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Teaching Bible Verses

When teaching a Bible Verse, you want to make sure you begin by reading it out of the Bible. Older children can look the verse up and read it with you or for you, but you want all of them to see that it comes from God's Word, not something you just wrote down on a piece of paper. Have the verse posted in the room on a bulletin board or wall, or just hold it up on a piece of paper, so that all of the children can see it. Read the verse again, this time taking time to explain any words or concepts the children may not understand. Have the children say the verse with you six or seven times so that they get it in their minds before you play a memory game with it. Play a verse game to help them learn the verse. Give the children something to take home with them so that they can review it through out the week.


This is a way to repeat the verse 6-7 times before playing the actual game. Have the children do simple exercises, such as jumping jacks, running in place, arm streches, etc. as they say the verse. Remember to have them spread out to ensure they don't bop the child next to them when they do the exercise!

Unscramble the Verse

To Play: Divide the children into groups of 2 or 3. Give each group an envelope with the verse inside (enclosed). On the start signal, the children try to put the verse in the correct order. See which team can correctly put the verse together first. This can be done with the weekly verse, or with unit verses to review.

Suzie Says, Sammy Says

After repeating the verse several times, the teacher begins by saying the first word of the verse If it is correct, the children repeat the word. The teacher then says the first and second word, if they are both correct, the children repeat them. This continues through the verse. If the teacher says an incorrect word, the children remain silent, and you start over again with the first word. Each time you start over, go past the last incorrect word before giving another incorrect one. For example, the teacher says, For, the children repeat For. The teacher says For God, the children repeat. Teacher says For God so, children repeat. Teacher says For God so forgot. Children remain silent and teacher starts all over again with the word for.