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Below is a list of Bible stories for which we have activities or resources of some kind. We are adding new Bible stories as well as related activity pages and resources on a regular basis. If you can't find what you're looking for, come back soon or contact us to make a suggestion. You may also want to sign up for our free weekly enewsletter that will update you on new and featured Bible lessons and activities. Our free, printable Bible activities can be used to supplement a Bible teaching curriculum resource you're already using or they can be used as stand alone activities. You can also view a listing of all of the types of activities we provide on the site.

A Fierce Storm

This story, found in Matt. 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; and Luke 8:22-25, demonstrates Jesus' wonderful power even over creation and reveals that Jesus truly is like no other! In this story Jesus calmed a storm on the Sea of Galilee. The lessons and activities listed below will help remind children that Jesus has the power to do whatever He knows is best. That's because He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah of the Old Testament. These are important lessons for kids of any age to learn!

A Room for Elisha

This Old Testament Bible story we call "A Room for Elisha" reveals how God cared for the needs of His servant Elisha through a Shunammite couple and how Elisha showed his gratitude for the generosity they extended to him. This story and its Bible activities can help teach children important concepts such as generosity, service, and gratitude. These are qualities that demonstrate sacrificial love in our lives. This kind of love is the core characteristic of a person who loves Jesus and seeks to follow Him.

Abraham Had a Son

God promised Abraham that he would have a son. God kept His promise, of course, but the aging Abraham and Sarah had to wait many more years before Isaac was born and before they saw the fulfillment of God's promise. Still, God's timing is perfect. God wanted to demonstrate that His plan was truly miraculous and something only He could accomplish. These Abraham and Isaac Bible activities celebrate Isaac's long-awaited arrival and God's faithfulness to Abraham and Sarah.

Abraham Shared with Lot

The land to which God had called Abraham no longer could support the families and herds of both Abraham and Lot. Even though Abraham was older than Lot and could have claimed the land he wanted, Abraham graciously allowed Lot to choose where he wanted to settle. It was an act of selfless, sacrificial love and demonstrated that Abraham had great character. He knew that God is a selfless and gracious God. These activities will highlight the time when Abraham shared with Lot.

Abraham Trusted God

God had asked Abraham to move to a strange land and live a life of faith. Abraham was consistently obedient to God's direction and showed how trusting in God is always the best way, even when it is difficult. In this story, God promised that He would give Abraham many descendants and bless the whole world through them. These Abraham Trusted God activities will help remind children that, just like Abraham, they can also trust God to be faithful to His promises.

Abraham Was Called to Sacrifice Isaac

Abraham was a man of great faith, but Abraham's faith was tested and demonstrated when God called him to sacrifice his son, Isaac. But how would God fulfill His promise if Isaac were dead? Abraham had to believe that God would find a way as long as he was obedient. These Abraham Was Called to Sacrifice Isaac Bible activities for children are about the story of Abraham being tested by God and will help kids understand God's power and His provision when we trust and obey Him.

Adam and Eve

God made Adam and Eve. They were the first humans ever to live. They lived in a good world with everything they needed until they doubted God and disobeyed Him. They thought they could do better than God, but they quickly learned that God is the only true source of knowledge and protection. These Adam and Eve Bible activities highlight their creation, their sin and its consequences, as well as God's great redemptive and restorative love for them, even after they had disobeyed Him.

Adam and Eve Sinned

The first chapters of Genesis (and the Bible) tell us that Adam and Eve lived in a "good" world until they disobeyed God. In creation, God had provided everything they needed, but they doubted His goodness and chose to trust a tree (rather than God) to give them what they needed. Trusting something other than God is the heart of idolatry. These Adam and Eve Sinned Bible activities highlight their sin and its consequences, as well as God's restorative love for them, even after they'd done wrong.

Adam and Eve Were Called to Rule

According to Genesis 1:26-28, God created Adam and Eve and gave them the assignment to rule over all aspects of His creation. The Garden of Eden was just the starting point for what God wanted to accomplish. These Adam and Eve Were Called to Rule Bible activities will help children see that God has called His people to rule creation as His representatives. We are His image bearers, carrying His image, character, and love to the world. These activities will encourage kids to pursue this purpose for their lives.

