Friends, there are some truly wonderful Bible resources available! While we love our books (and we do love those books), I always like to pair book learning with something hands-on. Sometimes that involves a craft or notebooking, but often it involves a game, a model kit, or a toy. Additionally, we love adding Dover’s coloring books and sticker sets to our little mini-units.
I’ve put together five Bible Read & Play Kits for you. Usually, each Read & Play Kit consists of:
- A Great Book & a Cool Hands-On Resource
- The Thinking Kids Review (if available)
- Suggested Play-Along Options for Younger Siblings
- Coordinating Dover Coloring & Sticker Books
Coming up with the Bible kits required a little creativity, so you may see a slightly different format for each kit. Some kits are ages 8-18, some are ages 11 and under. Some have coloring resources available, while others do not. This is how I like to theme things in our home, though, so I hope it blesses you and gives you some good ideas!
This is an absolutely gorgeous book for kids that helps explain theology, based on Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine by Wayne Grudem. I’m having a giveaway for a copy of The Ology right now, and you should absolutely go enter! Theology concepts can be a little abstract, even with amazing story and creative illustrations. Using puppets to creatively reenact what kids have learned is a fabulous way to help solidify those important concepts.
Thinking Kids Review of The Ology: The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New
The Ology: The Ology: Ancient Truths, Ever New
Bible Puppets: Plush Happy Kids Hand Puppets Set – 8 pc – Multi Ethnical Collection
Additional Play-Along Options: Melissa & Doug Deluxe Puppet Theater OR 4M Wooden Spoon Puppet Theatre Kit
All 66 Books!
66 Books One Story: A Guide to Every Book of the Bible will be replacing What the Bible is all about for Kids in Bible Road Trip for grades 1-6. It’s a really nice overview of each book of the Bible, and it’s designed perfectly for families to use at family worship, or for individual study for older kids. The Bible Bookcase puzzle is a wonderful way for kids to learn the books of the Bible, the order they go in, as well as what genre each book falls into. The puzzle is self-correcting, which is wonderful.
Thinking Kids Review of 66 Books One Story: 66 Books One Story: A Guide to Every Book of the Bible
66 Books: 66 Books One Story: A Guide to Every Book of the Bible
Bible Bookcase Puzzle: Bible Bookcase Puzzle
This Read & Play Kit is aimed at kids under the age of 11. The Christmas Story by Carine MacKenzie is a great recounting of the coming of Christ for ages 5-11. For children under age 5, consider The Very First Christmas by Catherine MacKenzie. The Christmas Story is a beautiful recounting of the birth of Christ according to the Scriptural accounts. Allowing younger children to have hands-on nativity sets to work with can help them process Jesus’ coming in a tangible way. If you are opposed to the physical representation of Christ, you may prefer the Playmobil Three Wise Kings set below. Our children loved their Little People set. For older children, the Playmobil sets are a good choice.
Thinking Kids Review of The Christmas Story: The Christmas Story
The Christmas Story: The Christmas Story: The Bible Version
Little People A Christmas Story: Fisher-Price Little People A Christmas Story
Additional Options: PLAYMOBIL Nativity Stable with Manger Play Set OR PLAYMOBIL Three Wise Kings Set
Coordinating Dover Coloring & Stickers: Dover Nativity Coloring & Stickers
God’s Special Tent is a wonderful resource all on its own, and I highly recommend it. It has a good deal of information on the tabernacle, coloring pages, and a blueprint to build your own paper tabernacle. (We used cardstock and fabric–see my review.) The 3-D Tabernacle Puzzle is a great way to follow up that learning with a sturdy puzzle. I love reinforcing concepts by approaching them from multiple angles. The related play-along option is a book and model on the Solomonic Temple. What a great unit study these items would make!
Thinking Kids Review of God’s Special Tent: God’s Special Tent
God’s Special Tent: God’s Special Tent: The Story of the Tabernacle and What Came After (Activity)
3-D Tabernacle Puzzle: Tabernacle 3D Puzzle
Related Play-Along Option: Solomon’s Temple Model
Coordinating Dover Coloring: Dover Old Testament & Bible
The Gospel of John!
Into the Book is a unique, fabulous book for middle and high school students. There’s a talking mouse (who’s a bit of a detective), a skeptical philosophy major who just lost her grandma, and an exciting adventure into the book of John. It’s one of those books you know is going to be really great, or go really awry. It’s really great! Since it’s really difficult to find great teen activities on the book of John, or talking mice, I went with a detective theme. Sherlock Holmes: The Card Game looks like fun for ages 8 and up, and it fits the detective theme, without being too young for middle and high school students.
Thinking Kids Review of Into the Book (Includes link to purchase paperback edition): Into the Book: An Adventurous Journey into the Book of John
Into the Book (Kindle Edition): Into the Book
Sherlock Holmes: The Card Game: Sherlock Holmes The Card Game
Alternative Games: Scotland Yard – Family Game OR LEGO Creator Expert Detective’s Office (This is expensive, but also super cool!)
Play-Along Options for Younger Siblings: Melissa & Doug On The GO Secret Decoder Deluxe Activity Set Toy OR ALEX Toys Secret Marker Kit
Dover Coloring: Color Your Own Graphic Novel SHERLOCK HOLMES: The Hound of the Baskervilles (Dover Classic Stories Coloring Book)
Thinking Kids Book Review Indexes
- Parenting / Homeschooling
- Ages 4-7
- Ages 8-12 (Middle Grade)
- Middle School
- High School
- Read & Play Kits
Thinking Kids Pinterest Book Boards
- Read & Play Kits
- Christian Books for Preschoolers
- Christian Books for 4-7 Year Olds
- Christian Books for the Middle Grades
- Christian Books for Middle School
- Christian Books for High School
- Christian Books for Kids’ Devotions
- Christian Books about Parenting
Image: Assaulting the Jujube Tree, Su Hanchen (c.1130-c.1170), Public Domain
~ Danika Cooley
Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.