Jesus has a special place in His heart for children, and, as Christians, we are called to follow in His footsteps and try to raise our children with the knowledge of God and His son. Jesus showed us to lead by example and use kindness and understanding to teach children and remind them of God’s ways. This requires that we have patience, a close relationship with God, and a personal commitment to His ways.
Learning prayers, parables, and Bible verses are all part of early Christian education. There are also ways that we as parents can introduce godly principles with the goal of helping these to take up permanent residence in our child’s mind and heart. Bible study requires a fair bit of concentration and focus, and while children may enthusiastically participate, young children seem to learn more readily and joyfully through free play; that is, play that is unstructured, without too many rules1 or expectations.
How do we bring God and godly principles into our children’s free play? Here are some ideas that may work for your family. Once you see how easy it is to introduce your children to the truth presented in the Bible, you’ll be able to come up with many more ideas.
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.—Proverbs 22:6 NIV