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
- 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!
Share your favorite Bible games?
Just leave a comment below to join the conversation and help other readers!
- 7 Easy Games for Preschoolers at Church (Toddlers Too!) Games build relationships in Sunday School “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.” David Rausch It’s true—education research has shown that when kids have a relational connection to their teachers and peers, they listen and learn better. So let me ask you a question: Do you want for the kids in your children’s church to listen and learn better? Here are 9 get-to-know-you activities you can use in Sunday School to help preschool-aged children build relationships with their teachers and peers. Last week I posted 9 get-to-know-you-games for elementary kids. But why should they have all of the relationship building fun?!? Here are 7 more Sunday School games for preschoolers: **The guest post by David Rausch, the creator of Go Curriculum. Find more great preschool ministry tips on his blog. 7 Sunday School Game Ideas for Preschool & Toddlers 1. Toss Across Have the preschool children sit in a circle. Toss a stuffed animal to one of the children, then ask them to share their name and a favorite thing (food, animal, TV show, etc.) When finished, that child can toss the stuffed animal across to another child. Repeat until everyone has shared. To add an element of imagination, replace the stuffed animal with an imaginary object like a feather, a full-grown elephant, or a piece of hot lava. Tell the children to react as if they are tossing and catching that object. 2. Name Chase This is a good game for helping children learn names. It works just like Duck, Duck, Goose. Have the children sit in a circle. Choose one child to walk around the outside of the circle while lightly tapping each child on the head or shoulder. Instead of saying “Duck,” though, they have to say the name of the person they are tapping. When they say “Goose,” the child who was tapped must chase them around the circle before they take their spot. Have the child who is now “it” share their favorite game before resuming play. 3. My Memory Match Give each child 2 notecards and tell them to draw a picture of themselves on each card. Tell them to make the pictures look as similar as possible. When finished, collect the cards, mix them up, and place them face down on the floor. Allow the children to take turns flipping over two cards at a time in search of a match. When a child finds two matching cards, have them guess who it is. When the artist has been identified, ask them “What makes you feel loved?” 4. Funny Face This one is on the list for elementary kids, but it works just as well for preschoolers. Have the kids sit in a circle and choose someone to start the game. That person must make a funny face in an attempt to make the other children smile. They may not make any sounds though. The person making faces receives one point for anyone they make smile. When they’re finished making their face, they must “wipe” it off with their hand and pass it to the next kid in the group who will then make a different funny face. 5. Balloon Bop Toss an inflated balloon to the children while playing music. While the music is playing, the children must continually bop the balloon in the air, but when you stop the music, they must race to grab and hold the balloon. Have the child who is holding the balloon talk about their best friend, then continue with the game until everyone has had a turn. 6. Animal Charade Tell the children to think of their favorite animal. Have them take turns silently acting like that animal while the other children guess what it is. When the animal has been guessed correctly, have the child share why they like that animal so much. 7. Who’s Shoes Have each child take off one of their shoes and place them in a bag. Mix the shoes up, then spread them around the room. Tell the children to go find one shoe (not their own), then search for the owner. When they find the owner of the shoe, they must give them a hug and say one nice thing about them. Share Your Favorite Preschool Games We’d love to hear your ideas ...
- Jonah and the Whale (Game & Activity) This “Big Gulp of Jonah” was written by Bible Games Central – be sure to check out their website for more fun idea for teaching the Bible through fun activities. In this cup-and-ball game, players try to get Jonah into the mouth of a whale. Use idea to introduce the story of Jonah. Bible: Jonah 1-3 Ages: 6 to 10 Group Size: 1 or more Supplies: Paper cups, Scissors, Sticky Tape, String, Clothes Pegs or Erasers or Crushed Aluminum Foil, Big Gulp of Jonah Printable – Download Here Preparation Download and print the Big Gulp of Jonah Printable.You will need 1 copy for each player. Play: Jonah and the Whale Cup-and-Ball Game Cut out Jonah and the top and bottom pieces of the Whale. Paste the top piece of the whale on a paper cup, then the bottom piece (see picture below).Paste Jonah onto a clothes peg or eraser or small piece of crushed aluminum foil (or anything to give Jonah some weight). Cut a piece of string about 18 inches long.Paste one end of the string to the bottom of the paper cup; paste or tie the other end to Jonah. How to Play Hold the whale in your hand.Try to swing Jonah into the mouth of the whale. Kids Bible Lesson – Jonah and the Fish Discuss1. Which did you enjoy more? Making or playing with the Jonah and the Whale toy?2. Was it easy to get Jonah into the mouth of the Whale?3. Have you heard the Bible story about Jonah and the Whale before? Can you tell us the story? SayToday we will look at one of the most famous Bible passages – Jonah. ReadAn excerpt of Jonah 1-3 from a children’s Bible. Discuss4. Who is Jonah?5. What did God want Jonah to do?6. How did Jonah respond to God? Did he obey God immediately? What did Jonah do?7. What happened when Jonah tried to run away from God?8. What did God do when Jonah was thrown into the sea?9. How long was Jonah in the belly of the fish?10. What happened when Jonah was in the belly of the fish?11. What happened after the fish vomited Jonah onto dry land?12. Did Jonah eventually obey God? Conclude1. Jonah tried unsuccessfully to run away from God. We can never run away from God – God is everywhere!2. Even when Jonah did not obey God the first time, God was patient and compassionate with Jonah. God gave Jonah a chance to repent and God forgave him.3. When God tells us to do something, we must do it.