Memorizing Bible verses doesn’t have to be daunting or boring. Even us adults can have a hard time, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a few activities that can help make memory verses fun and easy. They’re great to do at home, during Sunday School or Bible study. Parents, teens, and adults of every age can participate too!
- Hop-Scotch: write out parts of the verse on pieces of paper. Spread them out in a hop-scotch pattern, or whatever pattern you like (to make it challenging for older children you can spread them far apart). Keep the text face-down. Have the student hop on one foot to each piece of paper. Before proceeding to the next piece, have them turn over the piece of paper they landed on and read it aloud until they get to the end. After a couple of rounds, challenge them to recite the text on each piece of paper before going to the next one. If they get it wrong, they have to start over.
- Leap Frog: This is similar to the hop scotch activity above, except spread out the pieces of paper with parts of the verse written on them in a straight line and further apart so that when the students leap over each other, they land on the paper. You can even write them on green paper in the shape of lily pads. When they land on the paper, have them read out the part of the verse and repeat until they reach the end. After a few rounds, have them recite each part before going to the next lily pad. If they get it wrong, they can go to the back of the line.
- Fishing: write out parts of the verse on pieces of paper in the shape of fish. Attach a paper clip to each piece. Tie a long string to one of a stick to create a fishing rod (it can even be the end of a pencil, preferably unsharpened for safety sake). On the other end, attach a small magnet (it can be any magnet, even those weird ones of states on your fridge). Scatter the fish on the floor, text facing down, (you can create a pond with a hula hoop, or an empty inflatable pool, or even tape on the floor to create a boundary). Have the students take turns to fish for the pieces and when all have been collected, put them together correctly. You can even turn it into a contest to see who/which team does it the fastest and correctly.
- Treasure Hunt: write out parts of the verse on pieces of paper. Take the kids to another room or have them close their eyes (if they can be trusted) while you hide the pieces around the room. For an Easter edition, put them in empty Easter eggs. Then, have the students search for each piece and then work together to put it together correctly.
- Ball Toss: For this, students form a circle and toss a ball to each other while saying one word in the verse at a time. To begin, one student holds the ball and says the first word of the verse. Then he/she passes it to someone who then catches it and says the next word. F or younger students just go around the circle in order. For older children, let them pass it to whoever they want in the circle. If they drop the ball, or get the word wrong, the whole process starts all over with that person who messed up starting the verse. Go around until the group completes the verse.