BOLD: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids & Teens

A free 10 week Bible Reading Plan for kids and Teens. Perfect for Summer Reading!

Here we go . . . this year’s Summer Bible Reading Plan for kids and teens! This year the theme is BOLD and we will look at topics such as Bold Speech, Bold Sacrifice, Bold Giving, Bold Love, and more!

*If you have younger kids, you can find their plan here*

One more thing: check out BOLD: A 10 Week Study for Families and Churches for a Bible Curriculum based off this reading plan! The Bible plan includes opening skits and activities, Biblically sound Bible lessons, Bold Believer Biographies, and additional activities to reinforce the lessons. It is easily adaptable for all age groups and group sizes!

And now, are you ready?  Let’s Jump right in!

 

Bold Bible Reading Plan for Kids and Teens

Week One: Bold Love

___ Day One: Read John 3:1-21. These verses record a conversation that Jesus had with a Pharisee named Nicodemus. What was the main point that Jesus made in this conversation? What is the BOLD LOVE that is seen in these verses (especially verses 16-17)? God LOVED the world so much that He sent JESUS to die. This is truly a BOLD love. Have you accepted God’s gift of love? Are you a follower of Jesus? Pray about it: Spend time today thanking God for His gift of love to you.

Activity: Make your own heart ring out of wire.  Wear this ring to remind you of the gift of love that God has given you, as well as a reminder to share that BOLD love with others.

Snack: Cut bread into a heart shape and cover it with strawberry jelly to remind you of the blood of Christ.

___ Day Two: Read Romans 5:1-11. What is so amazing about the love that God has for us? How did He demonstrate His love to us? What does this mean to you personally? Pray about it: Spend time asking God to help you love others the same way that He loves you!

Activity: Find some old dirty pennies and lemon juice to perform a little experiment. Put lemon juice in a container and then drop the old pennies in the juice. Leave them in the solution for 5 minutes. What happened to the pennies? We are like the pennies . . . we are dirty because of our sin. However, God’s gift of Jesus is enough to make us clean. When we become a Christian, Jesus cleans us all up and we are shiny and clean . . . just like the pennies!

Snack: Use the rest of the lemon juice . . . and maybe some lemons . . . to make homemade lemonade! Share the lemonade with someone else and talk with that person about the love that Jesus has for him!

___ Day Three: Read John 15:1-17. Are you a fruit bearing plant? What kind of fruit are you bearing? How is love described in these verses? Are you showing BOLD love to those around you? Pray about it: Ask God to help you produce the kind of fruit that He wants you to produce. Ask Him to help you show the kind of BOLD love that He wants you to.

Activity: Dead branches need to be cut off of the tree so that the rest of the tree stays healthy. Go outside and do some “pruning” today. Find a plant that has some dead branches or leaves and cut them off. Then take those old dead branches and use them as your “paintbrushes” as you paint a picture representing verse 13.

Snack: Make some sour patch grapes! Remember, grapes come from a vine . . . just like you are on God’s vine! The jello that you put on the grapes really made them stand out, didn’t it? When we show God’s BOLD love to others, we also stand out!

___ Day Four: Read Matthew 5:38-48. What do these verses teach us about love? Who are we supposed to love? This is hard, isn’t it? It is definitely a very BOLD love! What does it look like to love your enemies? Pray about it: Spend time praying for your enemies today.

Activity: Find a rock outside and decorate it with the word “Love”. Keep this rock in your room. The next time you feel like “hating” someone, take that rock out and pray for that person instead.

Snack: Make heart shaped sugar cookies!

___ Day Five: Read Luke 10:25-37. Do you think Jesus’s answer surprised the man? What was unusual about the story that Jesus told? How does Jesus’s story of the Good Samaritan challenge you to show BOLD love? Who do YOU need to reach out to in love this week? Pray about it: Ask God to help you show love to everyone – even to those who are more difficult for you to love.

Activity: Take several bandaids and decorate them in ways that will remind you to show Bold Love. Attach the bandaids together to make a bracelet or ankle bracelet (or anything else that you can think of).

Snack: Play with your food! Use gummy bears or E.L. Fudge cookies to retell the story of the Good Samaritan . . . or use a different type of food combination such as bananas (that could get a bit messy!) Have fun!

Bold Biography: Corrie Ten Boom:

Week Two: Bold Faith

___ Day One: Read Mark 5:25-34. How did this woman show she had faith? What happened as a result of her faith? Pray about it: Ask God to help you reach out to Him in faith today.

Activity: The woman in this passage had been in pain for several years. She reached out to Jesus in faith that He would heal her and He did. Trace your hand on a piece of paper and then write on it one thing that you need to trust Jesus for in your life. Spend time praying for that situation.

Snack: The woman in this passage had to make her way through a crowd of people to get to Jesus. Act out this passage using carrot sticks and ranch dressing. Use the ranch dressing to make the carrot sticks look like people . . . make a carrot Jesus and a carrot woman. Have fun retelling the story – and then eating all the characters!

___ Day Two: Read Matthew 8:5-13. How did the Centurion show BOLD faith? What was the result? Pray about it: Ask God to give you faith like the Centurion’s in today’s passage.

Activity: Can you imagine how the servant of the Centurion must have felt? He was paralyzed, lying in bed and tormented. His boss had gone to get help, but he had no idea where his boss was or when he would get back when all of a sudden he was able to move again and felt perfectly fine! It was truly a miracle! Pretend you are that servant. Write a journal entry or make a video telling what happened to you.

Snack: How would you do if you couldn’t move? Get a snack out (a banana would be fun). See if you can eat it without using your hands.

___ Day Three: Read Mark 10:46-52. Who had faith in this passage? What happened as a result of his faith? Notice how this man kept crying out to Jesus, even when everyone around him told him to be quiet! Notice also how Jesus asked him directly what he wanted. What was his reply? He had faith that Jesus could completely heal him . . . and Jesus did! Pray about it: Ask God to help you keep crying out to him – even when others tell you to stop. Also pray that God will help you pray BIG . . . just like Bartimaeus did.

Activity: We might not be blind physically, like Bartimaeus was, but we could be blind to the needs of those around us. Spend time today really looking at those around you. What needs do they have in their lives? Pray for them . . . and then see if you can do something to help them in a practical way.

Snack: Use banana slices and chocolate chips to make an interesting “eye” snack.

___ Day Four: Read Matthew 17:14-21. Why were the disciples unable to heal the man who had been brought to them? What does Jesus say is possible to do with a little faith? Do you have any mountains that you need moved in your life? What seemingly impossible situations do you need God to handle today? Pray about it: Take your “mountain” to God today in prayer.

Activity: Make seed art. Get several packets of seeds and then combine them together to make a design by gluing them on paper.

Snack: Make some fruit salad. Examine the seeds in the fruit that you use. The seeds might be pretty small, but they make a yummy treat. In the same way, your faith might be small, but God can use it to do great things!

___ Day Five: Read Hebrews 11. This is a long passage, but it highlights so many of the Old Testament heroes of the faith. In fact, this chapter is often referred to as the “Hall of Faith”. What stories stick out to you in this passage? How does it make you feel knowing that all these people were ordinary people, just like you, who did extraordinary things! That’s what BOLD faith can do . . . it can help you do extraordinary things, too!

Activity: Illustrate this chapter by making your own “Hall of Faith”.

Snack: Choose one of the heroes in this chapter and use food to illustrate his story.

Bold Biography: George Mueller:

Week Three: Bold Service

___ Day One: Read 2 Kings 5:1-14. Who was bold in this passage? How? In this passage, we see that Naaman had a very young servant girl. Even though she was young, she had the courage to tell someone abou the prophet who could help Naaman. What do you think would have happened if she hadn’t spoken up? Pray about it: Ask God to help you serve others by sharing the truth – even when it is scary!

Activity: Naaman had leprosy, a disease which made people stay away from him. Are there people that you tend to stay away from? Think of a way that you can reach out to them with the love of Christ.

Snack: Eat something to remind you of leprosy – and of how we need to serve all people . . . even those that others stay away from. (Examples of snacks could be dots, skittles, grapes, blueberries, etc).

___ Day Two: Read Luke 1:26-38. In this passage, we are introduced to Mary, the mother of Jesus. How does she respond to the message from the angel? How does she show bold service? Mary was willing to do whatever God wanted of her – she was a humble servant of God! Are you willing to do whatever God wants you to do – even if it will lead to discomfort and difficulties? Pray about it: Ask God to help you be a willing and humble servant of Jesus – just like Mary was.

Activity: We see Mary’s response to God’s calling in Luke 1:46-55. What is your response to God’s calling on your life? Write your own song or poem expressing your feelings towards God’s call to service in your own life.

Snack: Make a snack to represent the birth of Jesus. Use mini-hot dogs, croissants, and potato sticks to represent baby Jesus. Unwrap a croissant and place a hot dog inside of it. Wrap it back around to represent swaddling clothes and then cook the whole thing for as long as the directions on the croissant package say to cook the croissants. Serve over potato sticks (the hay).

___ Day Three: Read John 13:5-11. Our best example of bold service is found in Jesus Himself. This passage shows us one of the times where Jesus showed bold service. What happened? How did He set an example for us in this passage? Pray about it: Ask God to help you to not be afraid to do the acts of service that others don’t want to do.

Activity: Perform secret acts of service for the other members of your household this week . . . be careful not to get caught!!!

Snack: Jesus washed the disciples feet – make some “foot-long” subs and serve them to your family today!

___ Day Four: Read Mark 10:35-45. What was the request that James and John made to Jesus? How did Jesus respond? How did the rest of the disciples feel about their request? Finally, how did Jesus define greatness in this passage? The one who serves others is the one who is truly great! Even Jesus came, not to be served, but to serve others. Pray about it: Ask God to help you serve others – even when you don’t feel like it!

Activity: Find a way to serve others in your neighborhood . . . perhaps you will mow someone’s lawn or pull weeds for free. Maybe you and your family can go grocery shopping for an elderly neighbor or walk a friend’s dog. Be creative in your service – and remember, you are serving Jesus!

Snack: Set up a free lemonade stand in your neighborhood. Offer lemonade and cookies – but don’t charge a thing!

___ Day Five: Read Philippians 2:1-18. How did Jesus set the example as a servant according to this passage? How should we use that example to help us live our lives? What are some qualities of a servant that are found in these verses? Pray about it: Ask God to help you be a truly BOLD servant – putting others first, not complaining or grumbling, and having the attitude that Jesus had.

Activity: Memorize Phil. 2:3-4.

Snack: One day every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord! Eat a “tongue” snack (a fruit roll up would work well for this).

Bold Biography: Gladys Aylward:

Week Four – Bold Giving

___ Day One: Read Malachi 3:8-12. What does God say about giving in these verses? How is bold giving shown in these verses? Pray about it: Ask God to help you give Him all that He deserves.

Activity: God blesses us so much . . . sometimes we don’t even realize how much He has blessed us until we sit down and think about it. He has given us life, the air we breathe, the flowers, the sun, the earth . . . so many blessings we hardly ever think about! Take time today to think about the ways God has blessed you! Fill a glass up with water. Keep pouring water into it until it overflows. Spend time splashing in the water and thanking God for His over-flowing blessings to you!

Snack: Fill up an ice cube tray with koolaid and freeze. When the cubes are frozen, take them out and use them with water, or simply eat them by themselves. Spend time thanking God for the blessings He has given to you!

A great song for today:

___ Day Two: Read Mark 12:41-44, Luke 21:1-4. Why did Jesus say that the widow had put in more money than any of the rich people? What was bold about the widow’s giving? How does this passage challenge you to be bold in your giving? Pray about it: Ask God to challenge you in your giving.

Activity: Spend time today thinking about your giving. Have you ever given as the widow in this story did? What can you give that would demonstrate this type of bold giving? Make a plan and carry it out!

Snack: Eat some chocolate coins to remind you of the gift that this widow gave.

___ Day Three: Read 2 Samuel 24. This is a sad story in David’s life. He sins against God and, as a result, the whole nation is punished. However, we also see more of David’s heart in this story. Re-read verse 24. David wanted to buy this plot of land, but the owner wanted to give it to him. David then says, “I will not offer offerings to the Lord my God which cost me nothing”. How does this relate to the concept of BOLD giving? How can we learn from David’s attitude? Pray about it:Ask God to give you the same attitude as David had!

Activity: Practice BOLD giving – give an offering that costs you something!

Snack: David purchased the threshing floor . . . a threshing floor is where the grain is harvested. Make homemade bread to remind you of David’s sacrifice. Then GIVE some away!!

___ Day Four: Read 2 Corinthians 9. God loves a ________________________. (Cheerful Giver). What does it mean to be a cheerful giver? Are you always a cheerful giver? Pray about it: Ask God to help you be a cheerful giver!

Activity: Make your own duct tape wallet. Then keep money in it that you are going to give to God! (Read about an experience my kids had with duct tape wallets here.)

Snack: Create your own snack to remind you of giving . . . and be cheerful while you are making it!!

___ Day Five: Read Acts 20:25-35. According to Paul, what did Jesus Himself say? What does it mean that it is more blessed to give than to receive? Have you ever experienced this in your own life? Pray about it: Ask God to show you ways that you can give to others.

Activity: Look for ways that you can give to those around you. Try to give something to someone secretly and see what happens!

Snack: Make cookies and share them with a neighbor or friend.

Bold Biography: CT Studd:

Week Five: Bold Stand

___ Day One: Read Daniel 1. What was the bold stand that Daniel and his friends took in this chapter? Why was it bold? Daniel and his friends made their faith their own in this chapter . . . they no longer had parents or other adults around telling them what to do, yet they still made the right choices! They decided that they were going to worship the One True God and that decision impacted everything they did. Have you made that decision yourself? Do you do what is right – even when everyone else is telling you to do what is wrong? Pray about it: Ask God to help you to do the right thing no matter what.

Activity: Paint with vegetables today to remind you of the bold stand that Daniel and his friends made.

Snack: Cook some veggies!

___ Day Two: Read Daniel 3. Here is another time when Daniel’s friends took a stand (literally) for what was right. What was bold about what they did? Were they guaranteed that they were going to survive this stand? Pray about it: Ask God to help you stand for Him – even when the results are not guaranteed!

Activity: We might not have to bow down to a statue, but we are asked to bow down to the things of the world every day. We are asked to compromise our beliefs and go along with what the world says. This is not what God wants us to do, though. He wants us to stand for what is right no matter what. Think about one issue where you are being challenged to give in. Spend time today praying for that issue and asking God to help you stand for what is right in that situation.

Snack: Make a fire and roast marshmallows. Think about how this story could have ended if God had not stepped in! We don’t know what will happen to us when we stand for what is right, but we need to still STAND!

___ Day Three: Read Acts 7:44-60. This is a situation where someone else took a stand and it ended very differently than what we read about yesterday. How did it end for Stephen? Stephen died for the stand that he took. How does this challenge you to take a BOLD STAND for your faith?

Activity: Stephen died for his faith by stoning. Go outside and gather a few stones or rocks. Write one way that you can take a stand for Jesus on each stone. Put these together to make a little “rock garden” that will remind you of the importance of taking a bold stand.

___ Day Four: Read 1 Samuel 17. Who took a BOLD STAND in these verses? Why do you think he was able to take this stand? Who gave him the strength and courage to fight the giant? Do you have any giants in your life that you need to take a bold stand against? Pray about it: Ask God to help you deal with any giant situation you might be facing.

Activity: Goliath was 9 feet tall. Measure out 9 feet on a sidewalk and mark it with sidewalk chalk. Lie down beside it to give you an idea of how you would compare to Goliath. Use sidewalk chalk to draw/write ways that you can take a bold stand for Jesus.

Snack: You probably can’t make a 9 foot snack, but you can try to make a tall snack! Find a snack to stack and see how tall you can make it before it topples over.  Use this to remind you of the way that God can help you take a BOLD stand against the giants in your life.

___ Day Five: Read 1 Peter 5:6-11. Who is ultimately trying to destroy you? Satan is trying to get you to fall away from your faith. How can you take comfort knowing that other people around the world are going through the same struggles and are taking a bold stand against the devil? How can you take a bold stand against the devil? Pray about it: Ask God to help you stand strong against what Satan throws at you.

Activity: Do some research on the bold stand that Christians around the world are taking. Make a prayer calendar of different persecuted Christian groups to pray for each day this month.

Snack: Use an english muffin, peanut butter or cream cheese and other tiny foods to help you make a lion face. Then eat that lion . . . remembering that some day Satan will be defeated, too!

Bold Biography: William Tyndale

Week Six – Bold Prayer

___ Day One: Read James 5:13-18. How was Elijah bold in his prayer? Are you bold in prayer? Pray about it: Ask God to help you be a bold pray-er.

Activity: Spend time today praying according to the pattern set in James 5:13-14. Pray for those who are suffering or who are sick. Make a poster or sing a song to express your cheerfulness and praises to God.

Snack: Eat bread or crackers and dip them in oil. Use this to remind you of the anointing oil mentioned in these verses.

___ Day Two: Read 2 Kings 19:1-7, 14-19. King Hezekiah is faced with a difficult situation in these verses. How does he respond? He goes immediately to the Lord in prayer! That should be our automatic response to every situation that comes our way, too! Before we do anything else, we need to PRAY! Pray about it: Ask God to help you remember to pray as a natural response to anything that happens to you!

Activity: Make a prayer booklet to keep track of your prayer requests and praises. Write them all down and then see how God answers your prayers!

Snack: Make pretzels! Pretzels were originally made to remind us of praying hands!

___ Day Three: Read Daniel 6. This passage shows us how BOLD Daniel was in his life- and especially when it came to his relationship with God! How did Daniel show BOLDNESS in his prayer life? How can this challenge you to be BOLD in prayer? Pray about it: Ask God to help you pray in every circumstance – even when others think that praying is crazy!

Activity: Daniel had a specific place where he prayed every day? Do you? Make yourself a prayer place . . . set it up as a place where you will keep your prayer journals and where you will meet with God every day. Then start using it!

Snack: Eat cheetos to remind you of the lions that were in the den waiting for Daniel. (cheetos look kind of like the fur on their manes. Use your imagination!!)

___ Day Four: Read Luke 11:1-13. What do these verses teach about prayer? What are some of the elements of effective prayer that you see in these verses? Pray about it: Pray through the Lord’s prayer using the different elements you see: praise, praying for your needs, praying for forgiveness, praying against temptation, etc.

