Use this fun Bible Skill Game for your class this week

One of our VBS teachers, Laura, adapted a Bible Skills game in LifeWay’s “In the Wild” VBS material this summer to create this fun game –  “Snapped by the turtle.”  

Items Needed:

  • 70-75 Jumbo craft sticks (multi-colored if possible)
  • Permanent Marker
  • 5-10 Small foam pieces – turtles
  • Container to put the sticks in


  • Using a permanent marker, write the books of the Bible on the Jumbo Craft sticks- 1 book per craft stick.
  • On 5-10 of the craft sticks, attach one small foam turtle per craft stick
  • Place sticks in container to play

To Play: 

  • Have children sit around a table or in a circle on the floor. Place container of sticks in the middle. This game can be played individually or with teams.
  • Decide what each child (or team) will be looking for (New Testament books, Old Testament books, books of Law, Minor Prophets, Paul’s Letters, etc.)
  • Have child #1 draw out a stick without looking.
  • If they pick one that they are looking for, they can keep it.
  • If they pick any other book (not what they are looking for), place the stick back in the container.
  • Have child #2 draw out a stick without looking. Continue in play until all children have had a turn and then start back with child #1.
  • If at any time they pick a turtle, they are “snapped by the turtle” and lose all of the correct ones they are holding.
  • The child (or team) with the most sticks at the end of the allotted time wins.

Make the most of your Bible Skill resources

As a kids minister who loves Bible Skills activities, I am always on the lookout for something new to add to my collection. VBS and Sunday School Kits have some great Bible Skill activities that can be saved and used multiple times. Check out this video for some resources you’ll want to save from this summer’s LifeWay “In the Wild” VBS material.

Psalm 119:105 Bible Skill Activities

Last week in our Kids in the Word class, we had a fun time learning Psalm 119:105 – “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”  I set up the activity in the hallway outside of our classroom and then turned off the lights and let the kids choose between a flashlight and a lantern to guide them.

Items needed: Permanent marker, card stock, scissors, painters tape and a flash light or lantern.

Preparation: Cut out foot or shoe prints – one for each word plus the reference in the translation you are using.  Write one word per shoe print.  Laminate for durability.  Tape the shoe prints in order in a path on the carpet so that the kids can step from one word to the next as they recite the verse.

To play: Line the kids up.  Give the first child in line a lantern to hold and use as they step/hop on each word of the verse and recite it.  After they have followed the path and recited the verse, have them race back to the line and give the next person the lantern so that they can begin the verse path.

Different variations:

  1. Have a race. Create 2 paths and 2 teams.  See which team can complete the verse the quickest.
  2. Leave the verse shoe prints in the hallway or classroom so that kids can practice the verse the next time they are at church.
  3. Do a relay race. Instead of taping the shoe prints to the floor, place the shoe prints on the opposite side of the room.  Have teams race carrying their lantern to pick up one word of the verse at a time. Once they have all the pieces, they can put the verse in order.

Home Discipleship:

Parents can use this for a fun Bible Skill activity at home.  

  1. Create a path in a room, hallway, or through more than one area using the shoe prints. Give your child a lantern/flashlight and have them step/hop along the verse path while they recite the verse.
  2. Keep the footprints in a shoe box and have your kids pull it out and put the verse in order.
  3. Concentration – Turn the shoe prints over so that you cannot see the words.  Have your child turn two shoe prints over at a time to see if they can find the 1stword (Your).  If they do, place the 1stword on the table.  If not, turn both back over and continue turning over two at a time until they find the word “Your.”  Repeat for the 2ndword of the verse (Word) until it is found and so forth until all words of the verse are turned over in order.
These activities can used in Kids in the Word, Children’s Bible Drill (Green cycle), or anytime at church or home when you want to emphasize the importance of God’s Word.