Add some fun – try these Sunday School games in you class this weekend. We’ve put together 101 Bible games for kids ideas that are easy to plan and will give children a positive experience while learning God’s Word. Use the links below to download in printable PDF format.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
- Books of the Bible
- Trivia Questions
- Outdoor Options
- Classic Children’s Games
- Memory Verse Activities
- Preschool Ideas
- Youth and Teens
- Other Ideas
Learning all 66 book names can be hard, especially for younger kids. It’s still a important activity to build up biblical literacy in the next generation.
That’s why we’ve gathered 8 fun activities for kids to play when learning their way around God’s Word. These work well inside, but can be take outdoors if the weather is nice. The combined file above includes our Books of the Bible Flash Cards, New Testament Books of the Bible Bingo and Old Testament Books of the Bible Bingo printables.
We wrote this very long list quiz questions for to play a review quiz whenever you need some extra activity in your class. These are fun in youth group or children’s church. We’ve even heard back grown adult small group studies who have loved this resource.
Take the fun to another level when you take the kids outside. We’ve put together the ultimate list of recreation ideas for Vacation Bible School (or anytime you need an outdoor activity at church). Use them year round to add some excitement to your children’s ministry.
When you have a mixed age group in kids church, these are the perfect way to build relationships and fun into your program. It’s all the classics you remember from your childhood – Duck Duck Goose, Hot Potato, Red Light Green Light, Simon Says, Musical Chairs. We’ve added some simple updates to add biblical elements. These also make awesome activities for preschoolers in children’s church.
Learning God’s Word by heart is essential for spiritual growth, but it doesn’t have to be boring. Try these fun ideas to help kids repeat their Scripture verses through play. Not sure where to start – check out our 52 Short Verses to Memorize
These options make it easy – just download, print, and you’re ready. We’ve included a variety of worksheets, word finds, and simple mazes. You can always browse our latest worksheets. Just be sure to choose which pages you want to print because the document is 59 pages long!
We’re constantly on the lookout for new ways to get preschoolers and toddlers active in learning the God’s Word. Here are a few of our favorite Sunday School games for younger kids.
- 7 Easy Preschool Ice Breakers (Toddlers Too!) — The idea here is to help students get to know one another. This is a foundation for building a strong relational ministry environment. “Simply put, children learn from the people they love. And love is the result of getting to know one another—it’s the result of relationship. Before our kids come to know Jesus, they just might need to know us first.” Written by David Rausch
- Noah’s Ark for Preschool– Print & Play Animal Match — This animal matching lesson is perfect for your preschool classes. It’s an easy teaching activity for Noah’s Ark or the Creation Story. Preparation : For up to 32 players: download and print 2 copies of the Animal Cards; cut each copy into 16.
- 8 Simple VBS Games for Preschoolers — This has all the classics (in case you need a refreshers). 1. Duck, Duck, Goose 2. Limbo 3. Cut the Cake 4. Balloon Relays. 5. Freeze Tag. 6. Red Light, Green Light 7. Simon Says 8. Guess the Picture. Don’t miss the related article Silly Ways to Play Duck Duck Goose .
- Jesus Calms the Waves from Children’s Ministry Magazine
Ideas for Youth & Teens
Student ministry leaders depend on friendly contests to “break the ice” and help build relationships in their youth group. Almost all the ideas listed above can be lots of fun for older students, they love revisiting their childhood favorites. Here are a few options we suggest if you need something special.
- “Build-A-Deer Workshop” for Preteens at Christmas
- “The Noodle Contest” Idea for Preteen Ministry
- 30 Youth Group Activities from Signup Genius
More Game Ideas
You can teach children how to encourage others. Stop the negative thinking & talking before it takes root. Kids need to be encouraged and encourage others!
For many years we’ve used this little game for our older elementary small groups. Kids need to see how God has given them talents and skills — to glorify Him. But in the process I thought it would be cool to have them do this by focusing on others.
Perfect for a icebreaker of sorts for your next ministry event? Try these ideas to get the students engaged and excited. These are guaranteed to ramp up excitement. The only supplies are accessible household items, so they are easy to prepare and of no cost to your ministry.
You also want the crowd to heap encouragement on the player, so lead the students likewise. If you sense a child is not going to make it in the designated time period, help them out. More challenging matches can be interspersed for adults to win or lose (the sillier the better). Have “Thank you for playing prizes” as rewards (whether they win or lose). Have fun! “You’ve got 60 seconds!”
Make the most of your summer ministry opportunities. Send some advanced notice for parents to bring clothes that can get wet. These are the special events the kids will be talking about for years to come.
Print this list for VBS, church camp, or school field days. Most are easy to plan with only a few supplies from the dollar store (and of course water).
We are adding new articles and lessons several times per week. We want to make your ministry easier and more successful in share the Good News. We believe adding some fun elements is essential to keep students coming back and inviting their friends. In other words, building up your outreach starts with making sure those attending now have a great experience.
5. Ideas from Other Websites
- Sunday School games on the Sunday School Works website.
- Anna Joy posted these fun ideas on her blog.
- Bible Games Central is a free website that has a great selection for various passages.
- Kids Sunday School Place offers some of their best ideas are free, if you buy a membership you get even more!
- Building Faith posted these great ideas
- Disciplr wrote a nice round-up of 49 learning activities for Sunday School
How do you make your teaching fun?
We love to hear your feedback on this ideas or from your own experience. What do you do to keep kids excited and having fun at in your ministry? Do you use play time as a reward for good behavior or as part of your plan to build relationships in the group? Do you always related the activities back to scripture? Leave a comment below and help other readers too!
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