This list of recommendations even includes craft kits, posters & visuals for object lessons, and other awesome resources for teaching the Armor of God for kids! Great ideas for Christian women who want to teach the truths of the Scriptures. Scroll down to read the full list! ????
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Teaching the Armor of God for kids
Enemies. Battles. Weapons. Armor!
The Armor of God is a super-dramatic & exciting topic—especially for kids!
So you’d think you could find plenty of great resources on the subject. But if you’ve spent any time searching for books/skits/crafts/games/activities for the Armor of God, you may have discovered that’s not true.
Surprisingly, there are very few good resources on the Armor of God in general—and even fewer for kids.
Sure, there are plenty of books out there on the subject. But one flip-through is enough to realize that the authors are off-balance in one way or another. (I was extremely disheartened to order a book that looked great on Amazon, only to discover that the author was far more interested in the enemy than the armor—or the Lord. Very disappointing!)
And yes, you can find cutesy coloring pages of the Armor of God for kids. If you want to truly teach your kids about spiritual warfare & the armor of God, you’ll be hard-pressed to come up with solid lessons.
But I want you to have a solid resource for teaching the Armor of God for kids. That’s why I created the free Armor of God email series & made it available to you for free!! ????
And I did come across a few resources for the Armor of God that I can recommend to you! None of these is a full set of lesson plans on the Armor like my series is. But you could use any of these to supplement your lessons.
Awesome resources for teaching the Armor of God for kids
A quick note before I dive in: These are all links to Amazon, so they are affiliate links. If you choose to buy any of these resources, the price remains exactly the same for you—but I’ll get a commission for referring you to Amazon. Win-win! ???? And I have only listed resources here that I either have already used & liked, or that I thought about buying for our summer Bible camp. So you can trust that I’m only recommending products to you that I would use myself!
First, I’m sharing the books that I’ve used myself in my study of the Armor of God. Any of these might be helpful to you in your own preparation for teaching. Next, I’ve listed a few visuals that you might like to use when you teach each lesson on the Armor of God to your kids. And finally, I linked to a few fun craft ideas and themed prizes for you.
I pray you find something in this list that is helpful to you!!
Books I Recommend for YOUR Study of the Armor of God
I’ve not found any books on the Armor of God for kids that I’d recommend whole-heartedly to you. ???? However, I can recommend a few books for your own study!
This pamphlet on the Armor of God is my #1 recommended resource for studying & teaching the Armor of God!
It’s not super long, so you won’t be overwhelmed by the info. But it does give some key info about each piece of armor—along with a great visual for each!
After a description of the piece of armor & how it was used by Roman soldiers, there is a short section that helps you understand the connection between the use of the Roman soldier’s armor & the Christian’s armor.
And then a few other verses are given to kickstart further study on each subject.
I LOVE that this little pamphlet includes some solid info, yet it’s presented in an organized, easy-to-read format. It’s helpful without being overwhelming. And it’s super cheap!!
If you only buy one resource to help you teach the Armor of God, make it this one! ???? You can get it super inexpensively on Amazon right now!
I’ve never heard of this author before. And I came across this book after reading through a couple of unbiblical doozies! So I was a little bit wary when I opened this book.
Want my honest opinion? I LOVE this book. The deeper I get into it, the more I love it! The best part is that it’s practical & applicable—almost devotional in tone. Some chapters inspire me incredibly, while others have almost moved me to tears. I defintely recommend this book!
I will tell you up-front that this is an older book. It’s not written like a blog post; it’s meatier. So be prepared for that.
But I can honestly recommend it. This is one of the books that other writers on the Armor of God refer to (and quote from). And you can get it relatively inexpensively on Amazon!
If you have the time, I totally recommend studying up on the whole book of Ephesians & particularly the historical/cultural factors that influenced Paul’s writing. It’s super-fascinating stuff!
Paul wrote Ephesians while he was a prisoner in Rome. He probably had daily contact with Roman soldiers. So where do you think he got his inspiration for the Armor of God?!
In light of that, I think it’s helpful to know what the Roman soldiers of Paul’s time wore. The Making of the Roman Army is a secular book, but it gives some interesting insight into Roman soldiers—which is helpful for understanding the backdrop to Paul’s comments on the Armor of God in Ephesians 6. For that reason, I recommend this book!
