This collection of Bible activities for kids will help you lead your students into an encounter with Christ through the written Word of God.
First, we want to familiarize young people with the Bible as a book. We want them to feel comfortable opening it, navigating it, and reading it.
Then we want to help them prayerful connect with Christ through his Word. This calls for more than just printable word searches and mazes. Our goal should be to help them make personal connections between what they read and what is going on in their lives. As much as possible, we want our kids to recognize how ancient Scripture is relevant and meaningful to their lives today.
I hope the resources collected here will help you give your students an experience of God’s love through meditation and prayerful reading of the Bible.
Bible Activities & Crafts
There are a lot of websites with really creative crafts and activity ideas for younger children. Here are some good collections of Bible activity ideas from popular websites:
- Books of the Bible Activities (The Catholic Toolbox)
- Bible Resources for Kids: Song, Free Printables, and More (Catholic Icing)
- Bible Crafts for Kids (Catholic Icing)
- Bible Games (Christianity Cove)
- Bible Crafts (Sunday School Zone)
- Bible Crafts (Christian Preschool Printables)
- 100 Best Bible Crafts and Activities for Kids (Meaningful Mama)
- 49 Outstanding Christian Craft Ideas for Kids (We Have Kids)
- The Religion Teacher’s Weekly Gospel Reading Worksheets (The Religion Teacher Members)
Activities to Introduce Kids to the Bible
One of the first goals we should have as religious educators is to help our students navigate the Bible. We should be able to say, “go to John 3:16 in your bibles” and expect our kids to find the page without asking for a page number.
This article will help: “4 Ways to Help Students Learn the Books of the Bible.”
Also, this video explains a simple way to teach young people how to find a verse in the Bible:
The key is to teach the students to use the table of contents in their Bibles to find the page number of the books. From there they can flip ahead to the correct chapter and verse in each book.
A Bible Scavenger Hunt
To help your students learn how to navigate the Bible, have them go on a Bible scavenger hunt. Give them a random list of books in the Bible, plus chapters and verses and have them find the page number. (Make sure they use the same edition of the Bible.)
You can also download and use the Bible Scavenger Hunt Worksheet I created to use at the beginning of each year here:
Lectio Divina Activities
The best way to teach children to read the Bible is to teach them how to do Lectio Divina. Don’t let the Latin word scare you. Lectio Divina simply means Sacred Reading. It is a practice of reading the Bible prayerfully. The process is pretty simple and it follows five basic steps:
Watch this video explanation to understand and guide young people through each of these steps:
If we truly want young people to encounter Christ while reading the Bible, then we must help them make those second and third essential steps. Help them ask what Christ is saying to them at this very moment while reading God’s word (meditation). Then, invite them to respond to God in prayer. This makes reading the Bible more like a conversation than a consumption of information.
Here are a few resources to help lead your students in Lectio Divina:
- The Religion Teacher’s Lectio Divina Worksheets
- The Religion Teacher’s Weekly Gospel Reading Worksheets
Bible Skits & Plays
My students love planning and performing skits in class. The big benefit of doing this is that it encourages the students to really learn the details of the stories in the Bible. The challenge we have as religious educators is to help them make personal connections to the details in these stories after the performances. Make sure you discuss the stories with the students and help them see themselves in the stories.
Here are a few skits and scripts you can download and use in class:
- The Last Supper Skit Script
- The Parable of the Good Samaritan Skit Script
- The Parable of the Great Feast Skit Script
Here are some of the Bible worksheets you will find here at The Religion Teacher:
- The Religion Teacher’s Genesis Worksheets
- Genesis Creation Story Lesson and Worksheet
- Cain and Abel Lesson Plan and Worksheet
- Finding of the Boy Jesus in the Temple Lesson Plan & Worksheet
- Beatitudes Activities Ideas & Worksheets
- Transfiguration Activities & Worksheets
- Ten Commandments Word Search and Crossword Puzzle
- The Parable of the Lost Coin Worksheet
- The Tower of Babel Activity and Worksheet
- Ascension of the Lord Worksheets
- Pentecost Activities and Worksheets
- The Religion Teacher’s Parable Worksheet Pack
You can also access hundreds of other Bible worksheets about specific stories and verses in the Bible including worksheets for every Gospel reading throughout the year as a member of The Religion Teacher.