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3 Great Games from A-Z 
Requires NO preparation, NO supplies and NO set-up. They are easy, quick "fill-in" activities for those last few minutes in class. 

Children will learn that Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last. 

A-Mazing Friends
This game was sent in by Deb High, she was inspired by the 'Body of Christ' game, but didn't have enough room to play it in her classroom. She said she 'adapted the game' but in reality, she developed a whole new game. 

Are You Satisfied? 
Teaches children to be content with their circumstances. Sent in by Deb High. (Editor's note: Paul tells us in Philippians 4:11-12,"...for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances..." An important lesson for young and old!)

Armor of God 
Players compete to be the first one to put on the full Armor of God.

Bible 4-Square
Where kids learn to be four square on God's Word!

Bible Bingo 
Assemble Bible pictures onto Bingo-size playing cards. (For example, Adam and Eve in the Garden, Noah and the Ark, Jesus Feeds The Multitudes). Mix pictures in different order for each card. You can reference the pictures to their corresponding Bible verses too. Call out the Bible picture, or verse and have the players mark their cards with playing chips. First player to get all the pictures in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row wins! ~Sent in by Angie Reveles. 

Bible Boggle
Pick a Bible category. Example: Books of the Bible, Kings of the Bible, Women or Men of the Bible, Psalm 23 (or any chapter that the kids have studied), Beatitudes, Spiritual Gifts, Books beginning with a certain letter of the alphabet, etc. Give the players one minute to list as many items as they can think of dealing with that category. After one minute, the kids take turns reading their list. If two or more players have the same item, they must cross it off. Players get one point for each item that remains on the list. (The teacher is the judge - and makes the decision of what is allowed for a point.) Do as many categories that you have time for and the one with the most points wins. Another great game idea contributed by Deb High. 

Bible Book Clues 
Locate 17 books of the Bible by reading clues, then filling in the blanks. Players are also challenged to write their own clues. 

Bible Book Name Game 
(For Grades 3-6) In this noisy and rambunctious game, children will learn the books of the Bible and where to find them. This game was sent in by Dr. Phil, one of the subscribers to the Sunday School Teacher's Network (SSTN). If you're not signed up for the free network, you're missing out on a wonderful resource for your classes! (Click the title to get the 'Bible Book Name Game' directions.) 

Bible Books Race
A fast-paced, team oriented game to assemble the books of the Bible into sequential order.

Bible Books Rapid Fire 
A fast-paced Bible books card game whereby players attempt to get their cards in hand in exact sequence.

Bible Bowling
(Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 8:1-8 and 26-40) Players use their abilities to help the 'blind' player. Emphasizing evangelism, being a witness for Christ.

Bible Bumpers
Can be played indoors or out and used with a variety of Bible stories.

Bible Buster Relays 
Sent in by Suzanne Mossman, another contributor to the Sunday School Teacher's Network! In this fun and lively action game, kids will learn the books of the Bible...and have fun doing it! Awesome! That's what this site is all about! Thanks for sharing, Suzanne!

Bible Chunking Quiz
Chunking is a technique whereby you memorize small bits of information at a time. Telephone numbers and credit cards are typically chunked. Psychologists have determined that 5-7 bits of information is the optimal amount per chunk to memorize. 

Four-line riddles that ask "who am I" or "what am I"?

Bible Name Puzzle 
For older teens and adults. A great ice-breaker activity! It just might stump you! (The puzzle is for everyone, but the solution is for our Support Partners only.)

Bible Olympics
Players compete in Backstroke Relays and Broad jump. 

Bible Pop Quiz
Are you up to the challenge? A Bible quiz can help determine what needs to be taught in class.

Bible Scramble Relays 
An open-ended game that can be used with various Bible verses to reinforce memorization skills.

Bible Spell 
Teams compete to spell out the right Bible name, while describing other words to get the right answer.

Bible Spin-The-Bottle 
Players spin the bottle to determine who answers a Bible trivia question.

