We reviewed The Big Picture Interactive Bible (HCSB): Connecting Christ Throughout God’s Story from B&H Publishing. This is part of The Gospel Project for Kids curriculum.
Throughout this Bible, in addition to the 146 full-page Bible story illustrations with Augmented Reality, there are sections that explain Bible concepts to kids:
- Big Questions explain the Why
- Christ Connections that show how the entire Bible points to Jesus
- Seeing the Big Picture help with discussion
- 100 Verses to Remember highlighted
- Introductions to every book of the Bible to provide context
- Big Words 4-color dictionary feature with photos, maps, illustrations, and descriptions of key terms in Scripture
Icons connecting to The Gospel Project for Kids curriculum (these are the same icons we scan to get the images to “come to life”) and Parent Connections features help adults engage kids.
My daughter Kate claimed this Bible as hers. She loves the app feature and flipped through to see all the images come to life and tell her their synopsis. She’s turning 7 in a month and a half. She navigated through this fine on her own.
I love seeing her hole up by herself and use this app with the Bible rather than playing mindless games or watching videos. It’s real wholesome entertainment. Right now, it’s a novelty and I hope it doesn’t wear off!
How does it work?
We downloaded the free app with the little QR code that comes with this Bible. The camera app does have to be activated for this to function. And yes, we have to go through and delete lots of pictures the kids take of the cats, leaves, the Bible popups, toes, and other oddities.
Throughout, there are icons that Kate scans and it has a virtual popup and a narrator summarizes the story. It’s a great visual tool and I can see this becoming a great reward during Bible reading time!
It’s fun to see the virtual popup and hear the narrator!
My only suggestion would be for the icons to not be on the right corner on pages that are on the left. It made scanning the icons more difficult. A less patient child (and me) might get frustrated trying to get it to scan. Kate and I had to try a few times to get some of the images to “come to life.” But she wasn’t upset. She persevered.
This is a great addition to our Bible basket!
Recommended for ages 8-12
Full color 9×6 Bible in Imitation Leather