Scripture study can be more meaningful for your kids when you throw in some fun!
Of all the daily routines – breakfast to bedtime – there is ONE that a fair portion of Studio 5 families would like to do better than any other. It is to be consistent with more spiritual learning. So we threw the scripture study problem out to one expert.
We asked Studio 5 Home & Family Life Contributor Maria Eckersley to share what makes scripture study more effective in families. Maria points out what you may need to ignite a love of the Word, is a good dose of creativity. She shares some ways to make gospel learning engaging and fun. You can do these ideas this week!
6 Ideas for More Effective Scripture Study
- Spinning Eggs
Gospel Principle: “By their fruits, ye shall know them.” (Matt 7:20)
Sometimes it’s hard to see immediate consequences of positive or negative choices but the evidence is there if you know where to look
Eggs look identical on the outside but you can tell which one is boiled and which is raw by spinning them quickly. The boiled egg will stand up and the raw one will stay on its side
- Dry Under Water
Gospel Principle: “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.” (Isa 55:8)
Often God asks us to do things that seem impossible to us. By trusting in His plan, we accomplish miraculous things
Push a clean paper towel into a cup. Dunk that cup, upside down into a big vase of colored water. When you pull the cup out of the water the paper towel will come out perfectly dry and white
- Quick Burn
Gospel Principle: “Even if ye can no more than desire to believe.” (Alma 32:27)
We often think acquiring a testimony will take a long time. The scriptures teach that you simply need a spark of desire and faith to try to make things light up in your heart
Stretch out a steel wool pad so it’s a big soft cloud. Touch the tip of a 9-volt battery to the edge of the wool. The softest touch will ignite the steel wool and rapidly spread across the whole surface. (it will glow everywhere but won’t produce flames)
- Spinning Cup
Gospel Principle: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart.” (Prov 3:5)
Most answers come when we’re in motion, not standing still. God often asks us to step into uncertainty before the waves part around us.
Attach a string to each corner of a square of cardboard and hold them at the top – letting the square dangle below. Place a cup in the center of the cardboard. Hold the strings and spin the cardboard up over your head and back down in a big circle. Centrifugal force will make the cup will stay on the cardboard and the water will stay in the cup.
- Phone Hologram
Gospel Principle: “Blessed are your eyes for they see.” (Matt. 13:16)
It’s hard to develop a true Christ-like love for others on our own. Often we need to pray for eyes to see them as He does
Form a pyramid shape with plastic from a take-out box or lamination film. Start a hologram youtube video on a phone or tablet. With our natural eyes, the video looks normal and flat. When you place the plastic pyramid over the phone’s screen the video comes to life and the image floats above the phone.
- Hovering Ball
Gospel Principle: Finding the “peace of God, which passeth all understanding” (Phil 4:7)
Adversity impacts everyone. Those who learn to turn to the Lord during the winds of adversity find strength and peace during the struggle – not just when the struggle is over.
Use a hair dryer to blow straight up into the air creating a stream of wind. Now place a ping pong ball in the path of the wind. You would expect it to shoot across the room but it will actually hover peacefully in the center of the air stream.
As Studio 5’s Home & Family Life Contributor, Maria Eckersley appears regularly on Studio 5. She shares hacks and simple ideas to keep your home systems humming along. Maria also shares party and gathering ideas that enrich your family life. Find her at meckmom.com and on Instagram @meckmomlife.