Godly Play

We share Bible Stories with children using Godly Play.

Godly Play aims to:

  • make religion come alive for children
  • assist their spiritual development
  • help Christianity become part of daily life
  • make the language of religion familiar

Godly Play assumes:

  • children are individuals with different needs
  • children have a variety of ways of learning
  • play is an important way of learning for all children
  • religion is about daily life, not Church on Sunday

Where has Godly Play come from?

  • The Montessori tradition of education
  • Sofia Cavalletti's work on religious formation of the child
  • A US group called Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
  • Twenty years of experience in churches in the USA & Canada

Godly Play involves:

  • telling the religious stories using three dimensional materials to invite listeners into the stories and to connect the stories to their personal experience
  • moving to wider dimensions of faith with the use of open questions and a time of responding to the story with a creative activity
  • allowing the children to decide for themselves on a way of responding to the story, which may be learning to re-tell the story by using games, books, maps or puzzles or by responding to the story by doing some artwork; (Children have a variety of learning styles, if the leader chooses one activity for everyone, the style of that activity will not suit all the children equally. If they choose for themselves from a range of options, they are likely to choose a learning activity that suits their learning style.)
  • organizing the group's time and space so that it models the Christian community we seek to be. The room can then become a peaceful place in which the mystery of God can be experienced

Source: An article by Margaret Dean in May2000 edition of Together With Children

For more information visit the Godly Play website