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Anytime Bible Crafts and Activities For Sunday School Lessons

Bible Crafts and Activities You can use for any Sunday School Lesson



Children Make Their Own Bible Card Games

Children can use blank playing cards to make all kinds of Bible games to reveiw the lesson or Bible verses.

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What you will need:

Blank Playing Cards

Not all art media works on these cards because of the slick surface, but you can use any of the following:

Crayola Markers (These are a little messy because the wet ink does not soak into the cards, and children tend to smear the ink and get it on their hands. But if they are careful and let the ink dry before adding new colors, they work okay.)

Sharpie Markers (These are permanent markers and not recommended for young children, but they work great.)

Hi-Liter Markers work very well. They are great for coloring in large areas.

Crayola Crayons (Recommended for younger children.)

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Card Games Kids Can Make

Match Games - Assign each student a word or image from the lesson and have him or her make two matching cards using the image or word. Place al the cards face down in the center of the table and play a match game. Players must turn over two cards that match to keep the cards. The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

Memory Games - Assign each student a word from the Bible verse and have him or her write it on a card and then decorate the card. Place all the cards face down on a table and play a memory game. Players should try to turn over the cards in the order of the verse. You can play this game two ways depending on the age of your children:

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1. (Older Children) Players have to turn over all the cards in order of the verse on one turn. If a card is turned over in the wrong order, the player turns all the cards back over in the same place and the next player takes a turn and to turn. The player who turns over all the cards in the correct order on his turn wins.

2. (Younger Children) Place the card with the first word from the memory verse face up. Players take turns turning over a card to try to find the card with the next word of the verse. If the card is the next card in the order of the verse, the player picks it up and places it at the end of the verse and earns a point. If the card isn't the next word, the player turns it back over and the next player takes a turn. Keep playing until all the cards are in order. The player with the most points wins.

Go Fish Game - Assign each student a word or image from your previous lessons and have him or her make two matching cards using the image or word. Play like "Go fish". Place all the cards together to make a deck. Pass out seven cards to each player. If a player has a match, he or she can place the card down on the table. Players take turns asking other players if they have a matching card to any one of the cards he is holding in his hand. If the player does not have the matching card, the asking player picks up a card from the pile to see if it is a match. If it is a match, he gets to ask another player for a matching cards. If it isn't a match, the next player takes a turn asking for a matching card. Keep playing until all the cards have been matched. The player with the most cards wins. When a player gets a match and places it on the table in front of him, he should explain what the image on the card represents from the Bible lessons.

Sequencing Game - Assign each student a word from the Bible verse and have him or her write it on a playing card and then decorate the card. You can make more than one set of cards, or time the players to see who puts the cards in the correct order the quickest.

Mix up the cards and give a set to each player. If you have one deck, time the player to see how fast he or she can put the cards in order to spell out the verse. If you have more than one deck, have the players play against each other to see who can put the cards in order the quickest. The player who wins goes up against the next player. Keep playing until all the children have had a turn.

Card Grab - Assign each student a descriptive word from the Bible lesson, and have him or her write it on a playing card and then decorate the card. (Make extra cards with random words to make the game harder for older students.) Place all the cards face up in the center of the table. To play the teacher calls out a word from one of the cards and all the players try to find that card and grab it. The player who grabbed the card can tell how the word relates to the Bible lesson, he gets to keep the card. Keep playing until all the words are gone. The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

Spoons Card Game

Assign each student a matching duo such as Adam and Eve, or Daniel and the lions, etc. and have him or her write the words on two separate cards, and then decorate the cards so that they look the same. Put all the cards together to make a deck. The more cards the better. Play with up to eight children in a group. Players should sit in a circle with a spoon in the center of the circle for each player, minus one.

Object of the Game: To remain in the game by grabbing a spoon when any player receives a duo and grabs a spoon. (Remind players that they must watch their cards to see if they have a duo, and at the same be ready to grab a spoon when another player receives a duo and takes a spoon.)

To play:

  1. Designate one player to be the dealer. The dealer passes cards from the deck and referees the game. To start the dealer deals two cards to each player, and then tells the players when to pass a card.
  2. Each player must pass one card from their hand to the opponent on their right.
  3. The player to the left of the dealer passes the card to the dealer. The dealer places the passed card in a discard pile and then passes a new card to the player on his right from the deck. And all the other players pass a card to the right.
  4. If a player receives a duo (a card with a word that is related to the card in his hand with the same design), the player can take a spoon from the center of the table. All the other players should then try to grab a spoon from the center of the table.
  5. The player who does not get a spoon is out.
  6. The player who received the duo should then show all the other players his cards and explain how the cards are related. For example, if a player has Adam and Eve, he should say something like, "Adam and Eve were the first humans on earth."
  7. Keep playing until only one player is left in the game.


