Journeying Through James: A Bible Reading Plan for Young Children (James Chapter One)

Welcome to chapter one of Journeying Through James: A Bible Reading Plan for Young Children!  This post contains an 8 week plan (along with Scripture, questions, crafts, snacks, activities, and videos) that covers the first chapter of the book of James for your young child.  If you have  older children or teens, you can find their plan here.

The Scriptures provided in this Bible Reading plan are the same ones studied in The Book of James: A Hands-On Homeschooling Curriculum. This curriculum is available in both a print book and pdf format, and allows you and your child to dig even deeper in James this school year.  It also includes ideas for using James throughout the curriculum in such subjects as Math, Language Arts, History, Science, and Art. If you are a homeschooling family looking for a fun yet challenging and applicable Bible curriculum, please check this one out!

If you work with children in a ministry setting or if you are a family that is looking for ideas for a weekly family Bible time, you might be interested in Journeying Through James: A 35 Week Study for Families and Churches. This study includes opening activities, a detailed lesson time, and additional activities such as crafts and snacks, and also includes a parent letter along with a complete copy of both of the Bible reading plans that you can send home each week to encourage your children to read the Bible on their own.   Click here to view a sample lesson from this study.

Thanks for using the Bible reading plans, and may God bless you and strengthen you as you study the book of James with your family!  Before you go, please join our facebook group and like my facebook page for more encouragement and ideas as you raise godly kids in today’s society!


journeying through james Bible reading plan for young childrenJourneying Through James Read to Me Chapter One (printable pdf)

 Week One: James 1:1-4

___ Day One: Read James 1:2-3. This week we are going to talk about a big word: PERSEVERANCE. Can you say that? Let’s clap out the syllables! Now, do you know what it means? It means that you don’t quit – even when things are hard. Talk to your child about times in the past when he has persevered (perhaps learning a new skill – like how to walk or how to tie your shoe). Then give your child a ball and have him practice throwing the ball up in the air and catching it. How high can he throw it and still catch it? Can he clap his hands after throwing it up, and then catch it again? How many times! Remember, don’t give up . . . keep persevering! Toss the ball back and forth as you recite James 1:2-3 with him.

___ Day Two: Read Genesis 37:2-4, 18-28. How would you have felt if you were Joseph? Joseph had a lot of bad things happen to him, but he still loved God and he never gave up. He showed PERSEVERANCE! Print off these pieces from the life of Joseph and have fun playing with your child! We will be revisiting the story of Joseph later, but if you want your kids to hear the whole story today, here is a great video for you:

___ Day Three: Read Acts 5:40-42. What happened to the apostles in these verses? How did they respond? The Bible says they REJOICED that they were suffering for Jesus. In other words, they considered their trials JOY . . . . just like our verses this week! Make a “smiley-face” snack to remind your child of how the apostles responded to persecution. You can use any food you want, and here’s a fun idea to get your creative juices flowing!

___ Day Four: Read Hebrews 12:1-2. How did Jesus persevere? How can YOU persevere? Go out and run with your child! Run around the house or around the block. When you start to get tired, say “You can do it! Let’s try to make it to the end!” After you finish running, talk about how that is like being a Christian . . . we NEVER QUIT!!! Then have a nice, cold drink of water together as you thank Jesus for how He persevered!

___ Day Five: Re-read James 1:2-3. Talk about how some Christians are hurt because they love Jesus. Sometimes they are even put in jail! Make a card to send to Christians who are being hurt because they love Jesus.. See or for further instructions on this activity.

Week Two: James 1:5-8

___ Day One: James 1:5-8. What should you ask God for? Do you know what wisdom is? Wisdom begins with loving Jesus and doing what He wants us to do! Here is a song to help you to remember to listen to Jesus!


___ Day Two: 1 Kings 3:5, 9-14. What did Solomon ask God for? What did God give to Solomon? Here is a fun video for today:


And a coloring page.

___ Day Three: Luke 2:41-52. Play a game of hide and seek with your child. Take turns being the one who is hidden and the one who is seeking. Then talk with your child about how his parents must have felt when they couldn’t find Jesus. Was Jesus trying to hide from them? No! Discuss how Jesus went back home with his parents and obeyed them. Then he grew wiser and stronger as the years went by. Pray for your child to grow wiser and stronger, too.

___ Day Four: 1 Corinthians 1:25. God is WAY stronger and WAY wiser than anyone else and there is nothing that He cannot do!

