7 Tips for Teaching Preschoolers the Bible
Teaching children about God and His Word is the single most important part of a child’s education, and instructing preschoolers about the Bible presents its
own joys and challenges. Preschoolers
are naturally curious yet at the same time
I would like to o;er seven tips to help
you in your journey of teaching your little ones the Bible.
1. Keep it simple. ;e words and story
line should be made as simple as possible
while remaining accurate. Teach the Bible in short chunks of time. Preschoolers
don’t have the same attention span as do
you and your older kids.
2. Prioritize. Which stories and events
in the Scriptures do you most desire
your children to know at a young age?
It might be helpful to make a list. It will
be a while before your children read the
entire Bible, so it’s good to identify the
Bible knowledge that it’s most important
By Alyssa Liljequist
Which stories and events in the Scriptures do you
most desire your children to know at a young age?
If you don’t sound
excited, they won’t be.
“out of the way” as if it were just another
subject on a list. Bible time with kids
should be a positive experience.
6. Ask questions. To help stories sink
in and stick, ask questions like these:
“Who led the Israelites into Jericho?” and
“How many days did they walk around
the wall?” Keep it light and don’t become
frustrated if they get answers completely
“wrong.” ;ey are learning. Gently tell
them the correct answers. You can repeat
the questions to see if they understand.
7. Finally, don’t underestimate your
preschoolers. ;ey absorb more than
you know. Don’t shy away from deep
topics such as heaven and hell and life
and death. ;ey can—and should—
begin learning about these things at an age-appropriate level.
I hope you and your children have fun
studying God’s Word together. Enjoy this
3. Use visuals. Pictures spice things
up. Flannel graphs are lots of fun; it’s as if
you have a stage with cast and settings at
Even your own hands can be used to
make shapes and emphasize numbers.
For instance, with the story of Joshua and
Jericho, the Israelites had to walk around
the wall for six days (hold up six ;ngers)
and on the seventh day, they walked
around seven times (hold seven ;ngers
up). Encourage the children to hold up
their own ;ngers. ;is way they are learn-
ing to count in addition to learning about
the Bible. Visuals are not only incredibly
helpful in keeping kids’ attention, but they
also help them remember the story.
Alyssa Liljequist is an 18-year-old homeschool graduate of 2011. She enjoys helping with the children in her church’s preschool ministry. She has a passion for
reaching the unreached with the Gospel. In
addition to being a freelance writer, Alyssa
is an aspiring author and ;lmmaker. You
can visit her blog, Life With A Mission,