Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers…Can you name the rest of the 66 books of the Bible? Learning all the names of God’s amazing books is so crucial for our Christian children to become lovers and scholars of God’s Word. Here is a fun and very simple activity that will help your kids to become just that. I call it “Bible Book Lists”. boccaccioravello
Here’s what you do:
For this activity, you will need some kind of writing board such as a chalkboard or dry erase board. You could even use paper if you’d like, but games are always more exciting if the whole class can see what is going on.
Next, divide your class into 2 teams. At this point, I will assume that your class has already been working on the memorization of the books of the Bible. If you are looking for an effective way to do this, you might try searching the web for songs that would help your kids in this area. I myself have songs for both the Old and New Testament books, but there are many other options out there as well. Having said that, write several letters on the board such as G, E, L, N, D, J, J, R. If you haven’t already guessed it, these 8 letters represent the first 8 books of the Old Testament. Give a child from the first team 30 to 60 seconds to correctly write the books that begin with each of the letters. You start him out with Genesis so that he knows this is his starting point. For every book he writes correctly, he receives 100 points for his team. coloradoskihome
You can start the list anywhere in the succession of books. For example, if you wanted to start with Psalms, then write the letters P, E, S, I, J, L, E for Proverbs through Ezekiel. Also, if you have a child who would feel embarrassed with his spelling abilities, you could let him say the books but reduce the time considerably or you could just relieve any stress by saying that they don’t have to spell the book perfectly. Close enough will do. Have fun!
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Kathy Vincent is the director of a performing ministry for children called The Scripture Lady and has been traveling around Southern California for the past 14 years ministering to preschoolers and elementary aged children with the Word of God through musical, thematic presentations.