Bible Charades for Kids

Our free printable Bible Charades for Kids Cards feature easier charades phrases as well as helpful hints for children. Younger kids may also prefer our suggested cooperative rules where all players work as a team to achieve a common goal. 

Ages: 6 and above

Group Size: 4 or more

Supplies: Bible Charades for Kids Cards – Download Here, Timer or hour glass, Paper and pen to record the score

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For older children, consider using the cards from Bible Charades.

Be sure to check out Christmas Charades for your Christmas lesson, event or party.

Bible Charades for Kids

Preparation

Download, print and cut up the Bible Charades for Kids Cards.

Bible Charades for Kids Cards

 

How to Play

We recommend playing Bible Charades for Kids as a cooperative game, where all players work as a team to achieve a common goal. This is more fun and encouraging especially for young children and it avoids any unnecessary tension that competitive games sometimes create. (To play as a competitive game, see Variation below)

Players take turns to pick a Bible Charades for Kids Card and, without speaking, act out the word or phrase. The other players must try to guess the correct answer within a given time.
(Usually 3 minutes, but you may vary this according to the age and skill level of your players.)

There are 3 hints provided on each Bible Charades for Kids Card.

Bible Charades for Kids Card

The game master should gradually read out these hints if the children are having difficulty acting or guessing. You can give other additional hints as well.

It would be good for all players to take turns to act, but never force any child into that role. Some kids may not be comfortable with acting and just enjoy guessing.

Before you begin, set an achievable goal. For example, the goal can be to guess 5 correct phrases within 20 minutes. (You should vary this goal according to the age and skill level of your players.) If the group collectively achieves this goal, then everyone wins.

Tips for Playing Charades with Kids

1. Before the game begins, share with everyone these common charades gestures:
– Number of words in the charade phrase: Hold up the correct number of fingers.
– Which word you are acting: Hold up the number of fingers again.
– Number of syllables in the word: Place the number of fingers on your forearm.
– Sounds like: Cup one hand behind your ear or pull on your earlobe.

2. Do not assume the child can read or that he/she knows the Bible story. Be ready to whisper the phrase to the child. If necessary, briefly remind the child of the Bible story and provide some ideas about how to act it out. If the child is not confident with that phrase, allow swapping for another actor/actress (the player who has seen that card must sit out that round).

3. Be flexible with the rules and be encouraging. The main objective is to have fun!

Variation

For a competitive game, divide into teams of 2-6 players.

Teams take turns to play.

The team playing sends one player to pick a Bible Charades for Kids Card.
Without speaking, that player must act out the word or phrase on the card while his or her teammates try to guess the correct answer within a given time.
(Usually 3 minutes, but you may vary this according to the age and skill level of your players.)

If they get it correct within the time limit, the team scores 10 points.

Players can ask for a hint but deduct 2 points for each hint given.

Play for a pre-determined number of rounds or period of time.

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