An Angel Spoke to Joseph

Joseph (in the New Testament) was betrothed to Mary, but naturally assumed she had been unfaithful to him when she became pregnant before they came together. He didn't feel he could marry her, so he decided to divorce her quietly because he still cared for her. An angel then visited Joseph to tell him the child would be the Son of God and he (Joseph) should take Mary as his wife. These Angel Spoke to Joseph Bible activities below relate to this visit to Joseph from an angel.

Believers in the Early Church

The early church, as seen in the Book of Acts, was a special group of people who can set the example for all believers today. The growth of the early church demonstrated the power of God's Kingdom to overcome the forces of worldly kingdoms. The key to the power of God's Kingdom has always been sacrificial love. These Believers in the Early Church Bible activities for children will help kids see that Christians in the early church loved one another and ministered to one another in the name of Jesus.

Boy Jesus in the Temple

Jesus showed at an early age that He was becoming aware of His identity as the Messiah. Even at the age of 12 He was able to talk with the teachers in the temple. This event shows His early familiarity with the Scriptures and that He understood the temple to be His "father's house." These Boy Jesus in the Temple Bible activities are about this event and can help kids understand that Jesus also had to grow in His own understanding of who God is and who He (Jesus) was, just like children and adults do today.

Cain and Abel

According to Genesis 4, when God found Abel's sacrifice acceptable but rejected Cain's sacrifice (for reasons not given in the text), Cain became angry and killed Abel, his brother. Cain's sin revealed that the sin of his parents, Adam and Eve, was now growing in its reach and intensity. These Cain and Abel Bible activities for children will help kids learn about this story and see how sin was spreading within Adam and Eve's children. Sin and evil are powerful and in each of us. Sin always hurts us and other people.

Christmas

We celebrate Christmas as one of the greatest events in history and rightly so. In this baby we celebrate rests the hopes of all people. Baby Jesus is our Savior, our King, and the promised Messiah of the Old Testament. His humble birth demonstrated the surprising nature of God's Kingdom. God's power is not found in the seats of worldly power, but in humble places. Here are some free, printable Christmas Bible activities to help you teach children about the importance of this amazing event.

Creation

Even young children can understand that God created the world and everything in it, including people. This is an important lesson for kids as it helps them understand that God made us with real purpose. We are not accidents but valuable creatures with an eternal purpose! These free Creation Bible activities, based on the creation account found in Genesis 1, will help children understand that God is the Source of all things. God made everything there is, including you!

Daniel in the Lion's Den

The life of Daniel in the Old Testament teaches faith and courage. And, the story of Daniel in the Lion's Den is a popular story that kids always enjoy. While living in Babylon, evil people plotted against Daniel and had him thrown to the lions, believing they would kill him, because he prayed to the only true God. But God protected Daniel and saved him from the lions. These free, printable Daniel in the Lion's Den Bible activity pages will help your kids learn about Daniel and his courageous faith.

David and Goliath

David and GoliathThe story of David and Goliath is a story of God's triumph over His enemies through unlikely means. David was just a boy, but he had learned in the fields to trust God and to know that God would deliver him. And He did! David would become Israel's greatest king and this story demonstrates, in part, why God chose him. Kids love this story and can learn through these free David and Goliath Bible activities that God always conquers according to His plan and through the people He chooses, even if they're very young!

David and Jonathan

The story of David and Jonathan is a story of enduring friendship even when life challenges that friendship. David and Jonathan became deep friends even though Jonathan's father, Saul, perceived David as a threat and wanted to kill him. These David and Jonathan Bible activities are about this friendship and can help children learn to understand the importance of friendship and how to be a good friend to others, even when circumstances may make that difficult to do.

David and Mephibosheth

The story of King David and Mephibosheth (Jonathan's son) brings to life for kids the concepts of mercy, forgiveness and unconditional love. Years after Saul and Jonathan had died, David showed mercy to this descendant (and heir to the throne) when other kings would want to kill Mephibosheth in order to eliminate the possible threat. These free, printable David and Mephibosheth Bible activities will help children learn this story and the example of mercy that King David showed.

