Five Scripture Memory Games for Children

Try These Creative Methods to Help Kids Memorize Scripture

“Your word have I hidden in my heart that I might not sin against You.” Psalm 119:11

Memorizing scripture is a vital discipline for every believer. Bible memorization helps us find comfort, fight sin, and know our God. Children form habits early which can have a ripple effect through the rest of their life. What a blessing it can be to train a child in the discipline of scripture memorization early in their life. Yet, children don’t usually respond well to the traditional drilling of memorization.

Here are some creative ways to help children memorize scripture in church on Sundays or at home during the week.

1) Post-it Cover Up

For this activity write the memory verse on the front board of the classroom. Practice reading it once together and then use post-it notes to cover up one of the words. Then, practice reading the verse again followed by covering up a second word with post-it notes. Continue this pattern until the entire verse is covered and the children are saying the verse from memory. This is an interesting spin on traditional drilling of a verse by repetition. You could also reverse the game beginning with some words covered and have children guess the missing words.

2) Secret Decoder

In this activity, the teacher will prepare a secret code on paper ahead of time and make enough copies for the class. At the top of the paper, make a code where a number or small icon represents each letter of the alphabet. On the bottom half of the paper write a series of dashes (enough to spell out each letter of the memory verse) and below each dash write the number or small icon which corresponds with the letter of the alphabet. Children enjoy trying to decode the “secret message” and they have fun guessing the verse before they have filled in all the letters!

3) Move it or Lose It

Many children learn best by moving. A creative way to break up long lengths of sitting still in Sunday School is to brainstorm motions with the students to match their memory verse. When children learn movements they are less likely to “lose it” from their memory. I can still remember the motions my friend and I made up to Psalm 119:105 in third grade.

4) Sparkle

This is a whole group game intended to use as a review of verses already learned. The children will stand in a circle facing one another. The teacher says a reference for a recent memory verse. The game travels around the circle with each child saying the next word to come in the verse. If the child says an incorrect word or does not know the next word they sit down. The verse continues around the circle until the final word is said and then the next child says “Sparkle!” to finish the verse. The child who says “Sparkle!” also sits down. The children continue to play with a variety of verses until there is only one child standing who is the winner. The teacher can choose any word to be used for the “Sparkle!”

5) Word Card Scramble

The teacher writes each word of the verse on separate index cards and mixes them up. Each child is given a set of cards which holds one complete verse. The children spread their cards out on the table or floor face-up and try to unscramble the words to put the verse in the correct order. To add interest this activity can be timed if your class enjoys competition. As a review activity, the children can also create their own cards to be kept in individual baggies for a variety of verses which have already been learned. The children can trade baggies and test their friends on past verses.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

Need More Ideas? Read why Bible Memorization is important or read these tips for helping kids memorize Bible verses.


Comments

  1. KIRUBA says

    praise the lord…thank you for the ideas, its help me out a lot. MAY
    GOD BLESS UR MINISTRY

  2. Maggie says

    Thanks for the great ideas! I need an activity for Vacation Bible School (VBS) and one of these will be perfect!

  3. hepsibha says

    God loves everyone in the world.
    i like this games as they make our mind memories memory verse

    thanks
    may God bless you

  4. Diane says

    I am going to use an idea in Good News Club after school program. It will both be game and a good way to learn scripture verse of the day. Thank you.

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  6. Candice says

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  7. Ruby Robinson says

    This so wonderful to have this kind of help today. It make my teaching so easy.

  8. Christine Coulter says

    We play a game using index cards also. We put all the words of the verse that we are working on on individual index cards and tape them to the wall or white board randomly. (We usually do two sets and divide the kids up into teams…. they like to compete against each other) Then we go over the verse one or two times. We have the kids line up and the teacher starts saying the verse, when the teacher stops, the kids have to run to the white board and grab the next word, then run to the opposite wall and retape the word there. The object of the game is to get the entire verse on the opposite wall in the correct order FIRST. We play lots of variations of this game, such as saying the verse a few times, then NOT saying it at all while the kids try to get it in the correct order on the opposite wall. After a while, we have lots of verses on index cards, so we will put them ALL up on the wall and then call out an address and have the kids put the verse on the opposite wall.

  9. Gbemi says

    Thank you for this site,it has really helped me become a better children church worker since i stumbled upon it.god bless ur ministry

  10. Jean Campbell says

    I have an idea for a memory verse game.
    Write each word on a cut out circle piece of cardboard (circle is to be about 2″ circumference).
    Put the circles with the words written on them into a bag you can’t see through. You can use a brown lunch bage or a small shoe bag if you like.
    Each child pulls out one word and sticks it on the board with tape.
    Each child has a turn trying to place their word in the correct sequence.
    This can be repeated a few times. Kids love it!
    **Make sure you go over the verse a few times before the game.

  11. Sonia Alvarado says

    Great ideas!! The children in our church will like these games. I will most surely use them. Thanks!!

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