Category Archives: Bible Lessons for Children

Looking for Bible lessons for children? You’ve come to the right place? Please browse this section to discover a variety of simple, proven lessons that will help you capture the imagination of your students and bring them closer to God.

Top Five Popular Bible Stories for Kids—Old and New Testament

If you’re looking for the top Bible stories for kids, that’s a smart way to design lessons!   Bible stories are often most popular for kids because they are essential to the foundations of understanding Christianity.  But kids need more than morals and doctrine.  They need action, adventure, and heroic characters, and Bible stories are full of them!

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Top 5 Bible Stories for Kids from Old and New Testaments

So, what tops the list of the most popular Bible stories for kids?  Our findings come from surfing, researching, and our own gut instincts as Sunday school teachers of many years.  Here are five top stories from the Old Testament and five from the New Testament.  They do not include the Christmas and Easter stories found in the Gospels, which would probably top any list of most popular Bible stories.

Best Bible Stories for Children from the Old Testament: 

Noah’s Ark (Genesis 5-8, intermittent passages) Kids love the ark because they are fascinated by the idea of God covering the earth with water, and being on a boat with animals that dips and sways, yet manages to stay afloat!  Teachers love the ark because it shows Noah having the courage to go against the crowd.  Surely all the soon-to-be drowned popular people were laughing their sides off at Noah!  Teachers also love how the story shows God’s love of both family and animals as he gives detailed instructions to Noah.  God assures that Noah’s family and all the earth’s species would dwell in safety during the flood.

David & Goliath (1 Samuel 17):  With bullying as such a huge issue in these times, the story of David and Goliath shows the ultimate bully attack and how a shepherd boy solved it.  Kids love the idea that a normal kid like David can beat a nine-foot giant like Goliath.  Teachers love how David’s faith in God was what beat Goliath, and they love sending home the message that “faith conquers all.”

Ezekiel saw the wheel (Ezekiel 1: 15-20):  Ezekiel’s wheel does look very much like a UFO, and this feeds contemporary kids’ love of flying saucers and the possibility of life elsewhere.  Teachers love the discussion Ezekiel’s wheel can generate about whether angels might be slightly mechanical—and if heaven might be somewhere in this very universe!

Daniel in the lion’s den (Daniel 6:16-24):   Daniel refused to succumb to a serious amount of peer pressure.  It’s always good to show kids heroic young people who refused to go with the crowd—especially when the crowd is bowing down to other gods and disgusting our God!  Teachers love to show the ultimate pressure situation:  People weren’t just laughing at Daniel; they were conniving to have him ripped to shreds!    His faith in God carried him through a night with lions, and your students’ faith can carry them through anything they have to face!

Jonah and the whale (Book of Jonah):  Kids just love water stories, and Jonah is a favorite Bible story for kids second perhaps only to Noah and the Ark.  Kids love giant fish (they’re sort of like dinosaurs), and the idea a man could exist for three days inside of one is mind-blowing!  Teachers love to show how God saved Jonah from drowning, brought him to the shores of Ninevah, and worked as a sign that Jonah shouldn’t be a scaredy cat about preaching God’s word!  If he can do it, so can we.

Top Bible Stories for Kids from the New Testament: 

Jesus as a child  (Luke 2:40-52):  When Jesus was 12, his parents accidentally left him in a temple in Jersusalem, and it took them three days to find Him!  Kids are often afraid of being lost from parents or abducted.  This story will help reinforce that parents would look for lost children to the ends of the earth.  Teachers love that it is the only story we know of Jesus as an adolescent.  They love to teach that Jesus was already very busy studying God’s word and should serve as the best example ever!

 Jesus meets the children  (Mark 10:13-16):  All kids in Sunday school dream at one point or another of meeting Jesus face to face.  Here’s the chance for them to imagine some children who actually did it here on earth!  Teachers love to show the kindness of Jesus—who had lame people to heal and dead folks to raise and a lot of preaching to do. But he put it all on pause to meet kids like yours.

Jesus brings Jairus’ daughter back from death  (Mark 5:35-43):  Kids can be deeply saddened by the death of a child, and Jairus’ daughter was only twelve.  This story gives them a chance to understand that if Jesus raised a girl from the dead, he can certainly raise them too in His kingdom—and their parents and grandparents and we can spend eternity together!

Jesus walks on water  (Matthew 14:22-43):  Every kid would love to walk on water.  And kids also love to ponder just how Jesus did this.  Did he turn the water to something like jello?  Did he build up a sand dune?  Did he become lighter than air?  While we don’t have any answers, teachers love some of the speculations their kids come up with while discussing miracles like this!

