Bible games are a fun way to boost your children’s ministry or Sunday School lesson. Try these fun 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 fun positive experience while learning God’s Word. Use the links below to download in printable PDF format.
Free Bible Game Ideas for Children’s Ministry and Sunday School.
- Books of the Bible
- Trivia Questions
- Outdoor Options
- Classic Children’s Games
- Memory Verse Activities
- Preschool Ideas
- Youth and Teens
- Other Ideas
Books of the Bible Games for Children at Church.
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 Bible games 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. Trivia time is can turn all themes into fun games These are fun in youth group or children’s church. Questions include the Ten commandments, the life of Jesus Christ, how God made the world, and more. We’ve even heard back grown adult small group studies who have loved this resource. You can download these Bible Trivia games on the Sunday School Store. If that’s not enough write questions from your own Bible stories.
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. The point is to make sure every person knows that god loves them. For children, play time with an easy game is the best way to build faith into their lives.
When you have a mixed age group in kids church, these games are the perfect way to build relationships and fun into your children’s ministry program. It’s all the classics you remember from your childhood – Duck Duck Goose, Hot Potato, Red Light Green Light, Simon Says, Musical Chairs. Bible games are a powerful way to help kids learn. We’ve added some simple updates to add biblical elements. These also make awesome activities for preschoolers in children’s church or Sunday School. When possible, we highlight Bible games you can play indoors.
Use these Bible Memory verse Sunday School games. Kids love fun activities at church and in Christian families.
Add a fun game to any Bible lesson for kids. Use in your Sunday morning children’s church ministry to keep children active and learning.
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 Bible verses through play. Make it easy to get the right answer one word at a time and the Holy Spirit will help plant God’s love in their hearts. Kids can erase each Bible word and then recite the Bible verse from memory.
Not sure where to start – check out our 52 Short Bible Verses to Memorize. You can even find an updated collection of Bible verses from Sunday School Works!
Free Printables Worksheets & Games for Kids. Download these activities for preschool and elementary aged children in Sunday School.
A perfect easy print activity to add to your Sunday School Lesson. Children need hands on learning in all your church based ministry programs. These Bible games are a quick way to add fun to any lesson plan.
These options make it easy – just download, print, and you’re ready. We’ve included a variety of worksheets, Bible word finds, Bible verse printables, 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! Keep this resource ready in your classroom to supplement all your Bible lessons.
Bible Bingo is another fun option to boost your Bible lesson. Check out the printed Bible Bingo for kids from the Sunday School Store. It’s one of our new games and activities you can purchase in hardcopy for your children’s ministry.
Books of the Bible Bingo Game: We have been using the Books of the Bible Bingo Game during Sunday School Class with ages 8-11. The class really likes playing this game and it is helping them become familiar with the titles of the books in the Bible. We will be using this game with Rt. 66 A Road Trip Through the Books of the Bible.Customer Review
Adults will be blessed too when the make room in their family schedule for God and learning about Jesus. The best way to reach a child is through their parents.
Biblical Activities for Preschoolers and Toddlers at Church
After your share your Bible stories with toddlers, it’s a perfect time to add a learning game.
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. Different Bible stories are perfect to teach kids with a fun Bible game.
- 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 with a fun twist. 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. Animal crackers are always a bonus!
- 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. These Bible games work in a group or with as little as two teams. Don’t miss the related article Silly Ways to Play Duck Duck Goose . Send a printed version of these Bible games home to the family to help the lessons have even more faith building effect.
- Jesus Calms the Waves from Children’s Ministry Magazine. See their lion’s den Bible games too.
Game 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. Look out for more Youth Group games coming soon.
- “Build-A-Deer Workshop” for Preteens at Christmas
- “The Noodle Contest” Idea for Preteen Ministry
- 30 Youth Group Activities from Signup Genius
More Bible Game Ideas for Kids.
Christian education should be fun, these activities will boost religious learning and help children make friends while they learn about the love of the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you’re not convinced yet, try any of these easy game ideas in your children’s ministry. Kids learn best when they enjoy the teaching. No matter what the Bible verse.
1. Kids Encouraging One Another Activity – A game idea that helps children be kind to one another and use positive words with their student peers.
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. Every answer is a way to bless their friends with kind words. This is one of the games and activities that blessed my children. They still talk about it as adults!
2. “Minute To Win It” Games – These high-energy activities will add fun to any children’s ministry lesson. Use them as a feature in Vacation Bible School or every weekend in your Sunday School classes.
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. Many of these games can easily illustrate a Bible verse or lesson.
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!”
3. Group Water Events for Kids – A fun option for outdoor activity time, especially in the summer months when children are attending your church’s Bible school program.
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. This is perfect if you have outside time after your bible lesson.
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).
4. Browse all our posts filed under “Bible Games for Kids” – Don’t start Sunday morning without some game ideas at the ready. Add some fun to any Bible study class with these quick scripture based activity.
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 children coming back and inviting their friends. In other words, building up your outreach starts with making sure those attending now have a great experience and learning about God in your church Sunday School. You will even find ideas for Christmas, Easter, and other special holidays.
