Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My First Hands On Bible~Review

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A few weeks ago we received My First Hands-On Bible from Tyndale House Publishers. 

From the Publisher

My First Hands-On Bible is the preschooler version of the popular Hands-On Bible, which has sold over a half million copies. Jesus taught with hands-on lessons and illustrations; My First Hands-On Bible uses the same experience-based learning to communicate God’s Word in an active, understandable way. My First Hands-On Bible is a fun and simple yet meaningful way to engage preschool, pre-K, and K children (ages 3-6) with the Bible while helping them build a solid faith foundation. Each lesson focuses on a specific Bible point through a variety of activities in order to reinforce and help young children remember the stories and lessons. Using common household items, you can help your children have a “hands-on” learning experience while engaging them in 85 key stories from the Bible. My First Hands-On Bible doesn’t just retell the Bible stories; it also includes actual Scripture from the easy-to-understand and easy-to-read Holy Bible, New Living Translation. In addition to the stories and activities, there are fun illustrations, prayers, and a special Jesus Connection feature.

Our Thoughts

The My First Hands-On Bible is a nice Bible for younger children. While this is not my favorite translation (New Living Translation) the stories are easy for a younger child to understand. Kaden (age 6) enjoyed hearing the stories.

After each story there is an interactive section. For example after the story of Queen Esther there is an activity for the child to dress up like a king or queen using items from around the house a blanket for a robe, a paper towel tube made into a scepter and a homemade crown. The child learns the importance of kings and queens.  There is also a game to play ‘Hold the Scepter’ the person holding the scepter gets to be king or queen and gets to tell the others what to do. Only the person holding the scepter can talk.

There is also a section after each story called Let’s Talk. You can talk with your child about the story. I like that there is a time to pray activity after each story. It teaches our children that prayer is an important part of our relationship with God.

Each story also has The Jesus Connection, which simplifies the meaning of the story into one sentence.

All in all this is a very nice first Bible for younger children.

disclosure: This is a Mamma Buzz review. I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.  No other compensation was received. All opinions in this post and on this blog are my own.

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