Teaching Babies the Bible

The nursery at my church is amazing.  All thanks to Linda Mayhugh for teaching us this fun Bible lesson for our babies!

When you pass our nursery, you will rarely hear crying or fussing.  Instead,  you will hear the laughter and singing as our babies and toddlers learn about God!  You will see chubby cheeks smiling and all eyes on the teacher as the babies eagerly wait to see what is coming next.

This class really stimulates all of their senses, building the young children’s vocabulary and giving them something to look forward to each week.  In fact, the little ones that have learned how to walk will often head straight to the table for their lesson the moment they arrive.  Some will even point to the table and say, “Bible Class?”

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Well, I was so impressed by this lesson and, even more so, the excited reaction of all the nursery children that I decided to replicate the lesson for home use.  I teach this bible class to my own children and my preschoolers.  It is a huge hit every time and I am sure it will be for your little ones as well.  Below is everything you will need to get started, including the complete lesson in a downloadable version.

First, download the class outline.  I laminated mine so it can withstand abuse.  This outline will show you how to do the class step by step and help you stay on track so you can transition fast and keep your little one’s attention.  Click the image to download.

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Next, gather the toys and objects listed in the outline.  You can use things you already have around the house or put together a special bin.  Here is an example and list of the things that I use:

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Finally, watch my video example of the class below.  This is a very short version I did with my three little ones.  I skipped a few parts and shortened the rest, but hopefully it gives you some idea of what the class should look like.  I usually go into more detail with the kids depending on how attentive they are.  In the nursery at my church, this class can last 20-30 mins.

Tips and Suggestions: Start out by doing a shortened version of the class like the one I do in the video below. Gradually start adding more detail by asking questions, or including more types of vehicles, food, and animals.  For toddlers, I like to ask them what comes next once they have done the class several times. Have fun!!!

 

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Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is such a cute idea! I love how hands on it is to keep the kids involved.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great ideas! Can you tell me the title/author of the creation book you use? Thanks!

    • I love “Shiny, Touchy, Smelly: Creation Story” by Joanna Bicknell, but I checked it out and it is no longer in print. I put some suggestions up in the post that I found on Amazon. I hope that helps. Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you have anymore questions!

  3. I love this class! Having something to hold, look at, and play with always keeps kids even more interested in what you’re teaching them. Having a couple different Creation story books might be a nice touch if you have them to make each time a little different from the last. Reading the actual Creation story from the Bible occasionally for the class would work, too (though there wouldn’t be fun pictures to look at for little ones). You could just read one verse for each of the toys you hand out, and this would help kids memorize the Scripture verses in the process, which is always awesome. :)

  4. Working on my own nursery curriculum..excited about this resource..love the sound of your nursery..gives me a vision!!!

  5. LOVE that baby’s picture! Thanks for linking up at Homeschool FreeBEE Friday –> http://www.gricefullyhomeschooling.com/2012/08/homeschool-freebee-friday-handwriting-copywork-edition.html

    Many blessings! ~ Jen

  6. I absolutely love that picture! It made my day! I’m hopping over from the Monster Weekend Blog Hop and am excited to follow you!

    ~Brandi from MamaTeaches

  7. So cute! I smiled all the way through and still am! :) Cute ideas; do they do the same songs and toys every week or change it up? Thanks for sharing!
    Mackenzie :)

    • Thanks Mackenzie! They love to do the same songs over and over. The repetition helps them learn the vocabulary, but I do like to change up the toys. I have a few animals that make noises and I also like to bring in real plants or leaves for them to touch. You could really go into great detail for one of the sections. For example, when talking about how God made all of the sea creatures, you could get all different types of shells for them to explore, or bring in a container of water for them to put their fish in, or even bring in a real fish or frog.

  8. Brigette Hill says:

    What is the song that you sang about the Bible?

    • I’m not sure what it is called but it is, “The Bible, The Bible, we love the Bible. It’s God’s Word….” All the songs are in the Free PDF Download. Feel free to print a copy for your own use and share it with a friend. Let me know if you have any more questions or if you have problems with the PDF.

  9. I love the idea of the extra structure in your nursery. We’ve had that in the past, but currently, it’s tricky with our nursery situation. This is wonderful.

  10. such a great resource! a friend and i are starting a 3 yr old Sunday school class in a few weeks! thanks for linking this up to tip-toe thru tuesday!

  11. What a wonderful idea!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  12. Wow, this looks awesome. I can’t wait to try it with my grandsons!

  13. Hello there!! Just was stopping by you blog via happy go lucky blog hop!! enjoyed visiting and am now following! would love to have you visit me!!

    Thanx,

    sarahseay92.blogspot.com

  14. I didn’t get a chance to watch the video, but I am bookmarking this post. It seems like something wonderful. We are part of a new church plant and could possibly implement some of these ideas with the kids. Thank you for sharing :)

    I am visiting from Thought Provoking Thursday. We were neighbors.

    • Hi Michele. I am so glad you like it. The children really enjoy it. My 4 yr old likes to help me teach it too. My church has a little table with buckets seats in it and that has been a great tool for this class. I wish you the best with your new ministry! Thanks for stopping by.

  15. Love it when the nursery isn’t just a playtime!

  16. You know, I thought I had commented on this post more than a month ago when I first read it. So happy you linked it up with me this week. I watched that video weeks ago and made many a mental note of how I want to incorporate some of the techniques into my at-home Bible time with my baby.

  17. Hi! Thanks for making this available. If I were to do it at home how often would I repeat it? Once a week? My daughter is 18 months. Keep up the good work :)

  18. I miss the preschool stage. It’s so fun! They’re just little sponges!

  19. I love the small spinning globes you use in the video. Could you tell me where you got them?

  20. Anonymous says:

    Very cute! Great ideas.

  21. I know this is an old post, but I cannot seem to find the link to the video of the Baby Bible class. Could you send it to me or repost it?

  22. I love this idea and would like to use it with my little ones. I’m also having trouble finding the video, was it taken down?

  23. Hello,

    My name is Kathy Trulock and I am the Children’s Bible Study Director at Hillvue Heights Church. I am also a part of the International Network of Children’s Ministry team Mexico. In a few weeks I will be traveling to Monterrey, Mexico to help train the children’s ministers and orphanage workers there on the importance of teaching the bible to preschoolers and great ways to do this.

    I would love to use some of your songs and maybe even share this Utube video and PDF files with them. Would this be okay with you? I don’t want to do anything that is not allowed.

    Thanks so much,
    Kathy Trulock

    • Hi Kathy, You are welcome to use anything you like! Thanks so much for stopping by and for asking. I hope that you have a wonderful trip.

  24. Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I stumbled across your post and it changed the way my teachers do baby ministry at my church and I was wondering if you have other bible stories you have written this way for babies?

    • Hi Karen! I’m so glad that you have found it useful and that the little ones are loving it! I do have some bible activities for preschool and elementary in my Kid’s Bible eBook set in my store, but none for babies. I will be doing a free bible song printable and 6 bible story lessons for ages 2-6 very soon! I will have to come up with something for my newborn next year. Thanks so much for stopping by and giving me feedback. It is so good to hear what God can do!

  25. This is phenomenal! Thank you for inspiration a plenty in such a short video!

  26. What a great idea! I’m going to start this with my kids! Thanks!

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