Monday, February 29, 2016

Faith Builders Bible by Zonderkidz - A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Do you have a Lego lover in your life? We have Legos all over our house, and what better way could they be used than to learn bible stories in the bible?  Gavin has been in need of a new bible, so when I saw the Faith Builders Bible by Zonderkidz, I knew he would be so excited. From the beautiful and colorful cover to the great illustrations inside it is sure to make the brick builder in your life happy! Every bible made by Zondervan that I have ever seen has been a very nice bible. They seem to have a bible for everyone!

Faith Builders Bible {Zonderkidz Review}
Gavin loves all things Lego. He even has his own Lego station in the loft of our house. He loves nothing more than to sit up there and make up creations. When I saw this bible, and all of the beautifully illustrated pictures in it, I knew that it would give him all kinds of ideas, but also teach him bible stories along the way. We are a very visual learning family, so when we learn about a story, and can create something to remind us of that story, then we are more likely to remember it.

What we got:

The Faith Builders bible is a hard back, full text, NIrV bible. If you've never heard of the NIrV bible, it stands for New International Readers Version. This just makes it easier to read especially with young readers. 

There are 24 full-color pages of bible stories. They really outdid themselves with these scenes. My son couldn't believe that even the mini-figures that were used in their scenes REALLY look like bible characters. Of course now he wants some!

How we used it and ideas they give:

The first thing we use this bible for is obviously reading it. We have a bible curriculum that we use every week and a memory verse. Gavin is working on finding verses in the bible on his own. I do love the fact that it has a Table of Contents in the front so that if he's having trouble, he can quickly find it, and get to his page. 

I was impressed from the very first page with the full color illustrations. In the beginning, before the bible even starts, they have a great page with an idea on how to teach the books of the bible with the building blocks. We discussed that the bible starts with Genesis and ends with Revelations and that there are 66 books in the bible. We didn't have a way to label our Legos so we just used the page as a visual. I love how they break it up not only into Old Testament and New Testament but also into sections such as Law, History, Poetry, Prophets, Gospels, and more.

The very first day we got the bible we jumped right in on the second page. Gavin couldn't wait to run up stairs and build the cross! He decided that he was going to build the cross but also add Jesus to it. We thought it was funny that our Jesus was wearing camo. We talked about the bible verse that's on the page, which is Mark 8:34, and also what Jesus did for us when He died on the cross for us. I loved how this has already sparked conversation just from looking at the pictures and building a little scene of our own!

Faith Builders Bible {Zonderkidz Review}

Gavin also decided to build the second picture which is the fish that represents Matthew 4:19. We discussed that verse and how we should follow Jesus everyday in all that we do, and He will send us out to share Him with others!

Gav was having a hard time deciding on which scene he wanted to work on first. These ideas are a Lego lovers dream! He finally settled on the day Jesus was born in the manger. We have talked about this for so long since it's what Christmas is all about!  He couldn't make his as detailed as the picture, but that's ok! He had so much fun doing it, and now he has his own visual to remember that Jesus was born in a manger.

There's nothing more pleasing to a mom than when your child is eager to learn about the bible and the stories in it! Faith Builders Bible by Zonderkidz is such a treasure for a Lego kid like mine. It is something that he can relate to and it's another tool to make learning about Jesus fun!  I think the price tag on this bible at $24.99 is more than reasonable. I actually had expected it to be much more than that. If you don't have a Lego lover in your home, go check out their other bibles over at Zondervan because they really do have one for everyone!

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Faith Builders Bible {Zonderkidz Review}

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