David Was a Shepherd Boy

Before David slew Goliath with just a stone and, ultimately, became the King of Israel, he was an unknown shepherd boy tending the sheep of his father. But it was in these fields that David learned to trust God, worship God, and understand that God is a powerful God who cares for His people. These David Was a Shepherd Boy activities will encourage kids to think about the time when David was a young boy tending sheep in the fields, and encourage children to trust God just as David did.

David Was Called as King

David was called as King of Israel and anointed by Samuel long before the people of Israel even knew who he was. David was still a shepherd boy tending his father's sheep when he was anointed to be the king. God chose David out of all of his older brothers because of his love for God, even though he was the youngest. The story of David's calling helps young children understand how God has a plan for each person, even if we think we are too young or unimportant.

Easter

The resurrection of Jesus confirmed that He truly is the long-awaited Messiah of the Old Testament, the Son of God (Rom. 1:4). It also means that He is still alive today! Helping children understand the importance of Jesus' resurrection is essential to biblical faith. The resurrection means that Jesus really conquered death and will never die again. Because He is alive, we can have eternal life also! These Easter activities can help kids understand and remember the real meaning of Easter.

Elijah Prayed for Rain

The story of Elijah praying for rain can be a wonderful and dramatic introduction to biblical miracles for children. It demonstrates that God is Lord over all things, including the false gods people were worshiping at the time and even the weather itself. After a season of drought, Elijah prayed for rain and God made it rain! This Elijah Prayed for Rain story and these activities can help kids remember that the God of the Bible is a powerful God of great miracles that point people to Him.

Elisha Healed a Captain Called Naaman

God's love has never been limited to just the Hebrew people. From the very beginning, God desired to use His people, Israel, to bring redemption and restoration to all people and even creation itself (Gen. 12:1-3). The story of Naaman being healed can illustrate this important truth for kids in a powerful way. God was willing to bless and heal even a Syrian (foreign) army captain. These Elisha Healed Naaman activities will help kids understand that God loves all people no matter who they are or where they live.

Esther and the King

OT12L2 CroppedQueen Esther is a figure of courage and faith in the Old Testament. While her people, the Jews, were living in Babylon as deportees, wicked men plotted against them. Esther approached the king and was able to save her people in a miraculous way. Many Jews today still celebrate this victory (Purim). Esther was not a typical Jew or a typical Jewish woman of that day. These Esther and the King Bible Activities will help kids learn about this brave Jewish woman and the circumstances of this significant historical event.

Ezra Read the Law

Ezra was a prophet in Israel at a very important time following the Babylonian Exile. He reminded the people of the importance of God's Word and challenged them to hear it and follow it. The story of Ezra and the Law and these accompanying activities can illustrate to your kids how reading God's Word has always been important for God's people. This story gives children an opportunity to discuss how the way people read God's Word may have changed through history, but God's Word never changes.

Gabriel Visited Mary

The Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced that she would soon have a special baby—Jesus, God's Son, the Messiah! What an exciting but frightening announcement this was for Mary. His birth would be a total miracle! These Gabriel Visited Mary Bible activities highlight for kids that special visit and Jesus' miraculous conception and birth. How happy Mary must have been and how wonderful that we and children can still celebrate that miraculous birth today!

God Answered Hannah's Prayer

Bible Story Picture | Hannah Prayed for a SonHannah prayed desperately for a son and God gave her a baby she named Samuel. Hannah honored the Lord by dedicating the boy to Him. Samuel became a great prophet and would lead the nation through the transition from a confederacy under judges to a kingdom under kings. God would use Hannah and her son to accomplish His purposes in Israel. These God Answered Hannah's Prayer Bible activities will help kids learn this story and see how God used Hannah's difficult circumstances to accomplish His will.

