Originally introduced by Charles Spurgeon in 1866 as a method to convey the Gospel, the Wordless Book has been a powerful tool over the years. Preachers, writers, and missionaries including D. L. Moody, Fanny Crosby, and Amy Carmichael used the same illustration. In 1939, Child Evangelism Fellowship began to print the books with instructions. Although additional colors have been incorporated into the story, the core elements have remained unchanged. Due to its simplicity and effectiveness, the Wordless Book continues to be utilized today and is included in the 4 and 5 Year ABCJesusLovesMe Curricula. Below, you'll discover activities and wording to assist you in explaining and bringing to life this impactful illustration.
Wordless Book Cards
Gather and order a piece of black, red, white, gold, and green construction paper. Print the Wordless Book story cards. Cut apart the boxes. Glue the boxes on the backs of the pages so that you can read the information as you shuffle through the colors. (Move forward through the cards as you tell the story rotating the colors back.) On the back of the green construction page, glue the information for "black." On the back of the black page, glue the information for "red" and so on.
M&M or Lego Wordless Book
Tell the story using colored Legos or M&M's.
Fingernail Polish Wordless Book
For little girls, tell the story using fingernail polish. Paint each finger a color of the Wordless Book and have the girl wiggle the correct finger as you tell the Wordless Book story.
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"Gospel Fuzzies" Glove
Make a "Gospel Fuzzies" glove to match the Wordless Book story and songs. Using a Stretch Glove, sew or glue a pompom to each finger representing the Wordless Book. Wiggle the finger needed as you tell the story or sing the songs.
Or, on a piece of paper trace around the child's hand and glue on the correct colored pompoms. Point to the finger as you tell the story or sing the songs.
Egg Carton Caterpillar
Cut a paper egg carton to make a single line of containers. Turn upside down and paint each container. Add black pipecleaners for antennae, a mouth, and googly eyes. To use with the Wordless Book theme, paint the caterpillar black, red, white, gold, and green.
Wordless Book Worm
Cut a black, red, white, yellow, and green circle. Glue on a piece of paper in order. Add a face to the green circle.
Wordless Book Worm
Cut a black, red, white, yellow, and green circle. Punch one hole in the black and green circles. Punch two opposite holes in the red, white, and yellow. Join the circles with brads. Add a face to the green circle.
Wordless Book Candy Bag
Place some black, red, white, green, and yellow M&M's or jelly beans in a bag. Seal and add the Wordless Book Card. Have the child give the bags away and tell the Wordless Book Story.
Wordless Book Cake (Happy Birthday Jesus Cake)
3 layered round cake - red, green, and chocolate layers
To make the colored layers - mix a white cake according to the box/recipe directions. Divide the batter in half. Drop several drops of green food coloring in one half, and red food coloring in the other half. Pour each into 8" round cake pans and bake according to recipe directions. When cooled, stack the chocolate layer, red layer in the middle, ending with the green layer with white frosting in between. Frost the entire cake with white frosting. Add yellow decorations and candles to the top.
The chocolate layer reminds us that our heart is full of sin.
The red layer reminds us that Jesus shed His blood for our sins.
The white frosting reminds us that Jesus will forgive our sins and give us a clean heart.
The green layer reminds us to grow in Christ through praying, reading the Bible, and worshiping.
The yellow decorations remind us of heaven.
The candles remind us Jesus is the Light of the world.
Discover more ideas in the Happy Birthday Jesus Workbook!
Based on the colors in the wordless book:
Black (sin) - black berries, prunes, or "black" cherries
Red (Blood of Jesus)- strawberries, raspberries, or watermelon
White (washed clean) - peeled apples, pears or bananas (or I may decide to be extra generous and use a leftover marshmallow from our rolls)
Gold/yellow (heaven) - mango, pineapple, or peach
Green (growth)- green gapes, kiwi, or honeydew
The Betty Lukens Through the Bible Flannelgraph set includes nearly every Bible story you might desire. But should there be a specific story you wish to narrate that isn't covered in the manual, some adjustments can help you create what you need, even when teaching the Wordless Book! Read more...