This Books of the Bible Printable Pack will help your kids memorize the books of the Bible and make connections in God’s Word!
Remember back in the day when Sunday school and vacation Bible school teachers taught kids songs and rhymes to help them remember the order of the books of the Bible? Knowing the order came in pretty handy during the “sword” or Bible drill challenges when we raced to find the passage first.
Recently I was working with a 6th grader at our church to find a passage for the lesson, and I started singing the books as she flipped through. She giggled and thought I was strange.
Perhaps you’ve wondered the same thing she was feeling at that moment. Why would I need to memorize the order of the books of the Bible if there was always a list of them on the very first page of my Bible?
This might surprise you, but there’s more to memorizing the books of the Bible than earning the sword drill trophy during VBS.
Even though we can always flip back to that table of contents, nothing will help us understand how the Bible cohesively fits together like memorizing the books of the Bible! Knowing the order of the books gives us a general understanding of how the Bible connects with history, as well as God’s work throughout all time. This foundational knowledge will give your kids a place to start as they grow spiritually!
But can you actually have fun memorizing? Well, yes—let me show you how! We’ve created this free Books of the Bible Printable to help your kids enjoy memorizing the books of the Bible and make connections within God’s Word.
FREE Books of the Bible Printables: 7 Ways to Make Memorizing the Books of the Bible Fun!
1. Find Your Way: Old Testament Maze
As your kids work through the Books of the Bible maze, they get to visually connect the order of the Old Testament books with symbols and stories from the books themselves! The visual association and ordering in this activity will help them see how the countless Bible stories they have heard actually fit into the Bible they are holding in their hands.
2. Search It Out: New Testament Word Search
Many of the New Testament books are named either after the people who wrote them or named after the people the books were written to! But there are so many names that it can be hard to remember which ones are just people in the Bible as opposed to actual books of the Bible. The New Testament word search in the Books of the Bible Printable will help your kids think about each book of the Bible as they look for it in the word search! As a bonus, word searches help us learn to spell words.
3. Organize the Shelf: Books of the Bible Sorting Game
While memorizing the names of 66 books in order might seem overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be! A great way to memorize anything is by dividing it into smaller, manageable chunks. As your kids cut out each book of the Bible and put it into its genre, they will see how different books fit together in order. Then, they can work on memorizing those smaller groups!
4. Put Them in Order: Books of the Bible Stack-Up Game
Maybe you have some kids who are only motivated by competition. Well, we’ve got you covered! Use the list of books provided to label styrofoam cups with the names of the books of the Bible for this timed activity! Then, challenge your kids to go as fast as they can to stack the books of the Bible in order. They can race their siblings or friends or even try to beat their own time.
5. Which Testament: Books of the Bible Sorting Game
Even if you’re not sure exactly where a book is located in the Bible, it helps to at least narrow down whether it’s in the Old Testament or the New Testament! Our Books of the Bible coloring page asks your kids to figure out where each book of the Bible fits, whether in the Old Testament or the New Testament! As they color-code each book according to where it fits, they will grow more familiar with these many different books, and a secret image will be revealed!
6. Use the Clues: Books of the Bible Crossword Puzzle
While memorizing is something I do if I have to, what I truly love is learning new information—it actually helps me remember simpler things like a list of names when I have specific, intriguing things to connect to them. As your kids work through this crossword puzzle, the clues will expand their knowledge and challenge them to connect new details to what they already know about the books of the Bible.
7. Find It First: Books of the Bible Scavenger Hunt
Finally, our Books of the Bible Printable includes a scavenger hunt to help your kids put into practice what they have been working on by memorizing these books! They will get to pull out their Bibles and search them to find what the scavenger hunt asks them for. Make sure you brush up on your Bible trivia. Your kids will love sharing their finds with you, but it may be in the form of a quiz! Haha!
Through practical tools & Bible-based resources, Kim Sorgius is dedicated to helping your family GROW in faith so you can be Not Consumed by life’s struggles. Author of popular kid’s devotional Bible studies and practical homeschooling tools, Kim has a master’s degree in education and curriculum design coupled with over 2 decades of experience working with kids and teens. Above all, her most treasured job is mother and homeschool teacher of four amazing kiddos.