Games for Jesus' Parables

by Cathy Givans

A parable is a story that illustrates a moral or lesson. Most of Jesus' teachings are in the form of parables. In fact, more than one-third of the Gospels contain parables that Jesus told. Learning these parables can help children find hope and understand the Kingdom of Heaven. However, children learn more through activities, which can make teaching the parables of Jesus more challenging. Using games can engage children and make learning more fun.

Word Searches

You can often find word searches for free online. You can print them out and give them to older children. Generally, they contain words that relate to the parables of Jesus. This can make learning about Jesus' parables more fun and engaging for older children.

Interactive Online Games

Interactive online games can engage children of all ages. These games do more than just teach the parables. They also get children thinking about what the parables mean. They engage children and encourage them to think on their own, making the lessons come to life. You can find some interactive games in 3-D format, making the game more life-like.

Coloring Pages and Puzzles

You can find coloring pages and puzzles in many sources, including online. This can provide young children with an introduction to the parables of Jesus. You may even want to tell the parable behind the picture or puzzle as children are coloring.

Seed Scatter

You can do the seed scatter activity with younger and school-aged children. In this activity, you collect some seeds and take the children outside. Have them scatter the seeds and then plant some seeds in a small pot. As they scatter and plant, tell them about the parable of the sower. The following week, ask the children if they see any of their seeds outside. Ask them about the seeds in their pot. Use the answers to talk about the parable of the sower.

About the Author

Cathy Givans has worked as a freelance copywriter since 2009. She has written for various online publications on subjects including parenting, homeschooling and living a vegetarian lifestyle. Givans has an Associate of Occupational Studies in business from The Bryman School.

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