Animal Match-up

Have fun mimicking your assigned animal to find your counterpart! Use this game to introduce a lesson on Creation or Noah’s Ark. You can also use this game as a general ice-breaker game or to break a large group into pairs. 

Bible: Genesis 1:1-2:3; 6:5-9:17

Ages: 6 to 14

Group Size: 10 or more players (the more the merrier!)

Supplies: Animals Cards – Download Here
Some small prizes for the winners (perhaps animal-shaped snacks or stationary items)

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Noah's Ark Game – Animal Match-up

Preparation

For up to 32 players: download and print 2 copies of the Animal Cards; cut each copy into 16.

Animals Cards

If you are playing with fewer than 32 players, you will need to remove some of the Animal Cards.
(Ensure that all cards used are matching pairs.)

If you have more than 32 players, you will need to print and cut up more copies of the same Animal Cards.

How to Play

Ensure there is an even number or players.
If there is an odd number of players, have the game leader join in.

Tell everyone that you will be giving each person one animal card.
When they receive the cards, they must not show anyone their cards (they can hold the cards in their hands or hide them in their pockets).
And they must not speak.

Give one animal card to each player. Ensure that all cards used are matching pairs.

On “go”, everyone must mimic their assigned animal, and move around the room to look for their counterparts.
No speaking allowed. They can only imitate the animals’ actions and sounds.

The first pair to match up and report to the game leader wins a prize.

The game ends when all players successfully pair up with their counterparts.

You can play more than one round.

Bible Lesson – Creation

Discuss
1. Did you enjoy this activity? Why or why not?
2. Was it easy for you to find your counterpart?
3. Do you like animals? What are some of your favorite animals?
4. Do you know any Bible passages about animals?

Read
Genesis 1:1-2:3
(This passage is rather long. Instead of reading directly from the Bible, you may want to tell the story of creation with the aid of a YouTube video, PowerPoint slides, puppets or even a children’s Bible.)

Discuss
5. What are some things that strike you in this Creation story?
6. What are some things that we learn about God?
7. God is the Creator of all things. How should we treat God?

Read
Genesis 1:26

Discuss
8. What are some things that we learn about people?
9. How do you think God wants us to behave in relation to one another and to all of God’s creations?

Conclude
God is the Creator of all things: he deserves our honor, respect and worship.
God made people in his own image: we must treat one another with the dignity and respect everyone deserves.

Bible Lesson – Noah’s Ark

Discuss
1. Did you enjoy this activity? Why or why not?
2. Was it easy for you to find your counterpart?
3. Do you like animals? What are some of your favorite animals?
4. Do you know any Bible passages about pairs of animals?

Read
Genesis 6:5-9:17
(This passage is rather long. Instead of reading directly from the Bible, you may want to tell the story of Noah’s Ark with the aid of a YouTube video, PowerPoint slides, puppets or even a children’s Bible.)

Discuss
5. Why did God ask Noah to build an ark?
6. Why did God decide to send a flood? (Genesis 6:5-8)
7. Why did Noah find favor in God’s eyes? (Genesis 6:8-9)

Say
In this story, we learned that God sent judgement on the earth because the people on the earth were evil. But God saved Noah and his family because Noah was righteous.
Even though God promised (Genesis 8:21) that he will never send a flood like this ever again, this Bible story is still relevant to us today.

Discuss
8. Does God notice when we sin? How does God feel when we sin?
9. Does God notice when we obey him? How does that make God feel?

Conclude
Our actions matter to God, and he notices. Our sins make God sad. It is important that we always honor and obey him in our hearts and in everything that we do.

Bible games are excellent tools for teaching Biblical truths. What are your thoughts on this game?

6 Comments

    • BibleGamesCentral

      You’re most welcome! Hope you have lots of meaningful fun with this game!

      Reply
  1. Susie

    WONDERFUL teaching aid! I was able to use the “Animal Match up” cards with the preschool class through 6th graders! ALL the children enjoyed the game! Thank you for all your great work!

    Reply
    • BibleGamesCentral

      You’re welcome Susie!

      Reply
  2. rose

    This is sooo helpfull and fuunnnn toooo…….thankyouuuuuu soooo mucchhhhh

    Reply
    • BibleGamesCentral

      You’re most welcome. If it’s not too much trouble, could you help rate this game? (And others as well!)

      Reply

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