Before we launch our Psalm 37 study tomorrow, let’s brainstorm on some ways to involve your children in your Bible study. If you can’t find a quiet time to studyalone, maybe God doesn’t want you to study alone. Let the children join you. Not only will you get some time in the Word, but your children will also be learning right along with you!
Maybe it’s been too long since my kids were little, but I think, with some creative brainstorming and a little advance preparation, we should be able to think of some strategies that will let you and your children enjoy some time in the Word together.
Some of these ideas may not save you time. And they won’t all work for everyone. They may take some preparation; they may even slow down your own study. Butwhat better investment of your time can you make than helping your children get excited about God’s Word? If you’re joining our Busy Mamas Bible Study on Psalm 37, use your catch-up day or Sunday evening to gather kid materials for the upcoming week. Keep your supplies in a basket or box where you plan to study.
Also, for those of you who are planning to join us for our Busy Mamas Bible Study on Psalm 37, each day will include a project or activity idea for the children. You may have to adapt these, depending on the ages of your children, but I will try to give you some ideas for how to study with them, if you want to.
For babies and really little children (These little ones are obviously too young to join in your study, but these simple ideas might buy you a little time for study.):
Study during a nursing time, or give older little ones some finger food in the high chair.
Put the baby in a playpen with toys or something to attract their attention for awhile.
Put the baby in the swing with some nice worship music playing while you study with the rest of the children.
Have older children take turns on different days caring for the baby while the rest of you study.
Let them play with Bible-related toys and books that are only for your study time.
Set them in their high chair with a full sippy cup or some finger food.
Assign an older child to help toddlers participate as much as they can in other study activities that the older children are doing (listening for words, play-acting, drawing, etc).
Share your colored pencils with them while they sit next to you.
Establish a “blanket time”, training them to sit and play quietly on a blanket for at least five minutes a day. Do your studying during this time.
Buy some special just-for-study-timeBible videos that the little ones can watch while you study.
Have them sit on their beds and listen to recorded Bible stories while the rest of you study.