___ Day Five: James 1:5-8. This week’s Scripture compares a man who doubts with a wave blown and tossed by the wind. Make your own ocean glitter slime with your kids!

Week Three: James 1:9-11

___ Day One: James 1:9-11. Go outside with your child and find some flowers. Discuss how pretty they are, but they will not last long! Our lives on earth are short, too, and we need to make sure that we spend our lives loving Jesus – not things. Put the flowers in a vase and refer back to them often, reminding your child of today’s Bible reading.

___ Day Two: 1 Kings 21:1-10. Ahab wanted something that someone else had. This is called COVETING. Are you ever in danger of coveting? One of the best ways to help with coveting is to think of all the things you have to be thankful for! Enjoy a snack of grapes with your child and each time he picks up a grape, he has to say one thing he is thankful for before he can eat it. Here is a video for today:

___ Day Three: Luke 12:15-21. How can you be “rich toward God”? We need to love God more than anything else – even more than our favorite toys! Help your child think of ways that he can show that he loves God. Help him make his own “money” with pictures on it of ways that he can show that he loves God.

___ Day Four: Matthew 6:19-21. Talk with your child about ways that he can “store up treasures in heaven”. Help your child make a treasure chest and then fill it with items that will remind him to store up treasures in heaven. Here is one that uses an egg carton.

___ Day Five: James 1:9-11. How can being content help you to not covet what someone else has? Make a list of all you have that you are thankful for. See how long you can get that list to be!

Week Four: James 1:12-15

___ Day One: James 1:12-15. Read the verses out loud, having your child stand on every word that starts with the letter “t” and sit on every other word. Try this several times . . . seeing how fast you can do this! Then discuss what it means to be tempted.

___ Day Two: Genesis 39:6-12. Note: This is a topic that you might not want to introduce your child to yet. If you choose not to read these verses, you can simply explain that Joseph was tempted to do something that was wrong and he NEVER gave in. In fact, he RAN AWAY instead of doing what he knew he shouldn’t do. Sometimes the best thing to do when faced with temptation is to RUN! Take your child outside and practice running! Pretend to be temptation, and chase him around the yard. Teach him to run whenever he sees “temptation” coming. Have fun with this!

___ Day Three: Matthew 4:1-11. Wow! Even Jesus was tempted! He didn’t give in, though, did He? In fact, He used BIBLE VERSES to help Him when He was tempted to do something wrong. Make a Bible verse snack with your child. Take a graham cracker and split it in half. Put frosting on one half and peanut butter on the other. Stick chocolate chips in the middle and put it together as a sandwich. Say: The Bible is full of words that can help us when we want to do what is wrong. God’s words can stick to us, just like this graham cracker is sticking together, and His words are full of all sorts of good things – just like this snack. Let’s eat this snack to remind us of how sweet God’s words are, and how they can help us to do the right thing!

___ Day Four: 1 Corinthians 10:13. Help your child make a “temptation collage”. Draw or glue pictures on a piece of paper of all the things that tempt him. Then talk with him about how God can help him resist those temptations and do the right thing! Pray with him about each area, then rip up the temptations and throw them away!!!!

___ Day Five: James 1:12-15. Make your own crown craft to represent the “crown of life”. If you want to, write James 1:12 around the outside of the crown. Find a printable crown template here.

 Week Five: James 1:16-18

___ Day One: James 1:16-18. Isn’t it great to know that God never changes! A lot of things we see change . . . but God will always be the same – a loving God who has a special plan for your life! Go outside and play “shadow tag” with your child. Whoever is “it” has to try to step on the other person’s shadow! Then discuss how our shadows change depending on the sun, but God will NEVER change!

___ Day Two: Genesis 1:1, 26-31. What special things did God give to us in these verses? God gave us all of creation! What is your favorite part of God’s creation? Do you know what GOD’S favorite part was? God’s favorite part was YOU! Give your child different color construction paper, crayons, markers, yarn, buttons, etc and let him create a “self portrait” using all those items. Somewhere on the page have him write (or write for him): Thank you, God, for making ME!

___ Day Three: Luke 11:9-13. How would you feel if you asked me to make eggs for you for breakfast, and instead I cooked a giant spider? You would think I didn’t care about you, wouldn’t you? These verses tell us that GOD loves you and wants to give you GOOD things! How does that make you feel? Make some eggs for your child and talk with him about the great gifts God has given him.

