This post is obviously for older kids, most appropriate for 3rd to 5th graders. Our church is in the process of adopting a new curriculum that needs a lot of additional supplementing, so I have been working on writing the second unit that includes Noah and Babel. The new curriculum is a workshop-based rotation model with six individual classes covering one topic (Drama, Arts, Games, Music & Memory, Geography, and Storytelling). Since memorization and ordering the books of the Bible will be an objective in the Music & Memory workshop, I thought that creating a “DIY Books of the Bible Puzzle” would be a beneficial way to engage the kiddos!
Even though there are only 60 pieces to the puzzle (and 66 books in the Bible), I was able to make it work by doubling-up on 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, and 1 and 2 Peter. I also tripled-up on 1, 2, and 3 John.
I color-coded the puzzle according to the types of books (using this poster): Law, History, Poetry, Major Prophets, Minor Prophets, Gospels, Church History, Letters, and Prophecy.
1. Get your 60-piece puzzle (I bought this one at the Dollar Store, but you could get one like this too).
2. Put your puzzle together on a folder or piece of cardboard…I always start with the edge pieces first. :)
Done (and I’m ashamed to say how long it took me to put together myself…I am NOT a fan of puzzles or spatial awareness in general, as my husband can attest to when it comes to driving directions)!
3. Carefully flip the puzzle over onto the backside using the file folder/cardboard.
4. Cut your adhesive mailing labels in much smaller pieces (or you can write directly on the puzzle pieces…the only reason I didn’t do this was so that I could cover up some of the “Made in China” information printed at the bottom right side of the puzzle).
5. Write the names of each book of the Bible in order (going left to right).
6. After you’ve written the names, color-code the pieces according to the type of book by tracing around the label and/or puzzle piece:
Genesis through Deuteronomy: Law
Joshua through Esther: History
Job through Song of Solomon: Poetry
Isaiah through Daniel: Major Prophets
Hosea through Malachi: Minor Prophets
Matthew through John: Gospels
Acts: Church History
Romans through 3 John: Letters
7. Use a thick permanent marker to make a noticeable division between the Old and New Testaments. (FYI: Did you know the word “testament” actually means “promise”??? I learned that on What’s in the Bible?). :)
8. Store in a plastic baggie!
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