Tuesday, May 13, 2014

MEMORY VERSE GAMES THAT ARE FUN



I believe that teaching children the value of en-grafting scripture in their lives is one of the most valuable gifts I can leave with a child.  Once the child has experienced a moment of temptation or trouble and a scripture that he or she has memorized pops up in their mind creating an alternate path for them to travel preventing wrong choices they will see and learn to appreciate the Word of God in a whole new way.  How do we do that and keep it interesting?  Here are a few ideas that I have found fun.

REMOVE THE WORD
This can be played many ways.  You can write the verse on a white board.  Say the verse with your class then select one child to come and erase one of the words.  Continue saying the verse until all the words are erased.  See who can say the verse from memory and reward them in some way.

Another variation of this is to write the words on strips of paper or type them on your computer.  The best font I have found is Ariel Black between 72 and 200 size bold.  Cut them into 1-1/2 inch -2 inch strips.  Behind the words you can:

  • Place a candy
  • Write a description of the prize.
  • Place points (You will have to divide the class into teams and see who can accumulate the most points)
  • Place a crazy card.
CRAZY CARDS are small cards with crazy ways to say the verse such as:
  • Say the verse with your tongue stuck out
  • Plug your nose
  • Stand on one leg
MYSTERY BOX
Place the words to the verse in a pocket chart or on the white board.  Say the verse together.  Select a child to remove the word and place it in the "Mystery Box"  Inside the box is hidden prizes.  They cannot look in the box only feel what is inside.  
How to make a mystery box
Use any size box with a lid that you want.  I use a shoe box.  Cut a hole a little larger than your hand when made in a fist.  Cut the toe out of a long sock.  Tape the cut end securely to the inside of the box.  Push the sock to the outside. 

THE HULA CHALLENGE
Place the verse on the board or a power point.  Select one or more children to come to the front.  The entire class says the verse and the children up front must hula until it is completed.  Play several times.  See who can say the verse from memory.

BALLOON BUST
This is one of my favorites.  Blow up enough balloons to place either one word or a word phrase on each balloon.  Pin to a bulletin board.  Provide either darts or pins.  Say the verse with the children.  Select one child to come and remove a word by either throwing a dart at the board or using the tack or pin to pop it.  Say the verse until all the balloons are gone.  (It can be fun to fill the balloons with candy or papers with instructions.)

COIN TOSS
Place the words to the verse on various sized oatmeal containers, coffee cans etc.  Arrange the containers so that the words to the verse can be read.  Fill the containers with a prize.  (You may want to place the verse on a power point or on the board for easier reading)   Say the verse with the class.  Select a child to toss a coin into one of the containers.  Remove that word and container.  If you placed the word on a power point or on the board somewhere for easier reading, remove the word there as well.  Say the verse until all the containers are gone.

DOORS
Make the game "Doors" by using 2 pieces of poster board.  On one piece cut doors.  Place the door cut poster board on top of the uncut poster board.  Glue around the sides.  It is helpful to place contact paper on the bottom board so that you can change what is said behind the doors without tearing the paper.  
Put one word on each door of the game.  Behind the doors place a prize to be won or some instruction for them to do something.  Once the door has been opened remove the word.  Play until all the doors have been opened.

VELCRO DARTS OR TOSS
Place the words to the verse on a felt board. Space the words so that it is obvious that the velcro dart or ball was meant for that word.  Say the verse together as a class.  Select someone to toss a velcro covered ball or nerf dart with a velcro tip.  The word that the ball lands near is removed.  

TIC TAC TOE
Make a tic tac toe grid on your bulletin board using masking tape.  Place one word or a word phrase in each box.  Say the verse together.  A child comes and removed a word of choice and places their marker (X or O) in it's place.  The team that gets a tic tac toe wins.  You may want to play it 2-3 times to get a grand champion.

BEAN BAG TOSS.  
Use several boxes or make a huge grid on the floor with masking tape.  Place a word or phrase on each box or square.  Say the verse with the class then select someone to come and toss the bean bag.  Remove the word that the bag was tossed into.  For fun you may place prizes in each box or square.

SPIN THE WHEEL
You can purchase a cardboard wheel at Oriental Trading or have someone make you one.  Place one word on each pie shaped wedge of the wheel.  Say the verse together.  Select someone to spin the wheel.  The word that the wheel lands on is removed.  

PUZZLE
Make a giant puzzle of the verse or just place one word on strips of paper.  Have the children reconstruct the verse so that it is correct.  It is fun to provide two sets and have a competition.

