Books from IVP Kids pack big biblical values into kid-sized pages. We hope families will enjoy the meaningful conversations that come out of reading these beautifully illustrated children's books together. But how can you engage your children's hearts and minds even further? Check out these free activities for kids that will stimulate and inspire them while getting their creative juices flowing! Perfect for Sunday school classes, homeschooling, and Christian elementary classrooms, these resources are fun companions to IVP Kids books.
Parents and caregivers need resources too! Download resources to help adults engage with the kids in their lives.
Something special for little readers - printable bookplates for their favorite books. Please note: bookplates are formatted for Avery label style 5164 (3.33 x 4 inches).
By Lacy Finn Borgo
"When Jeremy's uncle died his parents were at a loss of how to tell him. They were unsure what their eight-year-old son could understand about death or how he might respond. Well-meaning family and friends shared a wide range of advice. Suggestions ranged from not telling Jeremy unless he asked, to telling him that 'God needed his uncle in heaven.' . . . While we, adults, search for the right words, our tender presence is what is most needed."
By Sarah Cowan Johnson
"Parents wield an incredible amount of influence when it comes to the behaviors and attitudes of their children. The Fuller Youth Institute estimates that 50 percent of high school students actively involved in their churches walk away from their faith after graduation. But this is our good news: there is one thing that makes a drastic difference in that statistic. It’s not church attendance, Sunday school involvement, youth group participation, religious education, or the influence of church staff. It’s you."
By Mark Holmen
"No matter how old your children are, it's never too late to begin praying with them. Perhaps you've never prayed with your children. But no matter how old they are, it's never too late to start. It helps to remember that prayer is simply a conversation with God. Here are a few ideas to get you started."
By Tish Harrison Warren
"Over the last few years, I’ve regularly retreated to a convent near my home, but since COVID-19 hit, I go more often. When I’m home, I catch myself fantasizing about the monastic life with its blessedly quiet order. But my home is a far cry (literally) from the hushed hallways of a monastery. I wake each day not to the singing of the Psalms but to a hungry one-year-old crying."
From Learning Loft
"A confident reader is a life-long reader. If you would like to build reading confidence in your child and are unsure where to start, the techniques below can help remove the guesswork."
By Stephen Ko
"What can churches do to combat the sin of racism within their congregations, families, and communities? Coupled with sound theology, current research encourages them to engage their infants, toddlers, and young children early instead of waiting. Combatting the sin of racism requires thoughtful words, careful planning, and timely conversations. Here are several principles that pastors, church leaders, and parents can follow."