___ Day Four: 1 Peter 4:10-11. God has given you things that you are good at and He wants you to use those things to serve Him. What are some things you are good at? Help your child fill out a “God made Me Special” page to help him discover his gifts. Find one here: Here’s a special song for today:

___ Day Five: James 1:16-18. Make a special gift for a lonely neighbor. Deliver it and share God’s love with that person!

Week Six: James 1:19-21

___ Day One: James 1:19-21. Act out James 1:19 with your child. When you say “quick to listen” he should run really fast. When you say “slow to speak”, he should walk slowly, and when you say “slow to become angry” he should stop. Do this several times to see if he can memorize the verse. A fun song for today:

___ Day Two: 1 Samuel 18:10-11. Who was angry in these verses? What did he do? Saul acted out in anger, didn’t he. He threw a spear at David and tried to kill him! Anger can make us do horrible things! We need to ask God to help us not do bad things when we are angry! Make a spear out of paper towel tubes, cereal boxes, or whatever else you have on hand. Have your child draw ways that he can control his anger on the handle of the spear. The next time he gets angry, take the spear out and remind him things he can do to control his anger.

___ Day Three: Matthew 2:1-12. This is the story of the wise men visiting baby Jesus. Before they saw Jesus, however, they met King Herod. Herod was not happy about baby Jesus. In fact, Herod was very, very jealous. Herod was an angry man and he took his anger out on all those around him! Here is a video for today:


___ Day Four: Ephesians 4:26. This verse tells us that it’s okay to be angry. Everyone gets angry! However, when we are angry, we should not sin. What are some ways we sin when we are angry? This verse also tells us to get over our angry quickly – don’t go to bed angry! Make a sun craft with your child. Paint a yellow or orange circle on a piece of paper. Then paint your child’s hands and have him press his hands around the outside of the circle to make the sun’s rays. Write “Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry” on the paper. For additional fun, add a small photograph of your child to the circle (the middle of the sun) after the paint dries.

___ Day Five: James 1:19-21. Make a mouth snack with your child.

Week Seven: James 1:22-25

___ Day One: James 1:22-25. These verses tell us that we need to do what the Bible says! If we don’t do what the Bible says, it’s just like if we look in a mirror and then go away and forget what we look like! That’s silly, isn’t it? Make a special mirror craft with your child to help him remember these verses.

___ Day Two: 2 Chronicles 34:1-2, 31-33. Josiah was a person who DID what the Bible said! When he heard what God wanted, he did it! That’s what it means to be a “doer of the Word”. Are you a doer of the Word? Make a crown with your child. Decorate the crown with ways that he can be a doer of the Word. Here is a fun video to go with today’s reading:

___ Day Three: Matthew 21:28-31. Help your child act this story out using puppets. Help him make 3 paper bag puppets (2 sons and the father) and then help him act it out. Stress how it’s not what we say that shows we are obedient but what we do.

___ Day Four: Ephesians 2:10. You are God’s workmanship – His MASTERPIECE – and He has great things for you to do! Help your child make a picture frame using craft sticks and paint, markers, stickers, or whatever else you have on hand. Take a picture of your child. Then glue the craft sticks around it to frame it. Write the words “God’s Masterpiece” on the craft sticks and then let your child decorate it however he wants. Remind your child that He is created by God to DO SOMETHING special!

___ Day Five: James 1:22-25. Help your child clean all the mirrors in your house. Talk about the importance of DOING SOMETHING for Jesus! You might also want to visit an elderly neighbor or friend and clean all the mirrors in her house, too!

Week Eight: James 1:26-27

___ Day One: James 1:26-27. Our tongue is pretty important, isn’t it? Why? We need to be careful that we only say things that JESUS wants us to say! Use a paper plate to help your child think about how to control his tongue! Have your child decorate the paper plate to look like him. Then make a “tongue” out of red construction paper and glue the tongue onto the plate. Talk with your child about the types of words that should come from his mouth. Write examples of this on the tongue on the plate. The next time your child uses his tongue in a bad way, remind him of the tongue from today’s activity!

___ Day Two: 2 Kings 4:1-7. In today’s Bible reading, Elisha helped take care of a widow. (You might need to explain to your child what a widow is). He used a JAR to take care of her, didn’t he? Spend today making a special project in a jar to take to a widow you know. You can decorate and fill a jar with candy, make laundry detergent in a jar, put all the ingredients for hot chocolate in a jar, or whatever you want.

