We did this before once before with Lehi's Dream. I can't believe that was three years ago!
Well a couple nights ago we were reading in Alma 49. And the way we are doing our scripture study right now is to have each family member read a verse until the chapter is done. It's REALLY difficult for me to follow the story line because some readers are so much slower and less expressive than others. It's easy for the mind to wander.
But it was a cool story about how the Lamanites kept trying to attack the Nephites but the Nephites had prepared and strengthened and fortified themselves so much that the Lamanites couldn't get to them. There were thousands of Lamanites slaughtered but they couldn't reach the Nephites with their stones or arrows and couldn't get past their fortifications for hand to hand combat. I kind of pictured the Battle Of Helm's Deep (if you're a Lord of the Rings fan).
I thought that kids would think this chapter was way more interesting if they were paying attention and picturing it. So for the next night's scripture study, I re-read Alma 49 while everyone had paper and pencil in hand. I told them to draw the way the pictured it.
And this is what Wink drew after she saw my drawing. I still love it. "Security! Watch Out!"
Mack's picture tracks the whole story. It starts out in the upper right corner with King Amalickiah telling the Lamanites to go to battle against the Nephites. But he does not go in the head of them. He stays behind. So they get to the first city and there are ditches all around and they don't dare attack. So they hike through the wilderness to get to the next city. Also, those dark things on their heads? Those are helmets.
The best thing about this activity was how absolutely absorbed everyone was while I was reading and afterwards while they were drawing. Everyone lingered long after I was done reading to finish their pictures and most people were still not done yet when the Hubba finally told everyone it was bedtime. Wink and Pink loved this activity. And so did Wiyah. So it was good for all ages. We all had a lot of fun comparing pictures and seeing how everyone else pictured the scene. Some of the kids mentioned that they wanted to do this for scripture study every night. It's probably not possible every night, but I definitely think we should do this more often. It would be kind of fun to have family pictures depicting the whole Book of Mormon!