Folding Craft Sticks Bible Verse Memory Game

Folding Craft Sticks Bible Verse Review Game www.daniellesplace.com

The craft sticks are taped together so that when the craft sticks are pushed together from the top and bottom of the stack they fan fold up into a compact stack of sticks for storage. This craft is great to use as a memorization tool. Children can test themselves by unfolding one section at a time to reveal the next part of the verse.


Supplies Needed:

Woodsies Mini Jumbo Craft Sticks -4.5" 50/Pkg - Use good quality craft sticks that lay flat. The 5/8" work perfect with the one-inch tape. *You can use the Woodsies Jumbo Craft Sticks with the 1.5 Inch - 3M Scotch Masking Tape for a bigger Canvas.

3M Scotch Masking Tape, 1-Inch - Other brands will work, but this tape works great! It is the exact color of the craft sticks. (Staple's Tape works better with the washable markers, but it is lighter than the stick and more transparent and doesn't cover the stick as well.)

Permanent Markers, Crayons, or Colored Pencils - (Washable markers don't work well because the smear.)


How to Make the Folding Craft Stick Canvas:

1. Cut the one-inch masking into 4-inch pieces.

2. Place two sticks together, side by side, and tape them together covering both the sticks with the tape.

3. Turn the two sticks over so that they are diaganal to you.

4. Place another craft stick next to and below the two sticks that you taped together. Use another piece of tape to tape the bottom two sticks together.

Folding Craft Stick Diagram

5. Turn all three sticks over diagonally and place another stick at the bottom of the row and tape the last two sticks together. Keep going until you have a whole row of sticks.

Children can use permanment markers, pens, or colored pencils to write the Bible verse on the sticks and then decorate them. They can also draw a picture on the back of the sticks that represents the Bible verse or the Bible story.

If a child messes up while working on his canvas, you can pull off the tape where he messed up and replace it with new tape.

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Silver Duct Tape 3D Cross Craft for Sunday School

Silver Duct Tape 3d Cross Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

Use this craft with any lesson. It is very cheap to make, but it does take some preparation.

What you will need:

Craft Foamamazon 2

Aluminum Foil Tapeamazon 3

Utensils to engrave the tape such as a ballpoint pen, straws, the end of a paintbrush, and the tines of a fork

Paper Towels



How to Make Silver Duct Tape 3D Cross:

1. Cover the top of the fun foam cross with the duct tape, pressing it down and smoothing it out. (You can cut cross shapes from pieces of fun foam if you don't have a precut one.)

2. Press your utensils down into the tape to make shapes and designs.



Bible Verse Memorization Using the Memory Cross

Here is a great craft that is not only fun but educational as well. This origami cross can be folded over and over changing shapes and showing a different part of the Bible verse each time. Your children will find that it is hard to stop using them once they start. Memory Cross offers Bible verses that go along with many of the most popular Vacation Bible School programs. They also have one for the plan of salvation, which would be a great witnessing tool. They also have many other Bible verse packages you can pick from. If they don't have what you want, you can custom order them. Or you can order blank ones and have your children make their own. (See the pictures below.) Go to Memory Cross to order yours today!



Make Your Own Memory Cross

Go to Memory Cross

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Play a "Pin the Tail on the Donkey"-Like Game

Use the popular "Pin the tail on the Donkey" birthday game idea except change it to fit your lesson. For example, you could pin the animal in the ark, pin Zaccahaeus in a tree, pin the eyes on Saul, pin the fish in the net, or pin the word love in a center of a heart. Young children love this popular birthday game, however; you don't have to have a winner. The children just love to see how close they can pin whatever they are pinning to the intended object. Caution: Instead of using pins just use a piece of tape.

We will be having a Valentine's Day party next week, and I am going to use your idea for "pin the tail on the donkey", but using a heart. I also wanted to tell you that I used a variation of the "pin the tail on the donkey" game for our Kids Club Birthday Party for Jesus. I made a manger scene on a poster board. I made a stable, crib with straw, Mary, Joseph, a shepherd and some sheep out of different colors of felt. I glued everything to the poster board. Then I made "Baby Jesus" out of felt. I made one for each child, and I put their initials on the "Baby Jesus" with marker. I called this game "Put Baby Jesus in the Crib". The kids loved it. I used a pattern out of a craft book to make Mary, Joseph and the Shepherd. All the other shapes I just freehanded. It wasn't perfect, but these are small children, so it didn't matter to them.



