Memory Verse Activities

  • Pick a Card Game: In this simple and fun game instructions for reciting or explaining a Bible verse are written on cards.  Instructions might include “Whisper the verse” or “Sing the verse” or “Explain the Verse”.  Children take turns drawing the cards and following the instructions.  As they play the game they hear and recite the verse a number of times and begin to memorise it.  Click here for full instructions.
  • Erase and Remember: Write the memory verse on the chalk/white board.  Read and say the verse together.  Erase one word (or phrase) and read and say it together again.  Continue erasing words and repeating the verse together.  Soon the children will know the verse.  Another way to do this is to use “post-its”.  Write one word on each post-it and place them on a surface such as a wall.  Read and say the verse together as above and then remove words one by one. Click here for full instructions.
  • Memory Verse Chalkboard Relay: Divide the class into two teams.  When you say “go” the first person on each team walks up to the chalkboard (or large paper) and writes the first word of a memory  verse.  Then they put the chalk down and go back and tag the next person on their team. Then that person walks up to the board and writes the second word of the  memory verse before tagging the third person.  The first team to write the whole memory verse wins.
  • Memory Verse Relay Game:  Break the verse down into phrases or words and then write them on individual pieces or paper or cards.  As in a normal relay race teams race to stick these papers on a board in the correct order.  Click here for full instructions and a video.
  • Walking Down Memory Lane:  Children walk along a “path” that the teacher has created.  Parts of the memory verse are written on papers placed along the path.  As the children arrive at each paper they read the part of the verse that is written on it.  The children repeat the journey a number of times (saying the parts of the verse aloud every time they arrive at them in the journey).  Soon they have memorised the verse.  Click here for full instructions and an example.
  • Spinner Game: Create your own game by drawing a circle on a paper and drawing lines to divide it into wedges (like a pizza).  Write an instruction on each wedge. Hold a paper clip down in the centre of the circle and spin the clip around. Whichever wedge the paper-clip lands in is the question the children answer.  Examples of instructions are “Read the verse out of the bible”, “Read the verse with the person on your right”, “Close one eye and say the verse” or “Choose someone else to say the verse.”   Children like the “chance” element and will learn the verse quickly.    Click here for spinner instruction video.
  • Memory Puzzle:  Before class copy the memory verse and cut it into puzzle pieces. Hide the pieces around the room and let the children find them and put them together.
  • Unscramble the Verse: Choose a verse from the Bible. Write each word of the verse on an individual piece of paper.  Lay the papers out on a table, floor or any flat surface.  Show the children the verse with all of the words put in the correct order first.  Explain and talk about the verse and any words that are unfamiliar.  Mix the papers up and let the children put them in order again. Click here for full instructions and adaptations.

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6 thoughts on “Memory Verse Activities

  1. These are great ideas! I am always looking for new ways to help the kids learn their verses! I often have the kids use hand motions (an unofficial sign language) to help them remember the words. i always ask them to come up with the sign….it keeps them thinking and engaged.

  2. With a class of 1st and 2nd graders, in which there were some beginning readers, I divided the class into two teams. I copied the memory verse onto stock paper (1 for each team) and cut between each word. Each team was given a set of words and raced to reconstruct a Bible verse.

    1. I love that idea, Lisa. thanks for suggesting it.

      I had forgotten about this one. I’ve used it in the past also. I think I’ll try to do a post on it so others can use it.

      I hope your class continues to go well.

      God Bless

  3. My class is a preschool class, and cannot read. For the verses I teach them, I use flannel figures and the pictures are the “coach” in helping them say the verses. Instead of “Erase and Remember” I pull away certain of the figures and have them say the verse together. After a bit of this, I ask if anyone can say it alone. If he/she can, he/she gets a turn at a game I select for that session. Those who aren’t participating certainly start doing so when they see they get a turn. Tomorrow I am going to use your idea of the “Memory Puzzle” but I will hide the flannel figures around the room.

    1. Hi Sandy
      What a great idea. This could also be really helpful when children in the class speak different languages.
      I hope your class went well. I find that children of all ages (and even adults lol) love to follow clues and find hidden objects around the room.
      God Bless you in your teaching.

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