Bible Stack-O! 
An exciting Bible card game for kids and adults. Learn the books of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. There are three official ways to play, as well as, Stack-O Solitaire, Bible Memory, Spoons and a variation of Go Fish: Go Search Your Bible.

Bible Card Game

For Two Players or Two Teams. You will need a pack of Bible trivia questions to play this game. You can write your own questions, or purchase them. If playing in a class, divide class into two teams, "X's" and "O's". Draw a large Tic-Tac-Toe grid on the chalk board and number the squares 1-9. Players/teams take turns answering the Bible trivia questions called out by the teacher. Players may confer with their teammates to give an answer. If a correct answer is given, that player or team scores an "X" or "O" in one of the numbered positions of their own choosing on the grid. If a player/team is unable to answer a question, the opposing team may have an opportunity to answer it and score an "X" or "O". If no one is able to answer the question, the grid space remains blank and play continues as before. First player or team to get three in a row wins!

Bible Volley Ball
An active game to reinforce Bible memorization skills. If you like this game, then you'll love the other games found in Bible Games Explosion-52 Games for Year-round fun!

Bible Word Fun 
How creative can you get? Play three great Bible word games: Words-Worth, Treasure Hunt, and Bible Bits. Click the title to learn how to play.

Big Gulp of Jonah
In this Jonah and the whale craft and game, players try to get Jonah into the mouth of a whale. Use this game to introduce the story of Jonah

Lesson on Jonah and the Fish, whale

Bless You, Bless You, Amen
When we bless someone, we are asking for God's favor to rest on that person. Play this game to remind children to ask for God's favor over the lives of people they know and love. Coordinates well with Mark 10:13-16, Jesus blesses the little children.

Body of Christ
(1 Corinthians 12:12-26) Players learn that the body of Christ is many parts, and that they must work together to accomplish their goal.

Body Parts Game 
The Body of Christ is made up of many parts. "The head bones connected to the neck bone...the neck bones connected to the..." A great icebreaker game! 

Bug Batter Game
Players learn about the Body of Christ, and what it means to be on Jesus Christ's "team."

Bustin' Out 
A rompin' fun Scripture memory game. 

Buzzing Bee Hive 
In this game, the bees must tag the wasps, so they can BEEcome BEElievers and go to heaven, the Bee Hive. "Taste and see that the Lord is good!" Psalm 34:8 

Caterpillar to Butterfly Relays 
Players pretend to be caterpillars in their cocoons. When the cocoon is removed, they become new creatures, "butterflies." Game reinforces the idea of becoming "new creatures" in Christ.

Chariot Races 
Inspired by a lesson on Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch from Acts 8:26-39

David and Goliath 
Players pretend to be the Bible Super Hero, David, and attempt to defeat Goliath.

A new way to use regular playing cards! ACE=God, King=Jesus Christ, Queen=the the title to get the rest!

Diminishing Returns 
Players or teams guess clues to Bible books trivia, the sooner the correct answer is given the more points awarded, points diminish with each additional clue!

Echo, Echo, Echo
This is a fun way for kids to memorize Scripture! Divide your children into 3 to 5 sections. Section one should be closest to the teacher, section two a bit further away, section three further still, etc. Teacher begins by loudly saying the first few words of a memory verse. Section one repeats it loudly, section two follows section one, saying it a bit softer, section three says it softer still and so on until the words are echoed by each section. Teacher then says the next part of the verse, repeating the process as before until the entire verse is quoted. Your kids will concentrate on getting the echo effect just right, without even realizing how many times they are saying and repeating the verse! This is one of the fun memorization game ideas in Bible Games Explosion.

Evangelism Tag
Players race to tell other's that Jesus loves them!

F.B.I. "Faith Bible Investigators" 
Emmalea Butler wrote this game for an after-school Bible club called the Great Adventure Club. This six week session's adventure theme is called The F.B.I. (Faithful Bible Investigators). The F.B.I. has 10 teams called "Units" and the unit members are referred to as "Agents."

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Fish and Loaves Relay 
To be used with a lesson on the Feeding of the 5000.

Flashlight Bible Maze
Players or teams search in a darkened room for the words to Psalm 119:105.

