Six great stories on 1 great CD:
Creation ~ Adam & Eve ~ Jacob & Esau ~ Esther ~ Zaccheus ~ Parable of the Talents
Each story is faithfully retold through fun animations and narrations -that are rich with content, music, and fun sound effects. Interactivity and humor help students dig into the story, remember it, and reflect on its life application. Study notes and discussion questions pop-up where appropriate, and the CD has story-centered games for fun reinforcement!
Click the TABS below to learn more about each story…
The Story of Creation
See, hear and interact with Genesis 1: The Story of Creation presented in a dramatic and kid-friendly animation.
- Activate pop-up study notes that help kids understand the vocab and meaning of each day.
- Reflect on the power of Creation’s words and meaning through a unique “Creation Power Poem” activity hosted by “Gabby” your onscreen narrator.
- Then, play a game to get the days right and reveal more questions to ponder.
In addition to seeing and hearing the “In the Beginning…” story, Awesome CD explains in a kid-friendly way the profound vocabulary and meanings found in Genesis 1. Through the story of Creation we see the power and majesty of God, as well as God’s joy and loving purpose in Creation, and our place in it. See the ‘toggle’ below on this page for more info about how we handled the Creation story.
Pictured: Gabby’s Creation Power Poem Activity
After hearing and studying the story, students follow the CD’s prompts (or teacher’s suggestion) about
Adam and Eve
Kids enjoy our spirited and humorous retelling of the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden. Animated & narrated study notes help them understand the strange and sometimes difficult concepts found in this story. God wants us to obey him, and stand up to admit our mistakes when God calls to us. And even after we are thrown out of the Garden, God goes with us!
Afterwards, student reflect on “This Story and You” then craft an apology using the Gabby Talker game to consider what Adam and Eve might have said to God had they not been so dense! After the learning, students can play the three level “Adam and Eve’s Hiding Game” with animated/narrated study notes in between each level.
Is the story “true” ? Our study notes and approach to this story don’t take the kids into a lesson about the “historicity” of the story. Rather, we look at the greater truth the story was meant to express.
The Story of Jacob and Esau
This is one of the stars of Awesome Bible Stories CD. Nearly 10 minutes of animated-narrated-interactive story PLUS learning activities and a fun game that has a story quiz embedded in it.
See Jacob win his pot of stew and receive the blessing from his father Isaac. See him tricked by Laban, and wrestle with God to receive his new name, “Israel.” Uncover the meaning behind key words and concepts, and what this story tells us about ourselves and our God.
Afterwards, play one of the most popular games we have ever included in a CD: “Jake vs the Midnight Mauler” –a two player SUMO wrestling game between Jacob and God with story QUIZ questions in-between the rounds!
Reflection Activity: Kids work on Jacob and Esau’s apologies to each other in the Gabby Talker reflection activity. God makes his covenant with imperfect people. We are the people who wrestle with God and receive his blessing. We are to reconcile with each other.
Screenshot of the menu options in Jacob and Esau story.
The Story of Esther
See this amazing and often comical story retold with fun animation, sound effects, and fun voices. Over 14 minutes of interactive story animation, narration and study notes, …during which the kids can “Boo Haman” by means of a boo-button whenever Haman’s name is mentioned (a Purim tradition). Our Esther unit includes a fun 2 minute video depicting how Jewish children celebrate Purim today.
Esther’s story is truly a wonderful drama with great content. Perhaps this CD was made for “just such a time as this!”
- Interactive Story
- Zappin’ Zaccheus Game
- How Do You Measure Up? (reflection and discussion activity)
Enjoy the warmly told and uniquely animated story from Zaccheus’ point of view. Hear and see narrated study notes that reveal the meaning of this story about a little man with the big heart. We all need trees to see over the crowd (Sunday School is a tree!) Each of us, regardless of our background, is welcome in Jesus’ family.
Play the Zaccheus Zappin’ arcade game to see how much you remember from the story.
Also included is the life-application Zaccheus activity titled “How do you measure up.” Kids select responses to a series of “spiritual growth” questions. A total score and ‘title’ is shown afterwards, which leads to discussion. Below is one of the interactive screens in the “Measure up reflection. Kids “build” their stature, get a score, and discuss.
One of the narrated study questions that pops up during the story.
The “right answer” screen after one of the questions in the “Zappin Zach” game.
Parable of the Talents
–the servant who buried his master’s gift.
This parable has a lot of challenging vocabulary words and unfamiliar imagery for kids:
“talents,” “invested,” “slave,” “outer darkness,” “gnashing of teeth” -to mention a few.
We’ve designed the storytelling to help unpack all those and help kids see their life application. As the parable is narrated and animated, it pauses at SEVERAL key places for students to select from one of four possible word-substitutions: A, B, C, and D. “A” is the one in scripture. “B,C, and D” options are helpful and sometimes funny synonyms.
After selecting the word option, they hear the parable continue with their chosen word-explanation for that verse. Sneakily, the word-option selections also mean that your students can play through the story MANY TIMES without hearing it the same way twice!
Key imagery, concepts, and vocab are also explained in pop-ups.
FOLLOWING THE PARABLE….
