Martin Luther changed the history of the Christian Church–and of the world. Explore Martin Luther for kids with activities and books!
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Martin Luther, the Reformer, is a figure your kids need to know about
Martin Luther changed the history of the world by impacting the governments, economic system, and religious system of all of Europe, the New World, and beyond. Luther, though, is remembered most of all for changing the history of the Christian Church. That’s why many call him the Father of the Reformation.
The Reformation, which was a return to the truth of the gospel found in Scripture, did not begin with Martin Luther. Figures like John Wycliffe and Jan Hus taught the Good News of Jesus Christ and advocated for Bible translations in the language of the common reader. Both Wycliffe and Hus encountered strong resistance, and Hus was killed for his beliefs.
Father of the Reformation
Martin Luther is called the Father of the Reformation because on October 31, 1517, he nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church, beginning a revolution that the Catholic Church and the governments of Europe were powerless to stop.
It was a revolution that fought for the truth of Scripture. To be saved, we must:
- Believe in Jesus. (John 3:16)
- Confess him with our mouths. (Romans 10:9-10)
- God helps us repent of our sins. (Luke 13:3)
Martin Luther for Kids
History can be really fun and engaging. Our kids can learn about Martin Luther and his impact on history through engaging literature and hands-on activities!
There are lots of fun ways to teach your kids about Martin Luther and the Reformation. Here are a few books and activities to get you started.
Martin Luther Activities and Books
- Who Was Martin Luther? is the perfect sassy narrative biography for your 8-11 year old!
- Need a family read aloud, or a novel for your teen? When Lightning Struck: The Story of Martin Luther is fun historical fiction that doesn’t skimp on the theology of Martin Luther’s story.
- Grab this free Who Was Martin Luther? Biography Lapbook to go along with your Who What Why biography.
- Your kids can make a fun representation of Martin and Katie Luther, along with the Wittenberg Castle Church and the 95 Theses–all out of toilet paper rolls!
- Create an easy lyrics craft for Martin Luther’s best-known hymn with this A Mighty Fortress is our God craft.
- Check out this Martin Luther Unit Study and Lapbook— put together right here at I Choose Joy.
Video of the Martin Luther Lapbook:
- Host a Reformation Day celebration.
- Don’t forget your Reformation Day (super cute!) snacks.
- Kids under 9 will love this Reformation Day printable pack from Proverbial Homemaker.
- Study Great Hymns of the Faith with this course from Music in Our Homeschool — including A Mighty Fortress is Our God!
- For Valentine’s Day, grab these fun Martin Luther Valentines!
Kids need to know about the Father of the Reformation, Martin Luther. You can teach them in fun, engaging ways they’ll enjoy!
Do you have some fun ideas for teaching Martin Luther for kids? Share in a comment below!
Guest Contributor Bio:
Danika Cooley’s Who What Why Christian history series is perfect for your 8-11 year olds. Your children will better understand the history of the Christian faith, the people who loved Jesus, and what the Bible says about really important issues! Danika is an award-winning children’s author and Bible curriculum developer. Tens of thousands of families use her popular Bible Road Trip™