Summer Bible Printables and Activities from 4soils: Jonah and the Giant Fish

Keeping your children busy all summer long can challenge even the most prepared parent!  It can be especially hard to keep your children in the routine of Biblically based learning as summer schedules for Sunday School, church and family vacations take you out of your normal routine.

Sharing the classic stories from the Bible in a fun engaging way can keep children interested, thinking and asking about how God is always present–whether it is summer time or Christmas time.

Throughout the Summer months, we will share some of the best resources, printables and activities for your children. Stay tuned as 4Soils releases even more fantastic Biblical content, including Joseph, The Cross, The Prodigal Son and much, much more!

This week, we’d love to share some great ways you can share lessons from Jonah and the Giant Fish with your children.

Summer Bible Printables and Activities from 4soils: Jonah and the Giant Fish

The story of Jonah is about God asking Jonah to obey His will and at the same time to love people he did not like very much. It is a great lesson for young children; and one they can carry into adulthood!

1. Share the scripture. Jonah is a very short book of the Old Testament. Chapters 1 and 2 share the story of Jonah and the Giant Fish. Chapters 3 and 4, further the story to talk about the conversion of Nineveh, Jonah’s anger and his subsequent understanding that God calls us to love everyone: each those we do not like.

2. Let your children experience the story of Jonah themselves. Your young readers could explore the story in an easy reader children’s Bible. Or download Sproutville or the stand-alone Jonah and the Giant Fish app from the App Store and let your children hear the story, read the story and play in the story.

3.  Print our fantastic coloring page printables or our prayer cards. The coloring pages are a great quiet time activity to unwind and unplug for the day. The Prayer Card printables are a great way to sit with your child and work on prayer skills. For the story of Jonah, the prayer card printable asks your children to list how they can love one another. Fill it out. Pray together. And then hang the prayer card somewhere that your child can see it. Everyday before the offering the prayer, ask your child if they have any additions to the list or if they found themselves loving someone new.

4. Take it to the world. Use your prayer card to inspire action. Have your children make a card for a child who might annoy them. Or ask them to invite someone new to a playdate or to the playground. For more ideas on talking to your children about the story of Jonah, check out our full parent resource guide here. 

We’d love to hear your ideas for talking about Jonah with your children! Please share your ideas below!

 

 

 

 

A Song to Remember

Songs have a powerful way of helping us remember things. Whenever I try to think about the 50 states of the US, I still return to a song that I learned in elementary school.

God told his people to use Song to remember His goodness on various occasions, such as with Moses and David.

In Deuteronomy 3:19-22, the Bible says:

“Now therefore, write this song for yourselves, and teach it to the sons of Israel; put it on their lips, so that this song may be a witness for Me against the sons of Israel. 20 For when I bring them into the land flowing with milk and honey, which I swore to their fathers, and they have eaten and are satisfied and become prosperous, then they will turn to other gods and serve them, and spurn Me and break My covenant. 21 Then it shall come about, when many evils and troubles have come upon them, that this song will testify before them as a witness (for it shall not be forgotten from the lips of their descendants); for I know their intent which they are developing today, before I have brought them into the land which I swore.” 22 So Moses wrote this song the same day, and taught it to the sons of Israel.

This is why 4Soils has partnered with the Child Evangelism Fellowship to bring you “SING” in the Bible Heroes apps. Our first song, God’s Power, is available on all Bible Heroes apps for free. Look forward to more songs in store coming soon!

What are some of your favorite Bible songs to teach your children?

You can play a part in creating a new app

Looking for a unique experience for your child this summer?

Bring your kids (ages 3 to 7) and help create exciting new interactive children’s apps for the iPhone and iPad. You’ll get a preview of TreeLit’s exciting new interactive stories, and you’ll be the first to try out the upcoming app Bible Heroes: David, from 4Soils!

We’ll provide everything: ice-cream, snacks, and iPads to play David on. So sign up for some family fun and help steer the future of children’s apps!

The playtesting will be held on 7/23, between 4pm and 5pm at Stanford. Further details will be emailed to you after you’ve signed up.

If you can’t make it on the 23rd, you can still sign up and we’ll put you first on the list for future beta releases.

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What’s the story behind 4Soils?

Whats the story behind 4Soils?Hi! My name is Lusi, and I’m one of 4Soils’ cofounders.

We’re often asked how we came up with the idea for 4Soils, so I’d like to share how everything started:

 

 

Last summer, my husband Kevin and I were staying with our close friends and their young boy, James*.

Whats the story behind 4Soils?
Over dinner one night, James began laughing hysterically.  When his parents saw our puzzled looks, they explained that James was just playing his favorite game: Talking Tom. For those unfamiliar with it, it’s a game where you punch, tickle, and generally abuse a cat named Tom.

We all laughed at how amused James was.

Whats the story behind 4Soils?

Over the course of that week, I had two revelations:

1. The iPad is amazingly intuitive. James, a 3 year old child, had learned to navigate the iPad better than my mom!  This made me appreciate Apple’s design on a new level.
2. Most parents are treating the iPad like a treat or a babysitter for their children. This is probably because of the way children use the iPad–80% of James’ iPad time was spent on mindless games like Talking Tom.  But I also knew there were excellent educational games for the iPad that make learning fun and engaging for children, and I felt the iPad had so much more potential than a gaming console.

So we asked 150 parents of faith if they had found good Biblical content for their kids. The answer was pretty much “no.”

Despite the 600+ thousand (and growing daily) apps out there, almost none faithfully portrayed Bible stories.  Some companies offered stories based on the Bible, but often they took God out all together and changed important elements of the story to “fairy tale-ize” it.

But kids aged 3-8 are impressionable, and James’ and many other parents of faith believe that planting God’s love and word in their children’s hearts is the most important thing they can do for their children. So we felt called to create good, biblically accurate content on the iPad, a platform that US kids are already using an average of 43 minutes a day. We want to help parents supplement the Biblical foundation set at home and Sunday Schools.

The Happy Ending?  Today, James plays with Bible Heroes: Noah, even while out shopping with his parents at Costco!

Will you partner with us to get the word out so that all parents have access to this tool to help teach their kids about the God’s word?

Whats the story behind 4Soils?

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