This past December for one of our Advent activities I made a mobile illustrating our memory verse for the month, John 3:16.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
A mobile is such a quick and easy visual aid to put together to help your kids (and you!) learn a verse… I chose to pull out some key elements in the verse to create the mobile:
- heart with God’s name on it = “For God so loved”
- world = “the world”
- baby in a manger = “the He gave His only begotten Son”
- cross = “that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
It just so happened that I had an embroidery hoop, some craft foam, and some fishing line lying around to make our mobile, but you can make a mobile with anything you have! Seriously!
Don’t have an embroidery hoop? Use an old wire hanger stretched out to make a circle! Or don’t even stretch it out – hang your items all in a row from the long bottom edge of the hanger! No wire hangers? Use a shoebox top or even just a piece of cardboard – punch holes into the cardboard for hanging your items!
And who really has large pieces of craft foam lying around to make the exact shapes you need? I had some larger shapes from a couple packages that I used to cut out the pieces for the heart, the world, and the manger. I drew the world onto the green circle I cut out, and I glued some cotton from a cotton ball on it to make “clouds,” and baby Jesus is made entirely of scrap felt. But all of this would work just as well made out of construction paper, too! And no fishing line? Use any yarn or string you have in the house!
I love using visual aids when my kids are learning Scripture! I find it helps them so much in memorizing the verses, rather than just having them repeat the verse after me. If they have something to look at that represents the verse (or even the verse itself), they learn it so much quicker!
How easy was that? Use whatever you’ve got to help your kids learn God’s Word!
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