Activity: Write an acrostic poem to help you remember the different elements of prayer. Use the word “Prayer” and have each letter stand for something different that reminds you of what you should pray for or how you should pray.

Snack: Get a small bag of chocolate candies or fruit candies. Make each piece of candy stand for one thing you should pray for. Pray for that item, and then eat that piece of candy!

___ Day Five: Read Romans 8:26-39. Sometimes we don’t know what we should pray for. We don’t even know how to start . . . but these verses promise us that the Spirit intercedes for us. When we don’t know how to pray, the Holy Spirit prays for us! How does this make you feel? How can knowing this help you be BOLD in your prayer life?

Activity: Go for a prayer walk today and pray some BOLD prayers!

Snack: Make a prayer chain – a necklace out of cereal or other fun snacks that you can put on a string. Let each food item stand for something you need to pray for. Wear the necklace to remind you to pray for each of those things. When you are ready, eat the necklace!

Bold Biography – Hudson Taylor

Week Seven: Bold Speech

___ Day One: Read Luke 12:8-12. What do these verses say about bold speech? Who will give us the words to say if we are willing to take a stand for Christ? We don’t know what will happen to us in the future, but we are promised that if we stand strong and speak up for Christ, the Holy Spirit will help us when we get in those situations where we don’t know what to say. Pray about it: Ask God to help you speak up for Him.

Activity: Draw a picture of yourself standing and testifying about God in front of other people. What are the words that you would say?

Snack: Memorize Luke 12:8. Then try saying it clearly with different types of food in your mouth!

___ Day Two: Read Acts 26. One person who saw yesterday’s Scripture work in his life was Paul! He was on trial for his relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit truly gave him the words to say. What are some of the words he said to King Agrippa? How was Paul bold in his speech? Pray about it: Pray for those who are on trial for their relationship with Jesus today to have the words to say and to be bold in their witness.

Activity: Act out the trial that took place in Acts 26. Use other people or legos, or any other means and record this trial. Share it with others!

Snack: Use food to make a judge’s gavel. You can use whatever food you want – bananas and marshmallows, pretzels, hot dogs . . . be creative!

___ Day Three: Read 2 Samuel 12:1-14. Sometimes bold speech is necessary in confronting others about their sins. That was the case with Nathan. He had to confront David about his sin with Bathsheba. I’m sure that took quite a bit of boldness on his part! God wants us to speak the truth – even if others don’t want to hear it. Pray about it: Ask God to help you boldly speak the truth when others need to hear it!

Activity: Watch “King George and the Ducky” by Veggie Tales. Sing along with Nathan’s speech!!

Snack: Use cauliflower and grapes to make a little lamb snack!

___ Day Four: Read Jeremiah 1:4-10. These verses are God’s call to Jeremiah. When did God call Jeremiah? God had a plan for Jeremiah to speak His words while Jeremiah was still in his mother’s womb! God has a plan for you, also. Are you willing to speak His words wherever He sends you? Pray about it: Ask God to help you speak His words wherever He wants you to go!

Activity: Choose your favorite verses from this passage of Scripture. Make a banner or poster with those verses on it. Hang the banner or poster in your room!

Snack: Make a mouth snack! Use apple slices and tiny marshmallows, or anything else you choose! Use this snack as a reminder to always speak God’s Words wherever He wants you to go!

___ Day Five: Read Ephesians 4:29-5:2. Sometimes having BOLD SPEECH simply means not speaking like everyone else. Is your speech like Ephesians 4:29, or do you need God to help you be more BOLD in how you speak and the words you use? Pray about it: Pray about the words that come from your mouth!

Activity: Is your speech SWEET or SOUR? Have fun with sweet and sour foods today. Close your eyes and plug your nose and have someone feed you samples of sweet and sour foods. Can you tell the difference with your eyes closed and nose plugged? How about with just your eyes closed? Can people tell the difference in you by the way you speak?

Snack: Eat some salt and vinegar potato chips!! Use them to remind you that your speech should be sweet, seasoned with salt, and not bitter!

Bold Biography: Martin Luther

Week Eight: Bold Sacrifice

___ Day One: Read Genesis 22:1-19. What was the bold sacrifice in these verses? Are you willing to sacrifice something important to you, even if it doesn’t make sense at the time? Pray about it: Ask God to help you give everything to Him.

Activity: Use sticks and stones (or whatever is available) to make your own “altar”. Write down the things that God might want you to give up for Him. Place those things on the altar.

Snack: Use pretzel sticks and marshmallows to make your own snack altar.

___ Day Two: Read Luke 23:33-57. These verses tell us about the greatest sacrifice ever. Jesus sacrificed Himself for us so that we could be saved! Spend time today reflecting on the sacrifice of Jesus. Pray about it: Thank God for His sacrifice for us!

Activity: Find a board and a nail. Hammer the nail into the board, thinking about the sacrifice that Jesus made for you!

Snack: Let’s not forget that Jesus didn’t stay dead! He rose from the dead and conquered sin and death once and for all! Use chocolate donuts and chocolate sandwich cookies to make a snack representing the empty tomb. Cut the donut in half and place the cookie in front of it (that is the stone in front of the tomb). Celebrate the resurrection of Jesus today!

___ Day Three: Read Romans 12:1-2. What does it mean to be a living sacrifice? How can you be a living sacrifice for God? Pray about it: Ask God to help you live your life as a living sacrifice for Him.

Activity: Write Romans 12:1-2 out on a picture frame. Decorate the frame. Put a picture of yourself inside it and put the frame somewhere to remind you to live your life as a living sacrifice to God.

Snack: Make another altar snack! This time, use graham crackers and frosting.

___ Day Four: Read Luke 9:23-27. What does it mean to take up your cross daily and follow Jesus? What things might you need to sacrifice for God? Pray about it: Ask God to help you put Him before anything else.

Activity: Make a cross necklace to remind you to take up your cross daily and follow Jesus!

Snack: Make a cross out of pretzels.

___ Day Five: Read Hebrews 13:15-17. What do you think it means to offer up a sacrifice of praise to God? Does your praise ever involve sacrifice? How? Pray about it: Ask God to help your life to be a sacrifice of praise to Him.

Activity: Offer God a sacrifice of praise today! Make your own instruments, write your own songs, sing to Him, play an instrument to Him, write a poem for Him . . . use whatever way you want to express your praise to God!

Snack: Make a guitar out of food! Cut bread into the shape of the guitar and use slices of carrots and sliced grapes for the strings.

Bold Biography: Nate Saint

Week Nine: Bold Living

___ Day One: Read Jeremiah 20:1-6. How did Jeremiah live a bold life? Jeremiah’s whole purpose in life was to speak God’s words – no matter what. The people who heard him did not always like what he said. These verses record just one time that Jeremiah was hurt for his bold living. Pray about it: Ask God to help you live a bold life – even if it means persecution.

Activity: Write a journal entry from the point of view of Jeremiah after being put in the stocks by Pashur.

Snack: Make your own jail out of pretzels and marshmallows (or any other food you want).

___ Day Two: Read Esther 4. Do you know the story of Esther? She lived a very bold life! Her boldness saved the entire nation of Israel! Read verse 16 again. What does this verse tell us about Esther’s attitude? She knew what she had to do, and she was willing to do it – even if it meant death! That is BOLD LIVING! Pray about it: Ask God to help you be BOLD like Esther.

Activity: Make a scepter and act out the scene where Esther appears before the king. Make a video of it and share it with others.

Snack: Make a scepter out of celery sticks and peanut butter.

___ Day Three: Read Nehemiah 6. Here is another person who lived a bold life. How was Nehemiah bold? Nehemiah did what he knew was right, even when he faced severe opposition. What can you learn about living a BOLD life from the life of Nehemiah? Pray about it: Ask God to give you boldness to complete the tasks He has for you!

Activity: Build a wall! Use whatever you have to make a wall like Nehemiah did. Let the wall you build remind you that you can do anything through Christ!

Snack: Build a wall out of different types of melon!

___ Day Four: Read Proverbs 28:1. How do the righteous live according to this verse? How can you be as bold as a lion? Pray about it: Pray this verse for your own life!

Activity: Memorize this verse! Make a video of this verse! Make a poster of this verse! Do anything with this verse that will help you remember it and apply it to your life.

Snack: Make a snack that uses BOLD colors! Remind yourself that you should be bold for Christ!

___ Day Five: Read Joshua 1. What command does God repeat several times to Joshua in this passage? Why do you think He does that? How did Joshua live a bold life? Pray about it; Ask God to help you to be strong and courageous in every situation you encounter!

Activity: Here is a fun experiment that can remind you of how God can make you BOLD! Take a bar of Ivory soap. Unwrap it and put it on a microwavable plate. Then put it in the microwave. Turn the microwave on high and watch what happens to the soap. This is what happens to us when we put our trust in Christ – He takes what little boldness we have and makes it BIGGER for Him! He helps us be BOLD!

Snack: Sometimes when we think of being strong, we think of muscles! Of course, we don’t need muscles to be strong and bold for Christ . . . but this could make a fun snack! Get giant marshmallows and pretend that they are muscles! Say one way that you can be BOLD for Christ for each marshmallow you eat.

Bold Biography: Brother Andrew

Week Ten: Bold Actions

___ Day One: Read Joshua 2. Who was bold in these verses? How? Rahab took some very bold actions . . . and they paid off. She was saved, along with her entire family, and she ended up in the line of Christ! Pray about it: Ask God to help you take bold actions when needed.

Activity: This chapter involves spies! Make your own spy costume and sneak around the house. If you get caught, explain to someone what it means to be bold for Christ!

Snack: Eat red licorice to remind you of the scarlet rope that Rahab was told to place out of her window.

___ Day Two: Read Genesis 6:11-22. What were the bold actions in these verses? Why were those actions bold? Pray about it: Ask God to help you do bold things – even when everyone else thinks you are crazy!

Activity: Make your own replica of Noah’s ark. Do research to make sure you make it similar to the pattern that Noah used. Use whatever materials you want.

Snack: Eat animal crackers!

___ Day Three: Read Judges 3:15-30. What were the bold actions that Ehud took in these verses? Pray about it: Ask God to help you do what He wants you to do – no matter what!

Activity: Try writing your name left handed. (If you are left handed, try writing your name right handed.) Remember, Ehud was left-handed!

Snack: Ehud blew a trumpet to let people know that deliverance had come! Eat bugles today!

___ Day Four: Read 1 Kings 18:1-16. We often focus on Elijah in this passage of Scripture and it is easy to overlook another very bold person. Who else was bold in this passage? How? Obadiah risked his life by hiding and taking care of 100 prophets! That is quite a BOLD action!! How do you think he was able to be so bold? Pray about it: Ask God to help you be bold – even if your boldness is not noticed as much as another person’s might be!

Activity: Hiding 100 people is not an easy task! Think through all the things that Obadiah would have needed to do to successfully keep those prophets hidden. Write out a plan that he may have used.

Snack: Eat bread and water – the food that Obadiah fed the prophets.

___ Day Five: Read Judges 6:11-7:25. This is a long passage that we are going to use to end our reading plan. There’s a lot of stuff that can be learned from this passage. What stands out to you? How does this passage show that God can use an ordinary person (who might start off being anything but bold) to do great things for Him? If God can use Gideon, God can use YOU! Aren’t you excited to see how God is going to use YOU to change the world??? Pray about it: Ask God to make you BOLD!!!

Activity: Do something BOLD for Jesus!

Bold Biography: William Wilberforce

Snack: Make cupcakes or some other fun food to celebrate the completion of this Bible reading plan!

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If you enjoyed this reading plan, you might also enjoy some of my other curriculum, or my devotional for kids (which is my personal favorite book that I have written 🙂 )

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Transform: A 10 Week Bible Reading Plan for Children

Free Bible Reading Plan for the Summer! Includes Scripture, discussion questions & activities for children and teens!

This is the Bible reading plan for the Summer of 2016! The theme for this summer is TRANSFORM and we will be reading about areas of our lives that need to be transformed by Jesus. This year we have a theme verse as well – Romans 12:1-2, and I want to challenge you and your children to memorize these verses by the end of the summer!

This year I have the entire Bible reading plan in one location — right here on this page (and in the downloadable pdf). I divided the summer into ten weeks, and you will find two Scriptures listed for each day. The first Scripture passage is for the older kids and teens and the second passage (the one in parenthesis) is an abbreviated version for the read-to-me kids. I have also included 2 separate ideas for activities. Activity 1 is aimed at younger kids and is meant to be done with a parent while Activity 2 is aimed at older kids and teens.  Of course, you know your child better than anyone else, so use whatever works for your child!

I pray that this Bible reading plan will challenge you and your children this summer! Feel free to share what you are learning with our facebook group, and, while you are at it, come like my facebook page!

And now, as promised, here is this year’s Summer Bible Reading Plan for children of all ages!!!!!

A Summer Bible Reading Plan for Children of All Ages

Transform – A Bible Reading Plan for Children of All Ages (click here to print)

Transform

Key Verse: Romans 12:1-2

Week One: Transform Your Mind

___ Day One: Read Acts 8:26-39 (Acts 8:26-29, 35-39.)

How was the Ethiopian’s life transformed?

We don’t know anything about the Ethiopian’s life before this passage, and we don’t read anything more about him after this passage. What we DO know is that he was reading the Scriptures for himself . . . which shows us that he was using his mind! God used Philip to help fill his mind with the truths of the Scriptures. Are you filling your mind with the truth of the Scriptures? Are you thinking about those things that God wants you to think about?

Examine your thought life today. Ask God to help you fill your mind with things that please Him!

Activity 1: Make this cool chariot snack and use it to retell what happened with the Ethiopian Eunuch and Philip! 

Activity 2: The Ethiopian Eunuch was reading a scroll when Philip came to him. Make your own scroll – and practice thinking on the things of God while you are at it!!! Gather several fruit roll ups . . . unroll them and pretend they are scrolls. Try to quote a memory verse before you eat the roll ups. If you don’t know any memory verses, start memorizing one today (how about Romans 12:1-2?).

___ Day Two: Read Philippians 4:4-9 (Philippians 4:8).

We think about things all the time. Sometimes, the things we think about are not so good. According to these verses, what kinds of things should we be thinking about? Are you thinking about those things?

Examine what you put into your mind on a daily basis. Look especially at the media you expose yourself to. Would the songs, movies, television shows, jokes, video games, etc, that you listen to pass the WHATEVER test listed in Philippians 4:8? Ask God to help you only think about the WHATEVERS.

Activity 1: Help your child draw a picture to illustrate what he should put in his mind. Draw a circle on a piece of paper and let your child draw his facial features and hair on it. Then cut it out. Next, cut a slice out of the top of his head and then glue all the pieces down on another piece of paper . . . but glue the slice that you cut out on a diagonal so that he can draw pictures on the paper in that spot to make it look like he is drawing the things he should be thinking about. Talk with your child about the types of things that he should put into his mind. Then let him draw pictures of those things in his “mind” on the piece of paper! Be sure to share your completed project in the Raising Godly Kids facebook group!

Art project for Phil 4 verse 8

Activity 2: Print off and color this cool “WHATEVER” coloring page! Hang it somewhere in your room to help you remember what you should put in your mind!  

A Song for today:

  ___ Day Three: Read Psalm 119:97-106 (Psalm 119:97, 105).

What happens when you meditate (or think about) God’s Word? God’s Word brings wisdom and gives direction. It is a light to our paths. Have you ever been somewhere when it was really dark and you couldn’t find your way? The presence of one little flashlight can make all the difference! A flashlight shines light into the darkness and helps us see the way that we should go. In the same way, God’s Word shines light into our dark world and shows us the path that we should take. Are you letting the light of God’s Word lead you?

Ask God to give you wisdom and direction as you walk in this dark world!

Activity 1: Take your child on a walk in the dark. Talk about how scary and hard it can be to walk alone in the dark. Then give him a flashlight and let him shine it on the path. Talk about how God’s Word can help us know which way to go, too. Finally, hold your child’s hand and walk with him through the dark. Explain how God is always with us . . . holding our hand and helping us find our way in the dark! Pray together, thanking God for always holding our hands when things around us are scary!

Activity 2: Have fun with a flashlight! Try some of the ideas here.

___ Day Four: Read Colossians 3:1-17 (Colossians 3:2, 16-17).

What should our minds be focused on? What does this mean?

Ask God to help you set your mind on things above and not on the things of this world!

Activity 1: Give your child a small bag of colorful candies (or use fruit such as grapes for a healthier option). Have your child say one thing that God wants him to think about before eating each candy.

Activity 2: Make your own checklist to decide if something is worth thinking about. What should your standards be for the shows you watch, music you listen to, games you play, etc? Decide on a list of standards and create a poster that you can refer to often. Hang this poster in a prominent location (such as by your television or computer).

___ Day Five: 2 Corinthians 10:1-6 (2 Corinthians 10:5).

What does it mean to take every thought captive? How do we do that? Taking thoughts captive can be a struggle, but when God transforms our minds, our thoughts MUST be made captive to Christ! If we have a thought that doesn’t please Jesus, we can ask Him to help us not think those thoughts anymore – and He will help us!

Ask God to help you take captive any thought that does not please Christ!

Activity 1: Play a “take the thought captive” game with your child! Make a net (this can be as simple as using a blanket or a hula hoop) and take turns tossing that net to catch a “thought”. (Take turns being the thought). Whoever is the thought runs around the room yelling, “I am a thought!” while the other person tries to throw the net over him to take that thought captive! When the “thought” is caught, everyone should yell, “This thought is captive to Christ!” Have lots of fun with this!

Activity 2: Sometimes we have to wage war against our thoughts! Play the card game “War” . . . with one added rule to help you learn to take your thoughts captive! Whoever wins each round has to say, “We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ”. If he forgets, the other player (or players) get the cards! Don’t have anyone to play against? Try this computer version . . . but the rules still apply!!!  

Week Two: Transform Your Heart

___ Day One: Read 2 Samuel 12:1-15 (2 Samuel 12:1-7a).

King David was called a “man after God’s own heart”, yet, in this passage we see him at a time where he truly needed God to transform his heart. He had sinned against God and he couldn’t even recognize his sin until Nathan confronted him directly. He needed a change of heart!

We also need a change of heart. We need God to turn us into people who seek after Him first of all . . . who are children after God’s own heart.

Ask God to help you be a child after His own heart!

