3 Great Games from A-ZRequires
NO preparation, NO supplies and NO set-up. They are easy, quick
"fill-in" activities for those last few minutes in class.
& OMEGA RELAYS
Children will learn that Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the First
and the Last.
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. Click the title to read on.
ARE YOU SATISFIED?
"Are You Satisfied?" teaches children to be content with their
circumstances. (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!) Sent in by Deb High.
ARMOR OF GOD
compete to be the first one to put on the full Armor of God.
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 to get all the pictures
in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal row wins! This was sent in by Angie
Reveles. Thanks for sharing Angie!
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.
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
fast-paced, team oriented game to assemble the books of the Bible into
Bible Books Rapid Fire
A fast-paced Bible books card game whereby players attempt to get their cards in
hand in exact sequence.
Scramble Players must
unscramble the books of the Bible and put them back in order. A good memory
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.
be played indoors or out and used with a variety of Bible stories.
Bible Buster Relays
Bible Busters was 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!
exciting new 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
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 Word Fun
How creative can you get? Play three great Bible word games: Words-Worth, Treasure Hunt,
Bits. Click the title to learn how to play.
You, Bless You, Amen
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
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
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!"
RacesInspired by a
lesson on Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch from Acts 8:26-39
Players pretend to be the Bible Super Hero, David, and attempt to defeat
of "BIBLE" CARDS
new way to use regular playing cards! ACE=God, King=Jesus Christ,
Queen=the Church...click the title to get the rest!
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!
"Faith Bible Investigators"
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".
GOD IS OUR REFUGE (Psalm
46:1, Colossians 3:3)
Players make dice to play this game, then unscramble the words to win!
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.)
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.
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!
mitted by Ellen Patterson, a Sunday
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
learn the heart of the parable--that God searches for those who are lost and
doesn't give up until they are found.
twist on the classic game of Hide n' Seek.
MISSING THE MARK
Sin is explained when players attempt to hit the target...but
inevitably will miss the mark.
PEACE, NOT WAR
Includes an object lesson for the Beatitude, "Blessed are the
game emphasizes that Jesus is the only way to get to God.
PASS IT ON Players
solve the secret phrase: "JESUS SAVES" and pass it on!
Pin the Flag
on the Bible
this fun twist of an old classic, children are challenged to pin
their flags on God's Word and know what it's about!
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.
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
Off to the Races
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..."
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:
Focuses on Psalm 51, a prayer of
repentance and cleansing.
Psalms Series 3:
Focuses on Psalm 1, comparing the righteous and the wicked.
western themed Cowboy / Cowgirl game encourages kids to memorize
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!
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.
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!
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.
SEEING GOD IN
"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.
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."
Teams work together to write words onto other words that are
You Don't Say
NOT say the right Bible word. Varying themes to make it a great game to
fit all occasions!
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