1. Spin the Bottle
Mark an arrow on an empty plastic bottle. Kids sit in a circle with the bottle in the middle. Spin the bottle. Whoever the bottle lands on says the first word of verse. Spin again, that person says first and second words. Continue until the entire verse is said.
2. Hide a Word
Use this activity with a large group. Write one word per piece of paper. Give out one piece of paper per child. The children chosen line up in front of the room (not in correct verse order). The rest of the group works together to unscramble the words by telling the kids to move places. Everyone says the verse together once it is in correct order. One child from the audience chooses someone to turn around so the verse cannot be seen. Say the verse. Continue with one to three people being chosen to turn around each time.
3. Spider Web Verse
One child holds the end of a ball of yarn and throws the ball to someone in a circle. They say the next word in the verse and throw the ball to someone else. This continues until the verse is complete and a spider web has been formed.
4. Who Is…Game
Call out different scenarios: Who is wearing tennis shoes? Who has a birthday this month? Who is wearing red? Each time a scenario is called, those who fit that scenario stand and say the verse together.
5. Miniature Bible Verse
Write the Bible verse as small as possible. Make copies of the verse and hide around the room. Give the kids magnifying glasses. They must search for the verse and then use the magnifying glass to read the verse.
6. Bible Verse Art
Write the words randomnly on a piece of paper with a dot next to each word. Make a copy for each person. Have the kids connect the words starting with the first word in the verse. When completed, color the design made.
7. Hot Potato
Sit in a circle. Pass a “hot potato” around the circle. This can be a bean bag, a potato or any small object. Play music. When the music stops, the person holding the hot potato must say the first word of the verse. Play continues. The next person holding the potato when the music stops must say the first two words. Play continues until the verse is completed.
8. Memory Verse Mural
Cover the table with a large sheet of paper (butcher paper, bulletin board paper). Write the words to the verse around the table. Have the kids draw symbols and pictures to illustrate the verse.
9. Bible Verse Slideshow
Have each child write one word from the verse on a piece of paper. Have them hold their paper up and take a picture of them making a silly face. Make a slideshow with the pictures in order having the kids practice the verse while they look at the slideshow.
10. Balloon Verse Hunt
Blow up helium balloons, attaching a long string to each. Write the verse on index cards, one word per card. Attach a card to each balloon. Let the balloons go in the room. Have the kids work together to put the verse in order.