The Catholic Catechism is a series of detailed tenets that describes Catholic beliefs. While the catechism is an integral part of the Catholic religion, it is also dense and difficult to convey to children and newcomers to the faith. With the help of themed activities and games, you can make the catechism more accessible and easier to understand for everyone.
Fill in the Blank
One effective way to reinforce the teachings of the catechism is with worksheets that get students to practice completing phrases and concepts from the catechism. You can create these worksheets yourself or purchase workbooks that include worksheets and copy them for the members of your class. Some ideas for fill-in-the-blanks include "Our ________ who art in Heaven," "Catholics believe in faith, hope and _________" and "Jesus is the son of _________."
Coloring is a favorite activity for younger children and you can encourage their artistic expression in combination with learning about the catechism. Provide your students with coloring pages of various Bible parables that illustrate Catholic values as outlined in the catechism, such as the Good Samaritan and the Lion and the Lamb. Coloring pages of saints is another interactive way to teach children who some of the important figures in Catholicism are and what their teachings were.
Trivia games are a challenging yet entertaining way to test and reinforce the teachings of the catechism. Set up your class like a game show and have two teams that "buzz in" or raise their hands to answer trivia questions pertaining to Catholic beliefs and values. Modify your trivia questions based on the knowledge level of the students you're working with. For extra fun, award prizes to the team with the most points at the end of the game.
It's easy to put a Catholic twist on bingo simply by changing the numbers to concepts in the catechism. When making up your bingo boards, add categories such as "Trinity," "Mass," "The Pope," "The Ten Commandments," "The Eucharist" and "Lent." To make it more challenging than simply calling out the concepts and having students fill in spaces, when a student gets "bingo" ask her to give a brief description of all the categories she filled.
- "100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church: For Grades 1 to 8"; Ellen Rossini; 1996
- St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church: Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition
- Catholic Catechist: Teaching Aids -- Games, Crafts & Ice Breakers
- Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images