Bible Character Activities

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Adam and Eve's second son was named Abel. Genesis 4 tells us he was a shepherd. It would appear from the text that Abel had a closer relationship to God because his sacrifice to the Lord was accepted while the sacrifice of his older brother, Cain, was not. Cain became angry and jealous and killed Abel. These free, printable Bible activities are related to Abel.


Abraham was called by God to become the father of the people through whom God would send the Messiah, the "seed" of Genesis 3:15. While not perfect, the Bible says Abraham believed God and God counted it to him as righteousness. Abraham is a great example of faith to all of us. These free, printable Abraham Bible activities for children relate to the patriarch Abraham and his journey of faith.

Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve were the first people to be created. God was good to them, but they doubted His goodness and chose to trust a tree instead of God. These Adam and Eve Bible activities relate to the creation of Adam and Eve, God's purpose for them, their disobedience to God, and God's love for them despite their sin.


Andrew was Simon Peter's brother. He was called by Jesus at the same time as Peter. You can also find an article about Andrew on our site that may be helpful. These activities include Andrew in some way.


Anna was an older, godly woman living around the time of Jesus' birth. We learn about her in Luke 2:36-38. She was a faithful servant and prayer warrior who saw baby Jesus at His circumcision and began to thank God and testify about Jesus to others because she recognized Him as the promised Messiah. Her story affirms that Jesus was the Messiah and was bringing the long-awaited Kingdom of God!

Aquilla and Priscilla

Aquila and Priscilla were a married couple who met Paul in Corinth. Since they were also tentmakers as Paul was, the three worked together in the tent making trade (see Acts 18:1-3). They also were Christians. We don’t know the timing or the circumstances of their coming to Christ, but Scripture does tell us that they partnered with Paul not only in the business of tent making, but also in efforts to spread the gospel. A more complete article about Aquila and Priscilla is available on Sunday School Zone. These activities are about the story of this important couple.


Boaz took the role of Kinsman/Redeemer to Ruth and became her husband after she lost hers. Boaz is an example of compassion and reminds us of the great Kinsman/Redeemer we later know as Jesus, the Messiah. It should also be noted that Ruth became an ancestor to that very Jesus. Ruth was a Moabite woman, but she became an important part of the Messiah's story and lineage!


Cain was Adam and Eve's first son. He became angry with his younger brother, Abel, when God found Abel's sacrifice acceptable, but not Cain's. Cain then killed Abel out of jealousy. The story of Cain underscore's the devastating impact of sin in the live of the first people. Sin still have devastating consequences in our lives.

Cain and Abel

Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. For some reason, God found Abel's sacrifice acceptable but rejected Cain's sacrifice. Cain became angry and killed his younger brother, Abel. Clearly, Cain's character was lacking which probably explains his failed sacrifice. These activities are about Cain and Abel.


Caleb was one of two faithful spies (Joshua was the other) who scouted the Promised Land and reported that God would give His people the land. The other spies doubted God would provide. These free, printable Caleb Bible activities are about this faithful follower of the God of Israel.


Cornelius was a Gentile who worshiped God and honored the Jewish people. God sent Peter to tell Cornelius (and his family and friends) about Jesus. Cornelius became a Christian as a result of Peter's preaching and they became friends because they both loved Jesus.


Daniel is one of those great characters from the Old Testament who stands as an example of faith and strong character. Even in the face of death, he trusted the Lord and refused to worship other gods. If you want to teach children about the incredible life of Daniel, these Daniel Bible activities can help!


David became Israel's greatest king and foreshadowed his greater descendant, Jesus Christ, the King of kings and the Son of David. But, David wasn't just a "type" of Christ who would come later. David was a real person with real flaws, but also a great devotion to Yahweh, the God of the Bible. David's life reveals many important things about the plan of God as seen in the biblical story. These David Bible activities will help kids learn more about this great Old Testament character.


Deborah was a Judge (leader) in Israel whom God used to free them from oppression from their enemies. Deborah's faithfulness to God demonstrated that God desires our availability and that He is powerful and able to bring deliverance on His own terms.



The disciples were those men Jesus called to follow Him during His ministry. They later became leaders in the early church and helped spread the good news about Jesus. These activities relate to the disciples.


Dorcas (who also was called Tabitha) had a special ministry in the early church. She enjoyed helping and serving others. Then one day, she became sick and she died. The believers in that church sent for Peter. God used Peter to bring Dorcas back to life. These Dorcas Bible activities are about this important event in the early church.


