Do you help children memorize Bible verses? Whether you are teaching one child at home or 25 children in a classroom, you need easy ways to make memory verse time seriously fun. These 12 games will help you to do exactly that – with very little prep time and using objects you probably already have in your home.
Many of these games do require you to write or print the verse. Click here to see the easiest way to make a Bible verse printable in minutes.
Write or type the Bible verse onto a sheet of paper. Put a frame around the verse. Cut individual words or phrases out of the frame. Spread the words around a room, taping them to a wall or hiding them. At “go”, your child must find all of the words and assemble them in the correct order back into the frame.
Multiple children? Print the verse on several different colored pages. Have each child or team work on one color verse, racing to see who can complete their “puzzle” the fastest.
This game works best for multiple children. Write or type the Bible verse on a sheet of paper. Cut the words or phrases apart. Tape a word or phrase under random chairs in the classroom. After the kids are seated, ask them to look under their chairs to see if they are sitting in one of the “hot seats” – a chair that has a word under it. Whoever finds a word under their chair brings it to the front. The kids must arrange themselves in line, each holding up their word, so that the words are in the correct order.
Lots of Kids? Print the verse in different colors and mix them throughout the room. Then, all of the kids with a blue word under their seat must complete the blue verse while the kids with a red word under their seat must complete the red verse.
Write or type the Bible verse on a sheet of paper, using fairly small print. Cut the words or phrases apart. Carefully roll or fold each word up and insert it into a balloon opening. Blow up the balloons and tie them. Place the balloons in a mixed up pile. Have your child pop the balloons, get the words, and put them in order.
Multiple children? Print the verse on several times. Insert the words for each memory verse into different colored balloons (for example, one verse into blue balloons, one verse into red balloons.) Divide the kids into teams and see which team can pop all of their balloons and assemble their verse first.
Write or type the Bible verse onto a sheet of paper. Cut the words apart. Tape the words to a wall or table. Have your child say the verse out loud, then remove one word. Have your child say the verse again, seeing if they can remember the missing word. Then, have your child take away another word. Repeat, until all of the words are gone and your child is saying the verse from memory.
Multiple children? Have the kids take turns removing words, everyone saying the verse together.
Variation: Rather than printing a verse on a piece of paper, try writing the verse on a dry erase board or chalk board and erasing the words.
All you need for this game is a ball. Say one phrase of the verse. Have your child repeat the phrase with you. Then, toss a ball back and forth. As you toss the ball, say one word of the phrase. Your child catches the ball, then tosses it back to you, saying the next word. You can play again, varying who starts the phrase, until your child knows the phrase by memory. Then, repeat this game with the next phrase of the verse.
Multiple children? Stand in a circle and toss or bounce a ball back and forth as you say the words. You can have the whole group or individuals say the words with each throw.
Write or print the verse on a piece of paper, leaving lined blanks for several words. Under the blank lines, write the letters that make up that word, scrambled. Have your child unscramble the letters to figure out what the word is.
Multiple children? Make copies of the page before handing it out.
Write or type the Bible verse onto a sheet of paper. Cut the paper into odd shapes to make a puzzle. Have your child assemble the puzzle.
Multiple children? Make copies of the puzzle before cutting them apart, so each child or team can assemble their own puzzles.
Repeat the verse with your child several times so that they are familiar with it. Then, say the verse aloud to them, but make a mistake. When your child hears the mistake, they call out “Gotcha” and get one point. If your child doesn’t catch the error, the “Tricky Teacher” gets a point.
Multiple children? Play this game in exactly the same way, pitting the children against the teacher to see who gets the most points.
Grab a box of sidewalk chalk and head outside. Have your child write the verse in large letters on your driveway or sidewalk, then illustrate it as desired.
Multiple children? Have each child write their own verse or work together in groups to write and illustrate the verses.
This idea comes from 123Homeschool4Me, although Beth makes hers differently. (You can check out her post here, and get even more great Bible verse game ideas!)
Write or type the Bible verse onto a sheet of paper. Cut the verse into individual words and tape each word onto a domino. Mix the dominoes with the Bible verse words. Have your child put the words in order, standing each domino on it’s short end in a train. After your child has assembled the dominoes and can say the verse, allow your child to knock down the first domino and watch them tumble.
Multiple Children? Print the Bible verse several different times, and tape onto different groups of dominoes. Give each child or team their own group of dominoes and see who can put the words in order the quickest. Then, have fun watching the dominoes tumble.
Write or type the Bible verse onto a sheet of paper. Cut the verse into individual words and tape each word to a large building block. (Duploes or Mega-Blocks work great!) Mix the words. Repeat the verse several times with your child. Then, challenge your child to use the building blocks to build a wall or shape, while getting the Bible verse words in the correct order.
Multiple children? Print the Bible verse several different times, and tape onto different groups of building blocks. Give each child or team their own group of building blocks and see who can come up with the most creative shape.
Write or type the Bible verse onto a sheet of paper with small print. Cut the verse into individual words and tape each word to the short end of a Jenga game piece. Build a Jenga tower with regular Jenga pieces and the verse pieces mixed together, placing the verse words in one direction and in order so that it can be read.. Play Jenga as usual. Each time someone successfully removes a Jenga block, repeat the verse together. At first, you will be able to read the Jenga verse pieces, but it will get harder as the verse pieces get more and more mixed up. When the Jenga tower falls, put your verse together in the correct order.
Multiple Children? Play in the same way.
How about you? Will you be using any of these game ideas? Do you have any ideas of your own? I would love to hear from you. Please scroll down to comment.