In order to study the Bible, I believe everyone should know the order of the Books of the Bible. Because of its importance, I have added this activity to the 4 Year (New Testament books) and 5 Year (Old Testament books) Curricula. With a little help, most preschool children can master this task. Here are ideas to help get you started:
- Break each testament into small groups focusing on a small group at a time.
- Use a song. There are several different Books of the Bible songs available. Find one you like and listen to it. Here are just a few:
30 Bible Songs and Bible Stories - This CD contains both "The Books of the Old Testament" and "The Books of the New Testament songs.
The Bigsby Show - Bible Books on You Tube
Go Fish - Bible Book Bop on You Tube
Seeds of Character (Vol. 6) - #12 - The Only Way (New Testament)
See below for the Books of the Bible set to familiar songs.
- Work on the list in the car, in the bathtub, while swinging, at the dinner table, or during family time. Our kiddos earned the enter list while driving in the car each morning.
- The Books of the Bible flashcards
- Hand Motions (Reprinted by Permission)
Although most of the meanings behind the hand motions are above a preschooler's understanding, using hand motions is one more way to learn the books of the Bible. The hand motions are created using the major themes of each book. This would also make a neat part of a program with a whole group of kids doing these together. Adapt and change where needed!
Old Testament Hand Motions New Testament Hand Motions
Old Testament Books
The Pentateuch or Law - The first five books of the Bible, all written by Moses
Historical Books - Follow the story of Israel.
Song of Salomon
Teachings of the Major Prophets
Teachings of the Minor Prophets
New Testament Books
The New Testament starts with the life of Christ and the beginning of the church and concludes with the teachings of the apostles.
Gospels - Four different men write about the life of Christ.
History - Explains how the church began and grew and how the Good News of Jesus Christ spread across the world.
Letters by Paul - These are letters written to different people and churches to explain what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
Letters by Others
Prophecy - A book explaining what is going to happen at the end times.
The Books of the Bible Set to Familiar Tunes
Old Testament Song (Original Source Unknown)
Tune: 10 Little Indians
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, (1 little, 2 little, 3 little Indians)
Deuteronomy, Joshua, and Judges, (4 little, 5 little, 6 little Indians)
Ruth, First and Second Samuel, First and Second Kings, (7 little, 8 little, 9 little Indians)
First and Second Chronicles (10 little Indian boys)
Oh - Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job
Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes,
Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah,
Oh - Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel,
Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah,
Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah,
Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.
66 Books of the Bible (Original Source Unknown)
Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Stars
Genesis, Exodus (Twinkle, Twinkle)
Leviticus, Numbers (Little Star)
Deuteronomy, Joshua (How I wonder)
Judges, Ruth (What you are)
First and Second Samuel (up above)
First and Second Kings (the world so high)
First and Second Chronicles (like a diamond)
Ezra, Nehemiah (in the sky)
Esther, Job (Twinkle, Twinkle)
Psalms and Proverbs (Little Star)
Ecclesiastes (How I wonder)
and the Song of Solomon (What you are)
Isaiah, Jeremiah (Up above)
Lamentations, Ezekiel (the world so high)
Daniel, Hosea, Joel (Like a diamond)
Amos, Obadiah (in the sky)
Jonah, Micah (Twinkle, Twinkle)
Nahum, Habakkuk (Little Star)
Zephaniah, Haggai (How I wonder)
Zechariah, Malachi (What you are)
Matthew, Mark, Luke, (Twinkle, twinkle)
John, Acts, Romans (little star)
First and Second (How I wonder)
Corinthians (what you are)
Galatians and Ephesians (up above)
Philippians, Colossians (the world so high)
Two Timothys (like a diamond)
Two Thessalonians (in the sky)
Titus, Philemon (Twinkle, Twinkle)
Hebrews, James (Little Star)
Two Peters, Three Johns (How I wonder)
Jude and Revelation (What you are)