Bible activities help kids remember what they’ve learned for a lifetime. Find a list of children’s Bible activities to get you started.
Then again, maybe I wouldn’t have. It was, after all, a long time ago and I have read a lot of good books.
What I remember most about Island of the Blue Dolphins is the island my mom and I built after I read the book. I painted the water on my press board base blue, and carefully made each part of the island out of paper mache. We built a little grass hut where Karana lived, and we hung tiny, smelly little dried fish from the eaves. I still have no idea where mom got those fish, but I’m thinking they were some kind of cat snack.
It was the activity of building Karana’s island that really helped me remember the book I read so many years ago.
Bible Activities Kids Will Remember
As parents who love Jesus, we want our kids to remember the Book–the one that was written for them by the King of the Universe.
Our children are concrete thinkers. So, they understand what they can see, touch, and manipulate. They are built for story–but they benefit when we help make the story tangible for them. Bible activities for our kids aren’t just empty time-fillers. We can do fun (and often easy) Bible activities with our kids that will help them remember what they’ve learned for a lifetime.
- When my kids were young, they loved to reenact Scripture stories with craft stick Bible puppets made from cardstock.
- We created Egyptian death masks and talked about the traditions of the Egyptians and why their idolatry set them in opposition to the One True God they were called to worship.
- My boys and I made a poster board representation of the days of Creation and hung it in our school area where we could talk about each day, and about how God created the whole world from nothing.
- We measured the ark of Noah out in our street and marked its boundaries with sidewalk chalk.
- The boys also measured and outlined a sperm whale in the street and imagined what it must have been like for Jonah to be swallowed by a sea monster. We talked about how unrepentant he must have been to sit in the stomach of the great fish for three days, being digested, before he repented and called out to God.
Some of these Bible activities took several days, and some were completed in just minutes. One thing is certain–my kids remember the Bible activities we did. Not only were they memorable, Bible activities helped my kids remember the stories we studies, they made Bible history tangible, and they created an atmosphere in which reading and studying the Bible together was exciting.
In my book Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible, I talk about ways to make learning the Bible fun and profitable for your kids. Not everything you do in your family Bible time needs to be hands-on–but your kids will appreciate it if you incorporate occasional Bible activities in your home. To help you brainstorm, I’ve listed a number of fun Bible activities your children may enjoy–and learn from–below.
Children’s Bible Activities
There are so many Bible activities you can do with your kids. The list is endless! To get you started, here are some ideas.
Activities About the Bible
- The Truth about the Bible Banner – Your kids can learn the truth about the Bible with this fun, FREE Bible banner. You’ll find 24 short daily devotions for your kids on the back of each printable Bible verse banner flag.
- Growing God’s Word Bible Art – A fun seed art activity helps kids see how God’s Word grows in their heart.
- Facts about the Bible Lapbook – Teach your kids important, interesting facts about the Bible with this FREE Bible lapbook!
- Painted Story Stones – Teach Bible stories with these fun story stones.
- Bible Stick Puppet Craft – Your child can tell Bible stories with this large set of 42 free printable Bible stick puppets.
- Bible Verses about the Bible Copywork – Help your kids memorize Bible verses about the Bible with a FREE Bible verse copywork set. Kids will love coloring and writing God’s Word!
- Bible Reading Chart – Celebrate your family’s journey through the Bible with a cute FREE Printable Bible Reading Chart for Kids!
- Bible Comic Book Pages – Help your kids remember the Bible stories they’ve read with FREE blank comic book strip template pages for Bible stories.
Books of the Bible Activities
- Grab this printable set of the Books of the Bible bookmarks. Let your kids recite the books from one bookmark to you each day until they remember the order.
- Download this adorable free List of the Books of the Bible in Order Poster. Your child can color the books. Frame the poster and use it as a reference.
- Learn all about the genre, author, date written, and themes of each of the books of the Bible with this adorable lapbook.
- Teach your kids the books of the Bible in order with this fun Write, Color, and Memorize copywork set.
- Work on this fun, printable Books of the Bible bookshelf craft with your kids.
- Help your kids memorize what the Bible says about Scripture with this cute set of Bible memory verse cards.
- Keep this handy set of Books of the Bible summary charts on hand to help you in your Bible studies with your kids.
- Check out these books of the Bible worksheets.
- Make a New Testament books tower.
- Order the books of the Bible with ping pong balls.
- Play books of the Bible hopscotch! This is such a neat idea.
- Use pool noodles to make this fun hands-on books of the Bible activity.
- Play this books of the Bible clothespin game.