Activity 1: If you can, watch King George and the Ducky (by Veggie Tales – Big Idea Productions). Discuss how David needed a change of heart! Then do a simple object lesson. Cut a heart out of a piece of paper. Talk with your child about all the things that we do that stain our heart . . . all the sins that we commit! Give your child a black crayon and have him scribble on the heart for every sin you mention. Look at how dirty this heart is! We need to clean this heart! Only God can clean our hearts . . . He can forgive us and totally TRANSFORM our hearts! Throw away the old heart and give your child a brand new one! If you have heart cookie cutters, make sugar cookies in the shape of hearts and celebrate the fact that God can transform our hearts!

Activity 2: Make heart shaped sugar cookies to celebrate the fact that God can transform our hearts! Share the cookies with a friend!

___ Day Two: Read Psalm 51 (Psalm 51:10-12).

This chapter is David’s response when confronted by Nathan. Notice, he asks God to change his heart. He recognized his sin and asked God for forgiveness. We need to do the same. When we sin, we need to ask God to clean our hearts and He WILL!!!

Search your heart and see if you need God to forgive you for anything. Ask Him!

Activity 1: Let your child make his own “heart art” paintings using old toilet paper tubes. Take a toilet paper tube and bend part of it in so that the end makes a heart shape. (You might want to use a piece of tape to hold it in this shape). Then give your child some paint. Have him put the toilet paper tube in the paint and then “stamp” it on a piece of paper to make hearts! For added fun, provide several toilet paper tubes and different colors of paint.

Activity 2: Try a melted crayon heart art project! Find a couple cool ideas here.

___ Day Three: Read Psalm 119:1-16 (Psalm 119:2, 10-11).

What do these verses tell us about our hearts? Are you seeking after God with all your heart? What does that look like in your life?

Ask God to show you how to seek Him with all your heart!

Activity 1: We need to fill up ALL of our heart with love for God! Make a heart shape out of a tortilla shell. Give your child several small foods such as grape tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese cubes, etc. Have your child place the foods on the heart so that the entire heart is filled up. Have him share ways that he can show that he loves God with all his heart while he is placing the food in the tortilla. Then close the tortilla and eat the snack! (For a slightly different recipe for this, see Activity 2).

Activity 2: Make this fun healthy fruit pizza snack . . . only cut your tortillas up in the shape of hearts! Remember, we are to seek after God with ALL of our hearts – so be sure to eat ALL of your fruit pizzas!!!!

___ Day Four: Read Matthew 15:1-20 (Matthew 15:18-20).

What do these verses tell us about our hearts? What is your heart like?

Ask God to give you a heart that pleases Him!

Activity 1: Teach your child how to cut his own hearts out of paper by folding paper in half and cutting on the fold. Have him cut out a heart for himself. Then unfold the heart and let him put a tiny bit of paint of a couple different colors on one side of the heart. Have him fold the heart again so that the paint spreads around. Open the heart back up. Look at that cool design! God can make cool designs out of OUR hearts, too!

Activity 2: This passage of Scripture begins with the Pharisees complaining about the disciples not washing their hands before eating bread! Make your own bread today. Try this recipe for banana bread  or this one for strawberry bread  or this one for rhubarb bread. Yum!

___ Day Five: Read Hebrews 10:11-22 (Hebrews 10:22).

God will work in our lives and transform our hearts if we ask Him! Have you asked Him to do that for you?

Ask God to transform your heart today!

Activity 1: Make your own sidewalk paint and then go outside and decorate your neighborhood with hearts! 

Activity 2: Watch this video and sing along!

 

Week Three – Transform Your Purpose

___ Day One: Read Acts 9:1-31 (Acts 9:1-19).

This is an amazing testimony of a man whose entire life was transformed – and you can see his purpose transformed in the process! What was Saul’s purpose at the beginning of this passage? What was it at the end of the passage? Have you allowed God to transform your purpose – to give you a new purpose of serving Him?

Ask God to give you a brand new purpose for your life!

Activity 1: Act out this passage with your child. Let him use miniature figures or dolls, or even himself. Add to the fun by using a flashlight to “blind” him (or the miniature figure).

Activity 2: Make your own stop-motion video (or other type of video) about this passage. If you have a youtube channel, post the video there. You can also post the video in the Raising Godly Kids facebook group. We would love to see what you have done!

___ Day Two: Read Proverbs 16:1-9 (Proverbs 16:3-4, 9).

Where should you find your purpose? What happens when you commit your ways to the Lord? Have you committed your plans to the Lord and asked Him to direct your steps?

Ask God to take over the plans for your life! Spend time today seeking Him and His will for you.

Activity 1: Make a footprint poster with your child. Take a long piece of paper and tape it down on a sidewalk or driveway. Then place a few pie pans with different colored paint in them. Place one more pan filled with water. Let your child step in the paint and then on the paper to make a line of footprints. (You might also choose to do this directly on the sidewalk). Write the words, “The Lord determines my steps” on the top of the paper. Talk with your child about the importance of following the Lord’s plan!

Activity 2: Think about the goals and dreams that you have for your future. Write down a few of your goals, then spend time praying for God to have His way in your life and to lead you where He wants you to go for your future.

___ Day Three: Read Isaiah 43:1-7 (Isaiah 43:7)

According to these verses, why were you created? We were all made to bring glory to God! Our lives should always point to Jesus – that is our purpose! Are you living out the purpose that God has for you?

Ask God to help you use your gifts and abilities to bring glory to Him!

Activity 1: Help your child recognize that God made him special and with a special purpose! Help him fill out one of these “God Made Me Special” printables and then spend time celebrating your child’s purpose today!

Activity 2: Think of all the ways that God has made you special. What special gifts or abilities has He given to you? Make a list . . . then choose one of the gifts God has given you and come up with a plan of how you can use that gift for God’s glory. Carry out your plan!

___ Day Four: Read Ephesians 2:1-10 (Ephesians 2:8-10).

What were you created to do? What is your purpose in life?

Ask God to show you the good works He has prepared for you to do.

Activity 1: Help your child use old puzzle pieces to make a picture frame. Talk with your child about how he is God’s masterpiece, and about how he was created to do great things for God! Take a picture of your child and put it in the finished frame. Add ribbon for a fun new ornament for your Christmas tree, or add a magnet for a fun decoration for your refrigerator!

Activity 2: Think of one way that you can bring glory to God for every letter of the alphabet! Challenge your parents or siblings to make their own list – or let them help you with yours!

___ Day Five: Read Philippians 3 (Philippians 3:7-14).

How do you see Paul’s purpose in life changing in these verses? What is his ultimate goal – his true purpose? What should our ultimate goal be?

Ask God to transform your purpose into His purpose for you.

Activity 1: Purchase a small trash can for you child’s room. Let him decorate the can using stickers, markers, paint or anything else that you have on hand. Have him decorate it in a way that will remind him that everything should be like garbage compared to his love for Jesus!

Activity 2: Remembering that your citizenship is in heaven can help you follow God’s purpose for you life. Make your own id card that shows that your citizenship is in heaven. Be creative – and then keep it in your wallet or some other place that will remind you of this fact!

Week Four: Transform Your Relationships

___ Day One: Read John 4:1-42 (John 4:7-10, 28-30, 39-42).

What can you learn about relationships from this passage? In this passage, Jesus meets a woman who definitely had relationship problems. She had been married 5 times and was currently living with a man who was not her husband. While we do not know what happened to her after meeting Jesus, a transformation of her life would not be complete without a transformation of her relationships. The very way we think about one another should be different as Christians. We are to love all people – a fact that Jesus demonstrated by the very act of talking to a woman who was also a Samaritan. Jesus showed by His actions that we should love ALL people and want ALL people to come to know Him.

Ask God to show you how to love the people around you.

Activity 1: Teach your child the story of the Woman at the Well. Emphasize how Jesus knew all about this woman and He still loved her. He wants us to love others, too! Have fun reviewing this story by playing a little game. If you have a child sized wading pool, use that for this activity. Otherwise, you can use a bathtub (just be sure to be okay with a mess!) Give your child a bucket and challenge him to run to the wading pool, fill the bucket with water and then run back. Each time he runs back with the bucket, have him share one way that he can love the people around him – and then let him throw the water up in the air. When we share the love of Jesus with others, everyone around us feels His love – just like you feel the water!!!!

Activity 2: Make this cool well craft. Fill it with live flowers and then give it to someone else as a way to share the love of Christ with others.

___ Day Two: Read 1 Corinthians 13 (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).

Yesterday we learned about how we are supposed to love ALL people. Today we are going to learn about what love really looks like. According to these verses, what is love? How do you show that you love the people in your life?

Substitute your name for all the places where the word “LOVE” is in these verses. Can you really say that? Are you really living out love in your life?

Activity 1: Do a role playing activity with your child. Have your child gather some of his stuffed animals (or miniature figures or he can even make his own puppets out of paper bags). Then give your child a situation to act out. Have him use his stuffed animals or puppets to act out the situation and to show how he would show love in each situation. (Examples of situations include: your big brother is teasing you, your friend took your toy, your mom or dad asks you to do something you don’t want to do, you want to talk to your mom but she is on the phone, etc.)

Activity 2: Make a poster for 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 or color this coloring page.  

___ Day Three: Read Ephesians 6:1-9 (Ephesians 6:1-3).

What can you learn about our relationships from these verses? When Jesus takes over your life, He transforms your relationships completely! We are to honor and respect those in authority over us and serve others just as if we are serving the Lord.

Ask God to help you honor your parents and those in authority over you. Do something today to show them honor and respect!

Activity 1: Have your child draw a picture of his family. Then spend time praying for each member of the family together and talking about ways that he can honor and respect them.

Activity 2: Do something nice for mom and dad – unexpectedly!!!! Try not to get caught in the act!!!!!

___ Day Four: Read Matthew 5:21-48 (Matthew 5:22, 44).

Wow! There’s a lot about relationships packed into these verses! What stands out to you? How are you treating those around you? Are you calling them names or making fun of them? If so, you need to stop! How are you treating the opposite sex? You need to respect them and treat them as God wants you to! How are you treating your “enemies”? Remember, God wants you to love EVERYONE! Pray for the people that you have a hard time loving and ask God to help you share His love with them!

Examine your relationships today and the way you treat others. Ask God to show you areas you need to change.

Activity 1: Talk with your child about the importance of sharing the love of Christ with everyone – even those people who are hard to get along with! Talk to him about the power of words and how we need to be careful not to call people names or to be mean to others. Enemy Pie by Derek Munson is an excellent book that teaches the idea of loving your enemies. Check it out from your local library and read it with your child. Then bake a pie together and share it with someone else!

Activity 2: Spend time today praying for those people that you have a hard time getting along with. Ask God to show you something that you can do to help these people!

___ Day Five: Read Ephesians 4 (Ephesians 4:29-32).

What can you learn about how your relationships should be transformed from these verses? What should your attitude be towards one another? How should you handle yourself when you are angry with another person? What does it mean to forgive as God has forgiven you?

Ask God to totally transform your relationships!!!

Activity 1: These verses tell us to not let the sun go down while we are still angry! Make a sun craft today. Paint a yellow circle on a piece of paper. Then paint your child’s hands and let him put his hand down around the circle to make the sun’s rays. Another fun way to do this is to take a picture of your child and glue the picture on the middle part of the sun. Talk with your child about the importance of forgiving others.

Activity 2: These verses tell us to not let the sun go down while we are still angry! Let’s use the sun today to make something tasty. Try this strawberry-lemon sun tea recipe! 

Week Five – Transform Your Attitude

___ Day One: Read Luke 10:38-42 (Luke 10:38-42)

Who needed a change in attitude in this passage? Why? When I read these verses, I can almost hear the whine in Martha’s voice. I don’t think the problem with Martha was that she was serving instead of resting and listening to Jesus, I think the problem was the attitude she had while she was doing it. It almost seems as if she resented all the work she was doing and the fact that nobody was helping her. Do you ever feel that way? If you do, maybe it’s time to take a break and sit at the feet of Jesus for awhile!

Ask God to help you serve Him with the right attitude!

Activity 1: Help your child think about the people who are always serving at your church. Do you think they ever get tired of doing all that work? Help your child make a card for someone at your church who works hard in the Lord’s service. Send the card in the mail!

Activity 2: Use pretzel sticks and fruit roll ups to make your own brooms to help you retell this passage of Scripture. Tear the fruit roll ups apart and stick them to the end of a pretzel stick so that they look like a broom. Then have fun eating these while sharing ideas of ways that you can serve Jesus with a good attitude!

___ Day Two: Read Numbers 14 (Numbers 14:1-2, 26-32).

This passage is another excellent example of people who needed a transformed attitude. Moses had just sent out 12 spies to check on the land that God had promised them. Only 2 of the spies believed that God could deliver this land to them – the rest were afraid and caused the people to doubt God as well. As a result, none of those who grumbled and complained got to go into the promised land! When we complain, we often miss out on the great things that God has planned for us!

Ask God to help you trust Him and always have an attitude that brings Him praise!

Activity 1: Talk to your child about the way the Isaelites complained and grumbled against God. This was a pattern for them. Watch this video of an earlier time when they grumbled against God:

 

Ask your child about times when he is quick to complain. How can he keep from complaining? One way is to be thankful for what God has done for you! The Israelites should have remembered how God had always been faithful to them and delivered them from slavery. What are some things that you have to be thankful for? Give your child old magazines and newspapers, glue, scissors and construction paper. Help him make a “thankfulness collage” by cutting pictures out of the papers and gluing them on the construction paper.

Activity 2: Do you ever spend more time complaining than thinking about what God has done for you? Spend time being thankful today! Go through your house and take pictures of everything that you see that you are thankful for. Then put them together in a “thankfulness slide show”!

___ Day Three: Read Philippians 2 (Philippians 2:5-8, 14-15).

According to these verses, how should your attitude be transformed? What does it mean to you to have the same attitude as Jesus? How can you practice verse 14 in your daily life?

Ask God to help you do all things without grumbling or complaining!!!!

Activity 1: Talk to your child about the difference it makes when he does things without complaining. Point out that when he doesn’t complain, he is SHINING like a star in the universe! Use plastic forks and paint to make a fireworks-star craft. Put paint all over the prongs of the plastic forks. Then let your child press the forks down on the paper in a pattern to look like star fireworks. Do this on black construction paper for an even cooler look! If you are able, take your child to a fireworks display and talk about how the fireworks SHINE. We SHINE, too, when we live our lives with a good attitude!!!

Activity 2: When you have a good attitude, you stand out from the crowd! You SHINE like stars in the universe! We are going to make something that stands out from the crowd and reminds us of stars today (and remember to have a great attitude while doing this!). Make STAR-SPANGLED slime! How fun is this??? Be sure to share your slime with your friends! 

___ Day Four: Read Colossians 3:23-24 (Colossians 3:23-24).

Just two verses today – but what important verses in dealing with our attitudes! If we can follow these verses at all times, our attitudes will TOTALLY TRANSFORM! Think through your daily routine. How can you live these verses out in your daily life?

Ask God to help you do all things as if you are doing them directly for Him.

Activity 1: Help your child find a chore to do around the house or neighborhood. Help him accomplish this chore – remembering that he is serving Jesus the whole time. When he is finished, reward him with a tasty summer treat!

Activity 2: Write out your daily schedule, both for the summer and for the school year. After each item, write, “I AM DOING THIS FOR JESUS”. Remind yourself of this as you go through your daily routine!

___ Day Five: Read Psalm 150 (Psalm 150).

One way to have a transformed attitude is to always live in an attitude of praise! What are the different ways that you can praise the Lord? Spend time praising the Lord today!

Have a PRAISE PARTY today! Sing a song to Jesus or list all the things you praise Him for. Try to live out this PRAISE PARTY attitude every day of your life!

Activity 1: Help your child make a noise-maker and then use that noisemaker to praise Jesus today! Find an idea for a noisemaker here.  

Activity 2: Write your own song of praise! If you don’t like to sing, write a poem. If you like to sing, make music to go along with it! Record yourself reading your praise poem or singing your song of praise and then share it in the Raising Godly Kids facebook group!

Week Six – Transform Your Habits

___ Day One: Read Luke 19:1-10 (Luke 19:1-10).

How did God transform Zacchaeus’s habits? Do you have any habits that you need God to transform?

Ask God to show you any habits that need to be changed in your life.

Activity 1: Sing the Zacchaeus song with your child!

 

Then use pretzel sticks, grapes and gummy bears to make a snack retelling this story! Place the pretzel sticks down flat on the plate to make a tree and use the grapes for the leaves. Let the gummy Zacchaeus climb the tree and then let your child retell what happened in today’s passage!

Activity 2: Climb a tree! If you have a climb-able tree in your neighborhood, have some fun climbing it today. Imagine how Zacchaeus must have felt when he climbed the tree and how he felt when Jesus noticed him. Think about the way that God transformed Zacchaeus’s life and the habits that were transformed! Ask God to transform your habits, too.

___ Day Two: Read Psalm 5:1-3, Luke 5:16 (Psalm 5:3, Luke 5:16).

What habit is practiced here? Notice that both the Psalmist and Jesus took time out of their days to spend time with the Father and pray! If Jesus did it, it MUST be important! Spending time with God is a super habit to have!

Ask God to help you get into the habit of meeting with Him every day!

Activity 1: Help your child make a prayer hands prayer book. Trace his hands on a piece of construction paper and cut them out. Cut out several other pieces of paper about the same size to be the pages of the book. Staple them all together or tie them together with ribbon. Let him decorate and draw/write things that he wants to pray for on each page. Go through the book with him, helping him pray for everything he wrote down.

Activity 2: Go on a prayer walk around your neighborhood. As you walk past the houses, pray for the people who live inside. If you have a park nearby, pray for the people who play there. Pray for any businesses you pass. If you do not live in a neighborhood, ask your parents to take you for a “prayer drive” or look at a map of the nearest city and use it as a guide.

___ Day Three: Read James 5:13-18 (James 5:13-15).

These verses show the importance of prayer once again! Are you in the habit of praying for the sick and suffering? Spend time doing that today!

Spend time praying for those around you who are hurting!

Activity 1: These verses talk about using oil as you pray for someone who is sick. Talk with your child about this practice. Then have some fun with oil today! Try an oil and water droplet craft such as this one.

Activity 2: Do you know someone who is sick or suffering? Put together a fun care package for that person – perhaps some cookies and a colorful handmade card or a coupon to cut his grass or clean his house. Deliver it to that person and help spread some cheer! Be sure to pray for that person as well!

___ Day Four: Read 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

There are some great habits mentioned here. What are they? How can you practically practice these habits in your life?

