Can you believe it? You and your kids are about to complete a three-year study of the entire Bible! My heart swells with joy and gratitude just writing those words! Three years of Bible stories. Three years of big picture questions. Three years of key passages. Three years of learning the Bible is one big story that points to Jesus!
Here are some ways to reinforce what kids have learned over the last three years:
Celebrate. What better way to commemorate three years of walking through God’s Word than with a good old-fashioned party! Serve some of favorite snacks, play some favorite songs, and redo some favorite activities. Perhaps encourage kids to dress as a favorite Bible story person. Invite parents and capitalize on the opportunity to cast a vision for the next three years of The Gospel Project for Kids.
Give commemorative gifts. If your budget allows, consider purchasing a Bible or Bible storybook from the Big Picture Interactive line. Write kids’ names in the books and date them. Perhaps write a note of encouragement inside with a prayer that the children would continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus.
- The Big Picture Interactive Bible for Kids
- The Big Picture Interactive Storybook
- The Big Picture Interactive Bible Stories in 5 Minutes
- The Big Picture Interactive Bible Stories for Toddlers Old Testament
- The Big Picture Interactive Bible Stories for Toddlers New Testament
Show “The Big Story” video. Use this video to reinforce that all the Bible points to Jesus.
Create a mural. Use a large sheet of paper and guide kids to draw a picture of their favorite Bible story they learned over the last three years. Display the banner in a hallway.
Play Bible categories. Play as individuals or form teams. Give kids a category such as prophets, kings, miracles, and so forth. Guide kids to list as many items in that category as they can in a given amount of time. When time is up, share answers. Any shared answer must be crossed off. The team or individual with the most unique answers wins.
Sequence Bible stories. Call out the names of two Bible stories and challenge kids to identify which story came first. For younger kids, call out one Bible story and challenge them to determine if it is found in the Old Testament or New Testament.
Name Bible stories. Hold up a Bible story picture and see if kids can name the story and give a brief summary of what happened. For an added bonus, they can tell you the book of the Bible where it is found.
Play a trivia game with the Big Picture Questions. Say the big picture answer and see if kids remember the big picture question. Use the big picture questions for any game show variety game.
Use the Big Picture Cards for Families to play concentration. Gather two sets of cards and play a gigantic game of concentration. You could even set up different stations and host a concentration tournament. Use less cards for younger kids.
Use the Timeline Map for games. Use the Timeline Map as a giant floor puzzle and guide kids to put the posters in the correct order. Or show a Bible story picture and challenge kids to find the matching picture on the map. You could make it a competition between teams to see which team can find the story the fastest.
What ideas do you have to finish strong? Share them in the comments section.
Karen Jones is the preschool content editor for The Gospel Project for Kids. Karen came to LifeWay in 2014 after serving as Minister to Preschool and Children at Third Baptist Church of Murfreesboro, TN for seven years. Karen has over 15 years experience in preschool and children’s ministry. Karen earned an M.A. in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.