God Called Abraham

The Lord spoke to Abraham and told him to move from his homeland to a new land. God promised to make of him a great nation. Abraham trusted God, journeyed to Palestine, and God blessed him. God intended to use Abraham and his descendants to bless all the nations of the world. And God did, indeed, use the Hebrew people to accomplish His purposes. These God Guided Abraham Bible activities for kids highlight Abraham's moving out in faith, as well as the guidance that God provided.

God Gave Moses the Ten Commandments

After God delivered the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt, He brought them to Mt. Sinai where He gave them laws that would govern how they were to live. Core to this set of laws was a shorter list that we call the Ten Commandments. These 10 Commandments provide a wonderful framework for kids (and adults also) to understand the Lord's expectations for all people. These Ten Commandments Bible Activities highlight the encounter in which God gave Moses the tablets containing the Ten Commandments.

God Guided Noah

"Build an Ark," God told Noah. "I am going to destroy the earth with a flood, but you and your family will be safe in the ark." Noah obeyed God, and God guided him every step of the way. The story of Noah and the Ark reveals God's plan to fulfill His promise to defeat evil and restore His Kingdom. These God Guided Noah Bible activities for children highlight God's call to Noah as well as Noah's complete obedience. God would use Noah to stop the spread of evil and advance His Kingdom restoration plan.

God Held Back the Jordan River

God had called Joshua to take the Promised Land, but there was one small problem. The Jordan River stood between the Promised Land and the people of God. But no obstacle is too great for God. In an amazing demonstration of His power and in a way much like the parting of the Red Sea, God held back the Jordan River so the people could cross on dry land and thus begin the long-awaited conquest of the Promised Land. These God Held Back the Jordan River Bible Activities are about this important event.

God Helped Deborah

The story of Deborah as a Judge is one of the few stories in the Bible which features female leadership and is a wonderful example of how God can use any one who wants to be His servant. During the period of the confederacy, before the monarchy was established, God used Deborah to deliver His people from their enemies. It's a dramatic story that reveals God's ongoing love and power. These free, printable Deborah the Judge Bible activities will help you introduce children to this special leader.

God Helped Gideon

God used Gideon to free Israel from their enemies. Gideon didn’t think God could use him because he was ill-equipped and frightened. But God did use him and demonstrated that God is able to use unlikely people who don't feel usable! These God Helped Gideon Bible Activities for kids will help children understand that God can use weak people and give them courage to accomplish great things. The activities can be used in a church, school, or home school setting.

God Helped Samson

God had given Samson great strength which Samson used to defeat Israel's enemies. But when Samson acted foolishly he lost God's strength and suffered for it. In a final and dramatic act of defiance of God's enemies, God restored Samson's strength and used him in a powerful way. These God Helped Samson Bible Activities for children will help kids learn about Samson, his failures, and how God ultimately restored his strength in that final dramatic event.

God Led His People Through Moses

Facing the Red Sea on one side and the Egyptian army on the other, the Israelites had no possible way of escape. But God specializes in doing the impossible. Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and God parted its waters. His people walked right through on dry ground. This Exodus event became the defining moment in Israel's history and is still so today. The following God Led His People Through Moses Bible Activities highlight this important event in Bible history.

God Made People

These God Made People Bible activities celebrate God's creation of the first man and the first woman, Adam and Eve. These activities also underscore the fact that people were created in the image of God. We are, therefore, His image-bearers and are designed to carry His image and represent Him in the world in which He has placed us. It also means we are unique and more valuable to God than all other aspects of creation. These activities can be used at home, in church, or in a Christian or home school setting.

God Made the Animals

God created all the animals, including fish, birds, and land animals. The animals were put here for humankind to enjoy and care for. God made the animals for OUR benefit! The animal kingdom shows just how imaginative and creative God is—and how awesome! These God Made the Animals Bible Activities feature God's creation of the animal kingdom and further reveal the wonderfully balanced ecosystem He created for us to live in. He is truly a powerful, gracious, and wonderful God!

