Sunday schools teach Bible verses to children so they can have the Word of God with them at all times. Situations may arise at school or on the playground where kids can recall truth and instruction from the Bible verses they have learned. Young children have the ability to memorize and learn quickly. Parents and teachers can help them learn the Word of God with interesting and challenging learning activities.
Kids in elementary school improve their reading skills while learning verses in the Bible. They can find a verse in the Bible that begins with every letter of the alphabet. Parents or Sunday school teachers instruct children to create an alphabet notebook from A to Z. Once they have found a verse beginning with the letter A, they write it on the first page and decorate it. The next page in the notebook is for the letter B and so on. Each day the children should memorize the verse they have found. Parents can quiz kids frequently on verses from any letter of the alphabet.
The memory match game requires several index cards. A single word of one Bible verse is written on each card and placed face down on a table. Cards can also be placed on the floor for more space. The goal is for students to turn over one card at a time in the correct order of the whole verse. This may take several attempts as children try to memorize where the cards are. If one child turns over three correct words in a row, but the fourth is wrong, he loses a turn. The cards are all turned over again and the next child has a chance. If the game is too difficult, teams or groups can play against each other.
Crafts help children to place an image with the learned concept. Sunday school teachers can encourage children to create a craft for specific Bible stories. Then the children memorize a Bible verse associated with the story. For example, for the story of Noah’s ark, children can work in groups to build an ark out of Popsicle sticks. A greater challenge would be to judge which ark can float in water at a lake or pond. After the arks are finished, practice memorizing a verse such as the rainbow covenant from God found in Genesis 9:12.
A single Bible verse is written or printed on two separate pieces of paper. The host of the game cuts each paper into small pieces, with one or two words on each piece. After shuffling the small pieces of paper, the teacher or parent places the papers of each verse into an uninflated balloon. Children are divided into two teams. The group chooses a team captain who will race to the other end of the room, blow up the balloon and tie it. The rest of the team members join him and try to burst the balloon. Once the balloon is burst and all the pieces of paper fall out, the group must put the Bible verse in order. The first team to organize their verse wins.
Althea Thompson began writing professionally in 2002, and her work has appeared on CBN News and in the award-winning "Focus Magazine." She holds a Master of Arts in journalism from Regent University and a Bachelor of Arts in communication and writing from Houghton College.
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