Ask God to help you REJOICE, PRAY, and GIVE THANKS as a regular habit!

Activity 1: Help your child make a prayer flower. Help him cut a stem and leaves out of green construction paper. Then give him different colored construction paper for the petals and help him cut petals out. Have him draw one thing he is thankful for or that he wants to pray for on each petal. Glue the petals on the flower. For added fun, put a picture of your child praying in the middle of the flower and arrange the petals around that picture.

Activity 2: Make your own prayer calendar. Write out ideas to pray for for each day of the month. Add pictures or other reminders as well. Keep this calendar handy and use it as a guide as you try to establish a habit of prayer in your life!

___ Day Five: Read Hebrews 10:19-25 (Hebrews 10:24-25).

What habit should we develop according to these verses? Are you encouraging others and attending church regularly or is this a habit you need to start?

Ask God to help you be an encouraging member of the family of God . . . and spend time praying for your local church today as well!

Activity 1: Talk with your child about the importance of attending church. Use some of his toys to help you have your own “church service”. Then make this cool church-envelope craft and let him “play church” with it. Finally, help him invite one of his friends to come to church with your family this week!

Activity 2: Think about your church. Is there something you can do to help meet a need at your church? Perhaps you can clean the church this week or plant flowers nearby. Maybe your church needs someone to pick up sticks on the property or help out in the nursery. Find a way to volunteer at your local church this week and, in this way, YOU will be an encouragement to others!

  Week Seven – Transform Your Speech

___ Day One: Read Mark 5:1-20 (Mark 5:1-15).

What an amazing transformation in this man’s life! In what ways was he transformed? When he met Jesus, EVERYTHING in his life changed. That is the way it is with us, too! Jesus makes us brand new and that is reflected in our speech. What was this man saying before he met Jesus? What was he saying after he met Jesus?

Ask God to help your speech reflect Him!

Activity 1: This passage lends itself to so many fun activities . . . spend time talking with your child about what happened and then have fun with the story. Make pig in a blankets using crescent rolls and mini-hot dogs or eat bacon and eggs. Let your child draw pictures representing the story or make a pig craft. Talk with your child about the amazing changes that happened in this man’s life.

Activity 2: The man in this story told everyone he saw about the amazing things that Jesus had done for him. Spend time today thinking about what Jesus has done for you! Write out your testimony or record yourself sharing about God’s work in your life. Share this with others . . . including those of us in the Raising Godly Kids facebook group!

___ Day Two: Read James 3:1-12 (James 3:7-10)

What do these verses say about the tongue? Why is it so hard to control the tongue? Notice that James says that no MAN can tame the tongue – only God can! When God transforms us, He transforms our SPEECH, too!

Ask God to help your tongue bring glory to Him!

Activity 1: Talk with your child about the importance of the words that we say. We need to say words that make Jesus happy! Make a fun tongue/mouth snack with your child. 

Activity 2: James compares the tongue to a lot of things – one of which is a fire. Make a campfire with your family and roast marshmallows. Do you see how quickly the fire can engulf the marshmallows and turn them black? It can burn them completely if you are not in control and carefully guiding it! In the same way, our tongues have the ability to destroy lives. We need to make sure that God is controlling the things that we say! If you can’t make a fire, “roast” marshmallows in the microwave. Just be careful not to leave the marshmallow in too long or you will have a big mess on your hands . . . . once again demonstrating the importance of keeping a tight reign on our tongues!!!

___ Day Three: Read Colossians 4:6 (Colossians 4:6)

Only one verse today – and what a GREAT verse it is! How can our speech be as if it is seasoned with salt? What does salt do to our food? How can our speech be like that to those around us?

Ask God to help your speech be “seasoned with salt”.

Activity 1: Try some salty foods with your child today! Talk about how the salt makes the food taste better. In the same way, the words we say should make everyone around us feel better. Help your child make a salt painting.  

Activity 2: Make your own ice cream in a bag – using SALT!   

___ Day Four: Read Psalm 34 (Psalm 34:1, 13-14).

What should continually be a part of our speech? From what should we keep our tongues?

Ask God to help you keep your tongue from evil. Ask God to help you praise Him continually!

Activity 1: Do a fun experiment with your child to help demonstrate that we need to keep our tongues from evil! Fill a bowl with water. Then let your child pour black pepper into the bowl. This black pepper represents the words we say. Look how the pepper is filling up this bowl and changing the way the water looks. Our words can change the way people feel, too . . . for good or for bad. When we say bad things, we hurt those around us! We need to RUN away from bad words and praise Jesus instead! Let your child squirt some soap into the water. What happens to the pepper? Just like the pepper stays away from the soap, we need to keep our tongue away from evil!

Activity 2: We need to keep our tongues from evil . . . in other words, we need to make sure the words that come from our mouths are pure and clean . . . like SOAP! Make some homemade soap today. 

___ Day Five: Read 1 Peter 3:8-22 (1 Peter 3:8-12).

Do these verses sound familiar? Peter is quoting what we read yesterday! What else can we learn from these verses about our speech?

Ask God to control your tongue!!!

Activity 1: Talk to your child about how our words can impact everyone around us. If we say something mean or bad, it hurts those around us, and they might say something mean and bad, too. Help your child set up a chain reaction using dominoes. The first domino represents the words that he says. Look at the impact his one word can have on everyone around him! Set off the chain reaction and watch it go!

Activity 2: Watch this video about the power of our words.

 

Week Eight – Transform Your Priorities

___ Day One: Read Matthew 5:18-22, 9:9-13 (Matthew 5:18-19, 9:9).

Who had their lives changed in these verses? These verses talk about the calling of the first disciples. Some of the disciples were fishermen and one of them was a tax collector. They all had different priorities, or things in their lives that were important to them. However, when they met Jesus, all of those priorities changed. They left what they had been doing and immediately followed Him. In the same way, our priorities need to be based on Jesus. We should want to serve Him more than anything else. The things that are important to Him should be important to us.

Examine your priorities today. What are the most important things in your life? Are the things that are important to Jesus important to you?

Activity 1: Talk with your child about the importance of placing Jesus first in his life. Point out that when Jesus asked the disciples to follow Him, they did so immediately . . . no questions asked. It should be the same for us. Play a game of follow the leader with your child. Talk about what it means to truly follow Christ.

Activity 2: Make a list of your priorities. What is the most important thing in your life? Try to come up with a list of 5-10 items . . . be honest! Are there any things on this list that shouldn’t be? Is your relationship with Jesus as important as it should be? Pray over this list and ask God to help you rearrange your priorities if needed.

___ Day Two: Read Mark 10:17-31 (Mark 10:17-22).

This is a story about a man who had mixed up priorities. He said he wanted to follow Jesus, but something kept him from being a true follower. What was it? What did he consider more important than Jesus?

Ask God to show you if there is anything that you have placed as more important than Him.

Check out this excellent video over this passage:

 

Activity 1: Talk to your child about how the rich young man didn’t want to give up all his STUFF to follow Jesus. He loved all the things he had too much. His priorities were out of order! Ask your child if there is anything he has that he loves too much . . . more than Jesus! Then talk about how all our stuff will be gone someday, but the treasures we have with Jesus will last forever! Take your child outside and let him use sidewalk chalk to draw the pictures of the treasures we will have in heaven.

Activity 2: Go through all of your possessions. Is there anything you have that you could give away to the poor? Put together a donation of your stuff and take it to an organization in your area that could use it.

___ Day Three: Read Deuteronomy 6, Matthew 22:37 (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Matthew 22:37).

Who are we to love more than anyone or anything else? How do we show that we are loving God the most in our lives?

Ask God to help you to always keep Him first!

Activity 1: Talk to your child about the importance of keeping God first. In the Deuteronomy passage, we see that the Israelites were told to WEAR the Words of the Lord. Help your child make something to wear that will remind him to keep God first. Get a white t-shirt and fabric paint and let him make an “I Love Jesus” t-shirt. Be sure to take a picture with him wearing the shirt and share it with those of us in the Raising Godly Kids Facebook Group!

Activity 2: Today YOU are going to come up with the fun snack! Think of one snack item that can stand for each part of Matthew 22:37. What could you use to represent your heart, mind, soul, and strength? Put this snack together and share it with others! (And be sure to let those of us in the Raising Godly Kids Facebook Group know what you used!)

___ Day Four: Read Matthew 6:19-34 (Matthew 6:19-21, 33).

What should be our number one priority? What should have first place in our lives? Does it have first place in yours?

Ask God to help you seek His kingdom and righteousness FIRST.

Activity 1: Talk to your child about what it means to store up treasures in heaven. Talk to him about the importance of putting God first in every area of his life. Have some fun with bubbles today! Get out a tiny bottle of bubbles. Tell your child that this tiny bottle represents all the things we have on earth. We have fun with them and they seem cool, but they won’t last forever! Blow some bubbles and let your child chase after them. Let him blow some, too. Then make some GIANT BUBBLES. These bubbles represent what is waiting for us in heaven. It is SO MUCH BETTER than what we have here on earth. This is the treasure we should be looking forward to! Have fun playing with the giant bubbles.

Activity 2: Take a look at the creation surrounding you. Isn’t our God an amazing God? He made all of this for us to enjoy. We do not need to worry . . . we can trust Him with our lives! Ask God to make trusting Him a priority in your life . . . then go outside and gather some of the flowers God has made into a beautiful bouquet. Set the bouquet on the table in your house and let it remind you of today’s Bible reading!

___ Day Five: Read Luke 12:1-34 (Luke 12:7, 15-24)

What do these verses tell us about our priorities? What does it mean when it says that life is more than food and the body more than clothes? What are the truly important things in life?

Ask God to help you to always keep your relationship with Him as the most important thing in your life!

Activity 1: Talk to your child about the love that God has for him. God even knows how many hairs he has on his head! Have your child try to count the hair on his head (or the hair on yours). Then emphasize that your child is worth so much to God – way more than the birds of the air! Make a bird feeder with your child using an old toilet paper tube, peanut butter and bird seed. Spread peanut butter on the toilet paper tube and then roll the tube in the bird seed. Tie a ribbon on the top and then take it outside and hang it somewhere where the birds will get to it. Tell your child that just like you are helping to take care of the birds, God will take care of him!

Activity 2: Where is your treasure? Where is your heart? Re-examine your list of priorities from earlier this week. Spend time praying over this list and asking God to always be at the top of it!

Week Nine – Transform Your World

___ Day One: Read Acts 16:14-40 (Acts 16:25-34).

Who was transformed in these verses? What happened as a result? Several people had their lives changed in these verses, and with each life-change came a world-change. When Lydia accepted Christ, her whole household did, when the slave girl had the demon cast out of her, the world around her changed, too, and when the jailer came to Christ, his whole family did as well. Our world should be transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ lived out in our daily lives! How can this be true in your life?

Ask God to help you transform the world around you!

Activity 1: Talk to your child about how Paul and Silas were in prison, but they didn’t let that bother them. Instead, they sang praises to God and, as a result, everything around them changed! Talk to your child about how our lives can help change those around us, too. Have fun acting out this story with your child. Then make your own chains out of construction paper (cut strips of construction paper and then put them together to make a chain). On each strip of construction paper, have your child draw or write one way that his life can change the world around him.

Activity 2: Use pretzel sticks, frosting and gummy bears to re-tell the story of Paul and Silas and the jailer. Make a prison out of pretzel sticks and trap your gummy bears in it. Then make an earthquake – will your prison fall apart? Have fun eating your snack while thinking of ways that YOU can transform your world.

___ Day Two: Matthew 28:16-20 (Matthew 28:19-20).

These verses should be your mission . . . the only way you can truly transform your world. What do these verses tell you to do?

Ask God to show you people who need Him and ask Him to help you go to them and share the gospel!

Activity 1: Help your child learn an easy way to share the gospel by making a salvation bracelet or wordless book with him. In this activity, each part of the gospel message is a different color and you put these colors together to make an easy witnessing tool. Suggested colors are black:sin, red:blood of Christ, blue:baptism, white:purity (sins washed away), green:growing in Jesus and yellow:future hope of heaven.

Activity 2: Okay, this could be an interesting experiment for you . . . get some small packets of koolaid – one color to represent each part of the salvation message (grape:sin, cherry:blood of Christ, blue-raspberry:baptism, white (just use water): purity (sins washed away), lime:growing in Jesus and lemonade:future hope of heaven. (You could also use food coloring and water, but that wouldn’t be as fun). Mix up the koolaid and then pour a little of each color into the different spots in an ice cube tray. Freeze the cubes. When they are frozen, take them out for a yummy treat on a hot day! (Be sure to explain to someone what all the colors stand for, too!)

___ Day Three: Read Acts 1:1-11 (Acts 1:8).

Where are we to be God’s witnesses? We are to tell people about Jesus EVERYWHERE – starting in our own families! Do you have anyone in your family who does not know Jesus? Pray for them today! Then think about your neighbors and pray for them! Pray for the people in your community, state, country and around the world! Spend time praying . . . and then look for ways that you can share the gospel with them!

Ask God to make you a WITNESS to the people around you!

Activity 1: Talk to your child about how we need to share the love of Christ with those around us . . . starting with the ones who are closest to us. Help your child make a card or some other object for the people in your neighborhood. Then help your child deliver that – along with an invitation to church!

Activity 2: Research a missions organization and then plan a fundraiser for that organization. Perhaps you could collect bottles and take them in for refunds, do odd jobs around the neighborhood or take up a collection. See how much money you can raise and then send that money to the organization of your choice!

___ Day Four: Read Matthew 5:13-16 (Matthew 5:13-16).

According to these verses, how can you transform your world? Are you being salt and light today? How?

Ask God to help you be salt and light in your neighborhood!

Activity 1: Talk with your child about what it means to be the light of the world. Give your child a glowstick and let him have fun with it. Go outside at dusk and try to catch fireflies. Notice how they light up and light up the world around them. Are you a “firefly” in your neighborhood? Make a firefly craft

Activity 2: Make this cool glowing jar  to help you remember that you are to be the light of the world!  

___ Day Five: Read Romans 10 (Romans 10:14-15).

What is our responsibility according to these verses? How can we TRANSFORM our world?

Ask God to help you have BEAUTIFUL FEET!!!

Activity 1: Talk to your child about the importance of telling others about Jesus. Talk about how the Bible says that those who take the gospel to others have beautiful feet! Have a tickle fest with your child . . . tickle the bottom of those feet! Then trace his feet on colored paper and let him decorate them with ways that he can take the gospel to others.

Activity 2: Do you consider your feet beautiful? They are if you are using them to walk to others and tell them about Jesus! Use shoelaces to make a key ring   that you can carry with you to remind you of the mission you have!

Week Ten – REVIEW

This week consists of shorter passages of Scripture. It is meant to be a review week. Take time this week to look back over the previous verses and focus on what you have learned through this study! Older kids and teens can try to memorize each of the verses for this week, too!

___ Day One: Read Romans 12:1-2 (Romans 12:1-2).

This has been our theme for the whole summer, and now that the summer is almost over, let’s spend some time making sure we have it memorized! If you don’t already have it memorized, memorize it TODAY!!!

Ask God to transform your life in an amazing way!

Activity 1: Talk to your child about what it means to present his body as a living sacrifice. Take him outside and trace around his body with sidewalk chalk. Let him color in his face and clothes. Then have him come up with ways that he can use each part of his body to serve Jesus.

Activity 2: Don’t be CONFORMED, be TRANSFORMED! Make your own song, poem, rap, or video that shares this thought . . . and then share it with us!

___ Day Two: Read 2 Corinthians 5:17 (2 Corinthians 5:17).

When you become a Christian, you are a brand new person! How has God made you brand new?

Ask God to help you live as a BRAND NEW PERSON today!

Activity 1: Talk to your child about what it means to be “born again”. Here’s a fun song to help:

Have fun hopping around the room like a bullfrog or go outside and try to catch butterflies! Spend time thanking God for making you both a brand new person!

Activity 2: Listen to the song from Activity 1. Don’t you think it needs a cool video to go along with it? Make puppets or gather some friends and make your own video to go along with this song!

___ Day Three: Read Galatians 2:20 (Galatians 2:20).

What does this verse mean to you personally?

Ask God to help you live each day for Him.

Activity 1: Talk to your child about what it means to be crucified with Christ. Talk to him about how we stop living for ourselves and start living for Christ when we become Christians. Use any food items you have on hand to help your child make a cross shape. Have him say one way that he can live for Christ before eating each part of the snack!

Activity 2: Draw a picture of a cross. Think about what Jesus did for you when he died on that cross. Spend time today thanking Him for that sacrifice. Then color in the picture and write around it ways that you can die to yourself and serve Jesus.

___ Day Four: Read 2 Corinthians 3:18 (2 Corinthians 3:18).

If you are a Christian, you are being TRANSFORMED!!!! What does this mean to you?

Thank God for the transforming work that He has performed in your life!

Activity 1: Have a celebration with your child today! Celebrate the fact that Jesus loves him and that he is being transformed into His likeness!

Activity 2: Celebrate the work that God has done in your life today!!!! It’s time for a PARTY!! Plan a party to celebrate JESUS!!

___ Day Five: John 3:16.

This whole summer we have been talking about transformation. We have looked at Scriptures that showed how we are being transformed in several different ways. However, you can’t be transformed unless you first accept Jesus as your personal Savior. Have you done that? Is your relationship with Jesus your own . . . or are you only going through the motions or relying on the faith of your parents to save you?

If you have never accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, consider doing that now! If you are a Christian, spend time thanking God for the way He is working in your life!

Activity 1: Talk with your child about what it means to be a Christian. Share your testimony of how you became a Christian with him and how God has been working in your life. Pray with him about his relationship with Jesus.

Activity 2: Share your testimony about how you became a Christian and about how God is working in your life with someone else today.

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Thank you for being a part of this Bible Reading Plan! If you are want to continue using a Bible Reading Plan with your children, check out one of the other ones  I have put together for you — including one over the book of James that will take you through the entire school year!!!

May God continue to bless you as you raise godly children for Him!

