Here are some skill games I’ve published on Kids Ministry 101 in the past. I’ve linked the games but also offer specific modifications:
Bible Skills Twister: Use different instructions created for younger kids that “match” the colors on the mat. (Example: the spinner lands on yellow. The child must cross on the yellow dots (perhaps doing a specific task (jumping, hopping, crawling) and find a prepared yellow Bible bookmark placed at a specific verse to be read by the teacher).
New Testament Pyramid Stack: Line the cups in order using a prepared “help sheet.”
Chopstick Sort: Instead of Chopsticks, use tongs to match “eggrolls” with the “sushi tray.”
CD Shuffle: Create labeled clothespins that match the books printed on the CDs. Allow children to clip the matching clothespin to the correct CD.
Don’t Break the Ice: Allow children to select from prepared New Testament book cards to determine which piece of “ice” is to be tapped out.
Spill and Spell: Provide prepared index cards on which Bible book names have been printed. Allow kids to use the magnetic alphabet to spell the book represented on a chosen card.
Minor Prophet Muffin Mix: Allow boys and girls to take turns matching minor prophet books printed to two different colored ping-pong balls.
Consider these tips that I think will help as you work to grow knowledge and love for the Bible in preschoolers.
- Most skill games must be teacher led.
- Think “matching” and “sorting” when teaching skills to preschoolers.
- Use color matching dots to help sequence verses, phrases, and books of the Bible.
- Color code testament and division books when listing them on various mediums.
- Simplify skills by breaking information into “chunks.”
- Avoid the need for the use of small motor skills that haven’t fully developed.
- Avoid competition that results in winners and losers.
- Use listings, Bible bookshelves, and other “help sheets.”
- Use the “familiar” in an “unfamiliar” way.
Bill Emeott serves as Lead Ministry Specialist for Lifeway Kids. A graduate of Mercer University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Bill has served as a Kid’s Minister and currently teaches 2nd Grade Bible study.