Play & Learn Children’s Bible CD features 50 read-aloud interactive Bible stories with multiple pages of illustrations and narrated kid-friendly text for preschoolers and early readers up to about age 6 or 7.
Each of the 50 stories has 3 to 5 interactive ‘pages’ that the children flip through to see, hear and play with the story. (some other programs of this kind only give you one picture per story). The stories are organized by title and by the values they teach (a typical way many curricula are organized for this age group). View list of stories below.
Kids pick a story and the program asks them if they want a narrator to read it for them, or they can read it themselves. After a brief narration on each page, kids can hunt for fun animations hidden in each screen. When they rollover the animation funspots, their cursor changes and the kids can click to play them. The kids LOVE this feature. They can also click the Bible icon to search for interesting narrated study notes (such as the one about shepherds seen on this page below).
Note: Play and Learn Bible CD doesn’t work in Windows 7 or 8. Click the TAB below for more details and a workaround.
THE 50 BIBLE STORIES
Issac is Born
God Helps Joseph
God talks to Samuel
An Angel Brings Good News
John Baptizes Jesus
Mary and Martha
A Woman’s Big-Little Gift
Saul Becomes Jesus’ Friend
IN THE GAMEROOM:
Clicking the Jesus & Animals icon launches the gameroom menu. This is definitely a favorite area for the kids!
- Bible songs sing-a-long …16 classic songs to choose from. (For example, He’s got the whole world in his hands, This little light of mine, Father Abraham) Lyrics are presented onscreen and cute animations of kids singing and playing instruments.
- Interactive Bible picture puzzles for 25 of the stories. Children pick the puzzle, then scramble it. They can play it in easy or hard mode, then they drag the pieces into the right puzzle locations.
- Interactive Bible Paint coloring activity for the other 25 stories. Kids have an onscreen crayon they can use to select colors and paint/fill-in the picture any way they want.
- Mazes to play onscreen. Just a fun doo-dad game where kids use their mouse to help a mouse get out of a maze.
- ABC and 123 activities to play onscreen. Kids use their mouse to unscramble the numbers.
MORE GRAPHICS from PLAY & LEARN BIBLE CD
- Above: Screenshot of one of the Bible Stories Menu.
- How it works: Clicking “God’s Son” on the ABOVE menu reveals the following story menu seen BELOW.
- Pictured above: Stories found under the God’s Son section of the Bible Stories Menu.
Play & Learn CD and Windows 7/8
Unfortunately, Play & Learn Children’s Bible CD will NOT run in the 64 bit version of Windows 7, or in Windows 8. …And there is no update. It will run in the 32 bit version.
There are TWO OPTIONS our customers use to keep Play and Learn usable with little kids. The reason why most of us GO with one of these options is that Play & Learn Children’s Bible CD is currently INDISPENSABLE in the Christian software line-up. No other programs covers so many stories for the little guys so well.
1. They keep some older XP-era computers handy for the little dudes.
Many of our customers don’t bring the little guys into their computer lab. Rather, they have separate computers in the 4-5’s room. Given the kinds of software they use, having a couple of older “XP” computers is good choice, and also solves the Play and Learn CD issue. Frankly, there aren’t that many software programs coming out for preschoolers that require brand new or Windows 7 computers, and XP era computers are generally quite capable of handling what does come out, …thanks to Windows’ commitment to backwards compatibility.
Note: I don’t recommend using laptops with the little guys. Touchpads are too slippery for many of them, and the quality of the view from an angle isn’t good. Desktops are still the preferred way to go.
2. They PROJECT Play and Learn using an LCD projector and an XP laptop.
This is quite common, especially for “labs” that have newer computers. They’ll also keep an XP era laptop or desktop hanging around to plug-in to their LCD projector to use Play and Learn CD.
TIP: Add an extension keyboard and mouse to the laptop so that the little guys can come to the computer and help you run the program.
Notes on Teaching with Play & Learn Children’s Bible CD
from Neil MacQueen
I have used this CD dozens and dozens of times over many years in my own classes, and the little dudes never seem to tire of it. My kids like to take turns ‘running’ the story and clicking the cute animations on each screen, and we often end up viewing the same story at least twice, which helps them remember it.
I’ve used it with 3, 4 and 5 year olds, –even first graders. In a pinch, I’ll turn off the cute sound/narration and use the graphics with young 2nd graders. Depends.
Funny thing: They don’t ask to go to the bathroom and are not so easily distracted when Play & Learn Bible is on the computer! They are happy and focused, …and that also makes it easy to talk with them about the story.
Many preschooler Bible CDs have serious flaws or are just plain bad (poor graphics, difficult Bible versions, only one illustration per story, poor sound, etc., etc.). We love Play and Learn so much, that we bought it from the developer to keep it in print. And even though it doesn’t work on Windows 7 or 8 (64 bit systems), it is still really popular. Many labs keep their older computers around for JUST this program!
Print my PDF LIST of THE 50 STORIES. It makes a handy classroom reference for a busy teacher.
Price: $17 for one.
$14 each for two to four copies.
$13 each for 5+ copies.
$12 each for 8+ copies.
Age Range: Ages 3 to 6.
System Requirements: Windows Me/XP/Vista, Windows 7 32 bit. Will not work in Windows 7/8 64 bit. Minimum: 700 mhz, 512 mb ram, 8 mb videoram.
See a Play and Learn Bible Lesson that uses Kid Pix