Saturday, October 22, 2011

#Review: My First Hands On #Bible by #Tyndale

I grew up going to church and I figured my kids would be the same way. However, my husband didn't regularly go to church and with us being military we move around a lot. I just haven't taken the time to really find us a church and I honestly don't have a real excuse. However, I do try to expose my children to Christian values and I love to pick up any resources I can that will help. I've noticed there are lots of books and stories for girls but I can never find something that both of my kids can enjoy. That's why I was thrilled to get the opportunity to review the new children's bible by Tyndale: My First Hands on Bible.

Here's a little bit about the book:

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.

My Take: This is the first REAL bible for kids. It actually uses the NLT (New Living Translation) scripture. It is a little advanced for my 3 year old and 2 year old but I'm able to explain most of it to them. The pictures in the book really help. Since we got the book we try to read out of it at least once a week before bed. I LOVE the book and the kids are even asking for it for that night time book choice! I grabbed my camera and took a few pictures so I could really share some of my favorite parts of the book. I'll also explain why I like each part. =)
 First, this is a picture of what a typical story page looks like. It has the title and also the scripture numbers. I love all the cute pictures! They really bring the story to life. This particular story is about Noah and the Ark.
 Here you can see what they like to call Hands on Activities. While you are reading you will come across a small handprint in the text. If you look to the sides of the page there will be a larger matching handprint along with an activity. For example, in the Noah story this one asked the kids to walk like an elephant, hop like a kangaroo, and run like a deer. My kids LOVED it! Not only did it keep their attention but it also got them up and moving.
 There is also a Prayer at the end of each story. The kids and I like to say these together before they go to sleep. They just repeat after me.
Finally there is a Jesus Connection which wraps the story up for the kids while making Jesus the center theme. My kids don't quite understand this part but I try to explain it to them.

So if you're looking for a book that will really explain the bible to preschoolers then I would highly recommend this one. I've actually shared it with some of my other friends and I plan on sharing it with my MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers) group too!

Buy it: This book can be purchased from multiple online retailers for the SRP of $16.99.

Disclosure: This is a MamaBuzz Media review. The product was provided by Tyndale for this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

1 comment:

  1. I agree that easier to read text without 'thous' and 'arts' make it easier for kids to digest! Thanks for sharing this review.


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