Bible Sensory Bin Idea List

Bible Sensory Bin Idea List

Sensory bins are popular right now for mothers all over the world and United States, but why not use these hands-on activities for a Sunday School class or teaching a Bible lesson?

The sensory bin can be used as a great hands-on tool for teaching a Bible lesson or reinforcing a lesson as a hands-on activity for review through play for preschoolers through elementary school. They are made of a small bin filled with a filler (rice, beans, water beads, etc.) and other toys or other age-appropriate elements that would picture the elements of the story you are teaching.  If you have never used one then I challenge you to read up on it here on my original post: Sensory Bins for Sunday School or read Sensory bins for teaching the Bible written by Annette at In All You Do. She tells you how to highlight a specific part of the Bible story you’re wanting to teach and make it into a sensory bin.

This Bible Sensory Bin Idea List comes from Bible sensory bins across the internet that will spark your mind for a little creativity in your classroom at church or at home.

Creation

Other Fun Bible Based Bins

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  • Moses and the Plagues sensory bin from Something 2 Offer.
  • Check out this idea on Pinterest which is a Noah’s Ark Sensory Bin, where kids search for the animals in hay, identify them, and then put them into an ark playset.
  • There’s another Noah’s Ark Sensory bin (halfway down the page) at Pink Sneakerz Homeschool. I liked the idea of using some type of blue cloth for water in this post.
  • Bible Verse Sensory Bin – helps review Bible verses at aprilshomemaking.com.
  • Monica at Childhood Spirituality creates great Bible Box activities you can read about here. The one listed here could simply be made into a sensory bin of the Ten Lepers. You could use little figurines like she has listed or simply make your own.
  • The Parable of the Sower at Wugs and Dooey uses play-doh as the soil.
  • Resurrection Sensory Bin from my sister site Ministry Mamas.
  • Acacia in the Desert has a great list of awesome sensory bins including stories including, parting the Red Sea, the Tabernacle, the Sea of Galilee and other great teaching ideas.
  • All Play on Sunday has a variety of ideas for sensory ideas or activities that would be good for children under the age of 6.
  • My Mundane and Miraculous Life has a great sensory bin about how to talk about heaven to children in a way that they can understand.

All Play on Sunday worksheet for Bible sensory bin activities

Nativity Christmas Themed Sensory Bins

Nativity figures in a sensory bin

Happy Hooligans’ Nativity Sensory Bin

 

If you know of another great link or idea about making a Bible sensory bin please leave it in the comments!

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Sermon Notes Round-Up for Kids

This week I have done a Sermon Note Round-Up for kids! Sometimes children who grow up in church can get bored with the routine sitting in church listening to long sermons scenario. Having a ready sermon note sheet for your child(ren) may help them to pay attention more to listening to the service. Many of these sheets have various activities printed on the paper besides a note-taking section. Explore the different styles and see what might work best for your child’s age and maturity.

Another idea: Make these sheets available for all the children in your church. They may help children who may be new to the concept of sitting in a regular church service as opposed to being in a regular children’s service during the worship hour, particularly those who may be guests or children who only come to church on Sunday mornings. Don’t be afraid to challenge children to better listen to and incorporate God’s Word in their lives by using a tool like this. It can help them grow spiritually and teach them to sit more attentively in the church service. I can’t promise that a sheet like this won’t be used for passing notes from time to time but I do believe that it can be a resource to direct their focus on the Lord.

Right now I am working on a set of sermon note sheets for missions conferences!! They will be available within the next week or two. I am very excited to be back involved in providing ministry and Christian parents with tools they can use for their families and in their ministries.

Sermon Notes Round-Up for Kids

Free Downloadable Sheets

Non-Readers Printable Listening Pages Mama’s Learning Corner that encourage kids to trace Bible-centered words and other activities: Regular Sunday pages, Christmas, Resurrection Sunday pages.

Amy at Raising Arrows has created Listening Pages for Readers, five different pages for regular Sundays, some different pages for holidays as well. They have a section for notes and a list of common words used in church where the kids can make tally marks when they hear it.