5. Bible Games for Kids Ideas from Other Websites. There are so many religious game ideas online, use the following to add fun in your kids .
- Sunday School games on the Sunday School Works website.
- Anna Joy posted these fun ideas on her children lessons 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. They are a fun addition to any children’s ministry lesson.
How do you make your Bible teaching fun for Children?
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!
Share your favorite Bible games for children?
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- 4 More Minute to Win It GamesNBC’s Minute to Win It Game is a huge hit for fun-loving families. Watching this show has inspired us to offer you some (more) kid-friendly, minute to win it games. These fast paced games are ideal for pre-church activities, schedule fillers or mid lesson breaks. Customize them to suit your needs. Lights Out: For this games you need six push lights, like the ones you find at a dollar store. You also need six bean bags and duct tape. Arrange
- Disciples Bingo – Bible Review GameThis printable Bible bingo game reviews the names of the twelve disciples. There are twelve names on each card but only three in a row are required to win, so this is bingo with a twist. It is recommended for grade 2 and up. Download: game boards and calling cards Print the bingo cards and the bingo calling cards on card stock or heavy paper, and cut apart the calling cards (20 bingo cards and 12 calling cards are included).
- Printable Bingo Game for "Red Ribbon Week"Red Ribbon Week is an anti-drug emphasis every year Oct. 23-31 nationally. Many public and private schools use this time to focus kids on better choices. This free activity is for younger children and should start conversations about things that are more fun than drugs. Download: Game boards and calling cards Red Bingo is a fun way to involve elementary-age children. It pictures nine red objects providing healthy alternatives to drugs. 20 bingo cards and 9 calling cards are included.
- 5 Minute to Win It Games for FallI love “minute to win it” games! They keep my early arrivers busy and give me a fun way to interact with kids. It’s important to infuse your lessons with some silliness and these games are the perfect for that. Rotate these five, minute to win it games for fall each week. You may need some extra volunteers for these fall games. Ping pong basketball: You need two short, plastic drink cups and a few ping-pong balls for this game.
- "I AM – Names for Jesus" Printable GameThis is a board game for 2 to 4 players or teams. Children learn names used for Jesus in the book of John as they move through the chapters of John and collect cards depicting these titles. Materials Needed: Game Board: Download – i-am-game-board Game Cards: Download – i-am-game-cards Spinner: Download – i-am-game-spinner-directions Large safety pin and medium-sized brad for assembling spinner (if using spinner) Buttons or coins for markers Preparation: Print the game board and the spinner on card stock
- "Names for God" Bingo Review GameThis game focuses on the attributes of God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. It could be used for Father’s Day or any time you want to emphasize the characteristics of God. The game includes 18 bingo cards and 18 calling cards. Print the bingo cards and the bingo calling cards on card stock or heavy paper, and cut them apart. Cut colored paper or cardboard into 1-inch squares to make markers (or choose to use other markers). Give
- Game Idea: Beach Ball Stories**This is a guest post from Nick Diliberto from PreteenMinistry.net Beach Ball Stories is designed specifically for preteens and is a great ice-breaker or review activity. If you are using it as an ice-breaker, then have preteens come up with a story on a random subject that you give them. If you are using it to review a Bible lesson, then have preteens paraphrase the Bible story as if it happened in modern times. This game is a great way to
- 5 Ways to Use Beach Balls in Kids’ ChurchNothing speaks to a child’s playfulness like a bouncing beach ball. Thankfully, these lightweight toys are inexpensive and easy to find. Shopping clearance beach toys every August is a tradition for me and I use every one I find. Besides tossing beach balls around during the praise service, I’ve found some other ways to use these colorful toys. Find yourself with a stockpile of balls? Use them for your icebreaker, as an object lesson or play some exciting games. Getting
- Game Idea: SLIP ‘N’ SLIDE ‘N’ GRAB**This is a guest post from Nick Diliberto from PreteenMinistry.net Use this fun game in your preteen ministry this spring or summer. Supplies: Homemade Slip ‘N’ Slide made from plastic sheeting, baby shampoo, water hose, assortment of objects varying in size (small, medium, large, x-large) How to Make a Slip ‘N’ Slide: You can purchase plastic sheeting (heavy duty) at most home improvement stores. These rolls will make more slip ‘n’ slides than you can use in a summer, so it’s
- Printable "Mothers of the Bible" Game for Sunday SchoolChildren can learn about mothers and children in the Bible by playing a card matching game. Nine Bible families are featured, including a short description of each family that can lead to further conversation about the Bible characters. This game would be fun to play on Mother’s Day or appropriate to accompany a lesson about any of these Bible characters. It is recommended for 2 to 4 players. Click here to download the free printable game cards. Print the cards
- Printable "Armor of God" Game for ChildrenIn this game players collect all the pieces of the Armor of God while learning what they represent. It can be used to introduce or to review this important topic. This resource would be a good companion to our free lessons and coloring pages based on Ephesians 6:10-18. Click here to download the printable. Print one sheet for each player on card stock or heavy paper. (Picture 1) Cut each sheet in half, and cut apart one of the halves into
- Easter Bingo Game for Sunday SchoolThis game would work well on Easter Sunday morning, when you have extra visitors. It teaches basic Christian truths, and it requires no prior knowledge. Kids will enjoy Easter Bingo and learn the basics of how Jesus rose from the grave. Print the bingo cards and the bingo calling cards on card stock or heavy paper, and cut apart the calling cards. Cut colored paper or cardboard into 1-inch squares to make markers (or choose to use other markers). Each
- Scripture Memory Game: Balloon JuggleUse this simple game to help a large group of children practice their Bible memory verses. All you’ll need is a few balloons. Watch the video below and leave a comments below. The idea for this game came from the Minute To Win It ideas we’ve posted before. Instead of using a clock to limit the time, we decided a group of kids saying their scripture memory verses would work. Be sure to checkout out other games for Bible memory.
