Wednesday, 08. October 2014 by Renee Ellison
There are two delightful color experiences a child can have that are derived from and reinforce the great truths of the Bible. They are:
1. Color celebrations around seven magnificent colored displays in the Bible (taken one per day) and
2. Creating a Wordless Gospel Booklet.
There are seven notable places in the Bible where a lavish display of color is described. To a child’s delight, he finds that God spills splendor over His truths. To blend a child’s passion for color AND Bible themes together decks those themes with glory for remarkable lifetime “remembering.” By DRAWING the simple outlines of these forms for your child to fill in, you DRAW wonderful attention to God!
If you are not so keen on your own drawing ability, you can order these coloring pages from us for $5 (includes postage). If you do sketch them out, yourself, use an entire page for each drawing, making them quite large.
Children may use paints, colored pencils, markers, or crayons to fill them in. (For more on that, see our recent blog post on preschool painting and coloring tips.)
Each piece produces a masterpiece—even when the child has very little drawing skill. All he is really doing is filling IN color stripes or color blocks, while his brain takes pictures subconsciously of the truths contained therein.
These are the colorful seven:
+ A rainbow
+ Joseph’s coat
+ The tabernacle drapes
+ The High Priest’s breastplate
+ The foundation stones/layers of the New Jerusalem (see Revelation 21:8-21)
+ A crown
+ A gem
Lay them in front of your child, one per day, and watch how MUCH you can discuss WHILE the child fills them in! You’ll have a captive audience.
Wordless Gospel Booklet
You can also make a little book of full colored pages (with no text) to express the gospel stages in a person’s life. When finished, these are adorable and the children love to feel them, repeatedly look at them, and carry them around in their hip pockets to show their relatives and friends.
The ideal size is made using 3X5 cards. Attach two together with a strip of electrician’s tape or masking tape between them, leaving a 1/8th inch space (so that it folds easily) and continue to add a card until you obtain four interior surfaces (two cards side by side), and the cover and back binding (of a single card, each).
Once your skeleton booklet is constructed, cover each full page with only one color. The child may paint the pages, or he may glue colored construction paper to them. But the most spectacular rendering is to use sticky-backed colored vinyl. The use of this materials makes the book flash and sparkle with VIVID color. (Obtain it from a local sign shop by asking for scraps of sticky-backed colored vinyl from the owner’s trash can). You only need 5 X 6 squares of each in these colors:
+ primary bright green (emerald color). Use this last color for both front and back covers by applying it all in one piece by turning the little booklet face down upon the table to expose both sides of the cover.
Teach the child to memorize and say this little poem AS he turns the pages to show his friends and relatives:
My sin is black as black can be.
It will spoil heaven, said He.
So He covered it up with His own blood red.
He took my place on a cross and bled.
He made me all so clean and white—
Like a star I’ll shine, forever bright.
And go to live where streets are gold—
I’ll be with him for days untold.
And now I grow all strong and green,
Believing in Him whom I’ve never seen.
I feed on his Word to learn what’s right,
and rest in His promises day and night.