Three Printable Children’s Stories

Last week, I was contacted by an aspiring Christian writer named Bonnie Lucas. She wanted to share some of her children’s stories with our readers, so I gave them a quick read through.

The stories were awesome and I wanted to pass them along to you. My first thought was to add some discussion questions and use them for learning actives related to different Christian topics. That would make them very useful for parents and Sunday School teachers.

Here’s the catch. We want your feedback. Specifically, I want to know how you could imagine using these stories in your ministry. Are teaching stories something that would be useful in your ministry?

Take a look and leave a comment below. Bonnie is waiting for your feedback, so don’t be shy about leaving a comment.

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Comments

  1. Sharman Williams says

    I really enjoyed reading Bonnie Lucas’s story. They are a good source of teaching children how to obey your parents and others.

  2. Lina says

    We homeschool and yes, I’m always looking for story “lessons” to supplement our classes. I try to incorporate a monthly virtue theme applied to each subject and often look for stories that can express the theme and/or how it relates to our coursework. These by Bonnie Lucas are wonderful for our littles (2 & 5) to feel included while the olders (7, 9 & 11) work on their individual material. I especially love the one about disobedience. It’ll compliment our October lessons beautifully. Thank you for offering these!

  3. Betty Merchant says

    I really enjoyed reading Grandma’s Tea Cup. It was just right in length, and had a very good message for all of us. Thanks for sharing. I am going to share this with others.

  4. Dana Kirkmeyer says

    I loved these stories. I am building a file of stories that can be used during our Children’s Ministry time at church, and these are short enough that I will be able to share these. I know the kids will love them, and the adults will get a smile listening to them. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  5. Glenda Winter says

    These stories by Bonnie Lucas are good. Every Sunday in Jr. Church I tell a story that supports the theme of the Bible story that comes later. I would love to have short stories such as these that teach various attributes.

  6. Bob Darrough says

    Freddy’s Bath; Great story; I need help with a brief morale conclusion.

    Thank you so much.

    Bob

  7. Sandy says

    I truly enjoyed her stories. They are short and simple, but convey very good lessons. I plan to use them with my bible school class as well as my 8 grandchildren. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Yona says

    There were lovely stories with a very simple message for kids. I especially like Taylor’s Pond and would like to share it (with due credit) in my church newsletter which we distribute free for evangelism.

  9. Nicole says

    It so good I told my 5 years old chirld and she loved it even my 17 and 14 years old loved it

  10. Cherie says

    I teach a Sunday School Lesson and a Christian Mother’s Day Out 3 days a week. The short stories are wonderful. A little too much for my age group 2-4 but the idea is excellent and will pass it on to the other teachers.

  11. Estle Hodge says

    I needed some stories for Children’s story at worship service. I liked what I saw here. Thanks.

  12. Tola Aleshe says

    All the stories were great. Going to share Taylor’s pond tomorrow at church. Well done

    • Ivor Anthony Hall says

      Great story. Will use Talyor’s Pond at our next worship service. I am scheduled to tell the children’s story. Great work, very glad I found this site. Keep writing

  13. Trish says

    Thanks for sharing Bonnie’s stories. Would love to see them illustrated into children’s books. I’m sharing Taylor’s Pond tomorrow during the children’s story of our church service. Will relate it to God’s commandments which keep us safe from the terrible consequences of sin.

  14. Carri Heaslip says

    I shared Grandma’s Tea Cup with our children at Church this past week. They loved it! I added that Jesus loves us as well and when we feel like our lives are broken up like the tea cup, He gently puts us back together with His love. It was a delight to see how intently the adults were listening as well.
    I took some of my own tea cups & saucers to give to the children. Our numbers were small and there were enough for each child and their mom. Praise the Lord!

  15. Denzil says

    Just read “Grandma’s Tea cup. Great message. Will read it to the children at my church!!!

  16. Suzanne says

    Great stories! I liked each of them! They have good morals and are easy for the children to relate to. The kids I used them for liked them allot.

  17. Edmund Jones says

    Hi, thank you the stories are very sweet. I teach arts and culture at a school and love to use christian moral stories as the foundation of my lessons.

    God bless

  18. John Anderson says

    I just read “Grandma’s Tea Cup” to my kids for their bedtime story. They enjoyed it. Nice message.

