Kids should be encouraged to memorize scripture from an early age. The younger children are when they begin to memorize scripture the easier it will be for them to develop the basic skills and not perceive the task as “school work.”
While scripture memory may seem like a daunting task for adults, children typically find it easy to commit scripture to memory with some encouragement, repetition, and visual reminders.
Teach the story – Most verses come as part of a story. Kids love stories. Read or tell the story so they can understand the context. This will make it easier to remember and motivate them to remember a key component to the story.
Make it fun – SundaySchoolZone.com provides a growing list of FUN free Bible activities for children. In addition to telling the story, let the kids work a puzzle or color a picture that will reinforce the story and the truth of the memory verse or phrase.
Talk about it – There are many scripture pages on our web site. Each one includes a simple Bible lesson you can use to help the child understand the importance of the verse or phrase.
Start simple – Kids of any age should start with short scripture verses (or phrases) that will be easy to learn and commit to memory. This will encourage them as they discover they have quickly learned a healthy list of Bible verses. Once they have developed the basic skills, you can move them to memorize longer and more complex verses or portions of scripture.
The key to memorizing something for anyone is repetition. The good news is that children don’t mind the repetition involved in scripture memory the way some adults might. As children learn the verse, say it for them and leave out a word and encourage them to identify the missing word. You can do the same with a marker board by writing the verse on the board and leaving a blank. This makes the repetition fun.
SundaySchoolZone.com provides a list of short Bible verse for kids that can be learned quickly. Each verse or phrase comes with a beautifully designed scripture page that can be placed on the child’s wall or mirror. These scripture pages will serve as visual reminders of what they have learned as the child comes and goes during the day.
More than 100 Easy Bible Memory Verses for Children