Elijah was an important prophet to the Hebrew people and spoke to them on God's behalf. God used Elijah to remind the people of how powerful God is and how important it is to follow Him. These activities are about the prophet Elijah.


Elisha was an Old Testament prophet to God's people. He followed Elijah and was greatly used by God to teach the Hebrew people many things. These Elisha Bible activities are about this important prophet.


Elizabeth was the wife to Zechariah who served as a priest in the temple not long before Jesus was born. She and Zechariah were both quite old and unable to have children. But God chose them to be the parents of John the Baptist. John would become a prophet and help prepare the people for the coming of the Messiah, Jesus. These activities are about Elizabeth, John the Baptist's mother.


Jacob and Esau were brothers to each other and sons to Isaac (Abraham's son). Esau was Isaac's favorite, but Jacob dealt deceitfully with Isaac and stole Esau's birthright. These free, printable Esau Bible activities are related to Esau.


Queen Esther stands as one of the great figures of courage and faith in the Old Testament. Her people, the Israelites, were living in Babylon. Some evil people were hoping to kill the Jews and were plotting against them. Esther approached the king and was able to save her people. These free, printable Esther Bible activities will help kids learn about this brave woman.


Ezra was a Jewish exile who came from Babylon to help with the restoration of Jerusalem following the Babylonian exile. According to Nehemiah 8, when Ezra arrived he learned that the people were not living according to God’s laws so he arranged for the people to hear the law taught and explained. This led to a revival of commitment among the people. These activities are related to Ezra reading the law to the people.



Gideon was a Judge in the period before Israel had kings. Gideon didn’t think God could use him to free Israel from her enemies, but God did. These free, printable Gideon Bible activities for kids will help children understand that God can use weak people and give them courage to accomplish great things.


These Bible lesson activities are based events occurring as a result of God's initiative. Learning about these events, we learn about God's character and His relationships with the people He created, including us. The Old Testament tells us that God's name is Yahweh (where we get Jehovah).


The story of David and Goliath is a familiar story for good reason. It's one of the most dramatic stories in the Bible and reveals how God is able to even a young boy to vanquish His enemies. These free, printable Bible activities for kids are about Goliath, the enemy David defeated with God's miraculous help.


Hannah was a very ordinary woman who lived during an extraordinary time in Israel's history. She became an integral part of that history though at the time she had no such thought. Hannah would become the mother of Samuel, one of the greatest prophets of the Old Testament. Click on "Hannah" to find free, printable Hannah Bible activities for children, including word searches, puzzles, coloring pages and more.


Isaac was the first son born to Abraham and Sarah. He is called the son of promise in the Bible because he was the child promised to Abraham and Sarah even though they were old. God had promised that Abraham's descendants would be as many as the stars, but Abraham and Sarah were too old to have children. Finally God performed a miracle and gave them Isaac. Later, God would test Abraham's faith and ask him to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham was prepared to do this, but God stopped him at the last moment, sparing Isaac's life. These free, printable Isaac Bible activities are about this important figure in biblical history.


Isaiah was one of the most important Old Testament prophets and gave us one of the largest Old Testament books. God used Isaiah to remind His people that someday He was going to send a Messiah. Isaiah and his book did much to remind God's people then and now that God is powerful and worthy of our love and devotion. These activities are related to the prophet Isaiah.


Jacob and Esau were brothers and sons to Isaac (Abraham's son). Esau was Isaac's favorite, but Jacob dealt deceitfully with Isaac and stole Esau's birthright. In spite of his deceitful way in his younger years, Jacob became a man of faith and God changed his name to Israel. Jacob (Israel) became the father of the twelve tribes of Israel. These Jacob Bible activities are related to Jacob and when he deceived his father, Isaac.



After King Solomon, the nation of Israel fell into a civil war and divided into the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah (where Jerusalem was located). Israel (the Northern Kingdom) fell to the Assyrians around 722 B.C. while Judah continued for more than 120 years. The prophets warned Judah, however, that judgment was coming for their sin. Jeremiah was one of those prophets. He spoke for God and told them they would be conquered by the Babylonians and would be in exile for 70 years. “Exile is coming,” He declared! This was not a message the people wanted to hear, but it was true and in 587 B.C. Jerusalem and the temple were finally destroyed by the Babylonians and most of the people were deported to Babylon. This Exile Is Coming! Jigsaw Puzzle will help kids understand the sorrow Jeremiah felt over the coming destruction of the city and temple He loved.


Below you'll find Bible lesson activities for kids, about Jesus, God's Son, who died a sacrificial death to pay the penalty for humanity's sins. Through faith in Him, a person can be forgiven of his or her sins and receive eternal life.

