Two and a half weeks ago the postman brought me a brown paper package (not tied up with string). I opened it, wondering what I had forgotten buying, and found my bloggy friend’s new ‘baby’ – in fact it was twins!
I then remembered pre-ordering Alice Buckley‘s book (plus one as a present because I was very confident this book would be share-worthy!) The wait was over and here it was!
I have been a Bad Blogger, not posting for months and months, so I shouldn’t think anyone remembers what children I have or how old they are. My big girl, Snow White, is almost 6 now. She began Big Girl Bible Notes called XTB over the summer, which funnily enough I ordered at the same time as pre-ordering Play Through The Bible. She love, love, LOVES them, but it leaves Bluebird (just turned 3) far behind. I was excited to tell him that this new book was Just For Him and would involve Bible stories and lots of play :)
Alice’s book is beautifully laid out and presented. It’s quick for a parent to navigate and attractive for the child to look through. Bluebird likes to point at pictures and say “I want to play that game!” He is very proud of his Bible book and I think relishes the fact that it guarantees a bit of quality Mummy time! I love it just as much as I knew I would. Alice has taken away my hard work by making stories accessible. She is a gifted story-teller and has a thorough understanding of what the young brain will take in and how to condense God’s messages into catchy, meaningful portions. With each week, Bluebird has been able to tell key parts of the story from memory within a few days. He likes the story to be repeated twice each night. We have enjoyed using props and acting to enrich the stories, just as Alice suggests. This week we learn how Jesus made people well. Some soft animals are the ill and hurt people and Snow White helps with bandages and spoon as we wonder how Jesus would heal them. Bluebird loves the miraculous “right away” healing that happens when Jesus touches them.
The take-home messages are so well-tuned to the everyday world of a young child that it’s easy to refer back to them even when you’re not in a situation where you can play specific games. The message of God’s people waiting for their King was easy to weave into waiting for Pre-school to open, or waiting at the dentist’s. Listening to Mummy and Jesus listening to his Father God were also a good link, and healing is a topic never far from an active young boy who bumps and scrapes himself on a daily basis!
When it comes to the suggested play sessions, we’ve had fun being superheroes (God to the rescue!) who rescued imaginary wolf cubs, brought some sand indoors to think about Jesus in the desert (Mummy was not very patient with this game when Snow White started eating the sand and Bluebird thought he’d copy!) and Snow White (who has read ahead) is keen to do fishing in the bath with sieves! I find our weekly timetable doesn’t always give much room to add new games in, but I’m making a real effort to do two activities specific to the story each week. As Alice says in this video, there are way more ideas than you could use in one week, but there will be at least one suggestion that’s a perfect fit for your child and your resources.
I was quite right to order a spare copy, and will give it to my sister-in-law for Christmas to use with my nephew who will be 2 in January. I also took my copy along to my Mums-of-Small-Children Bible study group and everybody was very impressed and took down the details. If you are a mother who wants to inject some fun, consistency and relaxation into Bible time for your small children then BUY THIS BOOK!
If you want to know more about the author, then there’s plenty on Alice’s blog, and you can also read this interview about the process of writing the book.
4th November: A quick note to add to this review – if you hop over to the blog Desertmum you can read her review and comment to be in with a chance of winning your own copy!