Cheri

My Brothers Feet

The Call: A Summer Bible Reading Plan for Children and Teens

This post contains a 10 week Bible reading plan for independent readers and teens.  The plan focuses on the topic of “The Call”, and helps children and teens discover the call that God has on their lives.  Since this plan is meant to be followed independently, there are no videos or extra activities included in this plan.  If your child wants the videos, crafts, and other activities, he can find those at the Summer Bible Reading Plan for young children:

https://cherigamble.com/2015/05/17/the-call-a-summer-bible-reading-plan-for-young-children/

New this summer is the reading plan for teenagers.  This plan is completely on bookmarks.  Print off the bookmarks on hard paper, cut them out, and give them to your teenager each week.  He can keep the bookmarks in his Bible and use them as a guide during his own personal devotional time.  To print off the bookmarks, click below:

The Call a summer Bible reading plan for teensThe Call for Teens (printable bookmarks)

The Call: A 10-Week Study for Families and ChurchesAlso new this year is  a companion book available for families or churches that want to go even deeper into the theme of “The Call”.  Our church is using it as a guide for our Summer Kidz Zone program.  We will be encouraging the families in our church to participate in the Bible Reading Program, and then we will be focusing on one of the weeks of “The Call” each week at our Summer Kidz Zone program.  The companion book offers ideas for games, lessons, skits, crafts, snacks, songs, and more.  If you would like to use the book for your church or family, you can find out more information by clicking on the picture to the left.

I would also like to invite you to join our facebook group — “Raising Godly Kids” — for encouragement and accountability as you participate in “The Call” this summer.  Find the facebook group at the following link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/summerbiblereadingplan/

And now, here is the Summer Bible Reading Plan for Independent Readers — “The Call”.  Print off the pdf for you child, or scroll down and find the entire plan right here on this page.  While the plan begins on June 8, feel free to begin it and end it whenever you would like.  The important thing is not WHEN you do it, but THAT you do it!

The Call a summer Bible Reading plan for children and teens

The Call for Independent Readers (printable pdf)

Have you ever wondered if God has a special call for your life?

God DOES have a call for you! His call for your life is clearly presented in Scripture, and, for the next 10 weeks, you have the opportunity to spend time in His Word to find out exactly what that call is! You will learn about 10 different calls God has given to you: The Call to Follow, The Call to Go, The Call to Tell, The Call to Testify, The Call to Be Bold, The Call to Stand, The Call to Be Different, The Call to Sacrifice, The Call to Serve and The Call to Praise.

Will you take the challenge to spend time with Jesus every day? Will you read your Bible on your own, answer the questions, and pray . . . will YOU answer The Call?

Week One – The Call to Follow (June 8-12)
Before you can answer any of the other calls God has given to you, you must answer this one! God wants you to follow Him . . . wherever He leads! He wants YOU to be His special child, His disciple, His follower. Will you follow Jesus today?

___ Monday: Acts 2:37-47. Think about it: What did Peter tell the people to do? How did many of them respond? Who did Peter say this promise was for? Have you responded to this call yet? Pray about it: Ask God to help you take whatever step you need to in order to draw closer to Him today.
___ Tuesday: 2 Kings 23:1-3. Think about it: How did Josiah respond to God’s call to follow Him? What promise did Josiah make to the Lord? Do you need to make a promise to follow God today? Pray about it: Ask God to help you learn to love and obey His Word.
___ Wednesday: Matthew 4:18-22. Think about it: Who answered Jesus’s call in these verses? How did they respond? What do you think Jesus meant when He said they would be fishers of men? Pray about it: Ask God to help you be a “fisher of men” today. Ask God to put someone in your life that you can share the love of Christ with this summer.
___ Thursday: Luke 5:27-32. Think about it: How did Matthew respond to Jesus’s call? What did he leave behind? Do you have anything you need to leave behind in order to follow Jesus? Notice what Matthew did next – he introduced Jesus to his friends! Do you have any friends you need to introduce Jesus to today? Pray about it: Ask God to help you get rid of the things in your life that are keeping you from following Him. Also ask God to help you introduce Jesus to the people around you.
___ Friday: Psalm 63:1-5. Think about it: How does the Psalmist respond to the Lord? How is he seeking after God? What do you think it means to thirst for God? Are you earnestly seeking God with your whole heart? Does your soul thirst for God? Pray about it: Ask God to fill you with a thirst for Him! Ask God to help you seek after Him more than anything else in your life.

What do YOU need to do to answer the call to follow Jesus in your own life? Do you need to accept Him as your Savior? Do you need to leave something behind and follow Him completely? Do you need to introduce Him to your friends? Write down one action you will take this week to answer The Call to Follow.

Week Two – The Call to Go (June 15-19)
Before Jesus returned to heaven, He gave His disciples one command – “Go”. That command is still in effect today. We need to go to everyone that needs Jesus and share the Good News. Where does God want YOU to go?

___ Monday: Matthew 28:16-20. Think about it: What command did Jesus give His disciples in these verses? What did Jesus promise them? What does this command mean to you personally? Pray about it: Ask God to show you where you people that you need to share the gospel with. Thank Him that He is always with you!
___ Tuesday: Genesis 12:1-4. Think about it: What did God tell Abram to do? What promise did God give to Abram? How did Abram respond to God’s call? What do you think was the most difficult part of this call for Abram? Pray about it: Ask God to help you to go where He wants you to go, even if it means leaving behind what is comfortable and familiar to you.
___ Wednesday: Luke 2:8-20. Think about it: Where did the angel tell the shepherds to go? Why? How did they respond? How did they respond after they saw the baby? What do you think would have happened if they had refused to go? They would have missed out on being part of a very special miracle! I wonder if we ever miss out on something special that God has planned for us simply because we refuse to go! Pray about it: Ask God to help you cheerfully tell others about the amazing things God has been doing in your life.
___ Thursday: Acts 1:8, Romans 10:11-15. Think about it: Where did Jesus tell the disciples to take the gospel? Where do you think Jesus wants you to take the gospel? What does the Bible say about the feet of those who bring good news? Why do you think this is the case? Pray about it: Ask God to help you have beautiful feet!
___ Friday: Isaiah 6:1-10. Think about it: What question did the Lord ask in these verses? Why do you think He needed someone to go for Him? Does He still need someone today? How did Isaiah respond? How will YOU respond?

How can YOU answer the call to go? Do you need to go across your street to meet a neighbor, across the lunchroom to talk to a lonely student, across your town to volunteer at a homeless shelter or across the world on a short term mission trip? Write down one way that you can answer The Call to Go.

Week Three – The Call to Tell (June 22-26)
God wants us to tell everyone we can about Him. He wants us to share the message of salvation with all our friends and family members. That is what the call to tell is all about. Will you answer that call this week?

___ Monday: Mark 16:14-20. Think about it: What did Jesus tell His disciples to do when they went into all the world? How did the disciples respond to this call? Have you ever told anyone about Jesus? Pray about it: Ask God to give you opportunities to tell someone else about Jesus this week.
___ Tuesday: Jeremiah 1:4-10. Think about it: What did God call Jeremiah to do? How did Jeremiah respond at first? What did God tell Jeremiah to speak? Do you think God can help you speak His words, too? How? Pray about it: Ask God to give you courage to say the words that He wants you to say to those around you.
___ Wednesday: Acts 8:25-40. Think about it: What were they preaching to the Samaritans? What happened to Philip? Who did Philip tell about Jesus and what was the response? When we tell others about Jesus, great things can happen! Pray about it: Ask God to help you tell the gospel message to your friends.
___ Thursday: Matthew 10:26-39. Think about it: What happens to those who confess Jesus before others? What about those who deny Jesus? Is it always easy to tell others about Jesus? How can these verses encourage us when it is hard? Pray about it: Ask God to help you confess Him before others. Ask Him to help you to confess Him – even when it is hard!
___ Friday: Psalm 9:1-2. Think about it: What will the Psalmist tell? Who do you think the Psalmist is telling? Who can you tell about God’s wonders today? Pray about it: Spend time today praising God for the gift of salvation. Then pray for the opportunity to tell someone else!

How have you been at telling others about Jesus? Do you need to invite a friend to church, read the Bible with a friend, or share the message of salvation with one of your neighbors? God has called you to Tell others about Him . . . will you do it? Write down one way that you will answer the Call to Tell.

Week Four – The Call to Testify (June 29-July 3)
Closely related to the Call to Tell is the Call to Testify. This call is simply telling others about what Jesus has done for you personally – in other words, sharing your testimony! How did you become a Christian and what has God been doing in your life? Get ready to testify about Him to those around you!

___ Monday: Matthew 11:1-6. Think about it: What did Jesus tell John’s disciples to report back to John? How does this relate to what Jesus wants us to tell others today? What amazing things have you seen Jesus do in your life? Pray about it: Ask God to give you an opportunity to share what He has done for you with one of your friends this week.
___ Tuesday: John 4:7-30, 39-42. Think about it: In these verses, Jesus has a discussion with a woman from Samaria. After talking with Jesus, what did she do? How did the other Samaritans respond to what she said? Pray about it: Ask God to help your friends see for themselves what Jesus can do in their lives!
___ Wednesday: Acts 4:1-31. Think about it: What did they recognize about Peter and John? How do you think they knew that these two men had been with Jesus? When they told Peter and John to stop talking about Jesus, how did Peter and John reply? Do you have that same enthusiasm for what YOU have seen and heard? Pray about it: Ask God to fill you with excitement about what He has done for you!
___ Thursday: Acts 20:17-24. Think about it: What did Paul feel that he had to do? Why do you think it was so important that he testified to others about God’s grace? Do you know Paul’s testimony? (you can find it in Acts 9). Paul gave his testimony everywhere he went – he simply HAD to tell others what Jesus had done for him. What about you? Do you share your testimony with others? Pray about it: Ask God to help you share your testimony with someone this week. (Additional challenge: write out your testimony – how you became a Christian and what God is doing in your life – and then practice sharing it with a family member or close friend.)
___ Friday: Psalm 34:1-7. Think about it: What is the testimony the Psalmist shares in these verses? What has the Lord done for you lately? Pray about it: Spend time today thanking God for how He has worked in your life.

Answering the call to testify means sharing with others what God has done for you personally. Your friends are more likely to listen to you if you tell them how Jesus has changed your life! What does it mean to you that you are a Christian? What has God done in your life lately? Write down one way that you will answer the Call to Testify.

Week Five – The Call to Be Bold (July 6-10)
God does not want us to be cowardly Christians! He promises that He will always be with us, and He calls us to live a life of BOLDNESS! When He gives us a job to do, He will give us the strength and courage to do it! Let’s take a look at what this means this week.

___ Monday: Proverbs 28:1. Think about it: What do you think it means when it says the righteous are as bold as a lion? How are lions bold? How should Christians be bold? What gives us the courage to have this type of boldness in our lives? Pray about it: Pray for God to make you as bold as a lion!
___ Tuesday: Joshua 1:1-9. Think about it: Who was taking over as the leader of the people? Do you think he had a right to be afraid? What promises did God give to him? Why do you think God told him to be strong and courageous? Does God give us the same promise today/ Pray about it: Thank God that He promises that He is with US wherever we go, too! Ask Him to help you to be strong and courageous.
___ Wednesday: 1 Samuel 17. Think about it: Who was not courageous in these verses? Why do you think this was the case? Who showed courage? Why? What made him different from everyone else? Are there any areas in your life where you need to show courage today? How can remembering that God is on your side help you? Pray about it: Pray for the courage to face your giants today!
___ Thursday: Philippians 1:12-20. Think about it: What was giving people the courage to preach about Christ? Why do you think this was the case? What does Paul hope in verse 20? Do you hope the same thing? Pray about it: Pray for Christ to be preached with great boldness in your own life.
___ Friday: Psalm 27. Think about it: Why does the Psalmist say he does not need to be afraid? How does trusting God bring courage? Have you ever experienced this in your own life? Pray about it: Ask God to help you deal with the fears that you have. Ask Him to give you peace in the middle of all the scary situations in your life.

How bold are you? With God on your side, you have nothing to fear! You can be like David, attacking that giant with the full assurance that God will take care of the details. What details do you need God to take care of this week? Write down one thing you can do to answer the Call to Be Bold.

Week Six – The Call to Stand (July 13-17)
Have you ever been surrounded by people who didn’t believe like you and who were pressuring you to do something that you knew was wrong? It can be scary when that happens – and it can be easy to give in to the pressure of the moment. However, God calls us to take a stand! His call on our lives involves us standing for Him, even when the rest of the world is against us.

___ Monday: Ephesians 6:10-20. Think about it: What is our struggle really against? How can remembering that help us to stand? What else does God give us to equip us to stand for Him? How can prayer also help you take a stand? Pray about it: Pray about each part of the armor of God today, asking God to help you be prepared to stand for Him in your life.
___ Tuesday: Daniel 3. Think about it: This is an amazing story about three young men who literally took a stand for God! What was at stake for them? How do you think they were able to have the courage to do the right thing when everyone – literally EVERYONE – was doing the wrong thing? How can remembering their story help you take a stand for Christ? Pray about it: Ask God to help you to stand when everyone else bows down.
___ Wednesday: Acts 6:8-15, 7:54-60. Think about it: Who took a stand in these verses? What was at stake for him? How did his situation end? God does not always answer like He did in yesterday’s Scripture, does He? But, we still need to stand for Him – even if it’s the last thing we ever do! How can remembering Stephen’s story help you take a stand for Christ? Pray about it: Ask God to help you stand, even if standing is dangerous!
___ Thursday: 2 Timothy 4:1-8. Think about it: What were Paul’s instructions to Timothy in these verses? What was Timothy called to do? Paul told Timothy to take a stand and preach the Word – even if the rest of the world doesn’t want to hear the truth anymore. How is this situation similar to what is happening in our world today? How can these verses encourage you to take a stand? Pray about it: Pray for the courage to speak the truth, even when the rest of the world does not want to hear it. Pray also today for your minister to stand for what is true in his sermons!
___ Friday: Matthew 5:13-16. Think about it: How do these verses relate to taking a stand? These verses tell you to shine your light . . . not to keep it hidden! How are you shining your light in your neighborhood? Pray about it: Pray for the courage to shine brightly for Jesus!

What does taking a stand look like in your life? Does it mean you need to walk away from your friends when they are doing the wrong things? Do you need to speak kindly to the kid that everyone else teases? Perhaps you need to literally stand up and speak the truth to the people around you. Write down one way that you will answer the Call to Stand.

Week Seven – The Call to Be Different (July 20-24)
Being a Christian is different! A Christian cannot simply blend into his surroundings and live his life the same way as everyone else. No, a Christian has different values, different actions, different goals in life. How different are you from those around you? Let’s take a look at what it means to be DIFFERENT.

___ Monday: Romans 12. Think about it: What are some of the ways a Christian is to be different according to these verses? How is the way we love one another different from the world? How is our response to those who are mean to us different from the world? How are you doing at being different? Pray about it: Ask God to transform your mind and make you more like Him. Ask Him to help you be different!
___ Tuesday: Daniel 1. Think about it: How were Daniel and his friends different from those around them? Do you think it was hard for them to make the choice to be different? How were they rewarded? Pray about it: Pray for the courage to be different, even if it means others might think you are strange.
___ Wednesday: Matthew 3:1-12. Think about it: How was John the Baptist different? How did the people respond to him and his message? I’m sure many people thought John the Baptist was a bit strange, but he had a job straight from the Lord and he obeyed! Are you willing to obey what God wants you to do, even if people might think you are a bit odd for doing it? Pray about it: Ask God to help you care less about what other people think about you and more about what you are doing to tell others about Christ.
___ Thursday: 1 Timothy 4:11-16. Think about it: How was Timothy told to be different? Timothy was told to set an example for others in several areas – what were they? How would setting an example in those areas be different for us today? How different are you from the world in those areas? Pray about it: Pray for God to help YOU set an example in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity. Ask God to help you be DIFFERENT!
___ Friday: Psalm 1. Think about it: How are the righteous different from the wicked? How are you called to be different according to these verses? How are you doing in those areas? Pray about it: Ask God to help you delight in Him all the days of your life!

How different are you? Are there areas in your life that you need to change to help you be different than the world around you? Can people tell that there is something different about you by watching the way you talk, the way you dress, the way you interact with others? Can they tell you are different by looking at the books you read, websites you visit, movies you watch, or songs you listen to? Write down one way that you can answer the Call to be Different.

Week Eight – The Call to Sacrifice (July 27-31)
Being a Christian is not easy. Jesus never promised it would be! In fact, Jesus Himself said that being a Christian is very, very hard. We might have to suffer a great deal for the sake of Christ, but we need to be willing to put our relationship with God above EVERYTHING else! Let’s examine what the Call to Sacrifice is really all about.

___ Monday: Matthew 16:24-27. Think about it: What do you think Jesus meant by these verses? What does it mean to deny yourself? What does it mean to take up your cross and follow Jesus? When Jesus “took up his cross”, what came next? Are you willing to follow Jesus completely? Pray about it: Ask God to help you make Him the most important thing in your life.
___ Tuesday: Daniel 6. Think about it: What was Daniel willing to sacrifice for God? Did Daniel know that he would survive the night? Why do you think he was willing to risk losing his life for the sake of his relationship with God? Do you have that same kind of commitment to God? Pray about it: Pray for the courage to follow Jesus no matter what the cost!
___ Wednesday: Acts 16:22-40. Think about it: What happened to Paul and Silas as a result of their relationship with Jesus? How did they respond to their situation? Who was saved as a result? Are you willing to praise God even when you are in the midst of suffering and pain? Pray about it: Ask God to help you to praise Him, even in the middle of difficult situations.
___ Thursday: 2 Timothy 1:8-14. Think about it: What does Paul ask Timothy to join him in doing? Paul is honest with Timothy about his sufferings and the difficult times he is facing. Sometimes being a Christian results in great suffering. Are you willing to suffer for Jesus? Pray about it: Ask God to help you be willing to “join Paul in his suffering for the gospel” if that time should ever come in your own life.
___ Friday: Revelation 7:9-17. Think about it: Who did John see before the throne of God? Why were they there? What was the promise for them? Every day, people are dying for their faith in Christ. But when they die, they are with Jesus, and He will wipe every tear from their eyes! How can knowing this help you be prepared to sacrifice for Jesus? Pray about it: Pray for those who are being persecuted for their faith in Christ.

We do not like to think about sacrifice. It is hard to think of suffering and pain. We would much rather live a happy, fun, carefree life as a Christian. However, that type of life is not guaranteed to anyone! Being a Christian is difficult. Are you willing to take up your cross and follow, even if it leads to a lion’s den? Write down one way that you will answer the Call to Sacrifice.

Week Nine – The Call to Serve (August 3-7)
Service should be a natural part of every Christian’s life! God wants us to serve those around us, and He set the ultimate example of service through Jesus. This week, let’s focus on what we can do to serve those around us!

