Bible Games for Children 6 to 12

by Annabelle Lee

Bible games can reinforce lessons in a entertaining and interactive way. Keeping children's attention is easier when they are active and involved. In early-morning Sunday school, games also wake up the students and get them moving and thinking. If you take care when choosing games, they can be suitable for several age groups by making a few adjustments.

Bible Charades

Create teams of two or three children, mixing older and younger students, for Bible charades. Have copies of different parables or Bible stories printed on index cards. Each team must act out the material and try to make the other team guess which parable or story it is enacting. You can score points for guessing the correct answer, or just play for fun with no points awarded.

Bible Trivia Basketball

Purchase two or three small basketball hoops with foam balls, and set them up against a wall. Using masking tape, make lines the children must stand behind: a closer line for 6- to 8-year-olds, a line slightly farther away for 9- and 10-year-olds, and one a little farther back for students who are 11 and 12. Divide the class into teams and line them up behind the masking tape. Take turns asking each group a question about a person in the Bible, or ask them to recite a memory verse they have learned or any other questions that will review the lesson. In the case of a correct answer, the child throws the basketball. and if he sinks the shot, his team gets one point. In case of an incorrect answer, the child moves to the end of the line. The game continues until a predetermined amount of points or time is reached.

Scripture Memory Game

If you need a quick game to fill in those last few minutes of class, break the children into two teams, evenly dispersing younger and older students, for the Scripture memory game. You will have written a recently learned memory verse, with one word on each sticky note. Give each team a set of these notes and see which team can put the verse together the fastest.

Fill in the Blank

Break the class into three teams, with some younger and older students on each team. Place enough blanks on the board to spell out the words in a Bible verse, leaving spaces between the words. Give students play money to use for the duration of the game and have them take turns guessing the letters, if the child gets a letter correct, fill in the blanks for every instance of that letter in the saying, then pay him $1 for every blank he filled. If he wants a vowel, he must pay one $1, and he receives nothing if there are none of that vowel in the saying. Whoever guesses the puzzle receives $5. The player with the most money at the end of the game wins. You can play multiple rounds to make up a game.

About the Author

Annabelle Lee has been working in the journalism field since 1990. She was a teacher and yearbook adviser for four years and holds two associate degrees from her local community college where she currently teaches computer classes. Lee also writes for a local newspaper and was a proofreader for McGraw-Hill.

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