Hands-On Bible Study: Genesis 3


Hands-On Bible Study


Do you read the Facebook page? If you do, maybe you remember that on May 3rd, God spoke to me through my son. No? Let me remind you:

One of those weeks where nothing goes right, I can’t get things done, I’m frustrated, and ready to throw in the towel. Trevor says, “Mom, why don’t we start with Bible study today? Everything always goes better when we do that first.”

And, since he was right that day, we’ve tried to start with it every day since. We’ve created a ritual around it. Just a little something to make it the time of day we look forward to most. I pull out some graham crackers or Teddy Grahams, make the kids hot chocolate, and we gather around the table to read the Word of our Lord.

Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Psalm 34:11

Trevor and Molly are very interested in the Hands-On Bible I picked up awhile ago. It’s been sitting on the shelf, gathering dust. Since we’re kind of Winking smile a hands-on family, I thought I’d give it a try. We began, well, at the beginning and read through the third chapter of Genesis.

The Hands-On Bible reads, “Read Genesis 3. Adam and Eve messed up big time by disobeying. Then they tried to hide from God. Duh!” {Seriously, what nine-year old boy wouldn’t love Bible study when it includes descriptions like that?}

It goes on at that point to instruct you to scribble on your thumb with a washable marker and put a thumbprint on a piece of paper. Then explains that your fingerprints are on everything you touch. You can’t see them, but they’re there. Just like sin. God didn’t need fingerprints to “bust” Adam and Eve – God sees everything. It explains that God wants to forgive us and sent Jesus. When we believe in Jesus and tell God we’re sorry, he washes away our sin.

What a simple, but powerful explanation of God’s omniscience. To remember this lesson, and to continue playing with markers and fingerprints, the kids created fingerprint character mini books.

The idea is simple, really, we used these teeny-tiny mini books that I buy in bulk from Oriental Trading Company {but you could staple paper together or make a long, skinny comic strip}, washable markers, and thin marker pens to add detail.




It was a lot of fun, and the little stories of fingerprint characters getting into trouble and then repenting are great reminders for the kids.

I think we’re going to enjoy reading our way through this version of the Bible. And, thanks to Trevor, we have a new focus and are redirecting our footsteps to walk with the Lord by starting our day in His Word.