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Bible Story Faux Pas: Fun Ways to Tell Bible Stories


The Scripture Lady loves coming up with fun ways to tell Bible stories! Here is one called “Bible Story Faux Pas.”

Once upon a time in the Bible, Noah built a house and gathered all of the animals in groups of fives…”Wait a minute!”  I can hear you say.  “That’s not how the story goes!”  And I would say, “Good job!  You’re right!  Noah didn’t build a house.  Noah built an ark.  And he didn’t gather the animals in groups of fives.  They were gathered in groups of twos.”

Fun ways to tell Bible stories will help your children hide God’s Word in their hearts and for this one you will need to do the following:

Children love to hear stories read to them over and over again.  Bible stories are no exception.  But why not “test” your children’s listening skills by reading the story with a few “changes”.  I’ve already given you an example of how the story of Noah can be changed.   After each change that you make, try and pause and see if your child heard the faux pas or mistake.  If he catches the change, tell him, “Well done!  You know your Bible stories!”

Here are some ideas for “changes” for a few other well-read Bible stories:

Adam and Eve: Call Eve – Mary.  They lived in a zoo instead of a garden.  Eve sinned by eating a hamburger from the Tree of Life.

Abraham and Sarah Have a Baby: Abraham was visited by 3 sheep instead of 3 men.  The 3 men told Abraham that Sarah would have a big birthday party next year instead of a baby.  When Sarah heard the news, she snored instead of laughed.

Jacob Has a Dream: Jacob stopped to rest at a Motel 6 instead of outside.  He used a backpack instead of a pillow on which to lay his head.  Jacob dreamed of elephants instead of angels going up and down a ladder out of Heaven.

Joseph, the Dreamer: Jacob gave his son, Joseph, a special skateboard instead of a coat.  Joseph dreamed that basketball stars bowed downed to him instead of the sun, moon and stars.  Joseph’s brothers threw him down into a lake.

The Call of Moses: While tending his sheep, Moses saw a burning burrito instead of a bush.  God told Moses that He wanted him to tell the president instead of Pharaoh, to let His people go.  When Moses threw down his rod it turned into a piece of licorice instead of a snake.

I think you get the idea.  Just have some fun with it.  I’m sure your kids will enjoy it.

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6 thoughts on “Bible Story Faux Pas: Fun Ways to Tell Bible Stories”

  • This came at just the right time for me! I am going through the Wordless Book with our children’s church and these kids know every one of these Bible stories, as well as the Bible verses so well, they could tell them in their sleep. I have managed to find ways for the first two pages but this idea of yours will be just right since we will be having the birth of Christ next. I will use it and they will love it! Thank you for such great ideas!

    As a lead-in for this lesson, I have made a time line with all the prophecies about Christ, using visuals of each who was told of his birth before he was born-Adam and Eve, Moses, David, the prophets, John the Baptist, etc..

  • Great! Thank You! I have been a SS teacher for over 40 year…oh my…that is telling my age. Anyway, I love children and when I found this site I was thrilled. Can’t wait to try some of these. I found this by searching and was so excited couldn’t wait.

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  • Hello Kathy,
    I have been coying with the idea of being a sunday school teacher for a long time. I hesitate because I didn’t think I could be creative enough in class. But now after visiting this site, I can’t wait to approach my pastor! I will definitely let you know how it goes. This is great!!!

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