Interactive scripture games, apps for kids

Published: Thursday, Oct. 18 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

"For me at least, and I think my six children would agree, scripture study works well only if your children know you love the scriptures and they also know as individuals that you love them. Then whatever pattern you have will work. If scripture study is forced for either them or you, if your children feel pushed, or if you don’t really love the scriptures yourself, then scripture study doesn’t have as much power."

President Eyring explained the important example his wife has set for their children: "I’m blessed with a wife who absolutely loves the scriptures," he said. "If I ask her, ‘What would you like to do?’ she says, ‘Oh, read me the scriptures.’ I think our children have sensed that it wasn’t a duty for us to read the scriptures — it was a pleasure."

Resources are listed below to help begin or continue your study of the scriptures with your children.

Apps and online books

Scriptures4kids.com: Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants ebook with four different reading levels available.

Lift-the-flap Bible Stories App: Flipbook stories from the Bible for the iPad and iPhone.

LDS Gospel Art Book: This book contains 137 pictures from the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, New Testament, Old Testament and teachings from latter-day prophets. Versions for the iPad and iPhone are available, as well as printed copies.

Interactive games and videos

The Friend: Several scripture stories are told in videos, coloring pages, puzzles, matching and more.

Learning resources on www.lds.org: An archive of multimedia, scripture stories, scripture reading charts, cutout scripture heroes and other extras sorted by gospel topic.

Noah's Ark — An Interactive Bible Tale App: Follow Noah and his family throughout their journey. Help build the ark, get the animals onboard and find a place to build your new home.

LDS Scripture Slider App: Twenty-five different pictures depicting Book of Mormon stories.

Bible Wordfind App: Word searches containing words that are found throughout the Bible.

LDS Scripture Heroes App: Five different games that can teach kids about the lives and testimonies of scriptural heroes in the Bible, Book of Mormon and early LDS Church history.

Little Scribes App: Flash cards to help remember what different words mean in the Bible.

Mormon Channel: A weekly radio series for children to listen to scripture stories. Children share their favorite experience with the scriptures.

Hard copies that you can keep on hand

Friend magazine: Filled with stories based around different scriptures.

Scripture Stories: Colorfully illustrated stories from the Book of Mormon, the New Testament, the Old Testament and Doctrine and Covenants. Each is written on a basic reading level for children.

ABC Printable Scripture Cards: Help your children learn their ABCs by printing out these cards that contain words from the Bible.

Discovery Stories: Introduces children to the beautiful stories of the Book of Mormon, the Bible and modern church history. These materials have been developed for those just beginning to read, as well as those who are confident reading on their own.

Mormon Little Books: Different coloring pages of scenes from the Book of Mormon that one mother created for her children. After 14 years, she had 2,241 pages that described each verse in the Book of Mormon.

Sarah Sanders Petersen is an intern for Deseret News where she writes for Mormon Times and other feature articles. She is a Communications major and editing minor.

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