___ Monday: Matthew 25:31-46. Think about it: According to these verses, how do you serve Jesus? Who are the “least of these” around you? Can you think of anyone that you can serve in this way today? Pray about it: Ask God to show you people that you can reach out to and serve this week.
___ Tuesday: 2 Kings 4:8-37. Think about it: Who served Elisha in these verses? How? How did Elisha turn around and serve her? What can you learn about serving others from these verses? Pray about it: Ask God to show you ways that you can serve your church leaders.
___ Wednesday: John 13:1-20. Think about it: How did Jesus serve His disciples in these verses? Why do you think He wanted to serve them in this way? What can you learn from Jesus’s act of service? Pray about it: Ask God to help you to be willing to serve Him – even in the yucky, disgusting jobs that nobody else wants to do!
___ Thursday: Ephesians 2:1-10. Think about it: What were we created to do? What kind of good works do you think God wants you to do for Him? Pray about it: Pray for opportunities to do good works for God this week.
___ Friday: Psalm 102:18-22. Think about it: Who are these verses written about? Verse 18 talks about a people not yet created . . . that’s US!!! These verses are specifically speaking about us! What does verse 22 tell us we should do? How can you serve the Lord today? Pray about it: Spend time fulfilling these verses in your own life – praise God today for all the great things He has done for you and ask Him to show you ways that you can serve Him!

What kind of a servant are you? Are you an eager servant who is always looking for ways to serve God and others? Or are you a more reluctant servant who would rather let someone else do the dirty work? What kind of servant does God want you to be? Write one way that you will answer the Call to Serve.

Week Ten – The Call to Praise (August 10-14)
It has been great looking at the Call of God on our lives through this study! Let’s end our study with one more call – the call to praise!

___ Monday: Psalm 150. Think about it: What are some of the ways we are supposed to praise the Lord? What do you have to praise the Lord for today? Why don’t you spend some time praising the Lord right now? Pray about it: Spend your entire prayer time today praising the Lord – be specific. How long can you make your praise prayer last?
___ Tuesday: Exodus 15:1-21. Think about it: Who praised the Lord in these verses? Why? How? Why don’t you write your own song about a time when God did something great for you? Pray about it: Praise God for something He did for you. Be specific!
___ Wednesday: Luke 1:46-55. Think about it: Who praised the Lord in these verses? Why? Why don’t you spend time praising God today for how He can use YOU to do great things? Pray about it: Praise God for a time that He used you to do something special for Him.
___ Thursday: Philippians 4:4-9. Think about it: What does it mean to rejoice in the Lord? How is it possible to ALWAYS rejoice in the Lord? How can thinking about the items mentioned in verse 8 help you have an attitude of praise? Pray about it: Ask God to help you rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS!
___ Friday: Colossians 3:12-17. Think about it: What do these verses have to do with our call to praise? How can you let the Word of Christ dwell in you? How can you be filled with thankfulness? Pray about it: Pray for a continual attitude of thankfulness and the desire to do everything you do for God’s glory.

Are you living a life that continually brings praise to God? He has called you to do just that! He wants your life to always glorify Him and point people to Him. How can you do that in your own life? Write down one way that you will answer the Call to Praise.

Congratulations!  You have finished the Summer Bible Reading Plan!  Be sure you do something special to celebrate!

Now that you have finished the Summer Bible Reading Plan, you might be wondering what to do next.  Be sure to check out the other Bible Reading Plans here at Ministry Mom and keep your kids reading the Word!  Also, if you are a homeschooling family, you might be interested in my Homeschool Bible Curriculum.  Click on the “Bible Studies and Curriculum” tab above to see if any of the Bible Curriculum might be right for your family!

Thank you for participating in the Summer Bible Reading Plan.   It would be fabulous if you would share this plan with others and come like my page on facebook!

Have a Super Summer and keep being intentional with your children!

Cheri

The Call: A Summer Bible Reading Plan for Young Children

This post contains a summer Bible reading plan for young children.  It includes 10 weeks of Scripture, suggested activities, crafts, snacks, and more, to help your child discover that God has a call for his life.  Help your child grow closer to Jesus this summer by taking a few minutes every day to read His Word together!  Print off the reading plan or scroll down and find the entire plan right here on this page.  The plan begins on June 8, however feel free to use this plan whenever works best for you!  When you begin and when you end is not important — what is important is that you are helping your child get into the Word of God!

If you have older children or teenagers, you can find their summer Bible reading plan here:

https://cherigamble.com/2015/05/17/the-call-a-summer-bible-reading-plan-for-children-and-teens/

The Call: A 10-Week Study for Families and ChurchesThis year there is also a companion book available for families or churches that want to go even deeper into the theme of “The Call”.  Our church is using it as a guide for our Summer Kidz Zone program.  We will be encouraging the families in our church to participate in the Bible Reading Program, and then we will be focusing on one of the weeks of “The Call” each week at our Summer Kidz Zone program.  The companion book offers ideas for games, lessons, skits, crafts, snacks, songs, and more.  If you would like to use the book for your church or family, you can find out more information by clicking on the picture to the left.

I would also like to invite you to join our facebook group — “Raising Godly Kids” — for encouragement and accountability as you participate in “The Call” this summer.  Find the facebook group at the following link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/summerbiblereadingplan/

And now, here is this year’s Summer Bible Reading Plan for Young Children — “The Call”.

The Call a summer Bible Reading plan for young childrenThe Call for Younger Children (printable pdf)

God Wants your child to do GREAT things for Him!

God has a call for your young child! This call is clearly presented in Scripture, and, for the next 10 weeks, you can help your child discover what that call is! You will help your child discover ten specific ways God has called him: The Call to Follow, The Call to Go, The Call to Tell, The Call to Testify, The Call to Be Bold, The Call to Stand, The Call to Be Different, The Call to Sacrifice, The Call to Serve and The Call to Praise.

Will you take the challenge to help your child spend time with Jesus every day? Will you read the Bible to him, do the activities together, and help him to pray? Will YOU help your child answer The Call?

Week One — The Call to Follow (June 8-12)
God wants you to follow Him . . . wherever He leads! He wants YOU to be His special child, His disciple, His follower. Will you follow Jesus today?

___ Monday: Acts 2:38-39. What did Peter tell the people to do? He told them to repent and be baptized! That means you say you are sorry for all the wrong things you have done and you stop doing them! Then you ask Jesus to be in charge of your life forever – you promise to follow Him always! Talk to your child today about when you became a Christian. Use this as a time to share your love for Christ with your child!
___ Tuesday: 2 Kings 23:1-3. What promise did Josiah make to the Lord? Do you need to make a promise to follow God today? Help your child make a proclamation that he will follow Jesus. Write out “I promise to love and read God’s Word” (or anything else your child wants to say) and then have your child sign it. You might also choose to have your child decorate the proclamation. Make a big deal about signing it . . . you might even want to have a special ceremony as your child is signing the proclamation.
___ Wednesday: Matthew 4:18-22. How did the disciples respond to Jesus’s call in these verses? What were they now going to be doing? Do you know what it means to be a fisher-of-men? It means you want to tell everyone you know about Jesus! Give your child a snack of goldfish crackers. Before he eats each cracker, have him hold it up and say the name of one of his friends. Then pray for that friend to love Jesus . . . and then eat the goldfish! Here is a song for you today:

___ Thursday: Luke 5:27-28. How did Matthew respond to Jesus’s call? Did he wait for Jesus to ask Him again? No! He got up IMMEDIATELY and followed Jesus! Act out this scene with your child today. Have him sit at a table with a pile of coins and pretend to be collecting money. Then walk by and say, “Follow me”. Have him practice leaving all the money behind and following right away. Discuss how Matthew left all the money and everything he had and followed Jesus right then and there!
___ Friday: Psalm 63:1. How important is God to the Psalmist? How do you know? Have you ever been super, super thirsty and all you wanted was a drink of water? Water tastes pretty good when you are really thirsty, doesn’t it? In the same way, we need to thirst after Jesus – we need to want Him more than anything else we have! Make some homemade lemonade with your child today while you discuss what it means to thirst for Jesus. If you live in an area where it is allowed and would work, set up a “free” lemonade stand outside of your house. Give lemonade away to people who walk by. Go even further and decorate the cups or write “Psalm 63:1” on a sign by your lemonade stand. Here are a couple easy recipes for homemade lemonade:

http://kidscooking.about.com/od/beverages/r/easy_lemonade.htm
http://childhood101.com/2013/10/easy-homemade-lemonade-recipe-cooking-with-kids/

Week Two – The Call to Go (June 15-19)
We need to go to everyone that needs Jesus and share the Good News. Where does God want YOU to go?

___ Monday: Matthew 28:18-20. What did Jesus tell His disciples to do? Jesus wants US to go, too! He wants us to go to all people and tell everyone everywhere about Jesus! Let’s do something fun today that will help us think about people all over the world who need to know about Jesus. Make a splat earth with your child. This is a fun outdoor activity that will help your child think about the rest of the world. When you finish, spend time praying together for people all over the world to hear about Jesus. Find directions on how to make this splat map here:

http://blog.melissaanddoug.com/2012/07/16/camp-sunny-patch-session-7-splat-painted-earth/

___ Tuesday: Genesis 12:1-4. What did God tell Abram to do? How did Abram respond to God’s call? Do you think it was hard for Abram to leave his home, not knowing where he would be going? God told him to go, and he went! We need to go where Jesus tells us to go, too! Play a travel game with your child. Ask: If you were moving far from home, what would you take with you? Help your child pretend to pack a suitcase or draw pictures to put into a suitcase. While you are packing your suitcase, talk about how hard it is to leave, but when God tells us to do something, we need to do it!
___ Wednesday: Luke 2:8-15. Where did the angel tell the shepherds to go? When they went to Bethlehem, who did they see? The shepherds obeyed the angels and went to Bethlehem where they met baby Jesus! Sometimes there are great surprises waiting for us when we go where God wants us to go! Make a nativity scene snack today to help remind your child that great things happen when we obey God. Here is a really fun idea:

http://www.trueaimeducation.com/cooking-with-kids-nativity-snack-and-activity/

___ Thursday: Romans 10:11-15.  Where did Jesus tell the disciples to take the gospel? Where do you think Jesus wants you to take the gospel? What does the Bible say about the feet of those who bring good news? Do a foot painting activity with your child. Place a canvas down on your sidewalk and different color paint in paper bowls. Let your child step in the bowls and then walk on the canvas. Wash off his feet and let him pick a new color! Do this until he has a cool design on his canvas. Talk about what truly makes his feet beautiful!
___ Friday: Isaiah 6:8-10 What question did the Lord ask in these verses? Why do you think He needed someone to go for Him? Does He still need someone today? Are you willing to go for God? Write the words “Here am I, send me” on a piece of paper and then have your child hold those words as you take a picture of him. Print the picture off and let your child make a frame for it. He can use any art items you have to make the frame – puzzle pieces, milk carton lids, pieces of string, buttons, etc. All he needs to do is glue the picture on a hard piece of paper (cardstock) and then glue the selected items around it to make the frame. Hang the picture somewhere to remind him of the importance of being willing to go where God wants you to go!

Week Three – The Call to Tell (June 22-26)
God wants us to tell everyone we can about Him. Will you tell people about Jesus?

___ Monday: Mark 16:15. What did Jesus tell His disciples to do when they went into all the world? Have you ever told anyone about Jesus? Make a salvation bracelet or wordless book with your child today. This is a great activity to help your child learn the salvation message, as well as a great way to teach him how to share it with others. Choose a different color bead (or color paper) for each step of the process. (Black = sin, Red = blood of Christ, Blue = Baptism, White = sins forgiven, Green = growing as a Christian, Yellow = streets of gold in heaven . . . . our promised reward!)
___ Tuesday: Jeremiah 1:6-8. What did God tell Jeremiah to speak? Do you think God can help you speak His words, too? How? Fill up a bunch of water balloons and go outside for a fun water balloon toss with your child. Toss the water balloons back and forth, taking a step back each time you catch it. Every time you toss the balloon, shout out one thing you can tell others about Jesus (for example: Jesus loves you, Jesus died for your sins, Jesus rose from the dead, etc). When the balloon breaks, come back together and pray for someone you know who needs to know about Jesus. Then toss the next balloon! Have fun!
___ Wednesday: Acts 8:26-40. What happened to Philip? Who did Philip tell about Jesus and what was the response? When we tell others about Jesus, great things can happen! Make your own chariot with your child and act out this Scripture. Use cardboard boxes, cereal boxes, furniture, or anything else your child comes up with. Let him be as elaborate or as simple as he wants – the important part is to have fun! Then let him sit in the chariot while you run up to him and tell him about Jesus. Switch places and let him tell you about Jesus. You might even want to have him use his bracelet or book from Monday to help him tell you about Jesus! Find a coloring page for this Scripture here:

http://www.calvarywilliamsport.com/kids-coloring-pages.html

___ Thursday: Matthew 10:32-33. What happens to those who confess Jesus before others? How can you confess Jesus before others? Help your child make a sweet treat to share with a neighbor or friend . . . perhaps a batch of cookies, a pie, or fresh bread. Help your child make a card for that person inviting him to church. Then take your child with you to deliver the sweet treat and invitation to church. When you get back home, pray together for that person.
___ Friday: Psalm 9:1-2. What are some of the great things God has done for you? Who can you tell about God’s wonders today? Draw a large outline of a heart outside on your sidewalk or in your driveway. Give your child sidewalk chalk and let him fill in the heart with pictures of all the great things God has done for him. For even more fun, help your child make his own sidewalk paint and then use that instead of (or along with) the chalk. Find a recipe sidewalk paint here:

http://happyhooligans.ca/sidewalk-paint/

Week Four – The Call to Testify (June 29-July 3))
What has God done for YOU? When you share this with others, you are “testifying”!

___ Monday: Matthew 11:2-6. What did Jesus tell John’s disciples to report back to John? Jesus told them to tell John about the amazing things they saw Jesus doing. What amazing things have you seen Jesus do in your life? Make a tasty shake or fruit smoothie with your child. Gather the ingredients together and then let your child put the ingredients in to the blender one at a time. Each time he puts something in the blender, he needs to say one thing that Jesus has done for him. After all the ingredients are in the blender, say, “Jesus does great things in our lives and he wants us to share those great things with others!” Turn on the blender, mix the ingredients and then share the treat with your child! Find instructions on how to make a smoothie and some great recipes here:

http://www.kids-cooking-activities.com/simple-smoothie-recipes.html

___ Tuesday: John 4:7-10, 28-30. In these verses, Jesus talks to a woman from Samaria. After talking with Jesus, what did she do? She went back and told everyone else what had happened! She testified about Jesus! Here is a video for this passage:

 

Make your own “well” craft to go along with this passage. Here is one using craft sticks. This one is made to hold flowers, which you could tie in to the lesson by talking about how telling others about Jesus can lead to beautiful things!

http://dreamlandmagic.soniacjensen.com/crafts/wishing_well.html

and here is one using milk cartons. (This one would be a good one to use to reenact the story with your child):

http://increations.blogspot.com/2008/03/water-well.html

and here is a simple one with a printable:

http://craftingthewordofgod.com/2014/02/21/samaritan-woman-at-the-well/

___ Wednesday: Acts 4:13-20. What did Peter and John say they could not stop speaking about? Do you know what it was that they had seen and heard? They had been with Jesus, and they could not stop talking about it! Do you like to talk about Jesus, too? Peter and John were put in prison because they were talking about Jesus! Make your own prison snack out of pretzel sticks and frosting (or cream cheese . . . anything that will help the pretzel sticks stay together to make the bars of a prison) You might even want to add teddy grahams or gummy bears as “people” to put in the prison. Talk with your child about how we need to be willing to talk about Jesus no matter what might happen to us!
___ Thursday: Acts 20:17-24. What did Paul feel that he had to do? Paul told everyone about what Jesus had done for him everywhere he went. You can tell people about Jesus, too! Make a megaphone to help your child remember that he can tell others about Jesus wherever he is. Here is a great idea (with a printable template) from Crafting the Word of God:

http://craftingthewordofgod.com/2013/07/25/proclaim-him-megaphone/

___ Friday: Psalm 34:1-3. When should we bless and praise the Lord? At ALL times! Let’s do that today! Find a fun praise song and sing along to it, help your child make his own instruments to use to praise the Lord, let your child draw a picture/mural of ways he wants to praise the Lord, etc. Spend time praising the Lord with your child today!

Week Five – The Call to Be Bold (July 6-10))
God does not want us to be afraid! He promises that He will always be with us, and He calls us to live a life of BOLDNESS! Can you be brave for Jesus?

___ Monday: Proverbs 28:1. How are lions bold? How should Christians be bold? What gives us the courage to have this type of boldness in our lives? Make a lion craft with your child today to remind him that he should be as BOLD as a lion! Here is a craft that uses a picture of your child to make a lion face . . . pretty cool, and a great way to help your child realize that HE can be as bold as a lion with God’s help!

http://chipmanscornerpreschool.blogspot.com/2013/01/l-is-for-lion.html

___ Tuesday: Joshua 1:9 What did God tell Joshua to be in this verse? What does it mean to be strong and courageous? Help your child learn this verse by putting motions to the verse. Come up with a motion for “strong” (perhaps showing your muscles) and a motion for “courageous” (perhaps showing a super courageous face or roaring like a lion.) See how fast your child can do both of the motions as you read the verse. Add motions to the rest of the verse if you’d like. Make a “strong and courageous shield”. Cut a shield out of cardboard and let your child decorate it however he wants to remind him that God will be with him to give him courage.
___ Wednesday: 1 Samuel 17. This is a long passage of Scripture because it is the story of David and Goliath. If it is too long to read with your child, read a few verses and then tell the rest of the story or read it from a Bible storybook. Here is a video you can use as well:

Go outside in your driveway and trace an outline of a giant with sidewalk chalk. Use a yard stick/rulers to make sure the giant is 9 feet long! Then let your child lie down inside the outline of the giant to see how he would measure up to Goliath! Talk with your child about scary situations he faces, and about how God can help him with those scary situations, too. Have your child write or draw ways that God gives him courage (or times that God gives him courage) inside the outline of Goliath.
___ Thursday: Philippians 1:18-20. How did Paul want to preach the gospel? Paul wanted to preach with great BOLDNESS! What do you think this means? Do a fun activity with bubbles to help your child understand that God can help him do BIG things. Take a bottle of regular bubble mix outside and let him play with the bubbles. Let him blow bubbles, chase bubbles, etc. Explain how the bubbles stand for US! We are on our own trying to serve God . . . and blowing away in the wind! BUT THEN . . . GOD comes along! With God, we can do BIGGER things than we could ever do on our own! Mix up a batch of super, giant bubble mix (or have this made in advance) and make a giant bubble with your child. Remind your child that God can help him do great BOLD things for Jesus! Find the recipe for the giant bubble mix here:

http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-giant-bubbles/

___ Friday: Psalm 27:1. How can God help us to not be afraid? Talk with your child about things that he is afraid of. Then make a courage collage with your child. Have him glue or draw pictures on a piece of paper to represent what he is afraid of. Then take a big, black marker and help him write, “God will give me courage” over the top of the collage. Pray with your child, asking God to give him courage.

