Making Stories Stick

Remember when we talked about asking head, heart, and hands questions after telling your Bible or mission story to children? Once you’ve incorporated this into your storytelling, move on to use a variety of sensory activities to cement the stories.

Drama flows as a very natural progression from the story questioning time, because children now have the story implanted in their minds and hearts. Ask for volunteers to act out the story and use the story dialogue. Or, narrate the story while children provide the actions. Consider helping children create a song about the story and pairing it with drama.

Use head, heart, and hands questions with pictures of the Bible or missionary story to draw out aspects of the story. Take a small 3-by-3-inch construction paper square, fold it in half, and cut another square from the folded end, leaving a half-inch square border. Unfold the square border and use it to highlight your focus in the picture as you ask questions.

Games work very well to reinforce stories. Concentration games are great for facts. Use simple case studies or role playing to discover what children would do in certain situations—an application of the truth learned. Divide children into pairs and let each child practice retelling the story. Encourage children to think of someone who needs to hear the story and make plans to tell the story to him or her.

Use every means to help children experience and learn about the Bible and how God is using missionaries to help people learn about Him.


by Janet Erwin


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