- Download this books of the Bible hand motions game (this looks so neat!).
- Create a DIY books of the Bible puzzle.
- Work on two fun, easy-to-create stackable books of the Bible activities.
- Act out a books of the Bible skit.
- Make Testament wheels to learn the books of the Bible.
- If you’re feeling ambitious and have a little space, this leaves of the Bible project is really cool.
- Make an “army of spoons” to help your kids learn the books of the Bible.
- Play these 10 minute to win it books of the Bible games.
- Sing this New Testament books of the Bible song together.
- Do some books of the Bible fishing.
LEGO Brick Bible Activities
Passover / Exodus Activities
- Create a food journey to represent the Exodus journey the Israelites took.
Bible Activities about Jesus
- This printable Jesus is King Crown Craft is available in English, Chinese, and Korean. It’s a fun way to talk about how God is the God of all people in all nations!
- Kids can learn about the Nativity with this lacing paper plate craft.
- Help your preschoolers make a simple paper cross with this project.
- Help your kids memorize 8 Bible verses about Resurrection with copywork and memory verse cards.
- Play a fun, printable game with your kids that allows them to sequence the Easter story from the Bible.
- Make a mini-Easter garden.
- Bake a Salt Dough Tomb to tell the Easter Story.
- Make a Finger Paint Cross.
- Make this cute Palm Sunday donkey.
- Use these Easter worksheets to work through the Easter story.
- Make these Names of Jesus Advent Ornaments.
- Create a simple Stone Advent Calendar nativity scene.
- Memorize a Bible verse a day with this printable calendar.
- Color this printable Advent Coloring Book.
- Start a new tradition with this really cool Christmas Prayer Countdown Chain.
- Read Wonderfully Made: God’s Story of Life from Conception to Birth with your kids. They’ll learn how God formed and cared for them week-by-week in the womb! Take your 5-11 year old on a journey through science, Scripture, and 40-weeks of developing life in the womb as they learn about how our Creator God lovingly formed them. They are indeed wonderfully made!
- Grab the Wonderfully Made Companion Pack and explore God’s creation of life in the womb with posters, Bible memory verse cards (in ESV or KJV), and a fun lapbook! You can sign up for a coupon code in the form in the store page and get the pack for free!
- Read some amazing Creation science books with your kids or with your teens. These are great additions to your family library–you’ll want to save them for your grandchildren!
- Go for a walk in the woods, on the beach, or just in your neighborhood. Talk about the different things you see and how God created each one.
- Visit the aquarium and point out how many different kinds of fish God made. Over snack, talk about how our God created a variety of each type of creature. Look up beetles or spiders and see if you can count how many different kinds there are. Talk about how God made people in all different shapes, colors, and sizes, too, because he loves variety!
- Work through a Creation story Bible study and lapbook. Your child will learn about the days of Creation, attributes of our Creator God, the Trinity, the gifts God gave us at Creation, God’s creation of Adam, Eve, and your child, the fall of man and God’s plan for salvation.
- Teach your kids about the seven days of Creation in order with this fun Write, Color, and Memorize copywork set!
- Memorize 20 Bible verses on Creation as a family with this fun Bible memory verse card set that focus on our amazing Creator God!
- Are you looking for a way to incorporate a hands-on approach to catechism? My friend Tauna Meyer has a wonderful theology program for kids through grade 3. Based on the Westminster Catechism and a Reformed theology, the program incorporates: a lesson plan, devotions, copywork and notebooking pages, memory verse posters and coloring sheets, Bible stories, discussion questions, and craft and activity ideas. Unit 2 is all about Creation.
- Make the 7 Days of Creation painting with your kids. Have each child make their own painting… this is something that your preschoolers to high schoolers can all enjoy.
- Our kids have always loved to make themed snacks. These Days of Creation Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods are a fun, quick project your kids will love. Don’t forget to download the sequence tags and instructions.
- Check out this fun Days of Creation printable pack from Proverbial Homemaker.
- Build your way through the days of Creation with this fun day-by-day LEGO tutorial from Celebrate Every Day With Me.
- Make a Days of Creation paper chain craft from School Time Snippets with your younger kids.
- Help your littles create this sweet Creation Book with printable pages from the Happy Home Fairy.
- Make these fun Days of Creation paper plates to hang in your child’s room or in your school room. It’s a neat craft from Godly Ladies.
- Create a Coffee Filter Earth craft and pair it with Genesis 1:1–from Mommy’s Monkeys.
- Make these cute Earth Day Cookies and talk to your kids about how God made the earth and everything in it.
- Sing “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” and make this Handprint Earth Craft.
