Comics. My kids love them. (They get this completely from their father, by the way.)
So, why not use comics to help my kids learn the parables of Jesus?
We reached the point in our Matthew study where we would be looking at the parables of Jesus that are found in that gospel. After debating how to best do this, here’s what we came up with:
Each morning on the way to school the kids get their Bibles out and look for parables in Matthew. The first one they found was the parable of the wise man building his house on the rock in Matthew 7. Each day after that, they look ahead and have to agree on which parable comes next. Once they have agreed, then we read it out loud and discuss what it means.
That night at home is where it gets interesting.
Each kid has a piece of printable comic paper. (You can print yours here.)
They then draw that day’s parable like it would look in a comic book. Even though it’s the same parable, each of my three children will come up with something that is all their own.
The fun part of the evening comes when each kid gets up and tells about his or her comic. I’m telling you, they get so wound up and excited doing this! They each try to outdo the others in their creativity. I usually end up in tears from laughing, while my husband is across the room giving me that look that tells me I am not helping the kids calm down for bed!
We do have to settle them back down eventually and bring the evening back to the true meaning of the parable, but what has resulted is that we have all had a good night together, and we all know the parables of Jesus a little bit better. The kids love it, and I love feeding their souls with a little bit of goodness before they go to bed. Try it – it’s a great way to build your own family on that rock.
Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25