Jesus feeds the 5,000  (Matthew 14:13-21):  Everyone likes to eat and nobody likes to go hungry.  Teachers love this story to show the great lengths people who loved Jesus would go to stay by him.  Kids love the story because food is an essential.  It shows them that God will provide all the needs of people who are following him, so it’s okay to quit worrying!

So, the top five Bible stories for kids is really a top ten, counting the Old and New Testaments.  Any of these wonderful Bible tales will help kids understand how much God cares about us and how far He is willing to go to protect those who love Him.

Do you have any favorites we should add to the list?  Please feel free to add to our listing in the comment section below!  We love hearing your thoughts and ideas.

Jesus Walks on Water Sunday School Lesson

The story of Jesus walking on water in Matthew 14 can teach Sunday school kids how Jesus keeps them afloat in real life.  Kids love water, and this “amazing maze game” will let their imaginations get all wet.

Jesus Walks on Water Bible Lesson

The Bible story of Jesus Walking on Water

Immediately after Jesus fed the crowd of five thousand, he told his disciples to leave in their boat while he dismissed the crowds. After he said goodbye to the crowd, which must have taken a while, he went up into a mountain to pray.

In the meantime, his disciples had taken the boat far away from land, and a fierce storm broke out. The boat was beaten, and they were tossed about. They were already in a state of panic, so the next thing that happened almost put them over the edge! Matthew 14:25-32 (ESV) says, “And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, ‘It is a ghost!’ and they cried out in fear. But immediately, Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid’.

“And Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me.’ Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’ And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.”

Peter and the other disciples were terrified in the storm, and terrified by what they saw coming on the water. But when they realized it was Jesus, their fears were replaced by faith, faith so strong that Peter actually stepped out of the boat and walked on water too!  But, he took his eyes off Jesus, allowed fear to creep back in, and began to sink. However, in the midst of the storm, he called out to Jesus, and He saved him and calmed the storm.  This Jesus walks on water activity will help your Sunday school class understand the importance of keeping their eyes on Jesus in the midst of life’s storms.

Walking on Water Maze

            For this activity, you will need two toilet paper rolls glued together to form binoculars and various classroom objects (chairs, tables, easels, etc).

Before you begin, arrange the classroom objects around the room so that they form a maze. Try to add as many turns as you can and maybe even some dead ends! Divide your kids so they each have a partner. Give one child the binoculars and tell them they must go through the maze with the binoculars up, acting as blinders to the sides of the maze. The partner without binoculars will enter the maze first, and stay a few steps ahead of the other. Tell the child with binoculars that to make it through the maze, he must keep his eyes fixed on his partner and follow him through. If he doesn’t, he will bump into the sides and “sink”. If he “sinks,” his partner may come back and take his hand to guide him the rest of the way out. Make sure to take turns so that every child gets a chance with the binoculars!

Explain the Lesson Behind the Maze

Sometimes young children don’t make the connection to this story and their own lives. Explain to them that sometimes in life, they may experience difficult times, like “storms”. Although they will never have the chance to really “walk on water”, if they keep their eyes fixed on Jesus, they can make it through all of life’s storms.

How to Teach Kids the Lord’s Prayer

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How to Teach Kids the Lords Prayer

“Our Father, in Heaven, hollow be Thy name…” that was my version of the Lord’s prayer when I was a little girl in Sunday school. As you can imagine, I was pretty confused! It was many more years before I learned it correctly. One of the problems was I was never actually taught the Lord’s prayer; we just recited it as a class.

The prayer that Jesus taught His disciples to pray is a beautiful example to us as believers of how to approach God ourselves. But, it can also be a daunting task for children to learn it. It’s full of big words that are sometimes hard to say and even harder to understand. These ideas can help you make teaching the Lord’s prayer easier for your Sunday school class.

Create a Visual of the Lord’s Prayer for Kids

A great way to teach kids is to provide them with something interesting to look at. You can easily make a poster with the Lord’s prayer on it with everyday craft supplies. Using a large piece of poster board, write out the Lord’s prayer line by line. At the end of some of the lines, add an interesting picture to help them remember that line. If you’re good at drawing, you can make a picture yourself, or print one you find online. Here’s an example:

Our Father in heaven (picture of a bright, castle like city surrounded by clouds)
Hallowed be Your name
Your kingdom come
(a king’s crown)
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven
(Earth and the bright city picture next to each other)

Give us this day our daily bread (loaf of bread)
And forgive us our debts
As we forgive our debtors
(broken shackles)
And do not lead us into temptation
(the word “Temptation” in a circle with a line through it)
But deliver us from the evil one
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen
( a picture of Jesus, maybe on the throne)

Be prepared to help explain some of the words the children might be unfamiliar with, such as “hallowed”, “debts and debtor“ and for younger crowds, “temptation”.

Sing the Lord’s Prayer

            Most kids love music, and one tool I’ve used with my own children is teaching the Lord’s prayer through song. If you’re musical, you can make up your own tune, or you can choose from some of these great songs by well-known artists.