    I have a few grammatical and literary comments, if you don’t mind. Here goes:

    In paragraph 1: “Finally, Grandma said the next time she visited she would [let] her hold it.” The word “let” is missing.

    Page 2, second sentence. “Maybe she forgot her promise…” Maybe it should read “had forgotten”.

    Page 2, half-way down, “She had broken Grandma’s favorite tea cup.” This is the first mention that the cup was Grandma’s favorite, not just Stella’s favorite. It’s a minor point, but you might want to clarify that earlier in the story.

    Page 3, half-way down, “She sobbed as she went to get the broken pieces.” Could you put in Stella’s name rather than the pronoun? “Stella sobbed” would eliminate the slight ambiguity there.

    The second-to-last sentence could be reordered a bit for emphasis:

    Grandma turned back to the cupboard. “Oh, look what we have here!”

    Thanks for the invitation to comment. I hope these thoughts help.
    Your friendly editor, John

  19. sharon harrison says

    The stories were awesome. My students enjoyed listening. They couldn’t wait until the end of each story to find out what happened.

    Thank you

  20. benj says

    These three children stories are good. I compare to each one and found one lesson ” to obey ” . The Bible says “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you”. It’s not only to give honor to our parents that we may receive a promise or blessing through them , they are only the channel of God who transmitted that promise and blessing. That is why by honoring our parents we obey God for it is not there parent law but of God. The first story : Grandma’s tea cup that broke and glued illustrates our lives that even we’ve sin and always do sinning against God if we admit and confessed heartily He is always there to forgive our sins and be whole. Just leaning on His everlasting arms our clothes will be as white as snow we don’t see any spot or wrinkle .The second story is illustrating that when we saw a sign we must conform and obey or else we’ll be mess up. God give us ten wonderful do and dont’s , of these signs no one will led you out of the way and nobody will lost . They sign ” don’t swim” preventing everyone not to do so , because I believe the one who put that sign thinks something bad will happen if they do. The third , sometimes we cannot always watch our children even when we warn them not to do certain things that we knew is not good for them but children insist. We are all sons and daughters of God, although we knew God but sometimes we neglect to do things that is right at the end we are sorry for what we’d done. Once we realize our wrongdoing then we felt pity and seek the forgiveness of our parents and of God. I love these stories keep writing and God Bless Sister

  21. Valerie says

    I used the Grandma’s Tea Cup story to illustrate that when we disobey God we can mess up our lives, but God continues to love us and will put our lives back together again just like Grandma glued the teacup back together. I conclude by saying that though you may still be able to see the cracks in Grandma’s tea cup, as we learn to trust Jesus He can put our lives together so that the cracks don’t even show.

  22. Doc Wilson says

    That was a good story about the teacup. I will use it in one of my child stories.

  23. Eliana says

    very nice stories that could be used as illustrations in a bible lesson for kids, thanks

  24. Jason says

    Thanks for the story Bonnie. I plan to use it this coming Sunday for the children.

    Regards,
    Jason

  25. Bonnie Lucas says

    Cheyenne, thank you for your feedback. As I am new at this, your comments are very helpful. I lost track of this and am anxious to revise and continue to write for the Lord. Thanks again for the excellent idea!

  26. Cheyene Sims says

    I enjoyed Bonnie Lucas’ story about Grandma’s teacups. It was very realistic and it had a probable real ending. It is what I call a good life skills story, useful in Sunday School and to encourage discussion during youth group sessions planned around dialogue. But it will not be remembered long by today’s children who are accustomed to video games and lots of animation. To “update” what is a good story, may I suggest you put it into book video format. Add the main words to a powerpoint presentation having a picture background and include voice narration. It can be burned on to a CD/DVD or uploaded to video sites. Keep writing life skills stories.

  27. Laura Pranger says

    I think the stories were good stories to use for Sunday school. They are short stories that can be told in 5 minutes–good for the short attention span of younger children. I especially liked the Grandma’s Teacup. Perhaps the stories should include the Biblical applications or a verse for the children to memorize or think about.

    • Bonnie Lucas says

      Laura, Thank you for your reply and suggestions. I look forward to revising this story. This was the second story I wrote, so the process is very new to me. I will definitely use your suggestions.

