Kids' church games and activities can foster active participation and make religious lessons more memorable. Church games can be played in Sunday School, at church camps, or even when kids are at home. Kids' church game ideas focus mainly on learning and interpreting Scripture, but you can also include activities in which children just loosen up and play. Church games help kids learn to play together, while also teaching them values and appropriate behaviour.
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"Amazing Verse" is a memorisation game for younger kids to help them learn Scripture. Write a Bible verse that pertains to the day's lesson or sermon on either a chalkboard or piece of poster board, then draw a maze underneath. The children recite the verse several times, then you either erase or block out several words in the verse. You then ask who knows any of the missing words. If a child answers correctly, you allow her to choose which way to go in the maze.
"Bible Jeopardy" is a variation on the long-running TV game show "Jeopardy." This church game quizzes kids about lessons learnt from the day's class.
Draw a rectangular game board on the chalkboard or poster board, dividing it into three columns of four rows each. The first column is the category column, with the categories "Characters," "Places" and "Things." Label each category's respective row with point values of increasing 100s.
Prepare questions from the day's lesson that focus on the three categories and are of various degrees of difficulty. Use the "Jeopardy" format, in which the question sounds like an answer and the answer must sound like a question. For example, the question might be, "God told him to build an ark," and the answer would be "Who is Noah?"
Divide the kids into two teams. Pick one of the teams to go first. Read a question aloud, then give them 10 seconds to answer. If they answer correctly, they get to choose another question from the board. If they answer incorrectly, the other team gets to answer. Each time a team answers correctly, they get to choose another question. The team with the most points wins.
"Bible Password" is another game based on a TV game show, in this case "Password." This kids' church game enables you to test students' knowledge of Biblical figures.
Select characters from the Bible and write down five or six details from their lives. Use these details as hints about who the person may be. For example, if you were describing Moses, you could write "wanderer, Red Sea, Ten Commandments, prince, burning bush, Book of Exodus."
Divide the children into two teams. Read the hints aloud; call on the team with the member who raises his hand first. The team with the most correct answers wins.
The Great Book Challenge
"The Great Book Challenge" helps kids learn the names and order of the books of the Bible. Go around the class, and ask each child whether she can recite the names and order of the books of the Bible. If a child is successful, you can give her a reward or treat. Kids can play this game over multiple classes, so they can keep trying until they get it.
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