Stressed over extra time in your Sunday School class or children’s ministry? Kids know when you’re doing lame activities just to kill time! But these free printable books of the Bible game cards for kids are so much fun that your kids will never complain that your church class is “boring” again. Plus, they’ll be learning even more about the books of the Bible through this fun hands-on activity. So grab the free printable now, and quit worrying about kids griping when your class runs short!
A Fun Way to Fill Extra Time
Your kids know the difference between a boring time-filler and a game that’s actually fun.
And believe me, you don’t want to get caught trying to fill time with a boring activity. Do you want to face a bunch of dissatisfied kids? I sure don’t!
If you want a guaranteed escape route from boring time-fillers (and your kids’ scorn), then give this unique card game a try! Simply grab the free printable books of the Bible game cards and make sure they’re handy the next time you have a few minutes to kill at the end of your Bible lesson.
Plus, this fun game reinforces the books of the Bible and their categories. So you can pat yourself on the back for redeeming the time like an awesome Bible teacher, too. 😉
Free printable books of the Bible game cards
- Actually fun! This game is loosely based on the card game “Spoons.” If you’ve ever played “Spoons,” you know how crazy and hilarious it can get. This game keeps all those fun aspects, while also naturally reviewing the books of the Bible.
- Color-categorized. Just another easy way to help your kids remember which books of the Bible belong where. 😉
- Variable number of rounds. You can expand the game to fill as much time as you need to. Your kids will never complain because they’ll be intent on collecting more of the cards they need!
One set of free printable books of the Bible game cards. Enter your info below to get the game cards sent to you instantly:
Spoons (or other objects, if you don’t have any spoons handy). You’ll need one for each kid, minus one.
A piece of paper & a pencil to keep score.
Print and cut out your free printable books of the Bible game cards. I recommend printing on thick card stock so the game cards will last longer.
Optional: Laminate the cards (or cover in contact paper) for extra durability.
The winner, at the end of the game, is the person with the most points.
Points are scored by completing category “sets.” A category set is 4 books of the Bible from the same category, indicated by color on the cards.
Count how many kids are playing. Place one spoon for each kid on the table, minus one, so that there are not quite enough spoons for each person.
Deal each person four cards. Place the rest of the cards, face down, next to the first person. This is the “deck.”
Step 1: Card Collecting
To begin the game, the first person takes a card from the deck and looks at it. If he decides to keep it, he must pass a card from his hand to the next person (because each person should always have ONLY four cards in his hand). If he decides not to keep it, he passes it to the next person.
Each person consecutively looks at the card that is passed and decides whether to keep it or not.
Meanwhile, the first person continues to take new cards from the deck.
Step 2: End of the Round
After someone has collected four books from the same category (indicated by color), he must grab a spoon as quietly and discreetly as possible. He does not have to do it immediately! If it’s an advantage strategically, he can continue to pass cards along as long as he wants to before he grabs the spoon.
As soon as other players realize a spoon has been taken, they should grab a spoon too–whether or not they have collected a category set.
Step 3: Points
When all the spoons are gone, the round is over and it’s time to tally points for the round.
It may be that only one person has a complete set (the person who grabbed the first spoon). But anyone who has more than 2 of a category (half of a set) will get points.
Categories that have more books in them (like the “Minor Prophets” or the “Letters of Paul”) are worth fewer points because it is easier to make a set.
- “Law” category set = 5 points
- “History” category set = 2 points
- “Poetry & Wisdom” category set = 5 points
- “Major Prophets” category set = 5 points
- “Minor Prophets” category set = 2 points
- “Gospels” category set = 8 points
- “Letters of Paul” category set = 2 points
- “General Letters” category set = 2 points
You’ll notice that Acts and Revelation are the only books in their respective categories. As a result, it’s impossible to form any category sets with them, and they don’t count for any points.
You also might have noticed that it may be advantageous to collect books from the smaller categories (even though it is harder to make a set).
An extra point is given to the person who grabbed the first spoon. A negative point is given to the person who ended up without a spoon.
Step 4: Begin a New Round
When all the points have been tallied, mix all the cards up. Then deal 4 new cards to each person, and begin a new round. You can play as many rounds as time allows.
Breathe a sigh of relief!
Even though this game makes a great time-filler, it’s full of action and lots of fun. Your kids will never gripe or complain when you fill a few extra minutes with this fun card game! Plus, you’re helping them learn the books of the Bible and their categories at the same time. This game is a win for everybody!
Don’t forget your free printable books of the Bible game cards:
And have fun playing this books of the Bible game and “passing the faith along” to your kiddoes! 😀