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Why Drawing the Bible Helps Kids Retain the Stories

Written by Dianna Wiebe on .

How Drawing the Bible Helps Kids Retain the Stories

Are you a Bible teacher for children and teens? If you’re curious about an effective technique to boost retention, here’s something interesting: drawing the Bible stories can make a significant difference. In this blog, we’ll explore the impact of using colored pencils and drawing in the digital age.

Prepare to be surprised by the research findings!

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

At Grapevine, we have found that using colored pencils to draw the Bible yields excellent results! By encouraging kids to stick figure the stories, we enhance their understanding and retention. Not only do they grasp the details and facts more swiftly, but they also retain them for extended periods. Moreover, this method actively engages them in the learning process, making teaching the Bible a seamless and enjoyable experience. With such benefits, it’s no wonder why we choose colored pencils as our go-to tool for illustrating the Bible.

Stick Figuring at Grapevine

Here is how we implement drawing into our studies. 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.

If you are using a Grapevine Bible study, I would love to see a drawing from your student’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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