14 Memory Verse Activities… Do you want to memorize Bible verses with your kids, but find that it always becomes a battles of the wills?
Does Bible memorization leave both you and your child feeling frustrated?
Do you wonder if it is even worth the effort?
Scripture memory doesn’t have to be stressful and frustrating. You can change Bible memorization from frustration to fun with these memory verse activities your kids will LOVE!
Memory Verse Activities Basics
1. Set aside time for Bible memory. (Preferably not fifteen minutes before AWANA starts.)
2. Talk through the verse with your child. Make sure your child has a basic understanding of the verse context and the meaning of any unfamiliar words.
3. Use your child’s learning style to help him or her memorize.
Do you know your child’s learning style?
There are three basic learning styles:
What this child hears sticks in his head. He can repeat long sections of a commercial that he heard and knows the lyrics to many songs without trying to learn them.
You can talk to this child all day long and it goes in one ear and out the other. But, if this child can see the concept on paper, she’s got it.
This child learns by movement. His mind works best when his body is in motion. This is the child who, when you are trying to teach him something, will start rotating back and forth in the swivel chair. Swoosh, swoosh, swoosh. Even though he is driving you nuts, he may actually be using the movement to process information.
Once you know your child’s learning style, you can use this knowledge to help him or her memorize God’s Word.
1. Pick a simple tune and put the verse to music.
2. Chant the verse.
3. Repeat the verse several times, each time emphasizing a different word.
4. As you are saying the verse to your child, stop suddenly and see if he can say the next word. Make a game of it.
5. Say the verse with finger puppets.
6. Encourage your child to write the verse down on paper.
7. Write the verse down, using different colors for different words.
8. Write the verse on a dry erase board, then allow your child to erase one or two words each time you say it together until the board is blank and your child is saying the verse independently.
9. Write the verse out, but substitute a few words with pictures.
10. Write the verse on sticky notes or small pieces of paper, one word per piece. Scramble the words and have your child put them in the correct order.
11. Bounce a ball or balloon back and forth as you say each word in the verse.
12. Touch toes and stretch as you say the verse.
13. Jump rope or jump on a trampoline as you say it.
14. Act out the verse or use motions for key words.
Finally, as you encourage your kids to memorize verses, don’t have them do it alone. Memorize it with them.
Challenge your kids, and show them that Bible memory is important for adults as well as children. It might be one of the most important things you ever teach your children.
How do you memorize verses with your kids? Do you have any great tips or ideas? I would love to hear about them. Please scroll down to comment.
May God bless you!
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Thanks for sharing these great Bible verse activities! These are super helpful and I can really use these for my next Sunday School lesson.
I let the child pretend they are the teacher and I'm the student. They help me say memory verse.
We use several of the ideas you've given here… the kids love having different ways to learn their verses. One I've just recently started doing is with a series of sheets of cardstock. The first one has the verse written out in large font, the second one a little smaller, etc., until the final card has just a dot on it. The children are always able to say the verse by that card!
Thank you for more great ideas!
For my auditory learner I let him record the verse and then he can listen to it over and over again or we can play it in the car as we travel! He loves to hear his own voice and make different recordings with different intonations! He loves to make people laugh as well so this works well for him. 🙂
I LOVE that idea! Thanks for sharing, Joanna. May God bless you!
Love these ideas.
I found that you mentioned Awanas very suprising! we love Awanas and there leaders
I very much appreciate the Awana ministry. I grew up going to Awana and have been involved as a leader at different times. 🙂
I’m so thankful and blessed that God sent me to your website. I teach 1st and 2nd graders in Sunday School.
My part is doing crafts to stand out the important part of the story or what I say the different part the children don’t hear about.
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Thanks for using your talents and abilities to further the most important things in children’s life God and His Word.
thank you so much. it is really helpful
Thank you sooooo much. These are wonderful ideas!
Thanks for these ideas. Now I’ve just got to figure out what my boys learning styles are. Although a safe bet is kinetic. (Aren’t all boys?)
Not all boys are kinetic learners although the majority of kinetic learners are boys. (You had to stop and think about that one, didn’t you?) It might be hard to determine which learning style your kids gravitate toward while they are preschoolers, but it should start to become clear as they get into school. Identifying learning styles will help to guide you as you teach them throughout their childhood, and reduce wasted time and frustration. (For example, I am a strong visual learner. Class lectures are wasted time for me. I don’t retain any of it. Give me a text book, and I will retain the information.) I hope this helps!