Monica at Living Simply for God has created My Sermon Book for her four children to use at church. She has some different types of activity pages like: Keyword Alphabet & Count, Keyword Scrabble, and Hangman.

Sermon Notes for Kids by Beth Gorden at 123 Homeschool 4 Me has four different types of printable sheets to use.

Church Focus Cards at Cornerstone Confessions are made to print on 3×5 note cards for younger elementary children. Scroll down the page to find the downloadable page.

Kim Sorgius shares the sermon sheets she uses with her children in church as well as her philosophy on why she uses note-taking pages with her children in church at Not Consumed.

Stacey at A Moment in Our World has a very simple sermon note-taking sheet available.

Do Not Depart also has a simple sheet for early elementary level note-taking with a large space to draw a picture and a place for the main idea.

Kyleigh Kite at Becoming Blameless has created four different grade-level sermon sheets for Pre-K to Kindergarten, first and second grade, and third through sixth grade, and a sheet to help make application at home through the week.

Teachers Pay Teachers Downloads

In order to download these (whether free or for purchase) you must have a Teachers Pay Teachers account. It is free and easy to sign-up.

Bible Study and Sermon Notes Bookmark (free) – this has three bookmarks per sheet that can save on paper and ink if you want a concise note-taking sheet. By: Tiffany Crawl

My Sermon Notes for both Girls (hearts) and Boys (stars) for free. By: Courtney McKurley

Sermon Notes for Kids Sheet ($1.00) for 2nd-4th graders. By: Creations by LAckert

KISS (Kids Involved in Studying Scripture) Worship Note Pages (free). 6 pages.  By: Tricks of the Trade

Sermon Notes for Purchase

Jill Connelly has created a Sermon Notes for Kids spiral book that you can find at Truth Steps Publishing. Ages 6-12, 144 pages. There is also a Teen Sermon Notes book and a Creative Sermon Notes for adults.

Integrity Graphics on Etsy has sermon notebooks for kids, both for boys and girls in a spiral notebook that is for an entire year. Cost: $14.99

Recently published is called Busy Books: Sermon Notes, created by an eighteen year old homeschooler and her mother, Madison & Darlene Schacht (The Time-Warp Wife). Cost: $9.99 There are enough pages in the book for 3 services a week throughout the entire year.

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If you know of a similar resource please include the link in the comment section below!

I Don’t Want My Kids To Be a Rock Star

Rock Star

Please excuse me, while I interrupt my normal writing and step on top of this soap box for a few minutes…

I keep noticing shirts, books, music, television shows, highlight the “glamor” of a rock star lifestyle to my children. As a Christian mother, I have to say, I don’t want my kids to be a rock star. Seriously, I thought this rock star phase would be over by now, but scrolling in search of books I spied a toddler level book about teaching your children to be Bible rock stars. Toddlers being rock stars? and Bible rock stars at that!?

Why does this just seem so wrong? Because it is…I understand the phrase is popular, but the idea, to me is just not Bible-centered. The Bible does not have anything to do with being a rock star. There will be no Bible rock stars at my house.

You do not have to accept the world’s philosophy as it seems crammed down your throat in every store in the clothing and toy section. It isn’t enough that they target young and older adults to find acceptance through singing  songs that appeal to the “old” man (Romans 6:6). But little kids!? It is just another way for Satan to begin grooming children for his desires for their future.

Frankly it all boils down to parents in my generation and what they like. Whatever they like they give to their kids. It doesn’t matter whether it is Biblical, it matters whether it’s cool, popular, and most importantly nostalgic.

Children many times do not know any better. They are young and innocent and will accept things without knowing the meaning behind them. Many parents will guffaw at the thought of me writing about this, but honestly, if our children were to leave home and pursue a lifestyle that embraced the world and threw their “Christian upbringing” behind, then they would hit their knees in prayer pleading for their return. Or maybe like many people I’ve seen, they would applaud their efforts for using the talent God had given them in almost every other venue and not for the Lord in their own church.

