(still be able to use)
Play & Learn Children's Bible CD
in a Windows 7-only
a lesson tip from Neil @ Sunday Software
This page also has a Jesus Stills the Storm Lesson Plan
for Play & Learn and Kid Pix CDs
may have come to this page looking for my Kid Pix & Play & Learn
lesson plan, if so, scroll down.
Or, you may have come to this page because
you have a Windows 7 installed computer and
wish that Play & Learn Children's Bible CD
would work on it! Unfortunately, Play & Learn doesn't work
are no great alternatives to Play & Learn CD when
it comes to scope and quality for preschoolers and non-readers. (Charlie
Church Mouse preschool CD has only 6 stories).
What's a teacher to do?
is actually an "old computer lab trick" learned from the
days when many computer labs had little software to choose from and too
few computers (or when one of our computers didn't work!).
deploying the CD to all your computers (which you can't do
because it won't run on Windows 7), you simply gather all
the preschoolers around ONE screen on an older PC, and
run Play & Learn Children's
Bible CD --as if you were reading a book and showing
the pictures to the class. Your big monitor can easily be
plugged into an older borrowed/brought-in laptop, or hooked up to an LCD
This kind of "gather
around" group participation is very familiar to Preschooler-K/1. They won't balk at
it like older kids might. See my lesson example
below for doing this, and then following up the "story time"
with a Kid Pix drawing project.
"showing of the story", the lesson plan below
has the kids discussing and illustrating a scene in the story.
Of Course... this approach requires
that you have at least ONE Windows 98/Me/Vista desktop or laptop. A nice
big monitor is great for this, but it works EVEN BETTER if you have an
plugged in to that computer --so the story appears 5 feet high on the
wall. When it comes to visuals, bigger is usually better.
For more of my teaching tips about STRETCHING your Older
Kids Software "DOWN" to Younger Kids, go to
www.sundaysoftware.com/adapting-down.htm. Many of
us have long used our older kids software with our younger
children, just gotta help them through it.
The number of older desktops and laptops available to the average church
are TOO NUMEROUS to require an argument. Frankly, if you can't
find an older computer to run a program like Play & Learn for your
preschoolers, you're not trying very hard. In fact, I'd venture to say
that half the people reading this article have just such a computer to
donate because they don't use it anymore. And indeed, MANY of our
customers have older computers they hold onto, even as they have
upgraded the majority of their equipment to Windows 7.
Adding an LCD projector to the equation
might also seem EXTRAVAGANT, --if this were not 2011. LCD
projectors are the equivalent of the old film projectors every church
used to own, so I will not argue the necessity of a projector in the
modern church either! LCD projectors are now also quite a lot
cheaper than the old film projectors were. Back in the 1970's, a film
projector cost over $500. Today, 40 years later, a MODEST LCD projector can be
purchased for under $300.
Indeed, many members own them for projecting
movies at home, or their businesses own them and can loan them.
Now on with the lesson plan
A lesson plan for
Learn Children's Bible and Kid Pix
This concept works well
with any story and group of non-readers.
"Jesus Stops the Storm"
is the story on Play and Learn CD in this
"Jesus Stops the Storm" is the story on Play and Learn CD in this
example lesson. This concept works well with any story and group of
non-readers. This lesson is good for kids up through grade 2.
See my notes at the end of this post about doing this with older
1. Gather the kids around your
computer/projector screen and ask
them, "What is the scariest thing they ever saw or did." After a few
answers, introduce them to the idea that even adults get scared, even
the disciples of Jesus. Ask the kids, "Have you ever been scared in a
storm?" Tell them that the Disciples got scared one day, and segway into
2. Show them the story of "Jesus Stops the Storm" found in Play &
Learn Children's Bible CD. Choose the read aloud feature. This is
your Bible Study!
Invite students to come up one at time to click one of the hidden
animation hotspots on each screen.
