If you type “Bible games,” “Sunday school resources,” or “kid’s Bible” into your favorite search engine, you will get more suggestions than you could ever wade through. If you actually click on any of the links you will likely run into my typical frustrations with these sites:
- Most of the sites are horribly designed. It’s either too hard to navigate or so ugly I don’t want to look at it. There are so many free, easy-to-use tools for design, that time and money no longer has to be an excuse for why something looks bad.
- The content is typically lame. The games are too simple…or too complicated. Or, there’s simply not enough there to make any kid, parent, or teacher ever want to come back after the first visit.
- Most of these sites are riddled with advertising. So many sites are obviously set up so that the site owner can make money by selling you other stuff. While I’m not against someone making money online, when I’m looking for a site I can send my kids to, I don’t want them “accidentally” buying a year-long subscription to a Sunday School curriculum! (NOTE: I won’t call out the site, but when searching for “Bible games,” I even found one site had a huge, vertical banner down the entire right side advertising a trip to Las Vegas. Hmmm…)
Put simply: I haven’t been this excited to recommend a resource for helping kids fall in love with God’s Word in a very long time!
For those of you who like to see things in action before reading a review, here’s the 3-minute overview of the site:
Using my typical frustrations as a guide, here are the three reasons I love The Adventure Bible Site:
- The design is terrific. As you can see, the graphics are great and the home page is simple to navigate. Kids can click Bible Search, Games, or Bible Activities and jump right in. The same links are at the top as well. For parents and teachers, the links they need (Classes, Student Profiles, etc.) are right there, but not so big that kids will be tempted to click them. In fact, they don’t even appear on the page until you click the “Educator and Classroom Login” button in the upper-right corner.
- The content is broad, rich, and fun. In all transparency, I intended to jump on the site, browse around for about 20-30 minutes and write a review. I ended up playing enough of the games and exploring the wealth of resources, that I was more than 60 minutes in before I started this review. I won’t go into every game or resource here, but I’ll tell you that there are five different games and hundreds of free, downloadable/printable reading plans, crosswords, word searches, and maps, in addition to the Bible illustrations, sermon outlines, and devotionals for teachers. It seriously blows me away how much stuff is given away on this site! I was expecting a few resources to be free, with links to where you could buy the “full version.” Nope. It’s all free. Which brings me to my last reason why I love this.
- There is no advertising. As you can see from the graphic below, there are two small links on the page to “Products.” The Products page is where you can buy physical products – A copy of the various versions of the Adventure Bible, a devotional, Bible cover, etc. Nothing is an “upsell” from what’s on the site. Simply physical resources should you want them. I couldn’t find another place on the site where you – or your child/student – are asked to buy something or “unlock” additional resources. It is what they say it is: FREE! Very cool.
There is only one issue I had and one recommendation.
Issue: A couple times the site just stopped working. I tried it in IE10 and Chrome and twice with each had the site simply stop responding. I reloaded the browser and it started working, so I don’t know if it was something on my end or theirs. And it didn’t keep me from going back, so certainly not a deal-breaker.
Recommendation: There are so many resources that it would be helpful to be able to “preview” them before opening or downloading them. I love that I can save/print a PDF, but since a lot of them reference maps, or specific sections of Scripture, I could imagine times when I would just want to look at the resource in my browser and go back to what I was doing, as opposed to opening or printing the full PDF. I guess it’s not too bad when the problem is how to handle an over-abundance of good content!
If you have a kid between the ages of 9-12, hop over to www.adventurebible.com, browse around, and play some games. Then sign up for a free parent/educator account to see all the additional resources. You will love it…and so will your kids!