My husband John has been a children’s pastor for 15 years and he always loves great, new material. Here is one resource that he thinks is great!
Do you like VeggieTales, but feel you would like to mix in something with a little deeper dive into our Christian faith? Take a closer look at What is in the Bible by VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer.
Phil has really changed his approach to teaching values and morals since his VeggieTales days. While the VeggieTales were focused on contemporary interpretations of Biblical lessons, this new series focuses on the Bible and the supporting geography and history of the events it discusses. It is pretty interesting to see concepts discussed that go deeper than typical Sunday School lessons (the history of the Bible, how the Bible is divided into sections, the early church, etc.) in a fun and entertaining way.
The songs are actually very witty, telling a compelling story. Definitely one of the strong points in the videos.
The videos don’t show the same polish that his previous work has had, but are fun anyhow. Observing viewers that ranged from 4 yrs old to late elementary (5th grade), I found that all enjoyed what was being taught. The overall vibe felt like the presentation was not hiding that it was a teaching video, especially since there is a lot of information loaded into each video. I almost felt a little nervous that there was going to be a test at the end 😉 There were plenty of laughs intermixed with the content to keep it fun and engaging.
The humor kept it interesting. The characters are fun and each is unique.
Overall, a great addition to our arsenal in teaching children, though probably not the central presentation tool.
What are some of your favorite resources?