We have a bedtime routine in our home that involves reading (several) books, singing some songs and praying before it’s time to lay down and (hopefully!) go to sleep.
Ever since I mapped out a Bible reading plan for 90 Days in the Psalms (you can sign up right here!) for moms, I’ve been thinking about how we can help our children walk through the psalms too!
So I decided to incorporate some psalms with our bedtime routine, and the kids have really enjoyed it so far! It’s been fun to spend just a few minutes with each of our four kids by themselves….I feel like they learn and listen better that way at the end of the day, rather than trying to do this all in a group.
Here are some ideas for you to get started reading the psalms with your kids at bedtime (or any time!), including specific psalms and how to learn them together based on the age of your children.
9 Psalms to Read with Your Kids at Bedtime
I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you O Lord make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8
Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord. There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!” You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:4-8 (expansion idea for older kids)
Ideas for Helping Your Kids Memorize the Psalms at Bedtime
- For young children, have them repeat very short phrases from the psalm verse or verses back to you. You can also put them to song. For instance, Psalm 4:8 can be found on Steve Green’s Hide Em in Your Heart, Volume 2, along with many other Scripture memory songs! Pretty soon, they will know how to say the verse all by themselves!
- As your children get older, they can repeat longer phrases of the psalm with you or journal the words. My 8 year old likes to write down the verse she is learning and then add colorful pictures or color in the letters. My 11 year old is not into art ;) so he would rather just say the verse out loud back to me a few times and then we say it together at night after he learns it. (Side thought: Here’s a new Scripture coloring and activity book that I’ve heard rave reviews about!!)
- Print out some of the verses you are learning and hang them in your child’s room! This is a very visual way to be reminded of the verses and you can easily switch them out. They weren’t all psalms, but this is what we did in our son’s room when he was younger:
Want more ideas for teaching your kids Scripture? Check out my Scripture memory program, God’s Word in My Heart! Available in four translations, this will help you teach your children A-Z Scriptures, plus Bible verses about salvation, in a simple and effective way!