Puppets are great for entertainment purposes, but they’re also wonderful teaching tools. This article will take a look at how you can use puppets to teach timeless Biblical truths and help the children hide the word of God in their heart at the same time.
In Psalm 119:11, the Psalmist says that he has hidden God’s word in his heart to help him not sin against God. Memorizing scripture is great for that reason and a host of others, so it’s important to make it a part of your program. We’ve successfully used puppets to teach many verses to boys and girls over the years. Here’s how we do it.
The emcee calls the puppet onstage and he or she comes up with their head down and acting a bit discouraged bible verse about fear. After asking a couple of questions, the emcee gets out of the puppet that they have to memorize a Bible verse for a contest, but it’s too hard and they can’t do it. He then asks the children if they’d like to help the puppet memorize the verse. Well, who wouldn’t like to help a puppet? The children agree and the emcee points to a place where it’s written out so just the children can see it and has them read it once or twice.
To get the greatest value of memorizing a verse, it’s important to know what it means, so the emcee explains the verse to the puppet and children. Then he has the entire group say the verse 2 or 3 times together. Now it’s the puppet’s turn to try it by himself. He says the reference and a couple of words, stops and again proclaims that it’s just too hard.
The emcee encourages him and has everyone say the verse together again. The puppet then tries by himself and gets a bit farther. The third time, he proclaims that maybe he can do it after all. Keep up the process with the puppet adding one or two words each time until he can say the whole verse. Try to have the entire group say the verse together at least 10 times.
When the puppet says the complete verse with no help, have the children clap and cheer for him. Then put away the visual and see if the class can say the verse without it. Once they do, have the puppet and emcee clap and cheer for the children.
Before the puppet leaves, give a brief application with something specific he and the children can do that week to use the verse in their life. When they apply the verse, it helps move it from their head down to their heart. Have the puppet leave excited and upbeat.
Asking the children teach a verse to a puppet is a great way to help them memorize timeless truths from the Word of God. Once they have that verse in their heart, God can bring it to their mind anytime it’s needed.