___ Day Three: Acts 6:1-3. In this story, we see the early church taking care of the widows among them. We need to still take care of the people among us who need our help, too! Can you think of some ways to do this? Help your child make cards for the elderly and then visit a nursing home with your child to deliver the cards! (Or deliver the gifts from yesterday and spend time visiting with a widow you know.)

___ Day Four: Philippians 4:8-9. What types of things are we supposed to think about? Take an old white t-shirt and make it as dirty as you can! Your child will have lots of fun making this shirt dirty! Discuss what types of things make us spiritually dirty. What are the things that we often get into that can make us look just as dirty as this shirt? Try to clean the shirt. Will the shirt get clean on its own? No, it will need extra help . . . just like we need help getting clean when we sin. The only one who can help us when we sin is Jesus. Jesus can make us clean! How can we avoid getting dirty again? THINK ABOUT the things mentioned in today’s verses!

___ Day Five: James 1:26-27. Decide on a widow that you will take under your wing as a family. Mow her lawn through the summer, rake her leaves, shovel her snow, clean her house, etc. Find ways that you can bless her and help take care of her.


Now that you’ve finished reading James Chapter One, let’s hear it one more time!

And now it’s time to begin James Chapter Two . . . . See you there!

New Year’s Bible Reading Plan for Young Children

Happy New Year!  What better way to start the new year than with the Bible?  This is a Bible reading plan for young children  that focuses on all things NEW.  Each week, we will read about a different “new” from the Bible — New life, New purpose, New Names, New Songs &  2 weeks of a New Command — which just happens to be “love”, taking us into Valentine’s Day.   I pray that this plan will help you and your family grow closer to the Lord in this new year!  Feel free to print off the plan for yourself, or just keep scrolling and you will see the entire plan right here on this page.

Do you have older children or teenagers? You can find the plan for independent readers here.

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May this be your best year of spiritual growth ever!


w Year Bible Reading Plan for Young Children

New Year’s Plan — Read to Me (printable version)

Week One : “New Life”

___ Day One: 2 Corinthians 5:17
What happens to someone who becomes a Christian? When we love Jesus, He makes us BRAND NEW and BEAUTIFUL! Let’s sing this song together!

___ Day Two: 2 Kings 20:1-11
What happened to Hezekiah in these verses? What did Hezekiah do when he heard he was going to die? He PRAYED didn’t he? Make a prayer craft with your child:

___ Day Three: Luke 19:1-10
What happened to Zaccheus? Did Jesus change his life? How? Let’s watch this video and sing the song together:

___ Day Four: Acts 9:1-9, 17-18
What happened to Saul? Did his life change? How? Spend time acting out this passage with your child. Gather some of his toys to take part. Use a flashlight to “shine the bright light” on “Saul”. Take turns speaking in a deep voice and playing the part of Jesus. Have fun together! Be sure to stress that if God can change Saul’s life, God can change anyone!

___ Day Five: Revelation 21:3-5
What will God make new one day? ALL THINGS!! Some day there will be no more pain or crying or sickness . . . everything will be perfect! Paint a picture together of what your child thinks heaven will be like, or make a “heaven craft”.

 Week Two: “New Purpose”

___ Day One: Philippians 3:13-14

What are we supposed to press on to? What is the prize? Make an obstacle course with your child. Then, have your child go through it. Each time he comes to a new obstacle, encourage him to keep going to get the prize! When he finishes, reward him with a big hug (or a special treat – or make a crown together to use, see below). Talk about how we have obstacles in our life, too, but we need to always do the right thing and love Jesus and one day He will reward us!

___ Day Two: 1 Samuel 16:6-13
Who did God choose in these verses? Is it a surprise that God chose David? Why? David was the youngest in his family and he did not look much like a king. However, God still had a plan for him! God has a plan for you, too, even if you aren’t very big!

___ Day Three: Luke 5:1-11
What happened to the fishermen? What did Jesus want the fishermen to do? They became followers of Jesus – the first disciples! God wants you to be His follower, too! Let’s sing this song together:

And let’s make a craft!

___ Day Four: Luke 5:27-32
Who followed Jesus in this passage? How did Jesus change his life? Jesus asked people to follow Him and they did! Play a game of “Follow the leader”. Talk about how important it is that we follow Jesus!
___ Day Five: Ephesians 5:1-2
According to these verses, who are we supposed to be like? How can you be like God? Play a game of “Simon Says” to help your child learn what it is to “imitate”. Take turns being “Simon”.

