In high school I took a child development class and helped in a first grade classroom. After completing a unit they would play a bingo game using the words they’d learned or topics from the recent game. It was a huge hit. That’s stuck in my head for decades. I always try to look for fun ways to make Bible lessons more interactive, and remembering that story, I designed a Creation Story Bingo game, and then because my mind thinks in weird ways, I turned that game into about four different ideas.
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Creation Story Bingo supplies to make it
First way to make and play Creation Story Bingo
In the game I included 12 pre-made black and white bingo cards. Print them out on cardstock, and printout the calling cards (1-6, with an emphasis towards the days with animals).
Use your paper cutter to cut apart the bingo cards and the calling cards into individual numbers.
Pass out the cards to your kids, and give them a small pile of the counters to use as markers. The center square is free (Day 7 God rested). Shuffle the calling cards and call out the Day of Creation.
As you call each day, they cover it up with a counter.
That’s a super quick and simple way to play this Creation Story Bingo.
This is nice if you don’t want to use a color printer, or if you just want a quick game to play with kids as they’re being picked up.
Real Quick, More Creation Story IDEAS
I’ve been writing about Bible lessons for a long time, and because I homeschool and our history lessons are written from a Christian perspective that starts with Creation, I’ve covered this story a lot. Here’s our Creation Story Unit.
The longer way to play with the Creation Story Bingo
This one is going to be a bit weird. Or the way I did it. You see ages ago when my Sunday School class was still relatively small and only about 10 kids, the last year I taught that class I had 30 kids in it, our church might have grown a bit) we made Creation mini-books with jello stickers.
I also, when I last did this, hadn’t figured out how to make this a more compact and less insane idea.
But, let’s talk jello stickers!
When I made a sample of this, so I could get a picture of how to make it, I asked my daughter for a paint brush.
“What kind?” she asked.
“One you don’t mind me getting jello on,” I answered.
She didn’t even blink, she just went upstairs and spent quite a long time finding a paint brush and then came back down.
Back to putting together your color version of the Creation Story bingo game
I boiled some water, and then made a small batch of the jello sticker to paint on the back of the color pictures I printed. After I’d painted my papers to make lick and stick stickers, I made the rest of the jello and stuck it in the refrigerator. The kids were all very happy to eat that.
About an hour later the sheet was all dry, and then I spent I cut out my individual stickers and spent about 10 minutes putting together two bingo sheets, and a minibook.
It was a fun day in this house as I sat there acting like a five-year-old licking my stickers and putting them on the Creation Story Bingo sheet.
I got weird looks from my teens.
But not too weird, they are used to me at this point.
I probably spent way too much time thinking about the proper distribution of pictures. There is a larger proportion of pictures for days 5 and 6 because that’s the day God created all the animals. It probably was not as big of a deal as I made it, but I tried to ensure I had the proper spread of pictures.
Come to think of it, I was treating it rather like a Sudoku game. That’s kind of silly.
More fun ways to learn about the Bible
- Fall of Man Bible Game
- Days of Creation book for preschoolers
- Generations from Adam to Noah
- Abraham, God’s friend
- The marriage of Isaac and Rebekah