I had bought my small grandson a simple puzzle board and, as I took it out of the pack, I smiled and called out to him, "Here's a puzzle for you, Fletcher, but it might be a bit tricky for you!"
Instantly, he leapt to his feet and called out, "Not too tricky for me! Coming now!"
Whether it's jigsaw puzzles, Find-a-Word, Crossword puzzles or Sudoku everyone, regardless of age, seems to enjoy solving puzzles. Here are 5 simple ways that you can spark interest and include puzzles to interest and involve kids in learning Bible truths.
2. Home activity. Send home the puzzle with your students to complete at home for extra points, whether it's for individual prizes or for extra team points. The prizes don't have to be big- sometimes just a bookmark or a balloon or even to be the special helper or assistant for the day can be reward enough, plus the challenge itself of solving the puzzle before anyone else!
3. Include the puzzle with the weekly take-home resources that you provide for your kidmin families. This means that everyone in the family can be involved in solving the puzzle, while learning Bible truths at home.
4. Use a puzzle for your small group time on Sunday morning. It's a creative way to involve the kids and encourage their detective abilities in solving a problem that relates to your lesson.
5. Project the puzzle on-screen for everyone to complete together during the lesson time. It's simply done. Insert the puzzle image into a Powerpoint presentation slide. Then use the 'draw' feature of Powerpoint to add the letters, lines or information needed. You'll find that kids won't need too much encouragement to come up and help solve this large onscreen puzzle. Award points as you go, if you have a team competition happening.
So... how do you prepare puzzles for your lessons that doesn't involve big chunks of your time in planning and preparing?
Easy! Check out this Super-sized Book of Bible Puzzles. There are puzzles of all kinds and for all ages ready to download, print and prepare for your kids. You'll wonder how you ever managed without it!
The Super Sized Book of Bible Puzzles has over 220 pages of activities provides ready-to-print puzzles for children 5 to 10 years. You'll find simple activities like matching, making connections and hidden pictures for the younger ones and word searches, crossword puzzles, mazes, word scrambles, connect-the-dots and so much more for those older kids.
I think the variety of puzzles included in this book is one of the things I like best. The kids won't be bored with the same type of puzzle- every one is a bit different.
There are puzzles for 20 Old Testament books of the Bible and 8 New Testament, so you're sure to find just what you need. Each puzzle includes the Bible story and, most often, a memory verse.
And yes, it's reproducible so you can make copies for your kids and, you'll find answers to the puzzles at the back of the book.
You can buy this book as a downloadable or hardcopy. What could be easier?
Please note: This product was provided for review but the evaluation, comments and ideas are my own.