It’s important for us to read through Scripture with our children, but we can really find joy diving into the Bible and learning about passages.
The Armor of God
One of my favorite Bible passages to teach my kids about has always been Ephesians 6:10-18.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.
I mean, what child doesn’t love to envision themselves as a mighty warrior for God? And really, that’s who I want to raise: Mighty warriors for God.
I love that God gives us such great word pictures in Scripture, and the armor of God passion in Ephesians is for sure one of the most exciting.
Here are some reasons Bible activities are a GREAT tool to help you teach the Bible to your kids!
I encourage you to go through the armor of God passage with your kids and memorize the pieces of armor the Lord gives his people, talking about what each piece of armor means in our lives. To help you do this, I’ve put together a fun list of Armor of God crafts and activities for you.
Armor of God Crafts and Activities for Kids
1) Make the Full Armor of God Costume craft as a family — you can grab an armor template and printable bases. Check out this quick video showing you how to make your Armor of God costume craft:
2)Do this Armor of God Bible Study and make the lapbook as you study.
3) This is pretty cool and comes with printable templates. Help your kids construct their own wearable armor of God costume: a helmet of salvation, a sword of the Spirit, a shield of faith, a breastplate of righteousness, a belt of truth, and sandals of peace.
4) Download this fun Armor of God activity pack.
5) Make this awesome, foldable Armor of God soldier craft. This is a little complicated, so it might be really great for older kids.
6) Teach the Armor of God with this Write, Color, and Memorize Bible verse set.
7) Color in these fun Armor of God coloring pages. (Click on the thumbnails of the pages, then print.)
8) Play Armor of God Bingo. These Bingo sheets are downloadable.
Cool Armor of God Gear for Kids
God’s Armor StickersArmor of God Kids Craft KitThe Armor of God Verse SongPut on The Whole Armor of God WristbandsThe Armor of GodArmor Of God Roman Soldier Figurine
9) Paint an Armor of God soldier using canvas board and acrylic paint. Label each piece of armor with a fine point permanent marker.
10) Do an Armor of God crossword puzzle.
11) Learn about Roman armor and what each piece meant for a soldier. When Paul wrote Ephesians 6, he was a Roman citizen. Talk about why it’s important to wear armor into a battle.
12) Memorize 48 Bible verses about the Armor of God with this cute Bible memory verse card set.
13) When my kids were younger, we loved pretending to put on the full armor of God every morning. We’d make a big deal out of putting on each invisible piece, talking about what each piece meant, and how important it is.
14) Ephesians 6:18 tells us to pray in the Spirit at all times. Teach your kids to pray with this fun Family Prayer Box craft with 6 sets of prayer cards.
Well, there you have it. A list of armor of God crafts and activities your kids are sure to love!
Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible
You want your kids to learn and love the Bible.
You want to teach the Bible…
As parents, we deeply desire the best for our kids. We look for the right schools, we make them eat right and exercise, and we get them involved in extracurricular activities. We take our job as parents seriously.
But are we also putting our time and energy into
teaching them the Bible? Giving them the life-changing, soul-nourishing words of Scripture is not only doable, it’s an essential part of parenting kids for Jesus. And the good news is, studying God’s Word as a family doesn’t have to be difficult!
2 Timothy 2:15, ESV, says:
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Our job, as parents who love Jesus, is to help our kids become approved workers, unashamed and rightly handling the word of truth.
The good news? Teaching the Bible isn’t hard. Your family can learn the Bible together.
…and you can!
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You will finish this book feeling encouraged and empowered to initiate and strengthen your child’s relationship with the Lord through His Word.
Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible will equip you with everything you need to know to teach the Bible to your kids!
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a m says
Danika, thank you for your thoughtful, timely, biblical encouragement and resources.
Claire Winson says
Wow! This is fantastic! As a boy-mom (and said boy LOVES Pilgrim’s Progress), I can see this is going to keep the rest of our summer packed full! Aside from the fun crafts, I love the tips on making an intentional effort to put on our armor each day – not only a fun thing to do, but learning the Word of God, prepping for our day ahead and also instilling a life long readiness to pick up our cross and follow the Lord!
Great ideas. Thanks.
Deborah Bown says
Great ideas. I’m going to use them with my kids.
Thanks for sharing!
This would be AMAZING!!! Thanks for the opportunity. Also thank you for the printable Bible verses for kids to memorize. They are great!
Amanda Skinner says
We just had a message about the Armor of God at church! This will be the perfect way to reinforce the message with my kids!
Jen Andrade says
This is my first year as head teacher at our Methodist Preschool, sure would love to start off with a fun win!
Erin Miller says
What a lot of great ideas! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity too!
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Taking a different Avenue this year in HSing my almost 10 yr old. So excited to add more variation, to meet her learning style and needs… and an amazing opportunity to possibly be blessed with a gift card!
Jill Adams says
Taking such an imperative lesson, and reaching kids with activities across the curriculum and with different learning styles is amazing! Thank you for making such an awesome packet!
This would be a huge blessing! Thank you for the chance.
Alex Walker says
Such a fun giveaway!! And love all the activities on Eph. 6.
Thank you for sharing this and offering the contest!
L Kuiper says
Wow, thanks for doing all the research to provide so many options for teaching the armor of God to our children!
Also thank you for doing something special to help others with this gift that you are offering.
Nova R says
Thanks for this fun post and giveaway. I appreciate all that you share here.
Judith Martinez says
These are fun ideas. I need to add an armor of God study to our plans.
I had always just thought of soldiers from ancient/medieval times in general when thinking about the armor of God. For some reason, I had never connected that to the fact that Paul was a Roman citizen and, therefore, probably used to seeing Roman soldiers around. Thanks for making that connection for me! Also, thanks for so many great ideas!
Stevie Arledge says
Wonderful ideas. I could see boys especially enjoying this!!
Susan Menzmer says
I love your creativity in making the Bible come alive! And so much exciting news about Bible Road Trip!
Thanks for some great hands-on ideas to teach this passage!!
Thank you for helping us along our homeschool journey. We have enjoyed your resources in the past and are excited to continue to reference them.
I’m so excited about the upcoming giveaways and updated Bible road trip! We just need a few more items to complete our homeschool curriculum for the year. Thank you for your consideration!
vicky b says
This looks super fun! Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this very generous gift card!!
Ryan W says
Great resources! Thanks for sharing!
LJ Tyler says
I just wrote on my planner that I wanted to teach my littles about the armor of God this year and then I found the giveaway and it was in this post about the armor of God! Yay!
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Thanks for that!
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I am really enjoying seeing your book reviews for children. So many new offerings. Thank you!