Mark Barry is generiously offering free Bible timeline cards. I wrote a few ways you can use them with children. Download link at the bottom of this page.
Play a Game
Goal: place evens in chronological order.
- Number the cards on the back to show the chronological order.
- Place the first, last, and one middle cards on the table in order.
- Past the remaining cards to players
- Begin with the youngest player.
- Player selects a card from your pile and call out its place amongst the table’s current timeline of Bible events.
- Next, flip over your card to reveal its number. If correct, add the card to the timeline.
- Claim victory by being the first to correctly place all of your cards.
Make a Bible Timeline Book
In her writings, Charlotte Mason recommended preparing a handmade Time Line Book (originally called a Museum Sketch Book; sometimes called a Book of the Centuries). This activity is based upon one of the major keys to motivation: the active involvement of students in their own learning.
Students learn by doing, making, writing, designing, creating, and solving. Creating this Time Line Book is a marvelous way for students to not only be actively involved but to “pull it all together” and grasp the flow of biblical and historical events.
You can use the Bible timeline cards to get started. Allow children to illustrate events or find pictures on the Internet or from one of the books below and print them out.
Get the free Free download available through Simply Charlotte Mason and follow directions.
Reproducible Maps, Charts, Timelines and Illustrations
I’ve been using the book Reproducible Maps Charts, Timelines and Illustrations for over 20 years for homeschool and at least a dozen different Sunday schools.
It is a treasure-trove of eye-catching charts, maps, and illustrations to make your lessons come alive. This is a visual reference book you will use again and again. Click book to view timeline samples!
More Bible Card Ideas
- Shuffle them and have the kids place them all event-up (dates down) and try to put them in order.
- Put the cards in a stack, events facing up, and give each player five cards. Instruct the players not to turn their cards over to look at the numbers. Take turns putting the cards down on the table in the order the players think they occurred, checking dates as you place them. If the players are right about what order each card goes down in relation to the ones already down, they keep the card down and the next person lays a card down. If they’re wrong, they put it in the right place and draw a new card. The player who runs out of cards first wins.
- Keep the cards in a recipe box and make a new one each week to add in. Learn about event, book of the Bible, people involved then file them in the proper place.
Bible Timeline Card Tips
- Start small, with the most important dates and events.
- Each time you study the Bible, make up a card for your time card set.
- For a temporary visual display, drape a rope or ribbon across a wall and use clothespins to pin up the cards in order.
- Don’t obsess about specific dates and details. It is not nearly as important for children to know the exact date as it is for them to understand why the event mattered and be able to put it in context with other events.
Super Bible Study Resource
Some of my favorite Bible study resources are the Rose Books because they are visual.
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Download Printable Timeline Cards
IMPORTANT: If you print from the image they will be too small. Go to the bottom of the page and print from the PDF.
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