Vary the presentation
In telling the story of "The Flood," I told the boys to take off
their clothes and go into the bathroom for family devotions. My
elder son, YP exclaimed, "What? Bible story in the bathroom!" YZ,
the younger added, "Daddy! Don't be silly!" Their responses were of
surprise and excitement. Doing the unexpected creates fun.
Nonchalantly, I repeated, "Let's go in." YP shouted, "I know! I
know! Today's Bible story is about Noah's ark." We had toy animals
in the washbasin that had been transformed into Noah's ark.
I explained that during Noah's time, God had not sent rain and
that a mist rose from the earth and watered the plants. This was
illustrated by turning the shower head upside down ... water gushed
up and hit the ceiling.
Then the rains came. Everybody was excited; they had never seen
rain before. They were running and playing in the rain. "This is
exactly how you are feeling right now ... it's fun."
It rained for one day, two days, three days ... and I began to
direct the shower at their faces ... four days, five days, six
days. Water was getting into their eyes and the boys shouted,
"Stop! Stop!" I said, "Yea, that's exactly how the people were
feeling after it has been raining for many days."
To this day, that was the most memorable family devotion they had.