Identify Pre-recorded Sounds

Record sounds relating to your Bible lesson and have the children guess what they are. For example, if you are studying the creation story, record animal sounds. If you are studying about God making families, record home sounds. If you are studying about Baby Jesus, record baby sounds. Instead of recording the sounds yourself, you can often find sounds online and download them.



Re-enact a Bible Lesson on Flannel Boards

Make a flannel board for each child by stapling a piece of felt (9 x 12) on a sheet of heavy paper (poster board or manilla). Have the children draw or color pictures of bible characters and props onto heavy paper or poster board, cut them out, and then stick a piece of sticky Velcro (not the kind you sew on) on the back of each piece .

The person that sent in this ideas says, "We did the story of Daniel in the Lion's Den and were able to remove and add lions and people as needed to tell different parts of the story. The kids loved it! They took their felt boards and story home at the end of the session."

Print out characters and scenes from your current bible lesson onto T-shirt transfer paper. You can find pictures in clip art books and coloring books. Iron the transfer onto white flannel using the wool setting on your iron. Let the children take turns reenacting the lesson after you tell the story. If you don't have a flannel board make one by stapling flannel onto a cork board or other board.

Here is an idea to make an inexpensive flannel board sent in by Janet Morris
First you need to buy a piece of heat and bond. I bought mine at Walmart, 5 yards for $5.00. You need a piece of annel. I bought 1 yard and had extra to use for additional flannel board pieces. You will need a piece of heavy cardboard like a freezer box. Cut the card board, flannel, and heat and bond to the same size. Iron the heat and bond onto the flannel then remove the paper and iron the flannel with the heat and bond on to the cardboard and you have a flannel board for less than ten dollars. They are $30.00 at the office supply store.
P.S.I used a thin piece of plywood instead of the cardboard. It bonded to it also. You just need to let it get really warm.

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Play Musical Chairs

Play just like musical chairs except the child that is still standing when the music stops has to say something he is thankful for or something that has to do with the current lesson. Keep playing like this. No one should ever have to be out of the game. Everyone should be able to play every game.



Re-enact a Bible Lesson

Use simple bible costumes to reenact a bible lesson. Cut pieces of material into rectangle shapes to form a poncho type outfit. Cut a hole out in the center to fit over the child's head. Cut out long pieces to use as ties to tie the costume around the waist. Cut rectangle pieces to fit on the head and long pieces to use as a tie. These can be used over and over again.



Use Puppets to Teach a Story

Tell a story from a puppets point of view. For example, you can use a donkey puppet to tell the story of Palm Sunday or a lamb puppet to tell the story of the lost lamb. Have the children make simple puppets out of TP rolls or craft sticks and reenact the bible story.



Fishing Game

This idea comes Linda Ryan from our bulletin board she wrote: To reinforce details of the Bible lesson, I made oak tag fish and attached questions and a paper clip to each fish. A dowel fishing pole with a magnet attached to the line would pick up a fish and a question. If the child could answer the question he could keep the fish until the game was over. Save the old questions and substitute new ones for the next time. Pick the best questions from all the lessons for an end of term contest. This was one activity for a Sunday school hour with "learning stations". Linda, Thanks for your idea.



Bible Bingo

This idea comes from Angie Reveles. Make large pictures from your Bible lessons like, Noah's ark, Jonah and the whale etc. Then make "bingo" cards to match the pictures. Mix up the large pictures and call the names of the pictures out one by one as you hold up the large pictures. Play like bingo. Whoever wins gets a small prize or gets to call out the pictures. This will help the children remember all the bible stories with pictures.



Toss Game

Another game we played, which was a big hit, especially with the older kids, was a variation of a bean bag toss game. I saw a bean bag toss game for sale in a catalog, but I felt it was too expensive. I showed the picture to my husband, John, and together we decided to make one of our own. We took a scrap piece of wood. John drilled five holes in the wood, and then he made a wooden brace for the back so that it would stand. It was about two feet tall. Then I painted the whole board white. Next I painted black around the holes to make them stand out, then I put the numbers 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 by each of the holes. (The holes with the higher points were smaller than the other holes). Last, I painted a rainbow and a smiling sun on the top of the board and painted the phrase "Jesus Loves You" on top of the rainbow. I made bean bags out of scrap material and filled them with dried beans. I couldn't believe how big of a hit this game was. It takes a bit of work, but it's worth it because it will last a long time. We still use this game for their Kids Club class on Thursday. (Sent in by Donna)



Door Hanger Attendance Charts

Use foam door hangers (or make your own) to use for attendance charts. Your children can add stickers or sequins each week they come to Sunday school. They are much better than a paper attendance chart because the children know that when they are filled up, they can take them home to enjoy. Kay Hershberger

You can buy Foam Door Hangers online from Amazon.com.



