Bible verse games are great for preschoolers too! Here is one on Nehemiah 8:10 called “The JOY Box.”
Preschoolers are generally happy little souls. They’re always looking for a chance to giggle and have fun. Nehemiah 8:10 says this: “For the joy of the Lord is (my) strength.” Here’s a fun and happy Bible verse game to help your little ones memorize this great verse. It’s called “The JOY Box”.
Here’s what you do: Bible verse games are fun and for this one you will need to create a large die from a 6 to 8-inch box. This becomes the “JOY Box”. I got mine at a local box store in my neighborhood. Decorate each side with a different color such as red, yellow, blue, green, black and white. In addition, add to each side a picture of one of the following body parts: nose, ear, head, elbows, waist and hips. I suggest you laminate all the sides of the box for long-term use.
How to play: After introducing Nehemiah 8:10 and reciting it together several times, show your children “The JOY Box”. Explain that you are going to look around the room for someone who is happy or joyful. The child you pick will get to roll the “JOY Box”. If the box lands on the red side, then all the children who are wearing red will place both their hands on the body part shown on the red side. Finally, all those children are to turn around while saying the Bible verse together while having their hands on the chosen body part. At this point, you should start to hear lots of giggles. You won’t have any trouble finding your next joyful child to roll the “Joy Box.”
Before playing this Bible school activity for preschoolers, you might want to introduce this lesson in the following way: Pick different children and ask them what makes them happy. (Wait for responses.) Continue by saying, “Those are all great reasons for being happy! Did you guys know that God wants us to be so happy that we are joyful know matter what? It’s true! God also says that when we are joyful, we will be strong – our insides and our outsides. For example, when I am joyful, my nose is happy! (Point to your nose and make it wiggle around and invite the children to do the same.) When I am joyful, my elbows are happy!” (Flap your elbows up and down. Continue with this line of talking. After each body part is discussed, you may want to recite Nehemiah 8:10 together to help them begin memorizing the verse. After your introduction is over, explain the rules of the game and have fun!)
Just in case you’re interested, you might want to check out this book with even more Bible lessons for your kids: Explore Bible People: 52 Bible Lessons for Ages 4-6 (Route 52)
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