If you’re looking for fun activities for kids, you’ve come to the right place. At the National Center for Biblical Parenting we know that the language of children is activity. That’s why we’ve created several resources that will not only stimulate fun in your family, but they’ll teach valuable lessons as well.
Your most important job is to pass on spiritual values to your kids. Jesus used parables to teach his disciples. Why? Because the parables used common illustrations to teach biblical concepts. We do the same thing with our activity books. Children learn biblical truths through activity. Here are some of those resources.
Hero Training Camp
Hero Training Camp uses the life of David, activities, songs, crafts, and science experiments to teach children what it means to be a hero now in four areas: do what’s right, deal with wrongs, be honest, and care about others.
Kids will learn how to handle mistakes and offenses, face the challenge of being honest under pressure, take initiative to help others, how to be a one minute hero, and the skill of seeing things that need to be done and doing them. These are all qualities of heroes. The training starts now!
Suggested Donation: $29.95 eBook, $34.95 Paperback
Kids Honor Club
Honor changes people and it changes family life. Lesson two of the Kids Honor Club asks kids if they are a drain or a fountain. Are they draining energy out of family life or are they adding to it. All kids need to learn to add energy to life. The Kids Honor Club gives them practical ideas about how to do it.
Honor means treating people as special, doing more than what’s expected, and having a good attitude. This definition is taught to children in practical ways in three lessons. Another three lessons focus on sibling conflict and the honor-based solutions that produce sibling harmony.
Each lesson of the Kids Honor Club contains a Bible story, memory verse, activities, a craft, games, and a snack idea, all tying into the theme of that lesson. It’s fully reproducible so that you can use it for your family or with a group of children.
The Kids Honor Club contains thirteen lessons to be used in a classroom or in a family. When using it in your family, you’ll likely want to do one lesson a week and spread out the activities over several days.
This engaging children’s program is based on the book Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes, in You and Your Kids and complements the video series the Honor Church Kit, corresponding to the training lesson by lesson.
Suggested Donation: $24.95 eBook, $29.95 Paperback
The Treasure Hunters
God has hidden within the family treasures that children need. In fact, eight of those treasures are developed in the children’s lessons. You can see the contents here: The Treasure Hunters. The first lesson, for example has to do with following instructions. Children learn about Samuel, a boy who knew how to come when called. They play a traffic game, do a fun craft, and follow a recipe to make a snack.
Children learn that following instructions is a part of life. They develop skills that will help them to be better employees someday, better teammates, and they’ll learn how to listen to God as well.
The Treasure Hunters teaches kids to value the treasures of family life and practice skills that will help them for the rest of their lives. Kids learn the value of a good attitude, how to accept no as an answer, and why it’s important to respond well to correction.
The Treasure Hunters has eight lessons. Activities, Bible stories, games, and snack ideas, all help children catch a vision for responding well to many of the common challenges of living in a family. The curriculum is fully reproducible so that you can use it in a classroom, or with a group of children. If you are teaching it in your family, you’ll likely want to spread each lesson out over several days to bring home the truth.
The book Parenting is Heart Work complements this material. The beginning of each lesson in the Treasure Hunters contains an introduction that refers parents to the book should they want to glean more information on how to parent in a way that touches the heart. The eight lessons in the Treasure Hunters curriculum teaches kids the same concepts that parents learn in the Heart Work Training Manual and 8 Audio Sessions for example, Lesson 1 in the Training Manual teaches parents a 5-step Instruction Routine while Lesson 1 in the Treasure Hunters teaches children the benefit of following instructions.
The Treasure Hunters curriculum is great for home use or for groups and it complements the video series Parenting is Heart Work.
Suggested Donation: $19.95 eBook, $24.95 Paperback
Family Time Activities Books
Six Family Time Activities Books help parents energize their family with spiritual training. God has entrusted parents to be the primary spiritual trainers of their children. These books will help you have fun and exciting devotion times with your kids. The National Center for Biblical Parenting published these books written by Kirk Weaver.
Each book starts with instructions for developing a regular Family Time. It just takes 20-30 minutes a week of formal Family Time and you’ll have informal spiritual lessons to talk about for weeks to come. The activities contained in the books are high-energy games or intriguing science experiments and object lessons for kids and their parents. Here’s an example of one of the activities used to teach the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who were thrown into the fiery furnace. Just do this one activity with your kids and watch their eyes light up when you ignite the cardboard cutouts. Dads love this activity too!
Three of the books are for all ages, two are for preschoolers, and one is for teens. When you teach children using activity, not only do they enjoy it, but they remember the biblical truths. It’s a great way to get your kids connected to the scriptures and to teach them that the Bible is relevant and exciting.