Students reflect on its meaning by playing the onscreen STEWARDSHIP GAME for one or two players/teams. Students spin and advance, gaining or losing gold depending on the places they land. God expects us to be stewards of his blessings. This story and software teaches them how to be good stewards.
More about the “Gabby Talker” reflection activities…
Gabby is your onscreen host for several of the stories. And in 3 of the stories, he also hosts a special interactive Reflection Activity we call “Gabby Talker.”
The three stories that have the talking Gabby activity are: Creation, Adam & Eve, and Jacob & Esau. In story of Creation, your students create a “Creation Power Poem” using words from Genesis as spoken by Gabby to express God’s story in their own way. Onscreen instructions and Teacher Guide notes offer many suggestions for using Gabby Talker. Gabby Talker offers “starter” suggestions/questions, but you are certainly able to come up with your own.
In Adam & Eve’s story, Gabby Talker (as seen in the graphic above) is full of words of Confession and Forgiveness for your kids to reconstruct what Adam and Eve COULD have said to God. In Jacob & Esau, Gabby Talker’s word choices focus on how to say “I’m sorry.” The kids drag the words into the green boxes and then play them back for all to hear.
The combinations are endless, and the kids really enjoy hearing Gabby give voice to their comments, poems, apologies and advice.
Preview some Awesome CD Media:
1. See the Animated Opening Menu and give it a spin!
2. Click the video preview to see a montage of the CD:
3. Hear a music sample for Awesome CD titled: “Persian Fusion”.
4. Hear the sample narration: “Jacob’s Stew ~ Esau gets Cooked”.
Price: $27 for one copy.
$22 ea. for two to four copies.
$18 ea for five to seven copies.
$15 ea for 8+ copies.
Age Range: K* through young teen. Younger kids love Awesome Bible Stories CD as long as they have an older person going through it with them. Older kids and young teens will appreciate it’s interactivity and sense of humor.
Mac OS 10-10.4. Minimum: 1.4 ghz, 1.5 mb ram
Windows 8/10 users, see our Windows tweaks.
See our suggestions for teaching about Stewardship with software
How did we “handle” the theology of the Creation Story and Adam & Eve?
Our lesson objective was not to use Genesis 1 as a pulpit for our point of view -or yours, about creationism vs science. Rather, because this is a children’s CD, we are more interested in having them learn the primary MEANING of Genesis 1, –which is about WHO and WHAT, and not about HOW. Genesis 1 teaches us that God is the wonderful and powerful Creator who gives us life. A secondary goal in our retelling is to help the kids understand the powerful and inspiring poetry of Genesis 1, and know what certain words and phrases mean. That’s why the Gabby Talker reflection activity has them creating a “Creation Power Poem,” …which Gabby can then speak out loud.
Here is an excerpt of what Gabby says when he introduces the Genesis 1 Bible story presentation:
“Is the universe an accident? Did it come into being by itself? Where did we come from? And what are we doing here? Genesis Chapter 1 is not a scientific account of how the world came to be. –It is a much deeper and more important story than that! –Genesis 1 is a powerful poem telling us God is the Creator, Shaper and Changer of worlds, …and of human beings. And this is how that story begins….”
In Adam and Eve Story, we again do not DERAIL the INTENT of SCRIPTURE by introducing an argument about whether or not Adam had a belly button -i.e. the question of evolution (though you’re welcome to do it!). Instead, we focus on what the original story focuses on: SIN, -what it is, -and how God reacts to it, and what we’re supposed to do when we commit it.
One of the study notes does ask the the children whether or not they think Adam and Eve were real people and suggests they talk with their teacher about what they think, and what their church believes. It a discussion starter for older children and younger youth that is very appropriate. (And hopefully you’ll give an appropriate answer!)
We just received the Awesome Bible Stories CDs and we absolutely love them! The workshop leader , who couldn’t imagine why I was waiting for this particular CD, just called & said now she sees it was worth waiting for. Another excellent job. ~Jan Dowlin, Emmauel Episcopal Church, Rapid City S.D.
I just got the Awesome Bible Stories CD and it looks great. Keep up the good work.
~Bill White, Friends Church, Wabash IN
Awesome is awesome. Especially appreciated explanation of terms and creativity of poem with feedback reading. Terrific graphics, too. A solid package from which we’ll get much use.
~Pat Hollenberg, First Baptist Church, Appleton WI
Dear Neil, A my husband was loading Awesome CD at Church the janitor’s granddaughter was there peaking in. I immediately put her on as the first official “kid” to evaluate the material. She was in the 6th grade and loved it. Between my husband and her, the giggling was quite contagious. My husband was supposed to be just loading the material- he ended up evaluating each lesson…took me longer than I anticipated- but it was well worth it. Today my Pre-K & Kindergartner class loved it too. I have a feeling everyone will love it. Congrats on a well-made program.
~Cathy W., Trinity Lutheran, Findlay Ohio
Neil…Awesome Bible Stories CD is awesome! We spent an entire hour using the Jacob lesson and the “Midnight Wrestling Federation” game (in it). The older kids really enjoyed it. Thanks for the effort! It’s very much appreciated here.
~Dan Haertl, Peace UMC, Shoreview MN
Got my ABS (CD) today and just checked it out. Very cool!!!!! I love the graphics and music. Nice job with everything 🙂 ~Janice Allen, Peekskill NY