God Made the Plants

God made all the plants, including flowers, vegetable plants, fruit plants, and all the trees. He was busy creating a "good world," the perfect world for the jewel of His creation... people! These God Made the Plants Bible Activities feature the vast number of plants that came into being as a result of God's creative work. These activities underscore the fact that creation is a further expression of God's love for us as He prepared a wonderful home in which people could live.

God Made the World

The Bible is clear that Yahweh, the God of the Bible, is the Creator of all things. This simple truth is bedrock to the Christian faith and will establish other important convictions in the heart and mind of a child... God is the sovereign Lord over all things. God is the ONLY God. God is personal with preferences and desires. And, God is involved in His creation. These free, printable God Made the World activities will help any parent or teacher teach these important truths to the children under their care!

God Parted the Red Sea

God delivered the Hebrew people from Egyptian slavery in powerful and dramatic ways. Although they were pursued by the Egyptian army with the Red Sea in front of them, when God parted the sea the Hebrew people crossed on dry land. From this point forward the Egyptians would not be a threat. It was, and continues to be, a defining moment in the life the Israelite nation. These God Parted the Red Sea Bible activities are about this defining event and can be used in a church, school, or home setting.

God Protected Baby Moses

When Moses was born, his life was at risk. The Egyptian Pharaoh had ordered that all Hebrew baby boys be killed! But God made sure Moses not only survived, but also grew up in Egypt's palace, right under the nose of the Pharaoh! These God Protected Baby Moses Bible activities underscore God's ability to accomplish His purposes in all circumstances and in spite of all opposition. No earthly king can thwart His plans. These Bible lesson activities highlight God's protection of Moses as an infant.

God Sent a Great Flood

Having regretted that He had created humanity because of all the sin and violence in the world, God sent a flood to destroy life on the earth. He saw how evil was destroying people so He acted to keep evil in check. Noah, his family, and the animals, however, remained safe in the ark that God told Noah to build. These God Sent a Great Flood Bible Activities highlight both the flood and the ark's safety. They demonstrate that God is a righteous, but gracious God who will act to limit evil in the world.

God Showed His Power to Pharaoh

God sent Moses to Pharaoh (the King of Egypt) to demand that the king let God's people (the Hebrews) go, but Pharaoh was stubborn and refused. God, therefore, demonstrated His power over the Egyptian king and his powerless gods on the Israelites' behalf. God gradually brought the Pharaoh to his knees. There were a number of plagues that God sent upon the Egyptians, but these God Showed His Power to Pharaoh Bible activities highlight the plague in which frogs infested Egypt.

God Spoke to Moses in the Burning Bush

God spoke to Moses from a burning bush (that wasn't consumed by the fire) and told him he was to go to the Egyptian Pharaoh and tell him to release God's people, the Hebrew slaves. Moses was reluctant, but God's call was clear. This began the dramatic chain of events that culminated in the great Exodus from Egypt. These God Spoke to Moses in the Burning Bush Bible Activities are about that important event in the Old Testament, in Moses' life, and in Israel's history.

God Spoke to Samuel

Samuel was a prophet at a very important time in Israel's history. When Samuel was a boy, he was serving in the place of worship for God's people. One night God spoke to Samuel. At first Samuel thought it was someone else. But after three times, Samuel listened to God and received the message. These God Spoke to Samuel Bible Activities will help children understand that God still speaks to people today through the Bible and through His Spirit. Even kids can understand the importance of listening to God's voice.

God Stopped the Jordan River

God had called Joshua to take the Promised Land, but there was one small problem. The Jordan River stood between the Promised Land and the people of God. But no obstacle is too great for God. In an amazing demonstration of His power and in a way much like the parting of the Red Sea, God held back the Jordan River so the people could cross on dry land and thus begin the long-awaited conquest of the Promised Land. These God Stopped the Jordan River Bible Activities are about this important event.

God Was with Joseph in Egypt

Even though Joseph (from the Old Testament) had been cruelly sold into slavery by his brothers, God blessed him in everything he did. Even while he was unfairly imprisoned in Egypt, God allowed Joseph to become a trusted leader. It would lead to his becoming a significant leader in Egypt and the world. These God Was with Joseph in Egypt Bible activities are about Joseph's faithfulness to the Lord in a foreign land and how God remained with him in every circumstance.

