OK. I wasn’t going to write about this again and honestly, I didn’t think we’d do it every day (because summer has hit my get-up-and-go) but we have done it almost every single day and I simply must tell you about it!
Thriving Family magazine has this great printable summer devotional called Bible Detectives. You download a parents’ case book (which is the simple devotions divided by day), a kids’ detective notebook and a mystery decoder plus some other printables like badges, bookmarks and posters for fun.
My kids think this is the coolest thing ever.
Over the course of 3 or 4 days your kids are trying to discover the Mystery Person. To discover who this Mystery Person is, each day you do the simple activity listed in the Case Book. So far, we’ve done an obstacle course (we used pillows and other stuff on the floor that needed to be put away *grin*), ate blueberries and honey….
played a version of Blind Man’s Bluff, made a simple salt dough sculpture and created a rock sculpture.
We’re talking 1 minute of prep and absolutely no studying beforehand. After you do the activity, you read the mini-devotion (like maybe 3 sentences) and the listed Scripture. Easy peasy.
Then, here’s the super fun part. For each activity, there is also a clue to discover in the kids’ detective notebook. Usually, it’s something simple like unscrambling the word with the decoder or holding the notebook up to a mirror to read the secret. After three or four days of clues and activities, kids can guess who the Mystery Bible person is and if they are right, they glue on a picture of the person in their book to show they solved the case!
Then, after 7 days of clues (which may be 1 or 2 cases closed), you get a code to a free Adventures in Odyssey episode that correlates with the Mystery Person! How fun is that?!
We have had so much fun doing this together and it is just spot on perfect for my kids’ ages and interests. They are old enough to know and intelligently guess the Mystery Person but not old enough to actually get it on the first guess.
The devotions, activities and games are easy enough to do in 5-10 minutes but fun enough that the kids ask to do it every day. We are loving it!
If you’re looking for a devotion this summer (or anytime), I encourage you to download this one and give it a whirl. If you do it, leave me a note in the comments. I’d love to hear how you like it and how you’re doing it with your kids—because, you could go all out if you wanted: spy gear, case folders and more! (Eeek! That’s got my themed party brain spinning!)