Tips for Creating Bible Study Lessons for Kids

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Teaching God's word to children is an important and fulfilling ministry. Whether you are church staff or volunteer, seminary trained or simply love learning, we all could use some help and encouragement from other teachers in preparing a lesson for children.  Phil Vischer, Creator of VeggieTales and Founder of jellytelly.com, gives practical tips for creating Bible study lessons for kids from his own experience. 

Phil is the Founder of Jellyfish Labs and the creator and storyteller behind VeggieTales and What's in the Bible?. He is the author of the popular children’s books Sidney and Norman and 47 Beavers on the Big Blue Sea.

Listen as Phil starts off by talking about his creative process.



Good work comes when we pursue God, not good work. 

Take a moment to ask yourself if you are pursuing God in the creative process of your teaching. Is there anything that needs to change? Now write down some of the things God is teaching you. How can those fit into what you are teaching kids?
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Next, Phil talks about getting into the mind of our audience … the kid.



Figure out what kids don't know and teach them.

What do you find interesting? What do you want to learn? How can you weave any of those questions into your next lesson in a way that a kid in your class would ask?
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Phil gave a good suggestion to not shy away from using big biblical terms and concepts with the importance of explaining and defining those terms in your lessons. Next, Phil delves deeper into creating the appropriate material for the age of your group.



Kids are in the mode of learning.

How are you encouraging and motivating your kids to learn the deep truths of the Bible? Have you underestimated their abilities to absorb and comprehend? Is there anything that needs to change?
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As you push our kids to learn and grow, Phil offers some suggestions about where he gets inspiration to add some interest to the lesson. 



Use wit to make a point.

Who makes you laugh? Who is relevant and funny? Why? How can you use their inspiration in a lesson for your kids? Like C.S. Lewis, how can you combine faith and wit to make a point?
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As we put the pieces of our lesson together, Phil reminds us about the power of the simple story.



People respond to story.

Phil talked about how anyone can tell a story and a good story will engage kids. How are you telling the stories in your lesson? How are the kids responding? Is there anything that needs to change?
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And finally, Phil gives a final thought to making sure the kids we teach grow to know the Bible. As the shampoo bottle directs: Wash. Rinse. Repeat!



People learn through repetition.


Keeping in line with Phil's encouragement of repetition, here is the list again. Go back over it again to think about how you can utilize them in your next lesson.
  • Good work comes when we pursue God, not good work. 
  • Figure out what kids don't know and teach them.
  • Kids are in the mode of learning.
  • Use wit to make a point.
  • People respond to story.
  • People learn through repetition.


Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.
                                                        ~ 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)


For more RightNow Media training posts, teaching videos and Children's Bible study resources from Phil Vischer, click here.