Make scripture memorization fun with these memory verse games you can use at home! Your family will grow in Christ together.
One of the tools God gives us to help us walk with Him is Scripture. Memorizing Scripture helps us to KNOW God more and it helps us to follow His commands as we resist temptation.
But if we are being honest, this is one we tend to skip over because memorizing Scripture doesn’t always come easily. Or we just leave that up to the Sunday School teachers.
Don’t let Scripture memory become a chore for your family. There are lots of memory verse games you can play at home! Not only will you learn the Bible verses, you’ll have a blast and bond as a family in the process!
14 Memory Verse Games
1. Hand Motions
When it comes to young kids, movement is gold. Try breaking down your verse into small phrases. For each phrase, add a hand motion. It’s great if it can be specific such as pointing to your face for the word face, but even for phrases with no motions, you can do things like stomp, jump, or clap. It will help kids remember those memory verses easily!
Or if you know American Sign Language go ahead and add in those motions instead. This is a beautiful and fun way to practice Scripture.
2. Sing it
Music is such a powerful tool, I find myself breaking out in song all the time! I remember verses I learned 40 years ago because I remember the song that goes with it. You’ve probably got a few tucked away, too.
You can make up your own songs or find some already done for you. Here are two resources for finding verses set to music:
- Seeds of Worship offers contemporary songs in ESV.
- Answers in Genesis offers contemporary songs in ESV and traditional songs in KJV.
- Steve Green’s Hide ‘Em in Your Heart is a favorite collection, too!
Seeds of Worship also has free memory verse cards you can print to go along with their CDs.
3. Say it Silly
This one is a family favorite. It’s so much fun to memorize Scripture using silly voices. This gives kids the practice of saying it over and over again without the monotony of doing it the same way.
Some of our favorite voices are: squeaky mouse, big giant, cowboy, robot, and southern style. Have fun with all of the options.
You’ll need paper and something to write with for this one. And it might be best to have two people play this Scripture verse game. Each person writes out a verse but leaves empty blanks to be filled in. Then they both swap papers and write in the missing words of the puzzle!
There are multiple ways to scramble up a verse! You can mix up the individual words and put them back in order or group different phrases of the verse together and place them in the correct order.
6. Draw it
You can really get creative with this memory verse game! Draw the nouns in the verse and show what the verse means. But don’t just think paper and pencils, use sidewalk chalk, computer design, or paint. Drawing and expressing creativity is a fabulous way to memorize a verse.
7. Erase the Verse
Your kids can compete against themselves with this game. First, they’ll need to write the verse, then erase part and see if they can remember the words. We like to do this on a whiteboard with dry-erase markers. You can get individual whiteboards here.
8. Snap it
Songs are powerful because of their rhythm. Even if you don’t know a song, you can create a rhythm by snapping. Simply snap on each word. The verse will naturally fall into a rhythm that your kids will remember.
9. Write it out
A simple memory verse activity is to write your verse in a journal or notebook. The act of writing something out helps our mind better remember and think through words. Get out the colored pencils or markers and do some lettering while you’re at it!
This is the main strategy my 6th graders use to memorize verses for our church’s Wednesday night program. I provide them with a notebook at the beginning of the year and they write the verses each day of the week.
EVERY week they memorize 8-12 verses in a single passage, so it works well!
10. Use an app
If you’re always on the go, reviewing verses on an app is a great way to use your free moments. The company BibleMemory.com offers a couple of Scripture memory apps including one specifically for kids with icons and pictures! Or create digital flashcards with an app like Quizlet.
11. Catch it
Grab a few family members for this Scripture memory activity. To play, simply toss a ball or similar object as each person in your family says the next word of the verse. If your kids are older, take it to the next level by removing people from the circle when they can’t remember a word. The last one left knows the whole verse!
12. Highlight keywords
This is a trick my oldest has picked up from Bible quiz and it’s helped her memorize hundreds of verses, including entire books of the Bible! I recommend you write the passage out first, but you can type it if preferred. Then find a keyword in each phrase or verse. Highlight the keyword. We do this in blue.
You can also highlight other words such as words that repeat often. We underline or put prepositions in parentheses. This really helps with those longer passages, too.
13. Bible Verse Jenga
You’ll need to find stackable blocks for this game like Jenga. Then put each word or phrase of the verse on a different block. As you remove a block, try to remember the missing word in the verse. You can play alone, but this is even more fun with your family!
14. Accordion verses
This Bible memory verse craft helps you review as you make it and serves as a tool you can come back to again and again! What you’ll need to do is put a phrase from the verse on a thin strip of cardstock, tape each one together, and fold like an accordion. Then read and review.
Free Memory Verse Games Printable
We’ve made it easy for you to remember these Bible memory verse games you can play at home! Download this free printable by clicking below.
You’ll want to print it on cardstock then put it someplace where you’ll remember to use it like on your fridge or in your Bible.
More Bible Memory Verse Resources
- Ready to add scripture memory to your family time? You’ll love these 27 Bible Verses to Memorize as a family.
- Are you looking for meaningful Scripture verses for your child’s season of life? Pick from this list of 35 Power-Packed Memory Verses for Kids.
- You’ll also love these Free Printable Bible verses for when you need encouragement.
- If you are new to learning Bible verses, you’ll love this Ultimate Guide to Scripture Memorization. It’s full of tips, strategies, and resources.
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.