Week Three: “New Name”

___ Day One: Revelation 2:17

What does God promise to give to His people in these verses? God knows YOUR name, and He has a new, special name just for you! Make a “name” craft together:

___ Day Two: Genesis 17:1-5
Who was given a new name in this passage? Abraham was given a promise from God that he would be the father of many nations. Let’s sing this song together:

___ Day Three: Genesis 32:24-28
Who was given a new name in this passage? This passage talks about how Jacob wrestled with man and with God! Can you imagine wrestling with God?? Have a wrestling/tickling match with your child, all the while stressing how much God loves him/her.

___ Day Four: Matthew 16:13-18
Who was given a new name in this passage? Peter was given a new name to show  that God had a new plan for his life. God has a plan for YOUR life, too! You can do great things for God! God called Simon “Peter” which means “Rock”. Have your child  find a rock and decorate it to remind him of how special he is to God.

___ Day Five: Acts 11:19-26
This new name applies to all of us. What is the new name? Can you call yourself by that name? Sing along (just echo the words . . . it’s easy and fun!)

Week Four: “New Songs” 

___ Day One: Ephesians 5:19-20
How are we supposed to speak to one another? What are some ways that you can make a melody in your heart to the Lord? Here’s a song that might help:

___ Day Two: Exodus 15:1-3
Who sang a new song to the Lord in this passage? Why? The Israelites were thankful to God and they showed it by singing to Him! Make your own instruments and sing to God today.

 ___ Day Three: 2 Samuel 6:15
Who celebrated the Lord in these verses? How did they celebrate the Lord? Have a dance party for Jesus today! 

___ Day Four: Psalm 33:1-3
What kind of song are we supposed to sing to the Lord? What would your new song sound like? Let’s make another instrument and praise God some more!

___ Day Five: Revelation 4:9-11
What is one of the things we are going to be doing in Heaven? I wonder where Heaven is? Some people think of clouds when they think of heaven. Make some “cloud dough” with your child and then let him use the cloud dough to create a picture of what he thinks heaven will be like.

 Week Five: “New Command”

___ Day One: John 13:34-35
What is the “new commandment” Jesus gave to His disciples? Why do you think it is important for us to love others? Make a heart craft/bird feeder with your child.  Talk about what it means to love while you are making it.

___ Day Two: John 15:12-14
How do we show that we are a friend to Jesus? What is the command we are supposed to follow? It is the command to LOVE!! Make a heart craft while talking about how we can love others.

___ Day Three: Colossians 3:12-14
We are supposed to PUT ON love! It’s like we get up in the morning, and after we get dressed, we also put on love . . . and then we show love to everyone we see!   Help your child decorate an old t-shirt or hat (or anything you wear) to represent love. Then help him “put it on” to remind him to love everyone! (Here are some additional ideas: use a hot glue gun and glue candy hearts around a pair of old sunglasses, make a hat, make anything you can think of that your child can wear. Have fun!)

___ Day Four: 1 John 4:7-8
What do you need to show others so that they know you love God? LOVE!! A song for today:

___ Day Five: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8(a)
What are some of the characteristics of love listed here? How are you doing with loving others? Make heart shaped cookies (or cupcakes, or any type of food) and deliver them to a neighbor as a way to show love!

Week Six: “New Command/Part Two”

___ Day One: Matthew 5:43-44
What type of people are we supposed to love according to these verses? We need to love everyone – even those people we don’t get along with! Choose one of these crafts to make and give away to someone you wouldn’t normally give a valentine to!

___ Day Two: Mark 12:29-31
What did Jesus say were the greatest commandments? Why do you think that is the case? Help your child memorize these verses. Use this to help or help your child draw his own pictures to go along with each part of the verse.

___ Day Three: Luke 10:30-37
According to this passage, who are we to love? Who is our neighbor? This is a fun story to act out with your child. Get some old toilet paper tubes and decorate them to stand for each character in the story. Then act it out together! Have fun! Here is a video for today as well:

___ Day Four: John 13:1-12
How did Jesus show love to His disciples in this passage? He did something that no one else wanted to do – he washed his disciples’ yucky feet! Wash your child’s feet today! Have fun with this – wash them, and then turn it into a tickle time, letting your child know how much you love him and how much God loves him!

___ Day Five: John 3:16
How did God show His love to us? What does this mean to you? Make a valentine card/craft to help share the love of Christ with someone who needs Him


Have you finished the New Year’s Bible Reading Plan?  Continue on with the EASTER Bible Reading Plan!

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