- "Not So Angry Birds" Games for Kids ChurchWho knew a free iPhone app could boost the attendance in my kids’ church? Thanks to some inspiration from the popular Angry Birds game, we just wrapped up a month of Not-So Angry Birds in kids’ church. Along with lessons on anger, revenge and unity, we had plenty of fun along the way too. Before the month was over, we had doubled our attendance and now look forward to moving into a spring revival in the ministry. A few party
- Bible Verse Review Game: Ball Toss Over FriendThis little review game is a little twist on the standard ball toss game. You can watch the video below for a visual demonstration. We used it in children’s church in connection with our Bible lesson on Psalm 118:24. Leave your own comments below to help us improve this idea for other readers. Supplies: Soft plastic balls, rubber dish tub, children After working with a Bible verse during the lesson, we used this activity to close out children’s church and
- "Books of the Bible" Bingo Review GamePlaying Bible Bingo will help children begin to understand the structure of the Bible – how it is divided into the Old and New Testaments, each containing many books. It is most suitable for younger children and other children who are not very familiar with the organization of the Bible. The game features the terms Old Testament, New Testament, and Gospels; the books Genesis, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Revelation; and the numbers 39, 27, and 66 (number of books
- "Build-A-Deer Workshop" Christmas Game for Preteens**This is a guest post from Nick Diliberto from PreteenMinistry.net Object: This is a team-based game to see which team can create the most off-the-hook “reindeer” antlers in 5 minutes! Supplies: For each team provide: 1 new pair of brown or tan panty hose; 14-7″ balloons; 1 red gift bow and two 6–8″ lengths of Christmas ribbon; a paper bag to hold the supplies Preparation: Cut off the tips of the toes of each pair of panty hose. Cut out a 5-inch
- Days of Creation GameIs there any benefit in learning the days of creation in order? The goal should never be enabling someone to spout off the information just so they can say they memorized it. However, we can learn some lessons from studying God’s creation activities: God has a plan and does things in an orderly fashion. Days 1 through 3 prepared for days 4 through 6. The sun, moon, and stars (day 4) shine the light (day 1); the birds and fish
- "Fruit of the Spirit" Bingo Review GameDownload this printable BINGO style game to help children review and talk about the Fruit of the Spirit. We would love to hear your feedback and creative ideas, simply leave a comment below. God wants to produce the Fruit of the Spirit in children’s lives. This game helps them become familiar with the qualities that are listed in Galatians 5:22-23. It would be suitable for any lesson about the Fruit of the Spirit. Print the bingo cards and the bingo calling cards on card
- 10 Wacky Olympic Games for Kids MinistryStill looking for a few summer games for your kids ministry? Add these Olympic game variations to your Vacation Bible School, day camp, summer camp, or whatever else you have planned! Get ready to compete, laugh, and encourage the children in your ministries. Of course, adapt as necessary for the age, size, and ability of your group. Just remember to demonstrate everything first, use objects that you have on hand to cut costs, and the sillier the better! 10 Wacky
- OMC Game: Bring Camp Fun to Your ChurchTonight we played the OMC game to mark the end of our Spring session of kids ministry programs. It was a blast, even with only 30 children playing. OMC stands for Organized Mass Choas. It’s a game developed by the CentriKid camps and published by LifeWay. Here’s how it works: Set everything up in a large outdoor space. You’ll need water balloons, pool noodles, shaving cream, and other random outside items. Divide the kids into any number of teams. Each
- "The Noodle Game" Idea for Preteen Ministry**This is a guest post from Nick Diliberto from PreteenMinistry.net In a previous post, Harnessing the High Energy of Preteens, I wrote about using the high energy level of preteens (especially boys) constructively. One idea mentioned was to play a large group game at the beginning of your gathering. Below is a great example of a fun relationship building game that preteens absolutely love. The Noodle Game Supplies: 3-4 swimming noodles per 30 players. If your group is over 30 preteens, then add
- Game Ideas for Your Church Bus MinistryThe church bus ministry entails much more than finding new kids and loading them on the bus for Sunday. Transit time is valuable and perfect for ministering to kids with fun games. Bus games give kids a chance to get to know one another and you. An exciting game also engages the child’s attention and keeps busy hands out of trouble. Before you and your team roll out of the parking lot gather a few supplies and choose one of