As our children get older, we're realizing that games have a huge part in our family culture. We love breaking out a board game on any given evening, and often in the afternoon when everyone is getting a little antsy. Finding games that we all love can sometimes be tricky, and so it has been lots of fun to try out some new games from Bible Games Central. Not only are these games enjoyable for us all, they are centered around the Bible.
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Bible Games Central has offered free Bible games on their website for churches, youth groups, and families for years, and not too long ago ventured out to start making high-quality games for purchase. When we first took the games out of their boxes, we noticed how well the cards and directions were printed, and how sturdy the dice were (for the games that include them!)
We tried out five games in all, but I'll share each of my child's favorites in this post.
Our littlest guy is four, and he hasn't really started to participate much in games yet because he doesn't understand the directions for many of them. When we started playing Bible Animals: Click Clack Match, he had a teammate in big sister. Soon he realized that she was cramping his style and that he wanted to go it alone. So, he picked up the animal dice, gave them a roll, and quickly matched them on the playing cards. The objective of the game is to roll the five dice, see if any of them match the animals on the playing cards in front of you, and be the first to complete a card so you can earn points. Apart from adding the points up, my four-year-old was able to play on his own, and even struck up a game another time with his sister, without mentioning it to me (which was a bittersweet mom moment to see my baby act so grown-up!)
The age range on this game says 6+, but I think most 4 year-olds would be able to play it with a little bit of help, which makes this a great game for preschoolers or families with young children. The Bible learning factor isn't as strong in this game as some of the others, but we were able to talk about what role each animal has in the Bible as we played.
My daughter, who is 8, was really excited to play this game. It has three types of cards: blue emoji cards, purple story cards with emojis, and green story cards with just words. These options give lots of different ways to play this game. We delved out the green story cards, and then tried to make the story using emojis so that the other person could guess them. I loved how challenging this was! Each card has a reference number so that you can find the story in the Bible, and this helped us dig into the word a few times when we were unsure of the details. Trying to find the cards that we needed, or get creative with the cards that we use was also a challenge. In one game, I retold the story of Joshua and the walls of Jericho without a trumpet emoji, amazingly!
The Good Shepherd is a card game the my middle son just loved! Each player tries to earn the most number of points on their "sheep" cards as they can. Some of the cards have predators on them that can attack the sheep, but if you have a shepherd card, you can prevent your sheep from being attacked.
This game is so creative, and since it's different, it takes a little bit to understand what each card is capable of. I was surprised, though, that my son seemed to catch on quicker than I did!
You can play this game with 2 or more players, and it's appropriate for ages 6+. No reading is required, since the cards have graphics on them that are pretty easy to understand.
Bible Games Central
This is my second time reviewing games for Bible Games Central. (You can find my past review here.) I think this company is offering such great things for families and churches that I am so thankful to get to share about them! You can find free Thanksgiving and Christmas games on their site, as well as all of the games I've mentioned in this post.