Sketching Bible Memory Verses

Here is a fun learning activity that will promote understanding of Bible memory verses. One of weak points of route Bible memory is a lack of comprehension. This sketch process will force them (and you) to transfer concepts into symbols, a key skill in learning.

Bible memory verse activity

Supplies: Dry erase maker and board. Alternatively you can use poster board, giant Post-It notes, or sidewalk chalk.

Target Age: I’ve used Bible verse learning activity with K4 through adults. It’s actually easier for kids than grown-ups to be creative.

Procedure: After rehearsing the memory verse, invite volunteers to sketch one short element from the verse. I typically choose an older child first to set a good pattern for the others. Then I invite other children one at a time until we’ve sketched the verse. You can take a photo of the finished project to print off or post on Facebook.

Possible Variations: You could easily split this activity into small groups and use a single piece of white paper. I often repeat the same Bible verse the next week except I let each child work independently on their own sketch. Then we compare the end results and discuss the different ways the concepts were represented.

Please leave a comment if you’d like to suggest another variation of this activity. You can also share where you have found it most useful. We’ve used it as a Sunday School craft or object lesson in children’s church.

More Examples

Here are a few more examples of Bible verses we’ve used with this teaching method. If you would like to share one of your own, just post it the wall of our Facebook page.


  1. Lydia says

    thank you!it”s help me a lot,especially for my sunday school kids.

  2. Francilyn says

    Thank you Tony ,

    I’ll try it at Sabbath School..will let u know it came out.

  3. abigail borteye says

    thank you Tony and your team for making my ministry work so easy.Am grateful to your contributions,illustrative ideas and ways of teaching.Its really helping my kids.God bless your ministry.

  4. says

    Tony: Grapevine Studies is used in many churches all across the US. It is highly recommended by teachers and students love it.

  5. Tammy Jones says

    This is a great idea too. I have some kids that would love to try this on our dry erase board. Also check out the Scripture Lady at She has some really good suggestions for similar ideas.

  6. says

    @Penny: The Grapevine materials look very cool. Does your church use them? This is the first time I’ve heard about that.

  7. says

    My son has autism and he loves to draw. There are days in children’s church when they are finished with the lesson they have a hard time keeping my child occupied. What a great idea, this will be perfect for him! Thanks so much for sharing this!

  8. says

    I used to do this with my children to help them memorize.
    We also would have someone illustrate a verse with pictures or illustrate a Bible story with play dough. The rest of the family would have to guess what verse or what story was being illustrated.

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