When I worked with children in a clinical setting, I would often use board games to help develop rapport, encourage conversation, or teach a new skill. A few times, I made my own board game out of poster board. I made up my own questions on cards that I wanted the child to answer. It was an inexpensive way to individualize a game for each child.
Fast forward a number of years. This past week, my boys and I made our own board game. We decided to name it “The Search for the Treasures of Wisdom.” First, you answer the question on the card. If answered correctly, you then roll the dice and move ahead the number that you rolled. I used 3×5 cards to write the questions on. For the cards, some of them have questions about the Bible (name three books of the Old Testament, how many disciples did Jesus have, define grace, etc.). Some of the cards have the person do something (sing the song “Jesus Loves Me,” hug the person on your right, etc). Some of the cards also have the person fill in the blanks of a Bible verse.
It’s fun for children to make their own board game. The cards can be changed out to fit whatever lesson you want your children to learn. For example, they could be based on learning character lessons. The cards might provide scenarios on use of a particular character trait, such as honesty, sharing, forgiving, etc. The cards could be used in a Sunday School setting to quiz the class on what they’ve learned. They could also be designed to fit a particular lesson in homeschool. The possibilities are endless.
My kids enjoyed decorating the game board and helping me come up with a name for it. The name we chose fits well with the verse, “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:2-3
Do you have any “teach me Jesus” moments to share from this week?
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