This Bold Blue deluxe edition of My First Hands-On Bible is the preschooler version of the popular Hands-On Bible, which has sold nearly one 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, prekindergarten, and kindergarten 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.
A few years ago, we got to try out the hardcover version of My First Hands-On Bible. We loved it! It's perfect for the youngest little Bible learners. I'd say 0-3 is probably an ideal age for this Bible, overall(even though 3-6 is the recommended age). When I saw that there was an imitation leather version of it, I thought it would be perfect for my Bumblebee to use. While we tried the blue colored one, because my home is filled with little boys, there's also a pink one for the little girls out there(even if I prefer the blue one, either way). ;)
This Bible uses real verses to tell a Bible event, from a New Living Translation standpoint. It doesn't use every verse, though. For example, within the chapter about the history of Joseph and his brothers, one part shows that verses 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30 are used from Genesis 37, and then it skips to verse 36. It also doesn't cover every event within the Bible. The Old Testament has 39 events covered, and the New Testament has 46 events covered.
The great thing about this particular Bible is that it gives the parent directions that would appeal to a little one while reading it. It might tell you to count an object within a picture with your little one, or act like an animal that is being discussed, maybe by making that animal noise, or actually acting like one. It might tell you to march around the room, getting your little one to follow you. Everything is simple, and doesn't require buying tons of things, but it gives young children a visual lesson to go with the Bible history lesson. There's also plenty of sweet pictures that can teach little ones when they're looking through the book by themselves.
Also, at the end of each chapter, there's extras, like songs, questions, and activities. In the chapter about Jericho's Falling Walls(Joshua 6), the book suggests you build a wall with your child with blocks, and then march around it 7 times, letting your child knock it down after the 7th time around. It also suggests that you show your child how to make a horn by cupping their hands over their mouth and blowing. Each time that week they see something amazing that God has done, the child could blow on their horn.
It's a really sweet book, and has tons of potential for making precious Bible related memories with small children, and I definitely recommend it.
*I was provided a review copy, in exchange for my honest opinion.
My First Hands-On Bible