Week Six – The Call to Stand (July 13-17))
God wants us to stand up for what is right ALWAYS!!! Can you do the right thing, even when others around you are not?

___ Monday: Ephesians 6:10-20. What does God want us to put on? Talk with your child about the armor of God. Discuss each piece with him and help him understand what it is. Make an armor of God snack with your child. You can find a great way to do this here:

http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2013/09/armor-of-god-boys-retreat.html

___ Tuesday: Daniel 3. This is another long passage. Once again, read a few verses and then tell the rest as a story or read from a Bible story book. You can also use this video:

 

Here is a fun snack for this story:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/52987733090749690/
And a fiery furnace craft using old crayons:

http://www.abcjesuslovesme.com/bible-craft-and-activities/922-shadrach-meshach-and-abednego

Talk with your child about when it is hard to do the right thing. Pray with your child, asking God for the courage to take a STAND for Him.
___ Wednesday: Acts 7:54-60. This is the story of Stephen, a man who took a stand for Jesus. He kept speaking about Jesus, and what happened to him? He was killed for his faith! Sometimes taking a stand for Jesus can be dangerous, but we still need to stand for Him! Go outside with your child and help him gather several stones. Then, have him draw or write ways that he can stand for Jesus on each of the stones. Arrange the stones around your house as a reminder for your child to take a stand for Jesus . . . even when it’s hard!
___ Thursday: 2 Timothy 4:1-5. What was Timothy told to do? Paul told Timothy to take a stand and preach the Word – even if the rest of the world doesn’t want to hear the truth anymore. Some people don’t want to hear the truth, but we still need to take a stand and speak the truth! Make a “mouth craft” with your child to help him remember to speak the truth. Draw the shape of a mouth on red construction paper and cut it out. Glue mini-marshmallows in the mouth to stand for his teeth. You could also glue or tape this to a stick or ruler and let him hold it up in front of his own mouth while saying words of truth about Jesus.
___ Friday: Matthew 5:13-16. These verses tell you to shine your light . . . not to keep it hidden! How are you shining your light in your neighborhood? Use empty toilet paper tubes and red/yellow construction paper to help your child design his own “candle”. Have him decorate the toilet paper tube however he wants, talking with him about what it means to let his light shine while he works. Sing “This Little Light of Mine” with your child. Let him use his candle craft as he sings the song. Use this video to help:

Week Seven – The Call to Be Different (July 20-24)
Being a Christian is different! How are you DIFFERENT from those around you?

___ Monday: Romans 12:1-2. What are we not supposed to be like? We are not supposed to be like the world. Our actions should be different, our words should be different, and our thoughts should be different! Find a great object lesson on filling our mind up with the things of God here:

http://freebiblelessons.net/object-lessons/renewing-your-mind

___ Tuesday: Daniel 1:8-21. How were Daniel and his friends different from those around them? Do you think it was hard for them to make the choice to be different? Have a snack of vegetables and water to remind your child of the way Daniel and his friends were different – and that WE need to be different, too!
___ Wednesday: Matthew 3:1-6. How was John the Baptist different? I’m sure many people thought John the Baptist was a bit strange, but he had a job straight from the Lord and he obeyed! Are you willing to obey what God wants you to do, no matter what other people might think? Make a “John the Baptist locust and wild honey snack” with your child. Find instructions here:

http://catholiccuisine.blogspot.com/2010/06/solemnity-of-birth-of-st-john-baptist.html

___ Thursday: 1 Timothy 4:12. What does it mean to set an example? Are you setting an example for others? Take a poster board or other large paper and divide it into sections. Then talk with your child about ways that he can be an example to others. Have him draw pictures or cut out pictures from magazines and old newspapers to show how he can be an example in as many of the areas mentioned in the Bible verse as he can find. Pray with your child.
___ Friday: Psalm 1:1-3 What will the person who lives his life for God be like? Go on a tree hike with your child. Walk through your neighborhood or local park and talk about the trees that you see. Discuss how trees stand tall through all kinds of weather – just like we should stand strong in Jesus through all of our lives! Make a tree or leaf rubbing art project with your child.

Week Eight – The Call to Sacrifice (July 27-31)
Being a Christian is not easy. In fact, Jesus Himself said that being a Christian is very, very hard. Are you willing to put Jesus first in your life – even if it is hard?

___ Monday: Matthew 16:24-26. What do you think Jesus meant by these verses? Are you willing to follow Jesus no matter what? Talk with your child about the hard situations that might happen because he is a Christian. Then make an outline of a cross (or make a cross out of craft sticks or boards) and have him draw pictures of himself following Jesus in the outline of the cross. End by enjoying a cross snack.

http://www.notconsumed.com/2012/03/22/a-meaningful-easter-the-simple-way/

___ Tuesday: Daniel 6. This is another long passage. Read the first few verses and then tell the story or use a Bible storybook. Here is a video that could help as well:

 

Talk with your child about the courage that God gave Daniel to do the right thing. Then act out this story with your child. Make lion masks and let your child pretend to be the lions while you pretend to be Daniel, and then switch places. Then have a lion snack. Here are a couple ideas to inspire you:

http://wehaveaars.com/animal-month-lion-snack/

https://healthandfoodforum.wordpress.com/2010/05/06/healthy-snacks-your-kids-wont-pass-up/

___ Wednesday: Acts 16:22-30 What happened to Paul and Silas as a result of their relationship with Jesus? How did they respond to their situation? We need to praise God, too . . no matter what! Make a paper chain of praises to God. Cut out strips of construction paper and have your child write or draw praises to God on each strip. Then connect the strips together like a chain. Have fun using this chain to “chain” your child up and put him in prison like Paul and Silas!
___ Thursday: 2 Timothy 1:8-9. What does Paul ask Timothy to join him in doing? Serving Jesus will not always be fun and happy! We need to serve Jesus no matter what! Give your child a bandaid to remind him that sometimes it will hurt to be a Christian. Have him draw a picture of a cross on his bandaid, pray with him for people who are suffering today because of their faith, and then put the bandaid on him to serve as a reminder of today’s lesson. Be sure to ask him what that bandaid means throughout the day as a way to reinforce today’s reading.
___ Friday: Revelation 7:9-17. One day there will be no more pain! We will be with Jesus forever! Help your child draw or paint a picture of what he thinks heaven will be like. If it is a nice day, go outside and draw the picture on the sidewalk with sidewalk chalk or paint. Spend time thanking God for the promise of heaven!

Week Nine – The Call to Serve (August 3-7)
Do you know what it means to be a servant? Did you know that God wants you to serve others? You are never too young to serve, and this week we will see what it means to be a servant!

___ Monday: Matthew 25:34-40. According to these verses, how do you serve Jesus? Can you think of anyone that you can serve today? Help your child go through his possessions and choose a few items to give away. Then help him bag those items up and take him with you to give them to a local charity. You might also have him draw pictures or cards for the people who work at the charity where you are donating the items.
___ Tuesday: 2 Kings 4:8-10. Who served Elisha in these verses? How? With your child, choose a leader of your church to invite over for a meal. Let your child help you prepare the meal and make a card for the leader. Then have the leader over as a way to encourage him. Pray for this leader with your child every day for the rest of the week.
___ Wednesday: John 13:5-10. How did Jesus serve His disciples in these verses? Would that have been a fun job? Examine your child’s feet with him to see how dirty they are. Have fun helping him clean his feet! Then have him trace an outline of his feet on a piece of paper and fill in the outline with pictures of ways that he can serve Jesus.
___ Thursday: Ephesians 2:10. What were we created to do? What kind of good works do you think God wants you to do for Him? Talk with your child about the special qualities that you see in his life and how those qualities could be used for God. Look through old scrapbooks or at old pictures and talk about how your child has grown. Use this time to encourage your child to do great things for God. End the time together by praying over your child for his life to serve God in great ways.
___ Friday: Psalm 102:18m 21-22. Who was verse 18 written about? It talks about a people not yet created . . . that’s US!!! These verses are speaking about us! Write a “praise Jesus” book together! Take a few pieces of paper and staple them together. Let your child draw or write a praise on each page. Give it a title and help your child decorate the cover. Then let your child read it to you . . . and everyone else in the house! He is now living out verse 18!

Week Ten – The Call to Praise (August 10-14)
It has been great looking at the Call of God on our lives through this study! Let’s end our study with one more call – the call to praise!

___ Monday: Psalm 150. What are some of the ways we are supposed to praise the Lord? What do you have to praise the Lord for today? Why don’t you spend some time praising the Lord right now? Make your own instruments and have your own praise time! Use whatever you have available – pots and pans make great drums – or try making one of these interesting instruments:

http://www.kinderart.com/teachers/9instruments.shtml

___ Tuesday: Exodus 15:1-2, 20-21. Who praised the Lord in these verses? How? Let’s make a tambourine today! Decorate two paper plates, put beans in between them and staple or tape them together. Hang a streamer from it for an added decoration! Then sing a praise song while playing your tambourine! Find more detailed instructions here:

http://www.kiwicrate.com/projects/Tambourine/684

___ Wednesday: Luke 1:46-50 Who praised the Lord in these verses? Why? Make “praise popsicles” today! Give your child several popsicle sticks. Have him write out praises on each one. Then pour koolaid, juice, lemonade, blended fruit, or whatever else you have on hand into ice cube trays or paper cups. Stick the popsicle sticks in each cup and put them in the freezer until they freeze. Later on, have a refreshing snack . . . and give praise to God at the same time!
___ Thursday: Philippians 4:4. What does it mean to rejoice in the Lord? How is it possible to ALWAYS rejoice in the Lord? Help your child memorize this verse today! Sing it together (use this video:)

___ Friday: Colossians 3:16-17. What are we supposed to give to God? We are supposed to give Him thanks! What do you have to be thankful for today? Make a “thankfulness kite” with your child today. Decorate a kite to show all the things your child is thankful for. Then take him out into a wide open space and let him try flying his kite . . . lifting his thanks up to God! For more information on how to make a simple kite that flies (even without wind), check out this site:

http://shannonsviewfromhere.com/2013/04/homemade-paper-kite-guaranteed-to-fly.html

Congratulations! You have finished the Summer Bible Reading Plan – “The Call” – with your child! Do something special to celebrate!!!!!!

Now that you have finished the Summer Bible Reading Plan, you might be wondering what to do next.  Be sure to check out the other Bible Reading Plans here at Ministry Mom and keep your kids reading the Word!  Also, if you are a homeschooling family, you might be interested in my Homeschool Bible Curriculum.  Click on the “Bible Studies and Curriculum” tab above to see if any of the Bible Curriculum might be right for your family!

Thank you for participating in the Summer Bible Reading Plan.   It would be fabulous if you would share this plan with others and come like my page on facebook!

Have a Super Summer and keep being intentional with your children!

Cheri

Summer Bible Reading Plan for Children

We need to be intentional about helping our children grow as Christians and the summer is the perfect time to make this happen! In this post, you will find my summer Bible reading plans for children for 2014. Each week focuses on a different attribute of God and includes a Psalm, an Old Testament and New Testament story, and a reading from an epistle all related to that attribute. The plan for Older Children includes a “Think about it” question after each passage and one or two suggested activities to go along with that week’s Scriptures. The preschooler/younger child plan includes “To do” activities — activities that are designed to be completed with a parent to help explain the Scripture to the child.

This plan was originally for the Summer of 2014.  However, it is an 11 week plan that can be completed at any time of the year.  If you have already completed this plan, or if you would like to participate in the plan for Summer 2015, you can find those plans here:

https://cherigamble.com/2015/05/17/the-call-a-summer-bible-reading-plan-for-children-and-teens/ (independent readers & teens)

https://cherigamble.com/2015/05/17/the-call-a-summer-bible-reading-plan-for-young-children/ (younger children)

There is also a facebook group for those of us who are using this plan with our children. It is a place to share encouragement, ideas, and accountability. Come join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1444576505791952/edit/#!/groups/summerbiblereadingplan/.

Click on the links below to be taken to the PDF file that you can then print off and use with your child this summer. Or, scroll down and find the entire plan in this post. Whatever you do, be intentional this summer and help your child develop his relationship with Jesus!

an 11 week summer Bible reading plan for chidlren

Summer Reading Plan for Children — Independent Readers

Summer Plan Preschool

SUMMER READING PLAN FOR INDEPENDENT READERS

Week 1
God is Eternal – He has always existed, and He always will exist!

_____ Monday: Read Psalm 90:1-2 and Psalm 93.
Think about it: According to these verses, how long has God existed?
_____ Tuesday: Read Genesis 1.
Think about it: How did everything else get here? Spend time today thanking God for His
creation.
_____ Wednesday: Read John 1:1-18.
Think about it: Who is the Word? How long has the Word existed? Spend time today thanking
God for Jesus.
_____ Thursday: Read Revelation 4.
Think about it: What do the creatures in heaven cry out every day?
_____ Friday: Read Revelation 21:1-9 and Revelation 21:22-27.
Think about it: What will not be in heaven? Is your name written in the Book of Life?

Activities: Take a nature walk and explore God’s creation. Draw a picture of what you think heaven will be like.

Week 2
God is Holy – there is nothing impure or dirty found in Him at all!

_____ Monday: Read Psalm 24.
Think about it: What does it mean to have clean hands and a pure heart? Do you have anything
you need to clean out of your heart today?
_____ Tuesday: Read Isaiah 6:1-8.
Think about it: Why did Isaiah say he was ruined? After his sins were forgiven, what did God
ask Isaiah to do? Is there anything God wants you to do?
_____ Wednesday: Read Luke 4:31-37 and Mark 1:21-28.
Think about it: What did the demons call Jesus?
_____ Thursday: Read Romans 12.
Think about it: What does it mean to be a holy and living sacrifice? How could you be a
holy and living sacrifice?
_____ Friday: Read 1 Peter 1:13-25.
Think about it: What does God want our lives to be? How can we do this?

Activity: Find something in your house that is dirty. (Example: your windows). Clean them up until they are as clean as you can get them. Notice, the windows didn’t clean themselves! We also can’t clean ourselves – we need Jesus to clean us and make us spotless! The windows will get dirty again – we also will sin again! Ask Jesus to clean you up every time you sin. He will help you to be holy!

Week 3
God is Faithful – He will not let you down. What He says, He will do!

_____ Monday: Read Psalm 89:1-18.
Think about it: What should we make known to everyone? How has God been faithful to you?
_____ Tuesday: Read Daniel 3
Think about it: How were the three young men in this passage faithful to God? How was God
faithful to them?
_____ Wednesday: Read Daniel 6.
Think about it: How was Daniel faithful to the King? How was he faithful to God? How was
God faithful to him?
_____ Thursday: Read Luke 22:39-53.
Think about it: How was Jesus faithful to His mission? Why is this important to us?
_____ Friday: Read 1 John 1.
Think about it: When we confess our sins, what is God faithful in doing? Do you have any sins
you need to confess today?

Activities: Share with someone how God has been faithful to you. Ask several adults to tell you about how God has been faithful to them. Make a poster of ways you can be faithful to God. Make a commitment and stick with it!

Week 4
God is Omnipotent – He is more powerful than anything or anyone else!

_____ Monday: Read Psalm 29.
Think about it: What does the voice of the Lord do?
_____ Tuesday: Read 1 Kings 18:20-40.
Think about it: How did God show his power in this passage?
_____ Wednesday: Read Mark 4:35-41.
Think about it: How did Jesus show his power? Over what did he have power in this passage?
_____ Thursday: Read Mark 5:1-20.
Think about it: How did Jesus show his power? Over what did he have power in this passage?
_____ Friday: Read Philippians 3.
Think about it: What does God have power to do?

Activities: Draw a picture or make a comic strip related to one of the events you read about this week. Eat bacon and tell someone about what Jesus did to a bunch of pigs. Watch a fireworks show and discuss God’s power!!

Week 5
God is Omniscient – He knows every single thing!

_____ Monday: Read Psalm 139.
Think about it: What does God know about you? Read verses 23 & 24 again as a prayer.
_____ Tuesday: Read Jeremiah 1:4-10.
Think about it: When did God know Jeremiah? Are you willing to obey God’s call on your life?
_____ Wednesday: Read Mark 2:1-13.
Think about it: What did Jesus know in this passage? How does it make you feel to know that
God knows your thoughts?
_____ Thursday: Read John 18:1-11.
Think about it: What did Jesus know? Did this change anything that he did?
_____ Friday: Read Romans 8:26-39.
Think about it: How does the Spirit help us? Spend time thanking God that He knows you!!

Activities: Look at baby pictures of yourself, or ask your parents to show you your ultrasound picture if they have it. God knew you when you were in your mom! Isn’t that amazing? Draw a heart and write a prayer on it thanking God that He knows you and loves you!

Week 6
God is Loving: He loves YOU and wants you to know that!

_____ Monday: Read Psalm 136.
Think about it: What are some of the ways God showed His love in the past? How long does
his love last?
_____ Tuesday: Read Jeremiah 31:1-14.
Think about it: How long does God’s love last?
_____ Wednesday: Read John 13.
Think about it: How did Jesus show His love?
_____ Thursday: Read 1 John 2:1-17.
Think about it: How is the love of God shown in our lives?
_____ Friday: Read 1 Corinthians 13.
Think about it: What quality is the most important one to have? Which characteristic of love
do YOU need to work on the most?

Activities: Write a love letter to God. Sing “Jesus loves me”. Pray for someone you have difficulty loving.

Week 7
God is Merciful: He forgives those who ask, even if they don’t deserve it!

