One of the goals of our children’s church is to have all the kids know the books of the Bible, how to find them in the Bible and key verses in each book. Since kids learn in so many different ways, we are trying to include activities that appeal to many different learning styles and abilities. Here are some of the resources we have been using to help memorize the books of the Bible:
Free Books of the Bible Printables:
1. You can see in the image above a rainbow-colored sign with all the Books of the Bible. This is a free printable from Children’s Ministry. I printed it out and used the colors to help make some of our other games.
2. Carisa from 1+1=1 has a free Books of the Bible lapbook to help young children learn their books.
4. Books of the Bible copywork from Amanda Pelser–both print and cursive.
Books of the Bible Games:
1. Books of the Bible Clothespins:
I found this idea on Pinterest and modified it a little. I color-coded the clothespins using the colors from the printable from the Children’s Ministry. They are divided by types i.e. history, prophecy etc. and I also colored the end of all the Old Testament clothespins orange and the end of all New Testament clothespins pink.
Have an Old Testament hanger or twine to hang clothespins on, and a New Testament hanger or twine. Place all the clothespins in a bucket and have kids sort them in the right order.
2. Stacking Cups:
We also got this idea on Pinterest. We found cute little plastic glasses (they remind me of communion cups). Each book of the Bible is written on a cup. Kids can stack them in the correct order or line them up in the correct order. You can also make a line of cups and remove one from the order. Have students find the missing cup.
3. Bible Jenga:
Take a Jenga game and write the Books of the Bible on the pieces. Also write the number of the Book. Have kids stack in order.
Love this idea –would work well with older children.
5. Books of the Bible Wall:
Using (ad) cardboard blocks, add the name of each book of the Bible on a block. Have children build a wall of books in the right order. This is a great active game– you will need space though!
6. Many game ideas from Creative Sunday School Ideas. Printable Books of the Bible cards, Bible race games and more.
Books of the Bible Songs:
Our Children’s Church is using the following song as our summer theme song for learning the Books of the Bible:
We have been using many of these activities at home too. My 2yr. old – 11yr. old have been having fun learning the Books of the Bible! We are almost to our goal of memorizing the order. Then we will continue to use The Picture Smart Bible this school year to get an overview of the Bible. Do you have any creative ways to help kids memorize the Books of the Bible?
P.S. My friend Jolanthe from Homeschool Creations has a free prayer printable on her blog today! Be sure to check it out too!