John the Baptist

God had a special plan for the prophet named John the Baptist. He would help prepare Israel for the Messiah's coming by encouraging people to live holy lives. He also would identify Jesus as the Messiah. These activities will help children learn about John and help kids understand how he introduced Jesus.

John, the Apostle

John, the Apostle, was also known as the beloved disciple or the disciple Jesus loved. He is an example of someone who lived with a simple, but deep love for Jesus. He encouraged all believers to love Jesus and love one another. Below you'll find Kids' Bible lesson activities about John, the apostle, disciple, and friend of Jesus.


God called Jonah to preach repentance to the people of Ninevah, but Jonah didn't want the people to repent, so he ran from God. But no one can run from God. Jonah was a reluctant prophet, but this dramatic story shows how God can accomplish His will in our lives even when we refuse to obey. God is powerful. God is patient. God is loving.


The friendship between David and Jonathan is a great example for children of humility and grace in relationships. David was destined to be King of Israel by God's choice. As son to King Saul, Jonathan was the expected heir to the throne. David and Jonathan should have been enemies, but God forged a great friendship between them. These activities can help kids learn about this historic friendship.

Joseph (New Testament)

We don't know much about Joseph, but he must have been a godly young man as God chose him to be the earthly father to Jesus. Joseph was betrothed to Mary when he learned that she was pregnant. He knew he was not the father so he assumed she had been unfaithful. When an angel appeared to Joseph and explained that Mary was pregnant from the Holy Spirit, Joseph was honorable and took her as his wife.

Joseph (Old Testament)

Joseph is a major character in the Old Testament stories of the early patriarchs. His faithfulness to God in the midst of his hardships is an example for all of us and a reminder that God is in control. These Bible lesson activities feature Joseph, his hardship, his endurance, his faith, and God's blessing upon him.


Joshua was a great leader, but he had to follow Moses. That must have been hard! Nonetheless, God called Joshua and encouraged him to be strong and courageous. Joshua stepped up and led God's people to take the promised land. These Joshua Bible Activities for kids are about Joshua, his faith, and God's strength that worked through Joshua.


Bible activities about three Old Testament judges; Gideon, Deborah, and Samson.

King Darius

King Saul

Saul was the first of Israel's kings. Prior to this, Israel had functioned as a confederation of tribes, but the people felt they would be stronger if they had a king. Samuel didn't like the idea because it was a rejection of God's kingship over the people. Nonetheless, God directed Samuel to anoint Saul as the first king. These activities are about King Saul and Samuel.



Lot was the son of Abraham’s brother Haran, and thus Abraham’s nephew. Lot created problems for Abraham more than once, leading some to believe it was a mistake for Abraham to allow Lot to make the journey with Abraham. These activities are related to Abraham's nephew, Lot.


Mary (Mother of Jesus)

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, had to be an amazing young lady. We don't know exactly how old she was at the time of Jesus' birth, but she may have been in her early 20s at the oldest. And yet, she endured the challenges that came with being pregnant before she wed Joseph. And then she had the challenge of raising Jesus as a typical Jewish boy in a family with other siblings. We may not know much about her, but she certainly was a significant biblical character. The activities listed here are about Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

Mary (sister to Martha and Lazarus)

Mary and Joseph

The following Bible Lesson activities feature Mary and Joseph, the mother and adopted father of Jesus.

Mary and Martha (sisters to Lazarus)

Mary and her sister Martha were devoted followers of Jesus. Mary is remembered for listening attentively to Jesus and for making a personal sacrifice to express her love and devotion to Him. Below you'll find printable Bible lesson activities for children about Mary and/or Martha such as word searches, puzzles, coloring pages, and more.

Mary Magdalene



Micah was an Old Testament prophet who told about the coming Messiah. He is known for his prophecy stating the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. We know the Messiah was Jesus, who was indeed born in Bethlehem.


Moses is one of the towering figures of the Old Testament. He was called by God to lead the Hebrew people from Egyptian slavery and later led them to wander in the wilderness for forty years. Moses received the Ten Commandments while the people camped at Mt. Sinai and represented the Lord (Yahweh) to the people and the people to God as they were constituted as a nation at Sinai. These free, printable Moses Bible activities are related to this great Old Testament character.





Nehemiah was an Israelite leader in the days following the Babylonian exile. He was instrumental in the project of rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem. These activities are related to Nehemiah.


The following Bible lesson activities feature Nicodemus, the Jewish leader who came to Jesus by night to talk to Him about spiritual things.


