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I teach a Sunday school class of four and five year olds and I love teaching the stories of the Bible. We have a large illustrated Bible and the children love to page through this book, looking at the pictures and talking about the characters and stories. It occurred to me that the children would like their own illustrated Bibles, so we made them - personalized Bibles!

This project is very flexible and fun, and can be used with any age group, but the following directions are geared to children under 10 years old.

  Brown paper bag
Lemon juice
Report fasteners
Construction paper
Markers or crayons
Post-it mini-tabs
Activity pages from a Bible Activities book (these can be found in
Christian bookstores)
Lots of creativity and fun

Before Sunday school class make the covers for each Bible. (I wanted the children to understand that the Bible was very old and this process makes the Bible look old.)

Cut out the front and back covers from the paper bag.
Wipe lemon juice along the edges of each paper.
Burn the edges of both covers.

Now you are ready to fill your Bible. This process can last a whole year and be as simple or complex as your class allows. You can create pages in chronological order or by picking a favorite story and then putting them in the correct order in your Bible. Each activity page should be labeled by book and then put in the correct book section of the Bible. Label the books with the post-it mini-tabs.

Each time we study a story, I first find the story in the "real Bible" and read a short segment. Then we turn to the illustrated Bible and read and talk about the story in greater detail. And then we are ready to work on our individual activity pages. This might be a picture the child draws or a pre-made activity sheet that you provide. Your level of creativity is your only limitation.

Each page can be enhanced with words or ideas depending on the age of the child. For example, you could write down the name of the main character and what he learned, or you could focus on a theme. If the theme was prayer, for instance, the student might explain how the character prayed and what the result was of his prayer. In an older class, students could write about how the story relates to them, what they learned from it, and how it could help them today.

The beauty of this project is that it can be incorporated and used with other projects, lessons, and topics. This is only one tool for teaching the wonderful stories in the Bible. Have fun and let your imagination run free.
Sally Johnston Charlottesville, VA

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