Are you looking for some creative ways to tell a Bible story? Here are some of our favorites. You can apply many of the ideas to multiple Bible stories.
Tape a piece of long paper on a wall. Or turn over a 6- or 8-foot table and attach the paper to the table. As you tell the Bible story, add symbols and simple pictures using sponges and paintbrushes. You can place multiple scenes on the same page.
Example: With the story of Noah, you can paint an ark. Add some animals using stamps or animal-shaped sponges. Add the number 2 to represent the pairs of animals. Paint some raindrops. Paint a big blob of blue to represent the vast amount of water. Paint a V to represent a dove in the sky. Use a kitchen sponge to paint a row of “stones” to represent the altar Noah built. Add a rainbow.
Explore reader’s theater
Divide the Bible story into sections and invite adult, teen, or kid volunteers to come forward and read each section.
Wear Bible times clothing and tell the Bible story as the Bible person would tell it. Be Jeremiah talking about God’s special plan for his life. You can also ask special guests to do this. Use multiple adults to turn the story into a small play.
Guide kids to act it out
Invite kids to dress up in Bible times clothing. As you tell the Bible story, invite the kids to perform the actions of the people in the story.
Example: Lead the kids to march silently around the room as you tell the story of Jericho. At the appropriate time, allow kids to shout for 10 seconds or so before finishing the story.
Any number of items can be used as a visual aid to help capture a kid’s attention. Be sure that the prop adds to the story without distracting.
Examples: Wear a set of kid’s armor when teaching about “The Day the Sun Stood Still.” Throw a fluffy blanket on the ground when sharing about Gideon and the fleece.
For more ideas, check out “Tell the Bible Story – Part 2.”