially enjoy hands-on activities. To help your child understand and remember the forgiveness of Jesus, help him make a cross from licorice. Have him create the cross on a white-frosted graham cracker — and then frame it with small candies. It’s pretty and delicious, so your little one might need to make two so he can eat one of them!
Most kids enjoy going on trips — and if they can learn more about the Bible from a short expedition, put on your traveling shoes. Have a picnic lunch in the park while you talk to your child about Matthew 14:13-21 — when Jesus fed 5000 people from five loaves of bread and two fish. Emphasize the importance of being thankful for what God provides for us. Go to the zoo and teach your child about Noah’s ark and the beauty that he can see in the animals God created.
Songs can reinforce the devotional time you have with your young children. For example, if the devotion is centered on the creation of the world, teach your child the song, “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands.” Singing “Jesus Loves The Little Children” will help your little one understand how much God loves him. Lyrics to these songs are simple, but the best thing is that you don’t need a great voice to teach your child to sing them!