This is another book that gives useful background info about Roman soldiers. There’s a lengthy section just about their armor that even includes pictures! Check out Roman Centurions here.
Visual Aids I Recommend for Teaching the Armor of God
If there’s anything kids love in a Bible lesson, it’s visuals! The best Bible teacher I know draws his own chalk picture of his lesson as he’s teaching it. Pretty amazing! And even though we do games & crafts & all kinds of other activities with the kids, they talk about those lessons as the absolute highlight of their time.
But I’m not nearly that artistic! If you’re like me and can’t imagine drawing out your own picture of a Roman centurion, don’t worry. We non-artists can still use some awesome resources for teaching the Armor of God! 😉
This beautiful, full-color poster depicts a fully-armored soldier in all his glory. Then, around the sides of the poster, short paragraphs talk about each piece of the Armor of God.
The poster is over two feet tall. It would be a perfect visual to hold up or post up while you’re teaching the Armor of God for kids!
What’s more, the poster is laminated. So, if you’d like, you can use dry-erase markers to circle the piece of armor you’re teaching about or write notes as you teach.
And—bonus!—this poster directly correlates to the pamphlet about the Armor of God that I mentioned above. So if you teach using this poster, you can send home a copy of the pamphlet without worrying that it won’t correlate! ????
This poster can be kind of hard to find, but I did some digging on Amazon and finally found it for you! But they’re limited in number, so if you want one of these, you’d better click over & order it right now!!
Many people (including adults!) find it easier to remember things they can see or touch.
And you can tap into that with this super-cool Armor of God figurine! Pass this around when you introduce the Armor of God, and I guarantee your kids will remember your lesson.
Plus, in addition to presenting the Armor in a way the kids can touch and handle for themselves, these figurines also quote from Ephesians 6:14-17 on the base. If you’re using those as memory verses, this figurine will be a tactile way to emphasize them!
Seriously, this thing is so cool… I can’t even adequately describe it. But you can click over and check it out for yourself!
Crafts I Recommend for Teaching the Armor of God
Crafts are another great way to engage those “tactile” learners! I personally like to piece together craft ideas using recycled materials, but you can’t beat the convenience of pre-made craft kits. Here are a few easy craft kits on the Armor of God:
Kids use the self-adhesive foam pieces to stick each piece of armor on a shield-shaped door-hanger. Super simple & easy for you, but super bright & cute results! Check out the craft kit here.
This kit provides string & beads plus small wooden charms showing each piece of armor to put on their necklaces. It would be fun to give the kids empty strings when you begin the Armor of God series and then string the necklace lesson by lesson as you learn about each piece of armor!
Nothing fancy here, but these cardboard helmets are inexpensive and easy for you—and they lend themselves to each child’s creativity.
Fun Things I Recommend for Emphasizing the Armor of God
Finding goodies to fit your topic is always a fun bonus! For the Armor of God theme, I found a few things that I would use as prizes for saying memory verses:
After your lessons on the Armor of God, send the Word of God along with your kids using these lovely bookmarks! My favorite thing about these bookmarks is that they include a full quotation of Ephesians 6:13-18 on the back. It would be especially awesome to use these if you’re memorizing any of those verses during your Armor of God lessons! You can buy these Armor of God Bookmarks through Amazon.
I remember getting a sticker every time I visited the doctor as a child. It was the highlight of the visit. Just imagine how much kids will enjoy getting a piece of the Armor of God to stick on their shirts!
This packet of stickers isn’t very expensive, but it includes six copies of each piece of armor—plus 18 small Bible stickers!
You know those stretchy silicone bracelets that are super popular? Some kids I know wear anywhere from 2-10 of those things!
These bracelets include a picture of a shield and a partial quote from Ephesians 6:13. They would make excellent prizes! Take a look at them here.
These pins aren’t super cheap, but they are VERY nice quality! Each pin includes a picture of a soldier in armor, surrounded by a list of the pieces of armor, and a partial quote from Ephesians 6. Because these are so nice, they would be great for any sort of extra-special prize. Check them out here!
And there you have it—my top 13 recommendations for teaching the Word of God! Now go grab a few of those… and have fun teaching God’s Word!