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Fun Ways to Tell Bible Stories with Pop-Up Stories


The Scripture Lady loves coming up with fun ways to tell Bible stories! Here is one called “Pop-Up Stories.”

Preschoolers like to wiggle around. That’s the way God made them. So, when it comes time to tell them a Bible story, take this into consideration and give them a reason to wiggle, or in this instance, a reason to do some popping.

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:

Before telling a Bible story, prepare some pictures of objects or people that will be spoken about in the story. For example, if you are going to tell the story of Elijah being fed by the ravens, you will want to prepare some pictures of ravens, bread, water, Elijah and maybe the brook or river that he sat by. I make all of my pictures on my computer and then laminate them for long-term use.

Invite the children to your story time. Fan out the pictures in your hands “card style” and then let each child pick a card. Make sure that each child has one picture. If your class is on the larger side, let more than one child have the same picture. After each picture is chosen, make sure you describe the picture they picked. This verbal description will help them listen more closely to the story as it is read.

Once every child has a picture, tell the class that you are going to read a special story from God’s Word the Bible. Explain to them that whenever they hear the picture on their card spoken about in the story, they should pop up out of their seats each time they hear it. Do a trial run by saying each of the pictures names so that they get the idea.

Finally, read your Bible story and enjoy the popping. You might want to treat them to some popcorn afterward!

Just in case you’re interested, you might want to check out this book with even more Bible lessons for your preschoolers: First & Favorite Bible Lessons for Preschoolers

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2 thoughts on “Fun Ways to Tell Bible Stories with Pop-Up Stories”

  • I’ve used this idea many times. I am a bit concerned though, since the directions at the bottom says “READ the story.”
    Telling a story is much more effective than reading it, especially to preschoolers.

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