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5 Easy to Play Games that Actually Teach

Be sure to read some of the early posts, that explain how to write questions, and how to ask them in a game situation. If you follow the instructions, you will have a happy, learning class.

20 QUESTIONS:

This is a great review game when you have studied a lot of characters in the Old Testament. Start with a general statement: "I was a king of Israel," and gradually get more specific. "I was one of the good kings," "I became king when I was only eight years old," "I repaired the temple, and found the book of the law." Depending upon the number of children in your class, break them into teams, or just go one on one. This game works best when the levels of knowledge are about the same.


CHARADES:

One person (or a small group) acts out a Bible story while the rest try to guess what it is.


FLASH CARDS:

Flash cards don't have to be limited to history questions or math facts. Bible facts can be written on flash cards to be learned. Memory verses work great on flash cards, as it keeps bringing up verses learned so that they review them every time they play the game. With one child, if he gets the answer right, you hand him the card, otherwise it goes back in the stack until learned.


TO THE RESCUE:

On a whiteboard/blackboard draw a picture of a lion and a Christian. Between them draw a wall. Put ropes on the Christian, and rocks in the wall. You need the same number of rocks as ropes. A correct answer removes a rope, an incorrect answer removes a rock. Game ends when the Christian is free, or the wall is down and the lion wins.


Team play: The Christian has no ropes on him. One team helps the Christian by adding rocks to the wall, the other team helps the lion by removing rocks.


TUG OF WAR:

For this game you must use challenge questions only, which require one word answers. This type of question is explained in the early post. Choose two teams, fairly equal. The "rope" may be drawn on the board, sectioned off into increments so that the pull length will be the same. In this case, move the marker under the rope, according to the answers given. Or use a piece of clothesline rope, knotted, to be moved right or left.


With teams, each team appoints a spokesman for their team, a different child for each question. They must use everyone in their team before using the same child again. Once the spokesmen are chosen, the teacher asks the question. The first spokesman to give the correct answer moves the rope towards his team's side.


All these games and more can be found in the book "First Aid for Bible Classes," available on this site as an ebook, or from Amazon as a print book of 125 pages.

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