Take The Next Step (Gideon Bible Story)

As parents, it’s our responsibility to teach our children about God. One way you can do this is through Bible stories.  With kids with special needs you can:

  • read to your children from the Bible
  • look at pictures of stories from the Bible
  • watch videos of popular Bible stories.
  • listen to audio versions of Bible stories
  • or all of the above!

Bible stories teach wonderful things about Jesus’ love, gifts, miracles, and salvation to children of all ages and abilities.  Stories throughout the Bible provide illustrations for children to learn important truths about God. Bible stories give children and youth a way to relate lessons learned and apply it to their own lives.

For example, the account of David and Goliath teaches important truths because David put faith in God and was able to defeat Goliath. There is no way a small boy could have defeated a large giant with help from no one. This shows that when David put faith and trust in God that he was not let down by his Father.  Children listening or watching this story will learn that they too can trust God with everything in their own lives.

Five to ten minutes a day would be a great start for most kids with special needs.  However, if you have a child whose attention is very short, consider starting with less than five minutes.  The important thing is to give it a try.  For many of you, bedtime would be the perfect time for a Bible story.  However, Bible stories can also be an activity that you do during other daily routines such as:

  • bath time
  • meal time
  • quiet time

Pick the method and the time that best suits your family! Our Bible story for the month of September has been Gideon which is a story that ties in really well with our Christian character trait.  God loves to use unique people to accomplish His purposes!

Here’s two great links to animated stories of Gideon.  Try them both and see which one your child likes best:

Gideon Bible Story (Johnny Rogers).

Gideon Bible Story (Veggie Tales).

For those of you who want to read this story to your child click here to download the text version that we’re using in our classroom.

Here are the pictures that we are using in conjunction with the text version of the story of Gideon.  Click here to get them.  Feel free to print them and use them with your son or daughter.

Finally, here’s the coloring page that we’re using in our classroom for the story of Gideon.  Click here to get it.

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Michael Woods, M.A. BCaBA

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About Michael Woods

Christ-follower, husband, chocoholic, and peanut-butter lover! I'm a father to triplet boys...each on the autism spectrum.

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