How to Teach a Two-Year-Old About the Bibleby Shala Munroe
When your child is 2 years old, he has enough understanding of the world around him to begin to grasp simple Bible stories. Toddlers can really get into some of the stories, such as creation, baby Moses in the basket and Daniel beating the lions in the lions' den. Songs and crafts can help firmly imprint the stories in your child's mind, giving him a foundation for future Bible study. Keep the activities fun and upbeat so your toddler will stay engaged.
Items you will need
- Toddler Bible
- Hole punch
- Playdough or modeling clay
Buy your toddler her own Bible. There are several versions designed specifically for preschoolers with simplified stories and descriptive, cartoon-like pictures. She'll enjoy hearing you read stories from a book she can call her own.
Create mini-books of his favorite stories. Draw or print pictures that help tell the story on several pages, then hole punch them and tie them together with string. Put a recognizable cover on them, such as a lion face for the story of Daniel and the lions, so he can grab whichever story he's in the mood for.
Sing songs with your toddler to help her learn about the Bible. She might enjoy songs that speak specifically of children such as "Jesus Loves Me" or "Jesus Loves the Little Children." Clap along with more jazzy songs such as "This Little Light of Mine" or "If You're Happy and You Know It." You can even teach her the simple hand gestures that go with songs such as "Deep and Wide," making the songs more engaging.
Pick some crafts that can help your 2-year-old remember the stories. Toddlers learn more by touching and doing than just by listening, so pull out the modeling clay or playdough and create works of art while talking about the Bible. For example, tell him, "I'm thankful God gave us flowers. What are you thankful for?" As you're talking, start making a flower out of the clay. Help guide him to list some things he's thankful for, such as family. Offer some fun options as well, such as his favorite food or that blanket he just can't let go. You can also draw or color pictures of your favorite things or Bible stories, or make finger puppets and put on your own special puppet show so he learns to recount the stories.
Plan activities that illustrate the Bible's principles. Get your toddler to play in the dirt with you, for example. Planting and growing flowers or vegetables is the perfect way to illustrate several pieces of the Bible's teaching, such as how God created the flowers, grass and trees as well as how God is patient -- you must also be patient as the seeds take time to sprout.
Memorize Bible verses with your toddler and show her where they are in the Bible. Start at the very beginning with Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." This is a good opportunity to talk about creation, telling your tot, "God made me and he made you, too." Choose other verses that a 2-year-old can understand, such as Isaiah 43:5 that says, "Do not be afraid for I am with you." This can help give your child confidence when you can't be with her, such as when she's at preschool or with a new babysitter.
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