Steve Green, Our Father in Heaven, from Hide ‘em in Your Heart Volume 1

The Wonder Kids, The Lord’s Prayer, from Bible Songs for Baby and Me

The Praise Baby Collection, The Lord’s Prayer, from Sleepytime Lullabies

All of these songs are catchy yet reverent, and you can find them in Mp3 format on

As you prepare to teach the Lord’s prayer, take some time to study it and pray it yourself. It is amazing to think we can pray the same words our Lord Jesus did. What a precious lesson to teach our Sunday school kids!

Bible Lessons – Influential Women in the Bible

In biblical times, women were not considered to be influential as a whole. That doesn’t mean there weren’t many great influential women in the Bible! Some were royalty; some rose out of poverty, and they made their way into the Books of the Bible due to heroic acts or having shown great virtue under duress.

There are stories or honorable mentions of nearly 180 great women in the Bible. If you want to celebrate some with your students, here’s our list of Twelve Great Influential Women of the Bible from the Old and New Testaments whom kids should know, all of whom make for great study:

Sarah – Wife of Abraham, she is best known for bearing Isaac at the age of 90 and being a great mother. Isaac was distraught at her death and only consoled by meeting Rebekah, whom he married. But it wasn’t all good. Impatient for a child in her earlier years, Sarah forced her husband on Haggai, their maid, who conceived Ishmael and later was banished from Abraham’s employ.

Rahab—Her tale begins with Israel’s as a nation.  Joshua sent spites into the walled city of Jericho having decided it would be the first city that the Hebrews invaded after 40 long years in the desert.  Word had gone out that the Hebrews has some strange and powerful God on their side, and the city was afraid it would be conquered. Rahab was the only citizen with the forethought and nerve to help out the Hebrew spies.  In return, they gave sanctuary to her and her family. 

Ruth – A young, pretty widow who could have opted to marry again quickly, Ruth instead chose to stay with her distraught mother-in-law, despite a threatening famine. The two concocted a plan for Ruth to capture the heart of kind-hearted Boaz, a distant relative and wealthy farmer, who eventually married her. Ruth is known for her loyalty, hard work, and risk-taking.

Deborah stepped into the history of Israel at a time when the nation had been so beaten down by Jabin, the King of Hazer, that their spirit had been broken, and they existed in a stupor of indifference.  Deborah, a judge and prophetess, against great odds, set out to free Israel from this bondage. She and sidekick Barak formed an army of 10,000 men and gave Israel back their freedom and their spirit.  For Israel this was a grand triumph, and Deborah, the wife of Lapiodth was responsible for this amazing victory.   

Esther – Esther was raised by her uncle Mordecai.  King Ahasuerus married Esther.  Mordecai urged Esther not to tell the king that they were Jewish and Esther kept this secret. Matters came to a head when the wicked and scheming Haman had the king issue a decree that all Jewish people in the land be executed.  The king signed and gave it his seal of approval.  Esther, at grave risk to herself, intervened.   As a result of her careful handling of the situation, Haman was hanged on the gallows he built for Mordecai, and the decree was never carried out.

Abigail was the wife of Nabal.  The name Nabal means fool, and in addition to that he was spoiled and insolent.  When he insulted David, he put his life and that of his entire family in danger.   It was because of Abigail’s sharp mind and careful planning that their lives were spared.   After Nabal died, Abigail became the wife of David.  

Mary Mother of Jesus resided in NazarethWhile she was engaged to Joseph, the immaculate conception took place and the archangel, Gabriel, appeared to her in a dream, telling her to name the baby Jesus and that he was the Messiah.  After delivering in a manger, being exiled to Egypt, and living what would consider a tough blue-collar life in Nazareth, Mary become one of Jesus’ foremost supporters through his ministry.  Jesus worked his first miracle of  turning water into wine at her prompting, and she was at his crucifixion, whereas some of the disciples were not. In some parts of Christendom she is considered “Holy Mary, Mother of God.”  Others relate to her humanness and God’s implied love of the masses because of her.

Elizabeth was a cousin to Mary and married to Zacharias.   They were childless and were growing too old to have children.   When the angel Gabriel appeared to Zacharias and said he would have a son, Zacharias raised doubts.  The angel made him mute until John’s birth.  During Elizabeth’s pregnancy, her cousin Mary, pregnant with Jesus, came to Hebron in Judah to visit and stayed for three months.  When Elizabeth’s baby was born, Zacharias was finally able to speak again and said the baby’s name would be John.

Mary Magdalene – A business woman and friend of Jesus, she was the first to reach Jesus’ tomb at the resurrection and take the angels’ message back to the disciples that He was alive.  Legend has been unkind to her, often identifying her as a prostitute, though there is no foundation which would confirm this.  She was a business woman with an astute sense of godliness.