  28. Jody says

    I realize you are just presenting the stories for review,the scripture and lesson plan comes later..I really liked the stories and could immediately think of scripture to apply,especially to obedience..i think we look at obedience in the wrong light alot of the time…as needing to be “good” or working at being “good” ..we aren’t and need God’s grace &mercy…it’s not about being good but having a heart submitted to Him in all ways…it’s the heart..Jesus submitted Himself to God the Father… it is so imperative that we all learn and train them in obedience to the Lord and His authorities, so ulitimately our children will have their hearts turned to Him instead of away in rebellion and pride …if we can instill this early in the child and reinforce that which is to be trained in the family ,then it is helping to round out the spiritual responsiblity we have to these children who are in our “family” to lead them to Him in all ways,come alongside ,disciple them …it’s difficult to teach to the very young group we have ,and I appreciate the “story” approach before the scripture application…it can help a young child to relate to the scripture truth then… i thought of some small craft “ideas” to tie in as well…Bonnie if this is the gift the Lord gave you,He will guide and develop it for you,as He created your mind ,heart and body for this work ,use it to edify the church sister!!!! ps.do you permitt me I use them asap in Junior church,try them out on the “audience”?

    • Bonnie Lucas says

      Hi Jody! Thank you for the response. I’m so sorry it has been so long for me reply! I didn’t get many responses at first and kind of lost track of this. If you receive this please let me know if you used the story and how it went. I’ve been struggly with whether to continue to write. These 3 stories were my first three and just wanted to see how they were received. They weren’t meant to be lessons, per se, at first. I look forward to hearing from you.

  29. Kathryn says

    I think it is a nice little story,but it needs more like the little girls emotions all the night before and how the child was trying to think of somethings to say to grandma if she found out and maybe prayed that night looking for the answers but she kept remembering her sunday school lesson on lying . so she desided to make the right choice after praying, and came to her grandma with the truth .

  30. Dana says

    I just read all three of the stories. I appreciate the author’s desire to receive feedback. That is a difficult thing to do, allowing your own creation to be evaluated.

    As a mother and a leader in the children’s ministry at my church, I’m looking for good books/stories to communicate the truth of the gospel to children. My concern is that so often the moral of a “Christian” story is to “try harder” to obey. This seems to be a large part of most children’s curriculum and stories. Isn’t the Gospel message that we can’t try hard enough, but need the work of Christ? The challenge is how to communicate this to children (it is hard enough to communicate it to adults!). Rules and obedience are definitely part of the message, but should this always be the focus of Christian children’s books? I think the non-Christian world can communicate this message just as well and sometimes better. What sets us apart is the truth of Christ and the need for his work upon cross. Very “religious” words, I know, and I would love to hear how other communicate this in the language and understanding of children.

    Perhaps the questions that the previous comment mentions would be helpful to bring this message in. It would also be great for the actual story to communicate this truth.

    Freddy’s Bath Time ~ Question about the structure of this story… At the beginning Teddy Bear saw his brother in the bath tub (and would have seen the water running). A little while later it seemed like neither bear was in the bath, but were having a conversation outside about whether or not they would get in the bath.

    Hope this is helpful. I would challenge Bonnie to keep writing and keep seeking feedback. It is wonderful that she is using her gift/passion for the Kingdom!

  31. Peter says

    We just finished reading Grandma’s Tea Cup. It wasn’t bad and my Kindergartener was able to read most of it, so if the age group is K-1st grade, it’s not bad. There was a missing “let” in one of the early sentences where grandma was going to “let” Stella hold the tea-cup. I think the sentence was phrased “was going to her the”. The story wasn’t bad, though. I think with some illustrations, it would work out pretty well for the younger reader.

    If it’s going to tie in to Christian themes, some sort of author’s note might be a nice to have as well. Maybe a set of questions to discuss with the kids after the story. This would be good for people who just aren’t creative with coming up with questions. We’ll read through some of the others soon and give you some more feedback.

    For use within ministry, I can see this being used most easily at our preschool academy to tie in with a theme. I don’t know if I’d easily work it in to a Sunday morning lesson or not, but that could be a possibility as well for the younger kids.

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