Playing games with my children has been the best addition to our homeschool lately. It allows us to connect with each other, and allows them to process new information or use new skills. We've recently added Bible games from Bible Games Central to our game shelf, and these games are helping my children connect to the most important topic of all: their Creator.
Bible Games Central offers free games for families and churches that are perfect for special occasions or everyday fun. Their mission is to offer an entry point for people to have conversations about God and the Bible. Love that! In addition to their free games, they have four well-made games that you can add to your permanent collection. We were gifted these games from Bible Games Central in exchange for a review. But as usual, all of these opinions are my own.
When I first learned about Bible Games Central, this game piqued my interest. Parable Parade is a card game where players try to build a complete parable. This seemed like a great way to reinforce what we already do with narration in our homeschool! My five-year-old, who isn't quite as familiar with the parables as my seven-year-old is, really loved this game! The cards are color-coded, so he set out to collect the same-colored cards, and learned about parables at the same time. When we had finished playing, he said, "Thank you so much for getting this game for us, Mommy!" Definitely a win!
When we play this game, I ask my children to tell me what each card represents. This has added great value to our homeschool and improved my little ones' knowledge of the Bible.
Bible Memory Game
This game has colorful cards with the books of the Bible on them that players match up. This classic game is so good for developing focus and attention! Side note: after having three children and all of the distractions that entails, I've become terrible at memory games! Maybe I am the one who needs this the most of all!
This game helps children learn the 66 books of the Bible. The illustrations on the card give a reminder as to what each book is about.
This is the first game we tried out from Bible Games Central. Originally, my five-year-old thought that a game about the books of the Bible might not be his cup of tea, since, after all, he can't read yet! But as it turns out, Bingo is always a favorite! Getting to learn about the books of the Bible while he played was a huge benefit that I probably appreciated most of all.
This Bible Bingo game follows the traditional Bingo format, but the books of the Bible are organized into categories, like The Law, Poetry, The Gospels, etc. One person pulls a card, which has the book of the Bible and the color-coded category that it belongs to on it. This was helpful because while you are searching for the book on your Bingo card, you can look to see what category it is. I especially appreciated this as an adult who had very little Bible education as a child.
On the same vein, Christmas Bingo from Bible Games Central is a festive game that my children are enjoying this Christmas season! Every year on Christmas Day, Grandma brings out a Bingo game to play as a family. I will have to bring it this year for all of us to enjoy together!
This game is a little more straightforward than Bible Bingo. The Bingo boards have Christmas-related pictures on them, and you draw a card to see if you have it on your board. Through several games, we didn't draw a card that wasn't on our Bingo board, which makes this a game that is great for very little ones.
There are really two games included here, because there's an extra stack of cards so that you can play Christmas Memory. This is a fun little bonus that gives you multiple ways to play!
Free Games and Lessons from Bible Games Central
As I mentioned at the beginning of my post, Bible Games Central has free games on their website, and they are constantly adding new games for your family (or church!) to enjoy! On top of that, there are lesson plans to go along with the games in order to extend your child's learning. You can find their most popular games and the accompanying lesson plans here.