Seek and Explore Devotions for Kids: 365 Days of Hands-On Activities



 

I hope everyone is having a great summer! I know we've been enjoying the warm weather while we can, and spending a lot of time outdoors. Of course, that doesn't mean that we're not getting in that extra bit of time with God. Just recently, I've had the pleasure of receiving the brand new Seek and Explore Devotions for Kids, and I'm really excited to tell you all about it!

If the title of this devotional sounds a bit familiar, it may be due to the fact that I had also shared a children's Bible from the Seek and Explore series earlier this year. In case you've missed it, be sure to catch my previous post about the NIrV Seek and Explore Holy Bible. Seek and Explore Devotions for Kids is the newest book in the series, and so far we've been beyond impressed with what it has to offer!






ABOUT THE BOOK:
The Seek and Explore Book of Devotions is a full-color, interactive journey through every book of the Bible—365 days (plus one for leap day!) of reading and hands-on activities, like journaling, crosswords, word searches, puzzles, and more. During each week, your child will learn about one or two books of the Bible in short, easy-to-handle activities. Whether reading, writing, drawing, crafting, moving, or going out into the world, kids will learn about the Bible, God, and themselves. By the end of this interactive journey, your child will have a better understanding of the Bible as the story of God’s people and his love for them. Perfect for a child to use on his own, as a family, in a classroom, or even in a Sunday school setting, this devotional is unique and engaging for ages 6–10.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Michael Williams (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is Senior Professor of Old Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary, a member of the NIV Committee on Bible Translation and the Chairman of the NIrV Committee. He is the author of Deception in Genesis, The Prophet and His Message, Basics of Ancient Ugaritic, The Biblical Hebrew Companion for Bible Software Users, How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens, and editor and contributor of Mishneh Todah. His passion is to equip students with knowledge of the Old Testament and its languages so that they may grow in their comprehension and appreciation of redemptive history and be adequately prepared to promote and defend the faith through word and action. Michael resides in Grand Rapids, MI, with his wife, Dawn.

Yvonne Van Ee is Professor of Education Emerita from Calvin College where she was involved in both Early Childhood and Elementary Teacher Education programs. She has served as curriculum writer and consultant for Christian Schools International, Van Andel Education Institute, Biblica, and Zonderkidz. She is also a member of the NIrV review committee. A special interest is children's spiritual and moral development. Yvonne lives in Holland, MI with her husband, William.







AN INTERACTIVE JOURNEY INTO BIBLICAL HISTORY

For those who are new to the Seek and Explore series, it would be helpful to mention that there are nine animal characters who are signature to these books; they are called the Wayees. You have Talky, Thinky, Arty, Crafty, Hummy, Inny, Joinme, Greeny, and Hearty. Each and every one of these animals has a unique character trait. For instance, one loves to talk, another loves to think about things, while another appreciates hands-on experiences...and so on and so forth. That brings me to an important aspect of this devotional, and that is the fact that it's meant to accommodate different types of learners. In addition to reading passages, the book also includes a variety of kid-friendly activities to make things more interactive. Titles of some of these activities challenge children to "Think About It," "Write About It," "Pray About It," and "Do Something About It." This is an especially important feature, since it helps young learners retain Biblical concepts through applied learning. 





There are a total of 365 devotionals included in this book. Devotions are broken down weekly with six days of studies and activities for each week. Of course, this can be adapted as per the needs of the child and their schedule. One feature that I really like is how the devotions are laid out. You see, rather than beginning the book with January and ending it with December, the devotions match the canonical order of books in the Bible, beginning with Genesis and ending with Revelation. This is wonderful if you want your child to go through their studies according to how the Bible is presented. We have a tendency to move around to different events and occurrences throughout Biblical history during our own studies. Since we will be incorporating this devotional into our homeschool Bible lessons, I personally find the layout to be quite convenient for this method, as well. It highlights the books in the Bible in a clear manner and allows us to easily bounce around according to what we're currently studying at any given time.





The devotional includes activities such as journaling, crossword puzzles, mazes, word searches, coloring, drawing, etc. There is even an answer key in the back of the book for some of the puzzles, word searches, and other pertinent activities. The suggested age range for this book is six to ten years old. This will be dependent on how it is used. When using it with a younger child, it may be required that an adult help them work through the activities, especially when extra journal writing is required. Older children in the recommended age range would be more apt to work through this on their own.





 




JESUS WAS, IS, AND ALWAYS WILL BE

One inclusion that always gets my vote when it comes to a good children's Bible study, is when creators include Jesus in the Old Testament lessons. Since we know God's plans included Christ since the beginning of time, it is nice for children to have the opportunity to learn more about this and understand it in a way that they can relate with. 






Seek and Explore Devotions for Kids is a wonderful tool to help teach children the fundamentals of Biblical history. It would make a fantastic resource for family Bible studies, homeschool Bible lessons, and even a children's ministry at church. I personally love that it gives children a more interactive experience when studying the Bible. The activities are both fun and engaging, and the reading passages are inspiring as children learn about events throughout the Bible and the wonders of God's amazing love!


 







If you're interested in having your child do this Bible study program, I highly recommend also picking up the NIrV Seek and Explore Holy Bible. While it's not required for the studies in this devotional, the Seek and Explore Holy Bible serves as a great companion to pair up with the devotions. Plus, it includes those adorable Wayees (animal characters), which makes it consistent and fun, especially for younger children. 










LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NIRV SEEK AND EXPLORE HOLY BIBLE:

Seek and Explore Holy Bible for Kids