Bible Story Activities
to do together as a family
Note: Click here to visit BibleGateway.com, where you can type in scripture verses and read the Bible online!
Here is a fun poem entitled, The Bible in 50 Words. Scripture passages are included for each dyad so that you and your child(ren) might re-enact these stories together at home, or maybe even play "Pictionary" with them! This will help you to get a sense of how God has worked through the ages. But don't try to do it all at once! Spread the stories out over several days or weekends.
God made (Genesis 1:1 - 2:3)
Adam bit (Genesis 3:1-24)
Noah arked (Genesis 6:5-9:13)
Abraham split (Genesis 11:10-32, 12:1-6)
Bush talked (Exodus 3:1-20)
Moses balked (Exodus 4:1-14)
Pharaoh plagued (Exodus 7:14 - 11:10)
People walked (Exodus 12:29-41)
Sea divided (Exodus 14:5-31)
Tablets guided (Exodus 19:3-7; 20:1-17)
Promise landed (Joshua 4:1-7, 24:15)
Saul freaked (I Samuel 15:10-30)
David peeked (2 Samuel 12:1-9)
Prophets warned (Jeremiah 1:4-10, 7:1-11)
Jesus born (Luke 2:1-20)
God walked (Mark 1:16-20)
Love talked (John 13:33-35)
Anger crucified (Mark 15:22-39)
Hope died (Mark 15:42-47)
Love rose (Matthew 28:1-10)
Spirit flamed (Acts 2:1-6)
Word spread (I Corinthians 1:1-6)
God remained (Revelation 22:1-5)
When God creates humankind, we are entrusted with caring for God's Creation. Try this Web of Life activity as a family by clicking here, which will help everyone to better understand how we are connected to Creation (Genesis 1:1 - 2:4a).
The Lord's Prayer
Click here for some activities you and your family can do based on The Lord's Prayer.
Click here for instructions on how to make Prayer Beads for the first activity.
Random Acts of Kindness
Read Micah 6:8 together as a family and decide on a "random act of kindness" to offer this week.
From Abram & Sarai to Abraham & Sarah Click here to read a reduced version of the very long Bible story of Abraham and Sarah. There are questions to answer at the end of each section. Gather your bathrobes, get costumed, and act it out together! For some help visualizing different parts of the story, click here, here, and here for some coloring pages to view and print.
Read the Beatitudes together as a family by reading Matthew 5:1-20 from your family Bible. Talk about what each type of person that Jesus described might feel like, and then wonder together about why God considers them "blessed." Some translations use the phrase, "happy are those who..." instead of "blessed are those who..." Then play Charades using each one of the Beatitudes. Click here to download and print "Beatitudes Strips" to cut and hand out to each person to act out. For younger children, click here to download and print a coloring page of the Beatitudes.
The Ten Commandments
Divide into two teams to play Charades and guess which of the Ten Commandments is being acted out.
Click here to download and print a copy of The Ten Commandments in simple English.
Ask questions for discussion such as:
"What is a commandment? What are other words for 'commandment'?"
"Why is it important to have rules? What would happen if there were no rules or laws?"
"What commandment (rule or law) would you add to these ten? Why?"
"Which commandment is easiest for you to keep? Which one is the hardest?"
Read the following parables in your Bible and then test your knowledge by clicking here to play an online Jeopardy game.
The Parable of the Prodigal (Lost) Son (Luke 15:11-32)
The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37)
The Parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin (Luke 15:1-10 )
The Parable of the Great Banquet (Luke 14:15-24 )
Write Your Own Song or Psalm of Thanksgiving
Read Psalm 100 together and talk about what you read. How is the author feeling right now? What words show this feeling? What words would you use to show how thankful you are? Think of a song tune that you like. Count the number of syllables in each line and write those numbers down on a piece of paper. This will serve as a guide for how many syllables you should use to write the words to your own song for that tune. When you're finished, sing your new song together. You could even bring it to church to see if we can use it in worship or during the Hands-On Learning time!
The Story of Joseph and His Brothers
Watch the DVD, Joseph: King of Dreams, together as a family.
Click here to see the review from parentpreviews.com.
The story of Joseph and his family can be found in the first book in the Bible: Genesis, chapters 37 to 50.
If you have a copy of A First Bible Story Book (the Bible UCC North Hampton presents to Preschoolers), you may find the story of Joseph on pages 28-35.
Here are some questions to ask your children as you read or watch:
How is Joseph’s family different from ours?
How is Joseph’s family like ours?
What have we (your parents) given you to show you how much we love you?
What has God given us to show us how much God loves us?
How is Joseph's many-colored coat like God's love?
Why did Joseph forgive his brothers for being mean to him?
When does God want us to forgive?
What can we learn from Joseph and his brothers?