GAME SHOWS

Jeopardy
Make a giant Jeopardy game board.  The categories will be the word phrases of the verse.  Select a panel of children to play or divide the class into two teams.  Say the verse together.  A child selects the category and point value he wishes.  The question is then uncovered and asked.  He or his team gets the points for correctly answered questions.  An example is provided below

Do not be deceived
$100                                      Is telling a lie being deceptive?
$200                                      If you do something and blame it on someone else is that
                                              Being deceptive?
$300                                      Who is the “father of lies?”
$400                                      Name one way you can deceive someone
$500                                      Name one way you can deceive someone without “speaking
                                              A lie”

God cannot be mocked
$100                                      Can God be made fun of?
$200                                      Who sees everything you do?
$300                                      Is pretending to be a Christian while following Satan
                                              Mocking God?
$400                                      Is telling lies mocking God?
$500                                      What does it mean to “mock” someone?
A man reaps
$100                                      Who gives us all good things?
$200                                      Who sends evil things our way?
$300                                      When we reap do we get or do we give?
$400                                      When we do something bad or good to someone who sees
                                              what we did?
$500                                      If we “sow” bad behavior toward someone what can we
                                              expect back from them?
What he sows
$100                                      Who sees everything we do good or bad?
$200                                      What do we need to do in order feel good about ourselves?
$300                                      When we sow do we get or do we give
$400                                        What happens when we are rude and selfish? (we sow selfishness and rudeness we reap lack of good friends)
$500                                      What happens when we tell lies to others?(We sow lies we

                        
                      Reap lack of trust)




ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A FIFTH GRADER
Make a large copy of the "Are you smarter than a fifth grader  game board.  (look online for what it looks like.)  Using word phrases from your verse determine questions that will be asked for each category.  The child selects his category and point value of his question.  An example is provided below.
5th Grade
Spelling:  Spell the missing word in this verse: 
Be not deceived; God cannot be __________ a man reaps what he sows.  Galatians 6:7
Art  Draw a picture of someone doing the missing word. 
Be not deceived; God cannot be mocked.  A man Reaps what he _________Galatians 6:7
Math  Multiply the 2 numbers in the reference of this verse then add the first number .  Galatians ___________.  (48)
 Be not deceived; God cannot be mocked.  A man Reaps what he sows.  Galatians 6:7
Penmanship Write the missing word.
Be not deceived; God ­­­­­­­__________ be mocked.  A man Reaps what he sows.  Galatians 6:7

4th Grade
Spelling  Spell the missing word in this verse:
Be not deceived; God cannot be ­­­­­­__________.  A man Reaps what he sows Galatians 6:7
Art  Draw a picture of what your face would look like if you were what the missing word is.  Be not _________; God cannot be mocked.  A man Reaps what he sows Galatians 6:7

Math   Multiply the two numbers that make up the reference to this verse.  Galatians ____________.  (42)
Penmanship  Write out the missing word to this verse:   Be not ; God __________ be mocked.  A man Reaps what he sows.  Galatians 6:7


3th Grade
Spelling  Spell the missing word of this verse:  Be not deceived; God cannot be mocked.  A___________ Reaps what he sows Galatians 6:7
Art  Draw a picture of the insect  counterpart of the missing word.
________ not deceived; God cannot be mocked.  A man Reaps what he sows.  Galatians 6:7  (Bee)
Math  Subtract the reference numbers of this verse putting the largest number first. Galatians _________  (1)
Penmanship  Write out the missing word to this verse.  Be ______ deceived; God cannot be mocked.  A man Reaps what he sows Galatians 6:7

Art:  Draw a picture of the missing word.
Be not deceived; God cannot be mocked.  A _________ Reaps what he sows.  Galatians 6:7

1st Grade
Spelling    Spell the missing word to this verse. 
   ­­­­­____ not deceived; God cannot be mocked.  A man Reaps what he sows Galatians 6:7

 Art   Draw an arrow where the missing word lives. 

Be not deceived; _______cannot be mocked.  A man Reaps what he sows.  Galatians 6:7
Math  Add the reference numbers to this verse.  Galatians _______(13)
Penmanship  Write out the missing word to this verse.  Be not deceived; God cannot be mocked.  A _______ Reaps what he sows Galatians 6:




DOUBLE DARE
Place the words to the verse on some structure that you can have someone hiding behind.  We used our puppet stage.  The words the the verse each have an attached consequence when removed that only the person hiding behind the structure knows.  Say the verse with the class and select someone to remove a word.  Repeat the word that is removed so the person behind the stage knows what to do.  A sample is below.
Galatians 6:8

Place the memory verse words on the  front of the puppet stage.  Have someone inside the stage presenting tricks or treats. 

WHOEVER SOWS- Toss some grass seed on their hair
TO PLEASE- squirt silly string on them
THEIR FLESH – Squirt them with squirt gun
FROM THE FLESH- Trick from Dollar store
WILL REAP—Trick from dollar store
DESTRUCTION—Silly string
WHOEVER SOWS—Toss candy on them
TO PLEASE—Give them a bag of chips
THE SPIRIT—Drop a pocket Bible on them
FROM THE SPIRIT--  Candy
WILL REAP-- Candy
ETERNAL LIFE—Give them a Pocket bible

The goal of every teacher should be to make learning fun and memorable.  When your students have fun so do you!


2 comments:

  1. So many great ideas - thank you for putting them all in one place. One of our summer goals is to spend time on scripture memorization - this is just what I needed for inspiration!
    Featuring your post on the Hearts for Home Blog Hop this week :)

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  2. I love scripture memorization.

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