My First Bible Games & Activities is a version for younger children of Children’s Bible Games and Activities and provides preschoolers with 60 of the best-loved Bible stories, along with age appropriate activities that are specifically related to the story.Fun Educational Apps TOP PICKS
At Fun Educational Apps, we often have the privilege of reviewing multiple apps for developers. My First Bible Games & Activities is a version for younger children of an app entitled Children’s Bible Games and Activities that was reviewed on this site in December 2012. With a similar order and sequence, it provides preschoolers with 60 of the best-loved Bible stories, along with age appropriate activities that are specifically related to the story. Whether your interest is for an organized religious education program or for your own family devotions, this app will meet your needs. For this reason, it is the latest Top Pick for Fun Educational Apps.
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Multimedia. It comes translated into 6 languages, including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Catalan. The app is clearly organized into Old Testament stories (Creation, Exodus, Kings and Prophets) and New Testament stories (Jesus’ birth, the Parables and Beautitudes, and Jesus’ passion). Each story is broken down into smaller, more easily understood scenes. This allows young children to focus on one element of the story at a time.
The basic app is available to download for free; it includes a sample of the stories and activities. Additional stories are available individually (via in-app purchase), or the full content can be purchased as a bundle at a significantly reduced cost. Currently, two stories are available (The Exodus and The Birth of Jesus). A new story is scheduled to be released each month until December, when the entire set will be complete. Purchasers of the entire program will be notified as each story becomes available.
What activities are included in My First Bible Games & Activities? On some pages, there are characters missing, so the child needs to select the character and move it to the correct spot. Other pages have to sort the characters by their roles (angels, shepherds, Egyptians, etc.) Still other pages have tops and bottoms of pictures that need to be lined up. All of the activities are appropriate for young children and do not require any reading ability. Sound effects indicate correct responses. Incorrect responses do not stay in place, but return to the original spot. Once all the activities from that scene are complete, the child is awarded a sticker for their virtual sticker album.
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I like the “Record my Voice” feature on the few pages that contain text. Each one has a red dot in the upper right corner. Click the dot once to start recording, and then click a second time to stop. To play the recording, touch the black triangle next to the red dot. Hearing a familiar voice telling a Bible story adds an element of delightful familiarity.
Also included is an excellent Guide for Parents and Teachers. To access the guide, click on the Settings icon (the “gear”) in the upper left corner on the Title page, then click the Information icon (the letter “i”) in the upper right corner of the Settings page. This guide describes how best to present the stories, including the order, use of games, and suggested level of adult guidance. My First Bible Games & Activities is not intended for children to use by themselves.
As someone who follows current best practices in special education, I’ve noticed a growing interest for providing religious education for children with special needs, both from parents and from directors of Christian education. Because of its limited written content and its reliance on visual input, My First Bible Games & Activities would make an excellent choice as a foundation for an individualized religious education program for non-traditional learners.
My First Bible Games & Activities uses widely available technology to tell timeless Bible stories to a new generation of believers, giving them an enriched experience and allowing them to interact with the message in a meaningful way. For these reasons, Fun Educational Apps has awarded My First Bible Games & Activities its latest Top Pick.
My First Bible Games & Activities is availabe for download - iOS Universal -
RRP - Free to download with in-app purchase for additional stories
Note to parents:
At the time of this review, My First Bible Games & Activities provides a safe, secure environment, with no web connections or access to social media, and no ads. The app does, however, offer in-app purchases. Parents can be confident that their children’s privacy is protected when using this app.
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14. For this review, she also relied on her experience as a former Sunday School teacher.
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Disclosure: This review was move up the waiting list priority-services. All opinions expressed are purely that of the author.