Why Drawing the Bible Helps Kids Retain the Stories

Written by Dianna Wiebe on .

How Drawing the Bible Helps Kids Retain the Stories

Would you be surprised to learn that simply drawing the Bible while learning the stories increases your retention dramatically? You might be asking, “Does using colored pencils and drawing the Bible really make a difference in the digital age?”

I think you might be surprised by what the research is showing!

Handwritten notes involve more thought, re-framing, and re-organization, all of which promote better understanding and retention.

Hand written Notes Lead to Better Learning

People who doodle remember 29% more information than their counterparts who did not doodle.

Doodling Case Study

Colour helps us in memorizing certain information by increasing our attention level. The role played by colour in enhancing our attention level is undisputable.

The Influence of Colour on Memory Performance: A Review

This is why at Grapevine we use colored pencils to draw the Bible because it works!

Stick Figuring at Grapevine

We all want our children to be active in the learning processes especially when we are teaching the Bible. Students draw characters, write words, and create timelines for each story, helping them recognize different elements of the biblical story. Through our studies students also discover how the characters and events relate to one another.

Kids will often take their lesson pages and be able to tell their parents or a friend the story they just learned simply from looking at their drawings! Not only that, we have seen teens win trivia contest by reciting the information they had learned years before!

If you haven’t yet tried a Grapevine Bible study, now is the time! I recommend beginning with our Old Testament Overview (which is now at convention pricing!).

If you are using a Grapevine Bible, I would love to see a drawing from your child’s book! Email or message me with your favorite drawing of the Bible, I like sharing these on our social media with your child’s first name.

Looking forward to seeing your pictures,


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