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Family Devotional Games

by Amie Taylor

The time when families come together to pray and study the Bible is a special time of bonding. In a fast-paced world, taking time out to study God's word together can strengthen family ties and enrich Biblical knowledge. While devotional time is serious, that doesn't mean it can't be fun. Playing devotional games will make study time fun for kids and adults alike.

Bible Bingo

Bible bingo is played just like regular bingo but the squares on the card are all Bible themed. Some categories of cards are books of Old and New Testaments, Bible stories, men and women of the Bible, Biblical symbols, Bible verses and parables. Bible bingo games are available for purchase in religious supply stores, Christian bookstores or on the Internet. Another option is to print out bingo cards available online. Printing the cards on card stock or laminating them will increase durability. Pictures on the cards can serve as a jumping off point for teaching and learning.

Bible Word Games

Crossword puzzles and word searches with a Biblical theme are fun options.

Crosswords, jumbles and word searches with a Biblical theme are another fun way to enhance devotional time. These can be completed as a family, taking time to discuss each answer as you go or you can print several copies, pass them out and give a prize for the first one to finish. However you choose to go about it, puzzle clues offer a fun learning activity.

Bible Jigsaw Puzzles

Puzzles with a religious theme can be a teaching opportunity.

Jigsaw puzzles are available in a multitude of Biblical themes. Jigsaw puzzle pictures include Bible stories, parables, angels, reproductions of religious paintings and the scenes from the holy land. While the kids work the puzzle, mom or dad can read the corresponding Bible story or impart information about the puzzle's scene.

Bible Beach Ball

Bible beach ball is a active game to get the family up and moving.

If you're looking for a game that is physically active, give Bible beach ball a try. Get the family and spread out in the yard. Bat the ball from person to person just like regular beach ball but each time a person hits the ball, have them call out a Bible verse, Bible character or book of the Bible, whichever theme the family agrees on. If the person cannot come up with one when they hit the ball, they are out. The last person remaining is the winner.

Bible Charades

Bible charades are another way to make devotions physically, as well as spiritually, challenging. Write down several Bible stories on small slips of paper and place them in a hat. The first person chooses one and then acts out the story on the slip until someone guesses the answer. The person with the winning answer gets to take the next turn and the person with the most right answers wins.

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