Kids love the story of Noah and the ark. Below you'll find printable kids Bible activities about Noah. These activities for children are easy to download and print and are free to duplicate for your church or at home.


A devout Jew and an ardent enemy of Christianity, Saul did everything he could to stop the spread of the Christian faith, including jailing and persecuting Christians. Then he became a believer and joyfully preached the good news about Jesus everywhere he went. These Paul Bible activities and resources are related to Paul, the Apostle.


Below you'll find Bible lesson activities about Peter, Jesus' disciple. Peter was a fisherman to whom Jesus said, "Follow Me." Peter did so, and God not only transformed his life; the Lord used Peter as an instrument through whom He transformed others' lives as well.


Philip was a leader in the early church who, along with Stephen and others, was selected to help with the distribution of food to widows. He shared the good news of Christ in Samaria and won an Ethiopian official to Christ. (This Philip was different from the man named Philip who was Jesus' disciple, one of the original Twelve.) Below you'll find printable lesson activities for children about this Philip.

Prodigal Son

The prodigal son is a character in a parable or story Jesus told about the grace and forgiveness of our heavenly Father. These activities are about this parable.



The story of Ruth and Boaz is a story of romance, loyalty, and devotion. It's also about the way God used people of differing races and backgrounds to accomplish His purposes and fill unique roles in His unfolding story. These activities are related to this famous Old Testament story and its main character, Ruth.


Samson was a leader in Israel in the time before there was a king. These leaders were called Judges, though passing judgment in legal cases wasn't the main thing they did. These important people provided leadership under God's direction and would often help bring the people out of oppression or slavery. They weren't perfect people, but God used them. These Samson Bible activities are related to the dramatic story of Samson, the Judge.


Samuel was one of the great prophets of the Old Testament. Before Israel had a king, they had judges and prophets to provide leadership and speak on God's behalf. Samuel was one of those prophets and helped Israel transition from a confederation of tribes to a kingdom or monarchy. Samuel's story begins with his mother, Hannah, who prayed for a son and dedicated him to the Lord even before he was born. Eventually Samuel became a great prophet who spoke to the people and the kings on the Lord's behalf.

Sarah (Abraham's wife)



Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were young Hebrew men who were living as exiles in Babylon after Judah was conquered by Babylon. They had risen to positions of power in the Babylon court, but when the king asked them to worship an idol, they refused. King Nebuchadnezzar then had them thrown into a fiery furnace, but God delivered them and demonstrated His sovereignty over all nations. These free, printable Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego Bible activities will help kids learn about these three biblical heroes and remind them of God's sovereignty.


Silas was a member of early church in Jerusalem who went with Paul and Barnabas to deliver the Jerusalem council's letter to the church at Antioch. He also was a Paul's partner on a portion of Paul's second missionary journey. Below you'll find printable Bible lesson activities for children about Silas such as word searches, puzzles, coloring pages, and more.


Simeon was an old man who spent his days at the temple praying, waiting and hoping to see the anticipated Messiah. He knew the Scriptures had promised that the Messiah would come about this time. When Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple as a baby, Simeon saw Jesus and declared that He was, indeed, the Messiah! It must have been a great day for Simeon as he believed his life was now complete.


Stephen was a leader in the early church. We read about him in the Book of Acts. He was a servant and witness to Jesus, but when the Jewish leadership became angry with him, they stoned him. Paul was among those who wanted him dead.


The Samaritan Woman

Also known as "the woman at the well," the Samaritan woman Jesus encountered in this familiar story points to the global scope of Jesus' ministry. He didn't just come for the Jews. Jesus came to save all people regardless of their past or race. And while that's the main point of the story, it also reveals that Jesus will go out of His way to love people on an individual basis. These Samaritan woman activities are about this important woman and her story found in the 4th chapter of the Gospel of John.

The Serpent

The Shepherds

Most of us are familiar with the story of the shepherds keeping watch over their flocks the night Jesus was born. The fact that they were the first recipients of the good news helps us understand that God's ways are not our ways. The ways of His Kingdom are not the ways of the world. These free, printable activities about the shepherds will help children learn about this fascinating story and discover important truths about how God works!


Wise Men

Matthew tells us that about the time Jesus was born, wise men came from the east to find and worship the "King of the Jews." They found Jesus and worshiped Him with gifts and their devotion. These activities are about these famous men.


In Luke 19:1-11, Zacchaeus, a hated tax collector from Jericho, spent time with Jesus and became a changed man. Below you'll find Bible lesson activities about Zacchaeus's encounter with Jesus and the difference Jesus made in the tax collector's life.