Learning stinks, right? Most kids think they do not enjoy learning; they do not want to go to school much less Bible class. Like most of us, though, they love learning when they love how they are learning. They learn best when they are having so much fun they do not realize they are learning. That’s the trick! As teachers and parents of God’s word, we have our work cut out for us. We must get creative in our teaching.
Reach all three major learning styles with one simple activity—a Bible puppet theater. First, you share the lesson using your finger puppets to tell the story. Your finger puppet may be the student, and you, the teacher, talk to the puppet. You tell the puppet the Bible story while asking questions all along the way. Your finger puppet answers with amazement. And when the puppet does not know the answer, it simply asks the class! Get them involved. You reach the visual learner as they watch the puppets in action. The auditory learner hears the story and gets to answer some questions along the way. The kinesthetic learner is about to learn the way they do best now. You’ve been an example to this theater, it’s time to create theirs. It’s so easy!
- Printed puppet theater on card stock: Bible Puppet Theater Printable.pdf (19 downloads)
- Two toilet paper rolls per person (any item to create a stand works)
- Crayons or markers (to decorate puppets and theater)
1. Cut along all the dotted lines. This will separate the puppets from the stage and it gives your theater its windows.
2. Glue or tape your toilet paper rolls (or other items) to create the stand for your theater. These should tape to the back (unless the kids decorate them to be a part of the stage—Roman pillars?)
3. Now, decorate the finger puppets.
4. Cut them out.
5. Measure around kids’ fingers and tape to fit.
6. And there you have it! A finger puppet theater.
7. Let kids partner up to present the lesson. They decide who is the finger teacher and finger student.
God’s word is exciting and so very important; so let’s make learning about Him something our kids look forward to. And let’s try to create something with them they won’t leave on the seats at church or toss the minute they get home. Our goal is to keep God in their thoughts. After all, they play “superhero” make believe with each other; so why not reenacting Bible stories?
This article originally appeared here.