If you’ve read my blog or listened to our podcasts, you know that Chad and I are always on the lookout for different ways to teach our kids about Christ and the Christian life. I also love to bring things to you that I think will help spiritually grow your family. When I was contacted by a company called Hello Bible, I was excited to try out their subscription box, which their website hails as “a fun way to teach kids the Bible.”
The subscription box craze now covers everything from dog toys to snacks. I’ve subscribed to a few different services, and it’s a lot of fun to get a surprise package in the mail every so often. My kids were really excited when Hello Bible arrived, and anytime kids get excited about learning from the Bible, that’s a really good thing.
Our box was about Abraham and Sarah. It came with a short children’s book, a curriculum with all kinds of ways to guide discussion and prayer times, fun family activities to do, and two crafts. I will tell you right up front that Hello Bible is heavy on the crafts. If you are a crafty mother or grandmother, you will really enjoy that aspect of these boxes. The awesome thing is that everything you need in order to create the craft, from glue to hole punches to string to cool paper is in the box for you. The only thing we really had to provide was a pair of scissors.
Here’s my knock on the crafts. One of them was so involved and difficult to create that I ended up making the whole thing. It was a cute craft, a little string of lantern-type lights to remind the kids of the stars in the sky on the night God made his promise to Abraham. But, it was really difficult to do almost every step of it. So, in the end, the kids had to let me do most of it. The other craft was a journal scrapbook with different assignments for each page. These crafts were cute and the kids enjoyed making the scrapbook.
Another element of the boxes that I really appreciate is the scripture memory card. Your first box comes with a magnet for holding your scripture memory card on the refrigerator each month. It’s such an easy way to practice the verse, as you and your kids are walking past the card several times a day.
There are several subscription options with Hello Bible. I see this as a really neat thing for grandmothers to have on hand when their grandkids come to visit. Homeschooling mothers could also make great use out of this service. You could even build a whole unit around the theme of each box. There are plenty of resources in the Hello Bible box to extend the teaching into a month-long unit. And, if you feel that the box is missing some theological elements that you wish were there, you can supplement the materials with your own teaching resources and ideas. Basically, Hello Bible is a great jumping off place for deeper discussions about the Bible, what it means, and how it applies.
You have the option to extend your box for multiple children. Sawyer and Emerald had no problem sharing the contents of our box, even alternating pages to make in their scrapbook. So, if you have two or three kids, it would probably be possible to for them to make the craft together. Or, if you would prefer that they all have their own craft supplies, then it’s nice that the option is there to expand your box to accommodate your kiddos.
Another neat element of Hello Bible is that 5% of the cost of each box is donated directly to a child in Kenya through the Kilgoris Project. They work with local leaders and families to operate schools, provide daily food and clean water, and foster economic development in the Maasai Village of Southwest Kenya.
Our family enjoyed our Hello Bible box, and I think yours will, too. The age recommendation, by the way, goes up to about 3rd grade. But, Sawyer, who is a 4th grader, seemed to have just as much fun as my kindergartner did. Hello Bible is a simple way to get your family in the word, so if this is something you have been struggling with or feeling a little lost on, I would recommend that you give Hello Bible a try. No curriculum is perfect, but even though the crafts weren’t completely my cup of tea, our box provided a great opportunity to talk about the Bible and why it matters. Every family can benefit from that. And, you crafty women out there will have a lot of fun with the crafts!
Use the code MOM5 to get $5 off your first box!