Four Corners
A fast paced game that is great for lesson or memory verse review.

Freeze Frame
A fun game that reinforces Bible memorization skills. 

Friends Rescue Friends
Bible lesson and game on Jesus healing the paralytic by forgiving his sins.

Fruit of the Spirit Hidden Word Puzzle 

God is Our Refuge
(Psalm 46:1, Colossians 3:3) Players make dice to play this game, then unscramble the words to win!

God's Library Books Scramble
Players must unscramble the books of the Bible and put them back in order. A good memory game!

God's Safety Zone
Players learn about the Helmet of Salvation and the importance of protecting themselves from Satan's wiles.

Guardian of the Treasure 
Jo Ellen Nakles developed the 'Guardian' game for her Sunday school class. She writes, "I used this with my pre-teen group, and it was a big hit. It is a very physically active game, and the kids loved getting down and crawling around on the floor, trying to steal each other's treasures! Players will learn, how to set their sights not on earthly things, but on things above." (Click the title to get the directions.) 

Hear No Evil
The object of this game is to reinforce that we must learn (sometimes by trial and error) which voice to listen to, God's voice or Satan's voice. This game will work well with ages 5-11 because they will probably take longer to rationalize what's going on. If you play with ages above this, realize you may only need to perform it one time, because everyone will get what's going on by the end of the game. 

I Exercise My Faith When I . . . 
Illustrates Acts 17:28a, "For in him we live and move and have our being." Nearly all of our daily activities in life involve some measure of faith. Designed to help children realize we exercise our faith on a daily basis. A great way to improve listening and memory skills!

Jesus Feeds 5000
Children hunt for candy and share their loot.

Jesus Is
A card game based on John's gospel.

John 3:16 Word Search Puzzle
Find and circle the words from John 3:16, and then unscramble them to form the verse.

Jonah and God's Great Love 
I bet you thought the book of Jonah was mostly about a man eating fish! In this object lesson and word search puzzle, you'll discover another truth! Click the title for more.

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Journey to the Promised Land 
This game was submitted by Ellen Patterson, a Sunday School Network subscriber. Ellen wrote in to say, "The questions that I used were based on the curriculum my class has been studying. This covered Moses and the Exodus from Egypt, The Israelites and The Ten Commandments, The 40 years of wondering---God giving the Israelites manna and water, Rahab and the Israelite spies, and The Walls of Jericho. Of course, this worked well for a game based on a long journey!" Click the title for the directions.

Jubilee Word Search 
A word search activity based on John 14:15-21.

Let Your Light Shine Relays
This Bible game reminds us to pass the light of Christ to others.

Living Water Relays 
Focuses on receiving the Gift of Faith and the Gift of Giving. 

Lost Coin 
Players learn the heart of the parable--that God searches for those who are lost and doesn't give up until they are found.

Lost Sheep 
A fun twist on the classic game of Hide n' Seek. 

Make Peace, Not War 
Includes an object lesson for the Beatitude, "Blessed are the Peacemakers..." 

Memory Match-Up 
This memory technique works well with Bible verses that have two parts, such as found in the Beatitudes.

Missing the Mark 
Sin is explained when players attempt to hit the target...but inevitably will miss the mark. 

Narrow Way Relays
Teams work together to collect parts of a Bible verse as they move along a narrow path. Players learn about Jesus' statement, Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate, and broad is the road, that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate, and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it." (Matthew 7:13-14) 

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Off to the Races
Players are challenged to race their Ping-Pong balls along a course to finish the race. Players learn about the Apostle Paul's statement, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race..."

One Mediator
A prayer game. "There is one mediator between God and men...Jesus..."

One-Way Game 
This game emphasizes that Jesus is the only way to get to God. 

Our Daily Bread
A perfect add-on game to our Bible lesson series, The Prayer of Jesus

Our Father Relays
Another great add-on game to our Bible lesson series, The Prayer of Jesus

Pass It On 
Players solve the secret phrase: "JESUS SAVES" and pass it on!