Play a Tick Tack Toe Review Game

Draw a Tick Tack Toe on the board. Divide the class up into two teams. Assign one team "Os" and one team "X's". Ask questions from the lesson. If a team gets the correct answer, they can place an X or O on the Tick Tack Toe. If they get it wrong, the other team gets a chance to answer the question and put their mark on the Tick Tack Toe.



Folder Games


Folder Games

Fun and educational at the same time. Use these inexpensive games when you've completed your lesson early and just don't know what to do, or use them when you just want a change of pace. They are also great to use at the beginning of class to keep the children who arrive early busy and out of trouble.

Just print out the patterns, glue them to the inside of manila folders, and you're ready to play.

1. Name Two Things (easier)

2. Name Two Things 2 (harder)

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Bible Verse Memorization and Lesson Review


Play a Concentration Type Game

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What you will need: Poster board or foam core board, index cards or squares of poster board, marker, tape.

How to make:
1. Prepare a board to display in front of the class. You can skip this part and just put the cards down on the table if you would like. Draw 5 rows and 5 columns of rectangles 3 1/2" x 5 1/2"on the foam core board.

2. At the bottom of each row tape a 1/2" strip of poster board all the way across the bottom and sides. This should make a pocket to place the index cards in each row.

3. Print one word of your memory verse on a separate card. On the extra cards write questions about the lesson or draw pictures that pertain to the lesson.

4. Across the top of the board write the memory verse in large letters with the scripture reference.

How to play:

1. Starting with the first word of the Bible verse, have the children take turns turning over cards to try and find the matching words. If the card doesn't match the first word the child turns it back over. If they pick a card that has a review question or picture, they answer the question or tell how the picture relates to the story and then turn the card back over. Continue in this manner until all the words are found in order.



"Remember This" Bible Verse Memorization Handprint Craft

"Remember This" Handprint Bible Verse Memorization Helper Craft for Sunday School and Children's Ministry from www.daniellesplace.com

Use this craft for any Bible Lessons! Explain to your children that people used to tie strings to their fingers to help them remember something. The Bible verse today is very important so they are going to make a picture of a hand with a string tied on the finger to remind them to study their Bible verse. They can tape the hand to their refrigerator at home or some where else that they will see it every day.

What you will need:

6 1/2" Hand Cutouts or use the Hand Pattern


Bright Colored Yarn


What to do:

1. Before class print out the handprint patterns onto colorful paper and cut them out. (To make this craft a little longer, you can have your children trace their own hands and then cut them out.)

2. Have your students write the Bible verse on the palm of the handprint and then glue the hand cutouts onto a piece of construction paper. Show them how to bend down the thumb and third finger to meet each other and glue them together. Bend down the pinky and middle finger and tie a piece of yarn on the pointer finger.

3. Children can decorate the rest of their pictures anyway they would like.

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You Can Find Many More Bible Verse Memorization Games on the Bible Verse Review Games Page.



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Bookmarks for Sunday School Bible Lessons

Use craft foam or card stock to make bookmarks with the day's Bible verse or teaching concepts. Let your children add ribbons, stickers, or craft foam shapes.



Balloon Bible Story Review Game

I can't tell you how much I appreciate your help in preparing my lessons for 1- 3 graders. If I am at a blank wall, I can always depend on something here to help. Let me share one little thing. When I review my lesson with the children, I always try to look for some special way to present the questions to make it more interesting. In my Bible school class today I put the questions on small rolled up pieces of paper and inserted them into balloons and then blew them up. They had to pop the balloon and answer the question. They had a blast. Thank you again. Peggy Mitchell


(Note: I have also used this idea. I have found that some children do not like the loud noise of the balloons popping and did not want to participate. Before you start any activity using balloons that may pop ask the children if they wish to participate, send the children who do not out of the room before you start and have another activity that they can do.)



Bible Story Review Game - Bible Dice

Make a die out of a square Kleenex box. Use Bible story clip art and shrink it down to fit your box. Or cut pictures from your used Sunday school materials. Glue a picture on each side of the box. Have the kids roll the dice and tell you about the story. (Nancy Foss)