A friend recently asked for structured Bible Study ideas for kids aged 4-6. I thought I'd share my answer here.
Bible Story time is my favorite part of our day! We've done a variety of things, but here are a few "structured" books that come to mind:
1. Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland.
My parents used this with my brother and I, and I read it to my own children. I
hope to re-read it in a couple of years to catch my 2 youngest in it. It's
excellent theology in simple terms. I read it when I had a 6 & 4 year old.
2. Child's Character Building Book, Vol 1 & 2.
I went through most of these with our kids after we finished Leading Little
Ones. It's nice and simple, with stories that they can follow and participate
3. Character Building for Families
This is what I am using now. My nine & almost seven year old get the most out
of it, but I'm amazed at how my 4 year old participates. It doesn't have the
"fun" aspect that the younger kid devotionals have, but it's a nice "next
level." Longer Bible reading and more complex questions.
4. Day by Day Devotions by Ken Sande
Next Fall, I'm considering using this. My friend Robin likes it a lot. I also
like the activities it suggests at the end of each chapter.
5. Many would encourage you to read the Bible to them! We usually are studying
and memorizing a long passage of scripture. Try memorizing with them Psalm 1,
Psalm 23, or the Fruit of the Spirit. Just add a little every day. You'll be
amazed at what long passages they can retain! (It's good motivation for you too...) Be sure to add hand motions!
Most of all - HAVE FUN. If you love Jesus and love spending time with Him, then
it will show when you lead them in the study of His word.
PS - I recently wrote a devotional through the 23rd Psalm that is being
published and will be released (hopefully) 1st Q Next year... Keep your eyes
open! :) (Selfish Plug...)