Activities for Children

Introduce your children to the several symbols of Christ found in the New Testament: the Lamb; the door; the lamp; etc. Get them to draw these symbols and color them. When they have finished put them on your refrigerator or in their rooms.

THE DOOR

John 10: 1-2, 7-9. “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber; but he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
...Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not heed them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved...”

THE LAMB

John 1: 29. The next day [John] saw Jesus coming towards him, and said: “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

THE GOOD SHEPHERD

John 10:11. “I am the good shepherd.” Jesus describes Himself not as “the shepherd” but as the “good shepherd.” And not just “a” good shepherd, but “the” good shepherd who willingly gives up his life for his sheep.

Also read 1 Samuel 17:34-36, where David tells us how, while still a shepherd boy, he killed a lion and a bear while defending his father's flock.

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Isaiah 62: 1. “For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest until her vindication goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch.”

John 8: 12. “...I am the light of the world...”

THE BREAD OF LIFE

John 6:35, 48. Jesus said unto them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst...I am the bread of life.“

THE TRUE VINE

John 15: 1-3, 5. “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine dresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit he takes away; and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit...I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

Books for Children.

Our Holy Father The Pope

This book covers the Biblical support for the Catholic belief in the Papacy as beginning with St. Peter when Jesus changed his name to Peter or "rock" and gave Peter the "keys of the kingdom." The book gives other support such as the times Jesus singled out Peter at the Last Supper as well as when he asked Peter to "feed my sheep." The meaning and history of the "Chair of Saint Peter," and the "Keys of the Kingdom" are explained as well as a brief look at some of the Church's greatest popes. Even information on Saint Peter's Basilica, the Swiss Guard, and the pope's duties is included. The end of the book has a list of all the popes and gives the exact Bible passages and sources of Tradition to support the Papacy. Overall, very thorough, and certainly not just for children.

Bible Wheels To Make and Enjoy, by Carmen Sorvillo

Children from 4 to 7 can make the Bible Wheels easily by cutting them out, coloring, and assembling. A window in the wheel reveals what happens in the Bible story and the children can turn the wheel dial to retell the Bible story they just learned over and over again. The book contains 30 Bible Wheels that have limited text with the title of the story, the Bible reference and pictures telling the Bible story on each one.

Crafts from your Favorite Bible Stories, by Kathy Ross

27 creative crafts to capture your child's attention and help reinforce Bible truths and stories for your children. Each craft has a scripture listed, a colorful illustration, and clear step-by-step directions. Crafts include: Creation Wheel, The Tree of Knowledge, Noah's Ark, Sarah and Baby Isaac Puppet, Jacob's Ladder, Joseph Magnet, Moses in the Bulrushes Glove Puppet, The Parting of the Red Sea, Ram Horn Trumpet, Hair-Growing Samson, Hand Lamb, Elijah and the Ravens Puppets, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the Fiery Furnace, The Handwriting Appears on the Wall, Jonah in the Big Fish Puppet, Cardboard Tube Manger, Three Kings Hats, Turning Water Into Wine, Stand Up and Walk, A Basket With Five Loaves and Two Fishes, Jairus's Daughter Puppet, Jesus Walks on Water, A Story About Gratitude, Waving Palms, The Empty Tomb, Jesus Ascends, and Paul Over the Wall.

Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word, by Linda Standke

Start by looking up the scripture reference to answer the question about each story. Then find and circle the story related items hidden in the picture. Each puzzle has a list of 8 items to find. The book has 27 (13 Old and 14 New Testament) hidden picture puzzles and also an answer key for each.

The Usborne Children's Bible by Heather Amery

A collection of 44 favorite Bible stories, all very accurate retellings from Scripture that are easy for children to understand and enjoy. The book is very colorful and has beautiful illustrations that children really enjoy.

The Story of Jack and Jill

You might have heard about Jack and Jill going up the hill to fetch a pail of water. You know that Jack fell down, and what did he break? Yes, he broke his crown. And what did Jill do? She burst out laughing.

And that is how the row between Jack and Jill began.

“Stop Jill,” cried Jack. “Stop laughing at once. It is not nice to laugh when somebody has an accident,” he said, while rubbing his sore head. But Jill could not stop laughing. “Very well then. Laugh all you want to, ” said Jack, “but you can fetch the pail of water all by yourself. I am not your friend anymore.” And Jack picked himself up off the ground and marched down the hill.

And the row between Jack and Jill got worse.

“But Jack, you looked so funny,” Jill called after him. “Don't be cross Jack. I couldn't help laughing

But Jack would not come back. So Jill picked up the bucket and filled it with water all by herself. The bucket was very heavy. So heavy that it was difficult to carry it on her own. As she was going down the hill with the bucket she slipped.

“Help!” she shouted, as she tumbled all the way down the hill. By the time she reached the bottom of the hill, her clothes were all wet and covered in mud. Now it was Jack's turn to laugh.

“Stop Jack,” cried Jill. “Stop laughing at once. It is not nice to laugh when somebody has an accident,” she said. But Jack could not stop laughing.

“Very well then. Laugh all you want to, ” said Jill, “but you can just go back up the hill and fetch another pail of water all by yourself. I am not your friend anymore.”

She sat down at the bottom of the hill to wait while the sun dried her clothes. And so the row between Jack and Jill continued.

Oh dear. What could these two children do to make peace?

Meanwhile, their father was getting worried about them. “They should be back by now,” he said to himself. “I had better go and see what has happened to them.”

When he reached the hill, he found Jack and Jill sitting at the bottom with their backs to each other. They would not look at each other. They would not talk to each other. They would not help each other. They would not be friends with each other.

“Jack laughed at me,” said Jill crossly.

“She laughed at me first,” said Jack.

“Stop, Stop, Stop,” their father said. “This arguing will get us nowhere. We need to make peace instead of fighting.”

“We dont know how to make peace,” they both said.

“It's easy,” said father. “First you tell each other that you are sorry. Then you say that you won't do it again. And then you shake hands. That's a sign that you are friends and that you will stop fighting.”

And that is how the row between Jack and Jill was ended.