Remember to talk as if you were reading a book to a child.... pointing
out things in each illustration, asking questions and making comments,
such as, "O Boy, he looks scared, have you ever been that scared?" If
you have time, view the story a second time in the software (the stories
Do your typical Bible Study routine... show the kids where the
Sea is on a map. Remind the kids that several disciples were fisherman,
and Jesus used boats to travel to different towns, and to get away from
the crowds. Ask the kids what kind of boats they've been on, what it's
As you work through the story, make the observation that Jesus made the
Disciples feel safe. How does Jesus make US feel safe? Can we feel safe
if we are far away from Jesus? If we don't know or talk to him? What can
we do to feel closer to him?
You will also need to introduce these "concrete thinkers" to the idea
that the "storm" in the story can represent "storms/trouble" in our
lives. The boat can represent the church, our families, our friends.
This is a developmental leap for younger kids. Help them make the
Conclude with the observation that Jesus was also demonstrating to them
that HE was indeed the Messiah, the Son of God, who has the power to
make things happen, and can help us with our problems.
Now....Introduce the idea that Jesus can help us feel unafraid and
protected, even when bad things are happening around us. Talk about some
of the "bad things" that can happen to children (sickness, bullies,
getting lost, being hurt, mean people, trouble in our family, moving
away, death of a loved one, etc). When we trust in Jesus, and know he is
always with us, we can face any problem that life gives us. And Jesus
can help us figure out our problems... because he has the power!
3. After the Play and Learn story
presentation, have the kids go to
the other computers and turn on KID PIX , the creative writing and
drawing software program.
You can either have them draw their own boat and add a caption, OR...you
can pull up a picture of Jesus calming the storm from another source.
Over the top of that picture, they can add illustrations of "problems"
that they might have, or other children might have (problems, things
they are scared of, ...use examples from the discussion you've just had
This "picture of Jesus calming the storm" can come from a number of
sources. Perhaps you've found an illustration on the internet, or maybe
you did a screen capture using your printscreen key of the scene from
Play & Learn Children's Bible CD, and preparing the image ahead of time.
Whatever, SAVE this image ahead of class in a folder on each computer.
Kid Pix can find that picture and pull it into the drawing screen for
the kids to add to it. (Note: pre-size the image to about 640x480 pixels
so it fits nicely into the Kid Pix drawing window.
4. Add some "talking text" to the illustration. (Kid Pix will
speak whatever they type, to the delight of the children.) The
Preschoolers will need help spelling but can find the keys. You may type
their comments for them if needed. The kids love to hear the computer
speaking their words. It's what makes Kid Pix a popular tool.
5. After everyone has illustrated their picture and added some
talking text, have everyone get up from their seats and go hear
everyone else's presentations. The teacher should make comments as each
presentation is played.
6. PRINT! and conclude with prayer. If you have time, have the
kids (with help) type their prayer requests onto the Kid Pix screen for
a prayer that speaks out loud.
This basic lesson plan concept can
be used with A LOT of different stories.
See my "Older Children" adaptation
As you can see, this lesson requires a little bit of preparation (what
lesson doesn't), and some familiarity with importing graphics into Kid
Pix. It will also require some "helpers" to be present. All told, this
lesson will require about 35 minutes. One key is to keep a tight rein on
the kids when they're using the Kid Pix drawing tools.
Doing this Lesson with OLDER Children:
Play & Learn is too young for grades 3 and up in this lesson. Instead,
you can substitute showing a short video of Jesus Calming the Storm, or
use Lesson #18 "Jesus Calms the Storm" in Life of Christ CD !
Then, either use Kid Pix, or Let's Talk CD to create the spoken
responses. Focus on the idea of "how do we keep Jesus near so that we
KNOW and feel his presence, and know his words during times of trouble."
How do you "screen capture" an image from
Play & Learn Children's Bible CD?
Go to the image screen in the
program you'd like to save, then press your "PRINTSCREEN" key on your
keyboard. This snaps a shot of the screen and stores it on the Windows
clipboard. Open Windows paint, create a new image and select EDIT then
PASTE and the image will appear. You can modify it from there. A good
photo/graphic editing program is even better.