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.
Just in case you’re interested, you might want to check out this book with even more Bible stories for your kids: 30 New Testament Interactive Stories for Young Children (The Steven James Storytelling Library)
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