My First Hands-On Bible
Wonderful bible for kids
This is a GREAT bible for kids, full of pictures and "hands on" ways to explain the stories and concepts of God's Word to kids! I bought the this one for my 18mo old so he could have his own bible, just like Big Brother (who has the regular "Hands-On Bible"). He loves to look at the pictures, point to and say the different objects he sees. While he may not understand it yet, we feel it's never to early to get our kids involved in reading God's word.
May 7, 2012
Great for toddlers and preschoolers!
We have been using this Bible for several months now and I will say that it is one THE best. While reading, it is beneficial if we use creative connections to the passage that is being read. It definitely helps children see the passage from different perspectives. But there are days when I am tired and my creativity runs dry after a long day. I feel guilty of just reading the book to my son for the sake of it.
But when we use this Bible, I do not have to wear a thinking hat on what to say to connect the scripture to reality. It is because there are little suggestions on every page on what we can do. For eg. when we read Jonah's story, the suggestion says " act like you are on a rocking ship". So I just sit and act like I am on a ship on stormy seas. And my son looks in awe of the dramatic enactment that mommy just did! It definitely adds life and animation to our reading time. This is the best thing I like about the Bible, as a parent.
My little boy loves Cuddles the sheep who can be found at the end of each read. Pockets the kangaroo says a little, simple prayer that is related to the chapter that was read.
This Bible helps preschoolers learn about Bible stories in a lively and interactive way. There is not a dull moment, when you pull out this Bible for reading time!
April 3, 2012
Perfect for Kids and Preschoolers
My First Hands-On Bible is perfect for preschoolers up to the age of 8 years old. In fact, my 10 year old enjoyed reading it to his little sister as well. This bible for kids is easy to read and understand and focuses on many valuable and important life lessons. Lessons that every child and even some adults need to learn in order to be respectful and kind.
The first thing I noticed about My First Hands-On Bible was how colorful, cheerful and kid-friendly it was. The cover instantly grabs your attention with the bright colors and adorable animals. Each lesson is engaging and short enough to keep your child's attention.
My 7 year old daughter was so engulfed into the My First Hands-On Bible that she sat there on her bed and read for nearly an hour. As she read along, she would point out the pictures to me, ask question and want to do the hands-on activities suggested.
I love that fact that my daughter loved what she was reading and could understand it easily. I also loved the fact that she was interested in reading and learning more.
My 7 1/2 year old daughter keeps this next to her bed and reads some of it each night before she goes to bed.
The My First Hands-On Bible is durable and perfect for little hands. The pictures and illustrations are simply adorable and really pull you into the stories. This is the perfect addition to any children's book collection.
October 28, 2011
Great for preschoolers and kindergarteners
My 8-year-old son, Adam, loved the stories and pictures, but the hands on activities were a little too young for him. They made him feel like a baby. Still, I could see how a preschooler would absolutely love them.
When Adam and I first sat down to read this, he immediately requested that we read the story of Noah and the Ark. "It's my favorite bible story," he explained happily.
I was happy to find that I could turn to the table of contents and there it was, "Noah and the Flood" on page 26. We were able to go right to it. The story was written in the New Living Translation. I appreciated the fact that it came straight from the bible while still being in a translation Adam could understand.
At certain points in the story it would indicate that you should stop and do an activity. For the story of Noah, the activities included rubbing and clapping your hands to sound like rain, asking the child what animals were pictured on the page and what sounds they make, walking like an animal, and rocking back and forth like you were in a boat. A little too babyish for a seven or eight year-old, but perfect for preschool or kindergarten.
I really liked that the stories came with what they called "The Jesus Connection." This is a way parents can help the kids connect the story to Jesus. In the Noah story, the Jesus Connection said, "Noah saved the animals by putting them on the ark and God sent someone to save us - Jesus!" Being able to bring Jesus into the old testament is helpful for kids and adults alike, I believe.
At the end of each story, there are suggestions for other things you can do, like playing safari and looking for animals who might have been on the ark, or playing with a boat during bath time and pretending it's an ark.
Each story also includes a "Let's Talk" section,which was helpful even for older kids. In the Noah story, it indicated we should talk about something that is hard for the child to do (like building an ark while everyone made fun of him was hard for Noah to do).
I think "My First Hands-On Bible" is perfect for preschoolers and kindergartners and would make a great bible curriculum for homeschool or even a Sunday School class. Adam and I will continue to use this to read bible stories and make our "Jesus Connections."
October 27, 2011