Mary and Martha of Bethany – were sisters of Lazarus and all three were close friends of Jesus. When he and his disciples came for dinner, Mary listened to Jesus, and Martha grumbled about doing all the work.  Jesus told Martha not to worry about unimportant things.   At another time, Martha and Mary sent for Jesus, because their brother Lazarus was seriously ill.   By the time Jesus arrived, Lazarus was dead, and Jesus performed a miracle by bringing him back to life.  Due to the dinner story, Martha has become famed for her hospitality and Mary for sitting by Jesus and absorbing everything he said.

Lydia – Like many women of the epistles, there are only brief mentions or short tales.  But Lydia’s was distinct in that she was a business woman, and it is through her we see our doctrine that we make the choice but God saves.  “The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul,” reads acts 16.  She was very hospitable to the apostles, insisting they stay with her after her heart was opened to the great news of the gospel.

All were influential. 

Other influential women in the Bible span the Old Testament, Gospels and New Testament epistles. But these should give your students a start through great stories or great mentions from the Apostles themselves!

12 Surprising Christmas Bible Facts for Kids

Christmas has become so commercialized that children are often confused about what is part of the Christmas story and what is myth or fable.  Most children know about Jesus being born in a manger, but many think that Santa Claus was there too!  Below are some Christmas Bible facts for kids that will help make clear what Christmas celebrations are from the Bible.  

In the entire Bible, the birth of Jesus is only told in two places, so all Christmas Bible Facts for Kids comes from these sources.   The first is Matthew 1 & 2, and the second is Luke 1&2.  Luke 2:8-16 is the beautifully written passage about angels appearing to the shepherds outside of Jerusalem.  It is included in many Christmas performances and will keep most kids on the edge of their seats—hence it is a great thing to read in Sunday School!   

Along with that special reading, here are some interesting Christmas Bible facts for kids that you can present:

  1. Joseph was Mary’s husband, but he was not Jesus’ father!  God was.  However, Joseph was a descendant of King David.
  2. John the Baptist wasn’t just born as Jesus’ friend. He was Jesus’ cousin!   Mary’s cousin Elizabeth gave birth to John the Baptist about six months before Jesus was born.
  3. Jesus and Mary did not live in Bethlehem.  Mary was from Nazareth.  The couple went to Bethlehem because the law said they had to take part in a census, where every man had to return to the place of his birth.  Mary went with him.
  4. Jesus was born in a manger because there was something like a convention in town!  The census had brought all sorts of people into Bethlehem and the inns were all filled up.    
  5. Jesus was wrapped in swaddling clothes.  It was a tradition back then to wrap all babies in strips of cloth to help straighten and strengthen their bodies. 
  6. The shepherds saw Jesus that very night.  The angels told them that the baby had just been born, and they came to manger behind the inn like the angels told them to. 
  7. The wise men probably did not visit Jesus until later.  Some traditions say that it may have been up to two years later that the wise men came and that for some reason, Mary and Joseph stayed in Bethlehem that whole time.  The reference to the wise men seeing Jesus in Matthew 2:11 says they found him in a “house.”
  8. The wise men were called Magi in the Bible.  Magi was the Greek word for “magic,” but the term meant a very wise person who understood astrology, chemistry and philosophy.  
  9. Before visiting Jesus, the Magi duped Herod, the evil king!  The Magi came to Herod when they were looking for Jesus.  Herod said he thought the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem and to report back to him where Jesus was.  He said he wanted to worship Jesus, but really he wanted to kill him. (He was afraid of Jesus taking his place as king someday).  The wise men sneaked out of Jerusalem and never let Herod know!
  10. The Wise men gave Jesus gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  Gold is a symbol of both royalty and purity.  Frankincense is a symbol of suffering.  Myrrh is a symbol of worship and holiness.
  11. There were a lot of angels visiting during that time!   Elizabeth’s husband Zecharia was visited by Gabriel, the famous angel, who then visited Mary.  Gabriel told of the blessed sons which would come to both Mary and Elizabeth.  The night of Jesus’ birth, shepherds outside of Bethlehem were visited first by an angel, and then by a whole host of angels that sang!  
  12. There was a lot of dreaming going on!  Joseph dreamed he saw an angel who told him to marry Mary even though she was already pregnant.  The Magi dreamed they should not return to Herod, who was plotting evil.  Joseph dreamed he should take Jesus and Mary to Egypt so that Herod couldn’t kill the baby.      

Christmas was a suspenseful yet wonderful, God-ordained time of history as these Christmas Bible facts and many others will attest.  You can use them in trivia games, art projects, performances…or just have fun sharing the Bible facts about Christmas with your kids!