As a Catholic school teacher, I am always on the hunt for products and resources that help to develop a stronger faith formation in young children. I was so happy to discover HelloBible: a biblical-based Christian subscription box for children ages 4 and up. The sweet people at HelloBible graciously sent a premium box my way and I rounded up three of my favorite helpers (ages 7-10) to try out the box. I was so impressed with this service and can't wait to fill you in on the details.
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A Look at the Noah Box from HelloBible
When I first opened my HelloBible premium box, I was surprised to see so many materials inside. Not just that, but these were great, high-quality materials. This particular box was the Noah Box and it came with Crayola markers, an Arch Book, two very cute ark-themed coloring pages, bubble concentrate, a small wooden box, stickers and so much more. I couldn't wait to dig in with my three helpers and see what kind of fun HelloBible had in store for us.
Here's a quick peek at all of the materials that were included in the kit. They literally included every supply we would need for the projects inside, right down to the markers and adhesive tape.
The only two items I had to procure on my own were a pair of scissors and a bowl for the bubbles. Fortunately, these are both very ordinary materials that most families have on-hand and at the ready.
Since HelloBible is intended to be a monthly subscription box, they have included four different activity ideas – one for each week of the month so you can continue engaging with the story and content all month long while you wait for your next box to arrive.
The fun begins with a faith-filled Bible story. My Noah box came with the book “A Man Named Noah” from Arch books. My oldest helper shared the story by reading it aloud to her two younger sisters.
After we read the story, the fun began! Each HelloBible premium box comes with two craft activities and additional discussion/prayer exercises to deepen a child's faith and appreciation of the story.
Not only are the crafts unique, but they also come with clear, attractive directions for assembly (which makes my teacher heart go pitter-patter).
Noah's Ark Matching Game & Craft
This first craft was a two-parter. We had to create an ark and prepare supplies for a matching game. This actually worked out great for my three helpers. Two of the girls each worked on preparing one side of the double-sided ark; while the third sister prepared wooden chips for the matching game.
The cardstock printed ark pages needed a rainbow to be colored on them and the ark shapes needed to be cut out.
Once we had two completed ark pictures, we used the adhesive stickers included in the kit to attach the ark to the small wooden handled box.
Next up was preparing the wooden chips for a matching game. As you know, Noah needed two of every animal to fill his ark. We attached pairs of animal stickers to the wooden chips. This task was super-simple and would be a great job for a young child.
Once we had our pile of animal chips and an assembled ark, we were ready to play the game! This simple matching game is just like memory or “concentration”. The girls placed all of the pieces upside down and took turns flipping two pieces over at a time, searching for a match. Each time they found a matching pair of wooden pieces, they placed them into the ark.
Blowing Giant Rainbow Bubbles
The second set of materials included in the kit, wasn't exactly for a craft in the traditional sense, but it was a huge hit with my helpers. We headed outside to create giant rainbow bubbles. The bubbles themselves weren't exceptionally vibrant in color. They had the subtle, shimmery multi-colored glimmer that all bubbles have. We constructed a bubble making device with two skinny wooden dowels, rubber bands and rainbow colored string.
The device was very easy to assemble and I will admit that I was very skeptical to see exactly how a couple of sticks, strings and rubber bands could possibly make giant bubbles. But I poured a little bubble solution into a bowl and added water as instructed by the kit, then we headed outside to see what would happen.
I honestly am completely in awe at how easy it was to blow truly giant bubbles with our little handmade contraption. All it took was a dip of the strings into the solution. Then the kids gently pulled the sticks apart to separate them – and just like that, a bubble began to form!
Once the bubbles began to form, we had a little trouble keeping them intact as the girls gently tried blowing them off of the device and into the air. But that didn't slow them down one bit. It was really cool to see the bubbles form, even if our detachment success rate was far below 100%.
Understanding the Story More Fully
In addition to the craft activities, the Noah's Ark premium box from HelloBible also had thoughtful faith formation opportunities and discussion questions. The questions are more meaningful than recalling simple facts from the story. Rather, they encourage children to reflect on their own experiences with promises, safety and trusting God.
A Purchase with a Purpose
I also love that a portion of the proceeds from all HelloBible subscriptions goes toward The Kilgoris Project, which educates and feeds children in rural Kenya. Not only that, but one of the “bonus” activities included in every box is to learn a little bit about the children of Kenya by visiting the HelloBible blog. Not only does this money go to a good cause, but it teaches HelloBible students the importance of Christian service to other parts of the world.
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If you are as impressed as I was by the sweet faith-filled activities that HelloBible delivers each month, I have great news! You can save $5 off your first HelloBible subscription. Just use discount code KINDERCRAZE when you check out for instant savings!
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Thank you so much to Connie and Simone from HelloBible for introducing me to this amazing Christian subscription box for children and sending a premium box my way. I truly cannot say enough good things about this sweet little bible-based activity box.