_____ Monday: Read Psalm 32.
Think about it: What happens when we confess our sins?
_____ Tuesday: Read Genesis 8.
Think about it: How did God show mercy to Noah and his family?
_____ Wednesday: Read Luke 7:36-50.
Think about it: What did the woman do? How did Jesus respond to her?
_____ Thursday: Read Matthew 18:21-35.
Think about it: Who do we need to forgive? How often? Is there anyone you need to forgive?
_____ Friday: Read Psalm 51.
Think about it: How did David deal with his sin in this Psalm?

Activities: Write a prayer thanking God for His mercy. Spray some perfume and think about how Jesus has forgiven you. Act out one of the passages you read this week with some friends.

Week 8
God is Sovereign: He is in complete control over everything and can do whatever He wants!

_____ Monday: Read Psalm 46.
Think about it: Who is our refuge? Over what does God have control?
_____ Tuesday: Read Genesis 11:1-8.
Think about it: How did God show He was in control in this passage? How does that effect us
today?
_____ Wednesday: Read Matthew 8:1-17.
Think about it: How did Jesus show He had complete control?
_____ Thursday: Read John 19:1-30.
Think about it: Who gave Pilate the authority over Jesus?
_____ Friday: Read Philippians 2:1-18.
Think about it: What will everyone one day do to Jesus?

Activities: Search the paper or internet for current events. Take a big marker (be sure to print out the article first if you use the internet) and write “God is in control” across the article. Even though things seem crazy today, God is still SOVEREIGN and He does have control! One day everyone will see that!!!

Week 9
God is Just: He will not let evil go unpunished!

_____ Monday: Read Psalm 9.
Think about it: Who will God judge? Do we need to be afraid of God’s judgment? Why not?
_____ Tuesday: Read 1 Samuel 3:1-21.
Think about it: How did the Lord appear to Samuel? Who did He say He was going to judge?
Why?
_____ Wednesday: Read Matthew 7.
Think about it: Is there someone that you have been judging instead of loving?
_____ Thursday: Read Matthew 25:31-46.
Think about it: Who is God judging here? How? Which category would you fall into?
_____ Friday: Read Romans 14.
Think about it: Are we supposed to judge others? Why not?

Activities: Make a judge’s gavel. Write what you have learned about God and His judgment on the gavel. Get a piece of wood and write a prayer asking God to help you remove any “specks” you may have in your own eye.

Week 10
God is Good: He has shown His goodness to people in the past and He continues to show His goodness to us today!

_____ Monday: Read Psalm 100.
Think about it: What other qualities of God are mentioned in this Psalm? How has God been
good to you?
_____ Tuesday: Read 2 Kings 4.
Think about it: How was God good to the widow? How was He good to the Shunammite
woman? How has He been good to you?
_____ Wednesday: Read Mark 10:17-31.
Think about it: When Jesus said, “No one is good but God, what do you think He was saying
about Himself?
_____ Thursday: Read John 10:1-18.
Think about it: Who does Jesus say He is? Who are we? How does God take care of us?
_____ Friday: Read Ephesians 2:1-10.
Think about it: What have we been created to do? Have you been doing any good works this
summer?

Activities: Make a list of ways God has been good to you. Post it somewhere where everyone can see and remember God’s goodness! Sing “God is so Good”.

Week 11
God is Wise: Not only does He know everything, He knows perfectly how to use that knowledge!

_____ Monday: Read Psalm 119:9-16 and Psalm 119:97-104.
Think about it: How can we gain wisdom and understanding?
_____ Tuesday: Read 1 Kings 3:1-16.
Think about it: What did God promise Solomon? How did Solomon respond?
_____ Wednesday: Read Luke 2:41-52.
Think about it: How did Jesus amaze the teachers? How did Jesus grow? Are you growing
that way, too?
_____ Thursday: Read Matthew 7:24-29.
Think about it: How can you be wise?
_____ Friday: Read James 1.
Think about it: What can we ask God for? Will He give it to us?

Activities: Memorize God’s word. That is the best way to gain understanding!! Find a rock and decorate it with Bible verses. Let it remind you to build your life on the foundation of God’s word. Only then will you be truly wise!

Congratulations! You have completed the Summer Bible Reading Plan! Do something special to celebrate . . . and plan now to continue reading the Bible through the school year!

SUMMER READING PLAN FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN (Read-to-me)

Week 1
God is Eternal – He has always existed, and He always will exist!

_____ Monday: Read Psalm 90:1-2.
To do: Draw a circle on a piece of paper. Ask your child to try to find where the circle begins and
where it ends. It’s hard to find, isn’t it? Guess what . . . God doesn’t have a beginning or an end,
either. He has always been!!
_____ Tuesday: Read Genesis 1:1
To do: Take a nature walk with your child and talk about all the cool things you see. Remind
your child that God made all of it!
_____ Wednesday: Read John 1:1-4.
To do: Talk about how Jesus is called the Word, and how He was involved in creating
everything. Draw a picture with your child of his favorite parts of creation.
_____ Thursday: Read Revelation 4:9-11
To do: Talk to your child about heaven. Give your child yellow sidewalk chalk and help him
draw a picture in your driveway of what he thinks heaven will look like.
_____ Friday: Read Revelation 21:5-7.
To do: Talk to your child some more about heaven. There will be no sadness in heaven. Give him
a bandage and have him put it on his leg to remind him that he will never hurt in heaven.

Week 2
God is Holy – there is nothing impure or dirty found in Him at all!

_____ Monday: Read Psalm 24:3-4
To do: Let your child play in mud. Then talk about how dirty the mud got him. How can he be
made clean again? He has to wash! Help him wash the mud off. Then talk about how when we
do bad things, it makes us dirty to God. Only God can make us clean again! How does he do
this? Through JESUS!!
_____ Tuesday: Read Isaiah 6:1-8.
To do: Give your child a piece of coal and let him make a drawing with it. As he is drawing, talk
about what Isaiah saw and how he needed to be made clean before he could serve God.
_____ Wednesday: Read Luke 4:33-35.
To do: Act this story out with you child using whatever toys you have. He can make one of his
toys yell really loud and move all over. Then one of you says, “Be Quiet” and the “toy” should
stop.
_____ Thursday: Read Romans 12:1-2
To do: Talk about how Jesus wants us to do things for him happily. What are some things your
child can do for Jesus? Have him lie down on a large piece of paper (or tape several smaller
pieces of paper together.) Trace an outline of his body on the paper. Then help him come up with
ways he can use different parts of his body to serve God. Write those ways on that body part.
_____ Friday: Read 1 Peter 1:15-16.
To do: Talk again about what it means to be clean. Have your child help you wash the windows
in the house. Clean them until they are as clean as you can get them. Explain how the windows
didn’t clean themselves! We also can’t get rid of all of our dirt (sin) ourselves. We need Jesus!
Discuss this with your child as you clean the windows.

Week 3
God is Faithful – He will not let you down. What He says, He will do!

_____ Monday: Read Psalm 89:1
To do: Sing a song with your child! Let your child sing that song to an adult . . . in that way
he is proclaiming God’s faithfulness to another generation!
_____ Tuesday: Read Daniel 3.
To do: This is the passage about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. It may be hard to read
the whole thing to your child, but I had a hard time breaking it up. Read what you can and
then tell the rest of the story. Then act this story out with your child. Have him make some
flames and a furnace out of an old box and construction paper. He can even “throw” his
stuffed animals in the “furnace” (or get in it himself). Discuss how God was faithful in this
passage.
_____ Wednesday: Read Daniel 6.
To do: This is the passage about Daniel and the Lion’s Den. Read what you can and then tell
the rest of the story. Then act this one out. Make lion masks out of paper plates. You may wish to
enlist other members of the family to help with this. Your child will enjoy being the lions while
someone from your family is thrown into the den! Discuss how God was faithful to Daniel.
_____ Thursday: Read Luke 22:42-44.
To do: Talk about what was happening in this passage. Why do you think Jesus was having such
hard time? Draw tear drops on a piece of paper and have your child draw a picture of Jesus on
the cross in the tear drop. Pray with your child, thanking God for being faithful!
_____ Friday: Read 1 John 1:9.
To do: Draw a heart on a piece of white paper. Have your child list different sins. Each time he
tells you a sin, have him make a big, black mark on the heart. Discuss how you can not erase
the crayon mark off – the heart is now stained with sin. The same thing happens to us when we
sin, but how does our heart get clean again? Through JESUS!!

Week 4
God is Omnipotent – He is more powerful than anything or anyone else!

_____ Monday: Read Psalm 29:3-5.
To do: Thunderstorms are very powerful, aren’t they? God is more powerful than that! Have your
child make a “thunderstorm” out of construction paper. (He can cut out bolts of lightning from
yellow paper and glue it on blue. He can also use glitter and other art supplies. Be as creative as
you want!) Discuss God’s power while he is making the picture. Also, be ready to talk about
God’s power the next time you experience a storm with your child!! It will help drive this point
home!
_____ Tuesday: Read 1 Kings 18:30-39.
To do: Gather some stones and wood and act this story out with your child. Let him make an
“altar” with the stones and lay the wood on top. Pour lots and lots of water on top of it. Discuss
how amazing it was that God was able to cause a fire to come. God is POWERFUL!!
_____ Wednesday: Read Mark 4:35-41.
To do: Make a boat out of a box (or you can even use your couch and blankets) and act out this
story. Talk about how Jesus had more power than the storm and was able to make the storm stop.
_____ Thursday: Read Mark 5:1-13
To do: Help your child make a pig mask out of paper plates and construction paper. Have him
pretend to be the pigs in this story. For added fun, eat bacon and eggs after reading the story!
_____ Friday: Read Philippians 3:20-21.
To do: Even though we live here on earth, we will one day be in heaven with Jesus. Have
your child make a “driver’s license” showing that his true address is in heaven. Be as creative
as you want with this . . . you could take his picture and have him glue it on a piece of cardstock,
or he could draw his own picture. The important part is that you talk to him about what it means
to be a citizen of heaven.

NOTE: If you should happen to watch a fireworks display this week, use that as an opportunity to talk to your child about the power of God. “Do you hear how loud the fireworks are? Remember that the Bible says that the voice of God thunders! God is even more powerful than these fireworks!”

Week 5
God is Omniscient – He knows every single thing!

_____ Monday: Read Psalm 139:13-16
To do: Show your child an ultrasound picture of him. Talk about how God is the one who
formed him when he was inside of his mom. God knew him then and still knows him now!
_____ Tuesday: Read Jeremiah 1:4-5
To do: Look at more baby pictures together. Stress how God made him just the way he wants
him to be. God knows him and loves him!
_____ Wednesday: Read Mark 2:1-12
To do: Have your child lie down on a “mat” and pretend that he can’t move. Talk about
the miracle that Jesus performed. Tell your child that he is healed and let your child get up
and run around the house. Doesn’t it feel good to be healed? How do you think the man
felt when Jesus healed him?
_____ Thursday: Read John 18:2-5.
To do: Talk about how Jesus knew what was going to happen to him next. Discuss what that
was and how Jesus knew he was going to be going to the cross and dying for our sins. Make
a colorful cross art project using tissue paper or torn construction paper pieces. Make an outline
of a cross and have your child glue torn pieces of tissue paper or construction paper in the
outline. Discuss what Jesus did for him while completing the art project.
_____ Friday: Read Romans 8:26-27.
To do: Discuss prayer with your child. Sometimes we don’t know how to pray or what to pray
for, but God will help us! Help your child pray.

Week 6
God is Loving: He loves YOU and wants you to know that!

_____ Monday: Read Psalm 136.
To do: Teach your child the refrain that is found throughout this chapter. Then give your child
a shaker (or make one using an empty plastic bottle and beans or rice). Read the chapter,
having your child say the refrain and shake his instrument every time the refrain is said.
_____ Tuesday: Read Jeremiah 31:3
To do: Stress how much God loves your child. Say, “How much does God love you?” Then
stretch out his arms to make the shape of a cross and say, “This much!” Do this over and over
with your child, until his interest fades.
_____ Wednesday: Read John 13:1-5.
To do: Talk about the significance of Jesus washing his disciples feet. Then take your child and
wash his feet. Talk about how much you love him and how much Jesus loves him while you are
doing this. Turn this into a tickle time if you want!
_____ Thursday: Read 1 John 2:3-6.
To do: Talk about the importance of obedience. Play a game of “Simon Says” to practice
obedience.
_____ Friday: Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
To do: Talk about how love is kind. Have your child come up with some ways he can
show kindness to others. Have him make a kindness collage using old magazines. Watch
for ways your child shows kindness and encourage him when he does.

Week 7
God is Merciful: He forgives those who ask, even if they don’t deserve it!

_____ Monday: Read Psalm 32:5
To do: Talk about how we can’t hide our sins from God! We need to ask Him to forgive us! Play
a game where you take turns hiding an object and trying to find it. Each time the object is found,
say, “Oh no! The sin was found out! We shouldn’t hide our sins, we should confess them and ask
for forgiveness!”
_____ Tuesday: Read Genesis 8:2-5.
To do: Tell the story of Noah to your child. Then act it out. Help your child make his own boat
and then have him fill it with his stuffed animals. Have lots of fun with this, but remember to
share how God was showing mercy to Noah by saving him from this flood.
_____ Wednesday: Read Luke 7:36-38
To do: Spray some of your perfume on your child. Talk about what the woman in this story did
and why.
_____ Thursday: Read Matthew 18:21-35.
To do: Have your child count as high as he can. Share with him that he needs to forgive people
that many times and MORE!!!
_____ Friday: Read Psalm 51:1-4.
To do: Give your child a bar of soap. This is your special soap to clean your body, but who
can clean your sins away? Only Jesus! Help your child carve the name of Jesus into the soap.
Remind him of this every time he takes a bath and uses this soap.

Week 8
God is Sovereign: He is in complete control over everything and can do whatever He wants!

_____ Monday: Read Psalm 46:1-3.
To do: Talk about how we don’t need to be afraid because God is in control of everything.
Draw a picture of a mountain on a piece of paper. Have your child tell you things he is afraid
of and write these on smaller strips of paper. Have your child glue these strips on the mountain.
Then give him a crayon and let him color over them. Remind him that he does not need to be
afraid!
_____ Tuesday: Read Genesis 11:1-8.
To do: Help your child construct a tower as tall as he can using blocks. Discuss what happened
at the tower of Babel. For added fun, teach your child a few phrases in a different language and
encourage him to use those phrases throughout the day.
_____ Wednesday: Read Matthew 8:1-4.
To do: Draw an outline of a person on a piece of paper. Have your child draw dots all over
the outline to represent leprosy. Then talk about the miracle that Jesus performed in curing
the leprosy.
_____ Thursday: Read John 19:8-12.
To do: Talk about how Jesus let Pilate and the others kill him because he knew he had to die
for our sins. Help your child make a thank you card for Jesus.
_____ Friday: Read Philippians 2:8-11.
To do: Talk about how one day everyone will bow down to Jesus. Help your child make a
poster that says, “Jesus is Lord”.

Week 9
God is Just: He will not let evil go unpunished!

_____ Monday: Read Psalm 9:7-8.
To do: Talk about how God is a judge. Have your child play “judge”. Make a throne for him
to sit on. Then bring up several of his stuffed animals or toys and tell your child what their
“crimes”. Let your child decide what to do to them. Then talk about how God will judge
everyone, but if we have Jesus, we don’t need to be afraid of His judgment.
_____ Tuesday: Read 1 Samuel 3:1-13.
To do: Act out this story with your child. Have him pretend to be sleeping. Then call his name
and have him respond how Samuel did. Have fun acting out the story together.
_____ Wednesday: Read Matthew 7:1-5.
To do: Explain this passage to your child. Get a piece of wood and have him draw pictures
thanking God for his forgiveness on the piece of wood.
_____ Thursday: Read Matthew 25:31-33.
To do: Talk about how God will separate the people and put those who are Christians on one
side and those who are not on the other. Only those who are Christians will go to heaven. Play a
sorting game where you have two different groups of items to separate from one another.
(Example: different color marbles). Discuss the passage as you play.
_____ Friday: Read Romans 14:10-13.
To do: Help your child draw a picture of what he thinks it will look like before the judgment
seat of God. (Example: a throne with a king sitting on it and people standing before the king).

Week 10
God is Good: He has shown His goodness to people in the past and He continues to show His goodness to us today!

_____ Monday: Read Psalm 100.
To do: Help your child practice this Psalm. Have him think of things he is thankful for and
shout those out. Put some music on and have him sing along, or help him make his own
musical instrument and play along with the music.
_____ Tuesday: Read 2 Kings 4:1-7.
To do: Make a blessing jar. Just like the widow gathered jars for oil, gather a jar and fill it
with praises. Then “pour” the praises out and share with others what you praise God for!
_____ Wednesday: Read Mark 10:17-22.
To do: Help your child go through his possessions and decide on a few things he can give
away. Bag these and help your child take them to a local charity.
_____ Thursday: Read John 10:11-16.
To do: Explain this passage to your child. Then trace an outline of a sheep on a piece of paper
have your child glue cotton balls to the sheep to make his wool. Every time he glues on a cotton
ball, have him share one way that God has been good to him. Help him think of ways if you
need to!
_____ Friday: Read Ephesians 2:8-10.
To do: Help your child think of a project he could do that would be a “good work”. Do this with
him. (Example: pull weeds for a neighbor, make a card for an elderly person, visit a nursing
home, etc.)

Week 11
God is Wise: Not only does He know everything, He knows perfectly how to use that knowledge!

_____ Monday: Read Psalm 119:97-104.
To do: Eat bread with honey (or biscuits with honey). Discuss how wisdom is sweeter
than honey. It is good to be wise!
_____ Tuesday: Read 1 Kings 3:3-9
To do: Ask your child what he would ask for if he were told he could get whatever he wanted.
Write each of these “wishes” on a piece of paper. Then talk about how wisdom is better than
all of these. Write the word “wisdom” over all the items on his list.
_____ Wednesday: Read Luke 2:41-52.
To do: Look through a scrapbook with pictures of your child and talk about how he is growing.
Talk about how it is important that he grow in wisdom as well as in size!
_____ Thursday: Read Matthew 7:24-29.
To do: Sing “The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock” with your child. Help him
build a structure with blocks and talk about how we need to build our lives on Jesus.
_____ Friday: Read James 1:5.
To do: Talk about how wisdom is a gift. Before today’s reading, write the word “Wisdom” on
a piece of paper and then wrap it up like a present. Have your child open the present. Then read
today’s scripture and share how wisdom is a gift. What are some other gifts God gives us?

Congratulations! You have completed the Summer Bible Reading Plan with your child! Do something special with your child to celebrate!