Bustin' Out

Bible Balloon Memorization Game

Blow up enough balloons so that you have one for each word in the verse, then write the word on it. Tape the balloons to the wall in the correct order. (You might want to tape them to a bulletin board or other padded surface.) Have the children say the verse. Allow one of the children to pop one of the balloons with a well-sharpened pencil, or even throw a dart. (Carefully supervise this). If the verse is long, you may want to pop two words at a time. After each balloon is popped, have the children say the verse, filling in the missing words. By the time all the balloons are popped, the children will be well on their way to knowing the verse by heart!

By Jill Jeter
"I've done this with Kindergarten through third grade and they all LOVE it!"

Variation of Play: Divide the teams into adults against the children. We found Bible verses and wrote each word on a slip of paper then inserted one paper into each balloon and blew them up. We then gathered all balloons for one Bible verse and bagged them in trash bags. Each team was them handed one trash bag. When I said "go" each team was to dump their balloons out, sit on them to pop (they could not stomp or use sharp objects to pop balloon, they had to sit on them., including the adults), gather all the slips of paper, and then arrange the Bible verse in correct order. 

I am not sure who had the most fun, the adults or kids! 

Variation sent in by: Penni, Union Arbor Church, Beckville, Texas.

Editor's Note: Some good key verses to memorize are found in the book of Romans, see Romans 3:23, 5:8, 6:23, 10:9-10, and 10:13, known as The Roman Road.

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