I love teaching babies and toddlers, and I especially love teaching them about the Bible. I’ll never forget, though, the day one of my friends stopped by the nursery to drop off a book she had borrowed.
I had just finished telling the Bible story to my 14- to 21-month-olds. We had sung a song about the Bible being God’s words as I opened my paperback Daily Bible, and I had let my kiddos hold and touch the words. I still had one kiddo, Garrett, on my hip when my friend popped her head in, gave me the book she had borrowed, and popped back out. Garrett pointed to the book and said, “BYE-BOH.”
By the cover, size, and weight of the fiction book, it looked very similar to the Bible that I used to teach wonderful stories about Jesus while the boys and girls ate their fish-shaped crackers. But I immediately felt the need to clarify. “No, Garrett, this is not the Bible. It is a good book, but it’s not God’s words,” I said.
Ever since that moment, I have been proactive about making sure the children I teach understand the Bible is not just a collection of fun stories. It’s not a how-to guide. There is no other book on this planet that has God’s words!
What are some ways we can emphasize to babies and toddlers the uniqueness of the Bible?
Allow babies and toddlers to handle the Bible. Keep a basket of hand-sized New Testaments in your room for children to hold.
Tell the Bible story with a Bible open. Even if you are telling the Bible story in your own words or using the Bible story script in the leader guide, open a Bible in front of the babies and toddlers so they can make the connection.
Use gospel-themed picture books, board books, and magazines in the proper context. These books may help us drive home the Bible story theme, but there is only one book that provide God’s message of salvation through His Son, Jesus.
What are some ways you use Bibles in your babies and toddlers ministry? Comment below!
For more resources for teaching the Gospel Project for Preschoolers and Kids, check out our new LifeWay Kids Podcast.
Further reading: The B-I-B-L-E. Yes, That’s the Book for Me.