Children can earn this handy tote bag by memorizing Foundation Verses, Fighter Verses, or Curriculum Verses. The bags are the perfect size for children to carry their Bibles, My Church Notebooks, and Fighter Verses or Foundation Verses Coloring Books with them to church.
The 12½" x 14" tote bag is made from a dark blue canvas with white handles. The front features a castle and Proverbs 18:10.
Suggested Use: Encourage children 2-5 years old to memorize 5 verses to earn a tote bag. Then, continue to encourage them to memorize verses by letting them earn a Memory Verse Star (which can be sewn or glued on the bag) for each additional 5 verses, using a Bible Memory Chart to track their progress.
Read the article Godward Recognition for more suggestions on using memorization incentives. We also have a Bible Memory Chart and other Free Tools that you could use to encourage young children in Scripture memory.
Once your child can confidently say the passage and can explain its meaning, he can receive an agreed-upon reward. At first, the rewards should be small and easily attained in order to ensure success. Gradually the rewards should be harder to secure.
When helping children to memorize Scripture, avoid distracting or trivial activities such as seeing who can say the passage with the most marshmallows stuffed into his mouth or while hopping on one foot. These activities trivialize God’s Word. They also disrupt the learning process. It is likely that the child will remember the activity more than the verse. If the activity does not strengthen the connection children make with the passage, it probably should not be used. Also, these activities tend to take a lot of time and creativity to plan so that it is easy to lose momentum and to stop memorizing. Having a simple routine provides greater continuity and also forms memorizing habits.
Check out FighterVerses.com for more information on additional resources and blog posts and download the Fighter Verses App to tools to help you memorize and review verses with your children.