Pin the Flag on the Bible 
In this fun twist of an old classic, children are challenged to pin their flags on God's Word and know what it's about!

Please Pass the Fruit
Teams compete by passing the fruit. Players will learn about the Fruit of the Spirit and be challenged to show their fruit in the world.

Psalms Series 1: SEARCH ME...KNOW ME 
An adaptation of Blind Man's Bluff and Marco-Polo based on Psalm 139. Combined activity with a lesson and a craft. 

Psalms Series 2: CLEAN HEART 
Focuses on Psalm 51, a prayer of repentance and cleansing.

Psalms Series 3: FRUITFUL TREE 
Focuses on Psalm 1, comparing the righteous and the wicked.

Quick Draw 
This western themed Cowboy / Cowgirl game encourages kids to memorize Scripture. 

Random Acts
Divide class into two groups. One person from each group takes a turn to open the Bible at a random page, picks a word or phrase that strikes him or her, then act it out. If a group member guesses correctly, their group scores two points. If incorrect, the other group gets a chance to guess. If correct, the group scores one point. (Copyright 2001 Lucille Dass - The Holy Spirit Church - Penang, Malaysia.) Thank you, Lucille, for sharing your ideas with the rest of the world!

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Ready, Set, Go, Flip, Slide 
Using this "Bible drill method" helps to keep kids who are older or more experienced from showing off and making others feel less equipped.

Resist The Devil 
Players "the soldiers" work together to keep and "guard" their boundaries in order to resist the devil and flee from him (James 4:7). 

A fun game of going in the wrong direction then turning and going the right way!

Reverse the Curse 
Jesus healed the man with leprosy and he heals us too. (Mark 1:40-45)

Righteous Vs. Wicked 
To live a righteous life you grow towards God. To live a wicked life you move away from God. Similar to Red Light-Green Light.

Rubber Band Memorization Game
A fun classroom game to reinforce longer passages of Scripture.

Seeing God in Everything 
"The Heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." (Psalm 19:1) In this game, the players will begin to train themselves to see God in all things. Thanks goes to Yulonda Smith of 'Living Holy Family Worship Center in Greensboro, NC. for this great game idea! Click the title for the directions.

Sending Out An S.O.S.
Kids send a Saved Our Souls praise message to Jesus.

Serve One Another
Children will learn the meaning of the imperative from the Lord's Prayer, "Thy Kingdom come; thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven." To serve one another in love.

Serve One Another in Love
Another fun way to reinforce bringing God's kingdom to earth as it is in Heaven, as our Lord taught us to pray. 

Sheep & Goats 
A game and lesson on the obedient vs. the disobedient, or believers vs. unbelievers.

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Sticky Stereotypes
What do you think other people think of you? In Sticky Stereotypes you'll be challenged to consider how God thinks of you! A good game for teens.

Survival: Job, "Why, God, Why?" 
Children learn that in the midst of difficult times, God is working things out for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).

The WORD Became Flesh 
Sample our six-session lesson plan based on John 1:1-14. 

Vineyard Workers 
Accompanied with a lesson on God's grace.

What's Wrong?
Kids will learn the importance of every word in Scripture.

Who Am I? 
In order to play, "Who Am I?" you divide the class into teams or allow each child to compete against one another. To begin, you describe a person from the Old or New Testament. For example: "I baptized Jesus. Who am I?" (John the Baptist-Matthew 3:13) Or, "I was anointed king by Samuel. Who am I?" (King David-1 Samuel 16:13) This idea was sent in by Pat Rogers, a regular contributor to the Sunday School Teacher's Network. Pat says, "We played another version of this game whereby there were multiple clues with variant points for each clue. 5 points for the first & hardest clue, then downward from there." 

Word Builder 
Teams work together to write words onto other words that are Bible-related.

Write On!
A Bible memory verse review game.

W.W.J.D.? - W.W.J.S.? 
A fun way to get your class to discuss, What does it REALLYmean to follow Jesus?

You Don't Say 
Players compete to NOT say the right Bible word. Varying themes to make it a great game to fit all occasions!

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