3 Easy and Fun Bible Memory Activities

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We all know how important Bible memorization is. But it is crucial for kids to really understand and apply what they are memorizing, not just recall words.

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Here are three quick and easy examples of bringing Bible verses to life. Feel free to use these ideas as is, or use them to jumpstart your own ideas!

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Light Show

Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

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Supplies: You’ll need a Bible, a chalkboard and chalk or newsprint and marker, at least one flashlight with a strong beam, and a box. You’ll also need an inexpensive flashlight or a liquid crystal glow stick for each child.

Before the activity, print the memory verse on a chalkboard or newsprint. Put the flashlights or glow sticks in a box next to the chalkboard.

Gather the children and darken the room as much as possible. Ask:

  • What is it like to be in the dark?
  • Which of our senses is most affected by darkness?

Say: In the dark, it’s hard to see what we’re doing and it’s hard to see what anyone else is doing. The Bible says that when people do wrong, they like to do it in the dark where no one else can see it. Ask:

  • Why do you think people do wrong things in the dark?

Say: People like to hide the wrong things they do because they’re ashamed of them. Think about the wrong things that you’ve done. Pause, and then ask:

  • Have you ever wanted to hide them? Explain.
  • What have you done to hide your wrong actions?

Say: Now think about the good things that you do. When we do good things, we want other people to see them and take notice of them. We’re proud of the good things we do, so we do them in the light where everyone can see. Ask:

  • How do you feel when others notice your good deeds?

Say: We’re going to learn a Bible verse that talks about doing good deeds. It’s Matthew 5:16. Let’s read it together. Shine your flashlight on the board, and have the class read the verse together.

Say: Let’s celebrate our good deeds. Think of something good that you’ve done, and raise your hand when you’ve thought of it. When I call on you, tell us what you’ve done. I’ll write your good deed on the board while you come and get a flashlight out of the box. Turn your flashlight on and shine your light around the room. Be sure you don’t shine the light in anyone’s eyes.

Have each child mention a good action and choose a flashlight out of the box.

When everyone has a flashlight, say: Now I want everyone to sit or lie down on the floor because we’re going to make a light show. Follow my directions:

Shine your light in the center of the ceiling.

Now point your light at the verse. Let’s say it together. (Say the verse.)

Shine your light in all the corners of the room twice.

Now point your light at the verse. Let’s say it together. (Say the verse.)

Draw a star with your light.

Now point your light at the verse. Let’s say it together. (Say the verse.)

Pretend to paint a wall with your light.

Now point your light at the verse. Let’s say it together. (Say the verse.)

Point your light on the floor and make the light move like ocean waves.

Now point your light at the verse. Let’s say it together. (Say the verse.)

Now shine your lights every which way.

Now point your light at the verse. Let’s say it together. (Say the verse.)

 

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David Jennings

David has served kids around the world for the majority of his life. From Texas to Romania, he has followed where God has led him. Most recently, he served for six years as a children's director in the great state of Alabama before moving to Colorado to work for Group as an associate editor.

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