My Concern

Minimizing the subtle tactics of Satan, may be maximizing your child’s potential for not loving God with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Yes, I realize, we can make mountains out of mole hills and mole hills out of mountains, but what will it take for many of us to stand up and protect our children from society’s pressure of making them the product opposite of God’s plans for their lives?

A toddler will not necessarily understand the board book they are reading says “Baby Rock Star,” but it’s the next step of buying the rock star shirt, doll or Lego set, or the fast paced guitar strumming video game. Are kids viewing these things as acceptable because we allow it little by little? It takes simple choices of seeing the rock star mentality creeping in and eliminating the influences. It may be that you have to redirect your child at the shopping rack, toy department, or video game area or replace things you already have at home that are promoting  things contrary to God’s Word. The Holy Spirit will lead and guide you if you will allow Him to.

Changing Our “Inside” Influence

Most of us do not have to make huge changes in our lives to ensure the safety of our children when it comes to outside influences… but when it comes to the inside influence of ourselves we make exceptions. We need to be reading the Bible and applying its principles of protecting and guiding our children AND ourselves. We are the guardians of our children, the fences of protection and shields of their hearts, minds, and bodies. But how can we protect them to the fullest sense if we are allowing those things into our own lives by the music we listen to, places we go, and things we watch, and items we buy?

But That’s Not All

It really isn’t all about society’s rock star exaltation, there are all types of lures that Satan is using to entice our children. You may not battle Guitar Hero but you may battle the exaltation of sports, fashion, extremely popular children’s movies or books, you fill in the blank. The enticements are not just coming from outside sources though. C’mon, too often they are originating from us, as parents, and our indulgences instead of our holiness.

Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” I don’t want my kids to be a rock star because I don’t want them to be adult rock stars. Their hearts require my diligence, because out of those little hearts come the issues of life. God forbid that my negligence in allowing something that was even borderline between righteousness and unrighteousness would be where the lure of their downfall began.
Consider the Biblical example of Abraham and Lot. Where did Lot get a taste for Sodom? In Egypt where Abraham took him in one of his flights in fear.

Many people would roll their eyes and say, “It’s all about balance, letting kids be kids and do the things that kids do.” We need to be making the deposit of Biblical influences greater in our children’s lives greater than the weight of the world’s influences. You’re right, it’s about the type of balance. Our child’s balance should contain so much of God that the world’s influences will never outweigh the amount of love they have for the Lord.

The Christian Life is Best because of Christ

I want my kids to know that the Christian life is more exciting than a rock star’s life!

A rock star’s music speaks to the flesh, God’s music speaks to the heart.

A rock star lives a life in front of people lonely for true friendships. A child of God serves people and always has God to walk beside them and good Christian friendships too.

A rock star seeks to please others through their fashion and music. A child of God seeks to please God through their obedience.

A rock star uses money for indulgences. A child of God earns money to take care of their responsibilities and minister to others.

A rock star loves the roar of the crowd at a concert. A child of God can feel content with serving God even when they are alone. They can feel satisfaction from hearing the still small voice of God throughout their lifetime and someday, Lord willing, will hear “Well done, thy good and faithful servant.”

A rock star lives in pursuit of personal gain. A child of God lives in pursuit of God. Period.

A rock star uses his talents to woo people to buy albums so they can get money in their bank to fulfill their heart’s desires. A child of God uses his talents to woo people to Jesus Christ and minister to the hearts of those who are already saved. God then fulfills their heart’s desires.

My Final Thoughts

We are not superior to any type of people who choose to live a rock star lifestyle. But for the grace of God, I could be in that situation doing that very thing. Righteousness is not even obtained through what we do or do not do. It is given to us at salvation in exchange for our sinfulness. Our children do not know the perils that lie ahead of them in this life or the tactics Satan will try to maneuver against them. Please guard your own heart so that you can be wise enough to guard the hearts of your child(ren).

I will get off my soap box now and walk quietly down the sidewalk of life again… until I see another Bible rock star book for toddlers. (wink, wink)