- Make one of these neat Earth Salt Dough necklaces. It would be neat to write Genesis 1:1 on the back before baking it!
- Print and color this Creation Bible Bookmark from The Crafty Classroom.
- Teach the Days of Creation and Job with cute minibooks.
Armor of God Activities
- Make the Full Armor of God Costume craft as a family — you can grab an armor template and printable bases. Check out this quick video showing you how to make your Armor of God costume craft:
- Do this Armor of God Bible Study and make the lapbook as you study.
- This is pretty cool and comes with printable templates. Help your kids construct their own wearable armor of God costume: a helmet of salvation, a sword of the Spirit, a shield of faith, a breastplate of righteousness, a belt of truth, and sandals of peace.
- Download this fun Armor of God activity pack.
- Make this awesome, foldable Armor of God soldier craft. This is a little complicated, so it might be really great for older kids.
- Teach the Armor of God with this Write, Color, and Memorize Bible verse set.
- Color in these fun Armor of God coloring pages. (Click on the thumbnails of the pages, then print.)
- Play Armor of God Bingo. These Bingo sheets are downloadable.
- Paint an Armor of God soldier using canvas board and acrylic paint. Label each piece of armor with a fine point permanent marker.
- Do an Armor of God crossword puzzle.
- Learn about Roman armor and what each piece meant for a soldier. When Paul wrote Ephesians 6, he was a Roman citizen. Talk about why it’s important to wear armor into a battle.
- Memorize 48 Bible verses about the Armor of God with this cute Bible memory verse card set.
- When my kids were younger, we loved pretending to put on the full armor of God every morning. We’d make a big deal out of putting on each invisible piece, talking about what each piece meant, and how important it is.
- Ephesians 6:18 tells us to pray in the Spirit at all times. Teach your kids to pray with this fun Family Prayer Box craft with 6 sets of prayer cards.
Fruit of the Spirit Activities
- Paint a Fruit of the Spirit craft – a tree with printable labels and verse.
- Make this Fruit of the Spirit lapbook while doing the accompanying Bible study.
- Print and string this fun Fruit of the Spirit necklace.
- Make this beautiful DIY stamped watercolor Fruit of the Spirit garland.
- Color and assemble this Fruit of the Spirit mini-book that ties to Christian history.
- Teach the Fruit of the Spirit with this Write, Color, and Memorize Bible verse set.
- Print this Fruit of the Spirit craft with lessons from Christian history.
- Play Fruit of the Spirit battleship.
- Paint fruit rocks with your kids. Be sure to label them with fruits of the Spirit, and display them proudly in your garden. (I like to spray painted rocks with polyurethane.)
- Fold these adorable fruit printables and label them with the fruit of the Spirit.
- Follow this super cute template to make a Fruit of the Spirit garland–just write the fruit names on with a permanent marker.
- Memorize 144 Bible verses about the Fruit of the Spirit with this cute Bible memory verse card set.
- Do you have a group? Put together and play this Fruit of the Spirit relay race game.
- Make these beautiful glass pebble Fruit of the Spirit magnets.
- Print out this Fruit of the Spirit word search.
Bible activities are something your kids will remember for a lifetime. They are not the only way to teach the Bible, and they might not happen on a regular basis, but Bible crafts, snacks, and printables are a wonderful way to supplement your family’s learning about God’s Word to us.
Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible
You want your kids to learn and love the Bible.
You want to teach the Bible…
As parents, we deeply desire the best for our kids. We look for the right schools, we make them eat right and exercise, and we get them involved in extracurricular activities. We take our job as parents seriously.
But are we also putting our time and energy into
teaching them the Bible? Giving them the life-changing, soul-nourishing words of Scripture is not only doable, it’s an essential part of parenting kids for Jesus. And the good news is, studying God’s Word as a family doesn’t have to be difficult!
2 Timothy 2:15, ESV, says:
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Our job, as parents who love Jesus, is to help our kids become approved workers, unashamed and rightly handling the word of truth.
The good news? Teaching the Bible isn’t hard. Your family can learn the Bible together.
…and you can!
A Crash Course in Teaching the Bible to Your Kids
Danika Cooley’s book, Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible, will give you the tools and confidence to study the Bible as a family. It will help you identify and overcome your objections and fears, give you a crash course in what the Bible is all about and how to teach it, and provide the guidance you need to set up a family Bible study habit.
You will finish this book feeling encouraged and empowered to initiate and strengthen your child’s relationship with the Lord through His Word.
Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible will equip you with everything you need to know to teach the Bible to your kids!
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