Our family loves the Bible lessons from Grapevine Studies, which teaches children the Bible through drawing stick figures. Our youngest has been doing this since the age of 4 and will often times draw his favorite Bible stories that we haven't even studied yet, while we are out of the house on errands or at church. He loves it! I love that this simple method of learning the Bible has been so effective that he is thinking of it on his own when we aren't even doing homeschool.
That is when I got this idea.
DIY Bible Lesson Cards for Learning on the Go
Here is what you will need to create your own Bible Lesson Cards:
- Select a 12 lesson book from Grapevine Studies – Our example is Creation to Jacob.
- 4X6 Ruled Index Cards – one side is lined the other is blank
- 1 inch Binder Rings – you will need one ring per 12 lesson book
- Large variety of colored pencils – We love the 50 Crayola Colored Pencils
- Hole puncher
- Optional, but highly recommend is an laminator – it will keep these cards looking good through all kinds of wear and tear!
- If you do laminate the cards, you will need laminator sheets. I recommend this cheaper brand.
- Again, if you are laminating these, you will need a pair of scissors as well.
Here is how you make your DIY Bible Lesson Cards
On the blank side of your index card, you will want to draw the picture for the lesson that you are on or have your children do it, like I did. It is important to use the same color for each of the drawing that is specified. So if your children are doing this with you, be sure they understand to look at the colors for each stick figure and item in the lesson and to use that color when drawing.
Label the top of the card, on the blank side, where the drawing goes with the name of the lesson. This will help readers identify what the lesson is about just by looking at the drawing and the title.
On the lined side of the index card, you will want to write the assignment for Bible reading, skip a line and then write the portion for ‘Discussion'. Although the purpose of these cards are for the children to enjoy using these DIY Bible lesson cards anywhere, they can also be used as true lessons in the waiting room for an appointment, long drives with the family, in lines at the store or sick days in bed.
These are the key things you will want to add to the front and back of these DIY Bible lesson cards.
Another thing that I have added to the lesson cards is the colorful timeline reviews. I love this activity at the end of every lesson! I can't believe how easy it is for my son, who just turned 5, to be able to look at this review and go through the timeline retelling me the stories from the lessons… just from the pictures!
Your children will LOVE this resource. You will love their knowledge of the Bible and how easy it is to teach them, while keeping their attention.
Due to the amount of work that goes into these cards and their value to our family, plus knowing that these cards will be used for a long time with my little guy drawing in church, I wanted to really preserve them by laminating them. I have learned the hard way that when something is used again and again, it is always best to invest in laminating them to ensure they are a non-consumable investment, instead of having to purchase them several times for all of my children.