A few days ago, a friend emailed me and asked me this question:
Do you know of a book or website that has very simple Bible verses a 2-year-old can learn? We would like to do one weekly in our 2-year-old class.
I sent her the following verses the boys learned when they were three. My friend, Marci, compiled this list, and I thought I’d share her list with you. These verses all center around why God gave us the Bible. And while these verses are not exhaustive reasons to learn Scripture, they are a wonderful starting place.
Four verses to teach children about why God gave us the Bible
1) …so that we can know that He is the one and only true God.
“But the Lord is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King.” Jer. 10:10a (NKJV)
2) …so that we can understand we are sinners.
“For there is not a just man on earth who does good And does not sin.” Eccl. 7:20 (NKJV)
3) …to show us we need a Savior
“…there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 (ESV)
4) …so we can know how to live
“Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth…” Ps. 86:11a (ESV)
Now, my friend specifically asked for verses for 2-year-olds. While these verses might be difficult, they are certainly something to work toward for younger children.
So, here’s a few tips for helping your youngest kids memorize Scripture:
- Break verses into bite-sized pieces. Let’s use Jer. 10:10a as an example. The first week, start with “…the Lord is the true God.” Then during week two, add “…He is the living God…” and so forth until you have completed the verse.
- Use hand signs to aid in comprehension. I’ve made up some pretty corny hand gestures. (My years on the High School drill team helped, haha!) But for smaller children, the motions make memorization fun and aid in retention.
- Put your song to music. Even the smallest child enjoys singing. I’m not musically inclined, but my husband is. The Scripture verses he has put to music are the very passages my children remember the best. I love Seedsworship songs – the songs are memorable and enjoyable (quite a feat in the children’s worship genre).
- Use visuals or flashcards. Reinforce memorization with colorful images that follow the Bible verse. When I was younger, my mother drew out Psalm 1 and Eph. 6:10-18. Each time I read or repeat those passages, her hand drawn images of a tree or the armor of God comes to mind. Drawing images is especially helpful for pre-readers. If you’re not an artist, check out my Pinterest Bible Crafts board for fun ideas to go with Bible verses. Think puppets, stick figures, coloring pages, and crafts!
- Rinse and repeat. Younger children learn best with repetition. Don’t expect your child to get the verse on the first time. Repeat the verse throughout the day. Have a specific time of day you practice your verse all together as a family (like at the dinner table). Encourage them to repeat their verse to themselves while doing small tasks – like brushing their teeth or putting away toys.
Here’s two more resources you might want to check out!
Ministry-to-Children.com (one of my fav sites for coloring pages and lesson plans) has a list of 30 Easy Bible Memory Verse for Children.
Stay encouraged, Mom! God’s word is sweet and living. And when you least expect it, those Scripture verses will stick! So continue to be intentional, asking for the Spirit’s guidance in directing your children to God’s Word!
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