Here’s a fun memory verse game called Memory Verse Match Race, that serves two purposes.
Purpose #1: It helps your Sunday School class memorize their memory verse.
Purpose #2: Because it’s a fun, active game it will help your kids to use up some of that energy that they tend to bring to class with them!
This particular memory verse game requires no special equipment. The only supplies you’ll need are a few sheets of paper and 2 clean, empty wastebaskets or buckets, both of which you should probably have in your Sunday School classroom already.
On the sheets of paper, you’ll need to type up and print out your memory verse. Divide your memory verse into two halves and make enough copies so that each team will have at least 8 sets of the memory verse. This means you’ll need a total of 16 (or more sets if you have a larger class in which case you can add additional teams.)
Before Sunday School starts you’ll want to loosely wad up the memory verse sets into balls and toss them into the two wastebaskets or buckets. Place the two wastebaskets on one corner of the room.
When it’s time to play the game in Sunday School, divide your class up into at least two teams and line them up on the opposite side of the room where the two wastebaskets are located.
Explain to them that they are going to compete in a Memory Verse Match Race. When you say “Go!”, the first person from each team will race across to the other side of the room and pull out two paper wads from the wastebasket. They’ll need to quickly open up the wads of paper and see if they have pulled out the first AND last part of the memory verse.
If they pull out a complete set (meaning the first and last part of the memory verse) have them YELL out the complete memory verse and then run back to their team with papers in hand so the next person in line can take their turn.
If they happen to pull out the same halves of the memory verse (meaning two first halves or two second halves), then they have to wad the papers back up and toss them back into the wastebasket before racing back to their team so the next person in line can take their turn.
The game ends when one team successfully pulls out each set of the memory verse from their wastebasket and YELLS it out.