God's People Enslaved In Egypt

In Exodus 1, we learn about Joseph's death and what happened next. The Egyptian leaders forgot all that Joseph had done for them, and made the Hebrew people slaves because they feared them. The lives of the Israelite people became bitter and hard. This story and the activities below will help kids see that God has a plan in spite of harsh circumstances and is always with us. Children will learn that while Israel’s slavery was real, it is also a picture of the slavery to sin all people experience.

God's People Wandered in the Wilderness

According to Deuteronomy 8:2-6, when it was time for the Israelites to conquer the Promised Land, the people doubted God and refused to go in as He has commanded. As a result, God caused them to wander in the wilderness for 40 years until that faithless generation died off. A new generation of people would be the ones to reap the rewards of obedience. These free Bible activities will help children learn about this significant period of time in biblical history and the importance of trusting the Lord.

God's Promise to Abraham

Although he still was childless, Abraham was reassured by God that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky. These Bible lesson activities highlight the encounter God had with Abraham in which the Lord made this wonderful promise.

God's Promise to Noah

After the flood, Noah, his family, and the animals emerged from the ark; and Noah worshiped God. God promised Noah He never again would destroy the earth with a flood, and He placed a rainbow in the sky as a symbol of His promise. The Bible lesson activities below feature God's promise.

God's Unfolding Story (The Biblical Story)

Although the Bible tells a major part of God's story, the biblical story actually continues to unfold even today. God is still God and He is still working in our world and in people's lives today. The God's Unfolding Story (The Biblical Story) Bible activities and resources below (including God's Unfolding Story for Older Preschoolers curriculum) can be used to help children learn the six elements of the biblical story and gain a grasp of the broader biblical narrative. In Deuteronomy 4:9, God commands us to teach His story to successive generations. These activities and resources can help you do just that!

Good Friday

The story of Jesus’ crucifixion is arguably the most important story in the Bible, and all of history for that matter. Today we remember and even celebrate the event as “Good Friday.” It was a horrible day for Jesus and His disciples, but it was the day Jesus secured forgiveness for us. These Good Friday Bible activities are about Jesus' crucifixion.

Hannah Prayed for a Son

Hannah promised God that if He were to give her a son, she would give him back to God to serve Him. God heard Hannah's prayer and gave her a son, whom she named Samuel. These Hannah Prayed for a Son Bible activities can help kids learn that God still hears our prayer today, even if He doesn't always respond as we'd like.

Honor Your Parents

This is not a "story," but the concept of honoring our parents is clearly taught in the Bible and affirmed by writers like Paul in the New Testament. These Honor Your Parents Bible activities are great for occasions like Mother's Day and Father's Day and will encourage kids to honor their parents appropriately every day and not just once a year.

Isaiah Declared God's Holiness

In Isaiah 6, Isaiah recorded his call by God to be a prophet to His people. In verse 3 Isaiah wrote what has become one of the great declarations of God's people through the centuries; Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts! Kids can use these Isaiah Declared God's Holiness activities to develop a greater appreciation for God's great holiness.

Israel Rejected God as Their King

The People ask for a King CroppedIn 1 Samuel 8-10, we read that the leaders in Israel went to Samuel and demanded a king. This meant the people were rejecting God as their King. This made Samuel sad, but God told him to make Saul the king. These Israel Rejected God as Their King Bible activities are about this important event in Israel's history.

Jacob Deceived Isaac

Jacob Deceived Isaac CroppedIn Genesis 27, we learn that Jacob deceived his father, Isaac, in order to steal Esau’s blessing. In this story, children will learn that everyone in Jacob’s family sinned, but God was still able to redeem their story. These Jacob Deceived Isaac Bible activities are about this important story in Israel's history.

Jesus and Nicodemus

NT05L1 CroppedNicodemus, an important religious leader, came to Jesus by night to talk to him about spiritual things. Jesus told Nicodemus that to receive eternal life, a person must be born spiritually. These Bible lesson activities highlight that important conversation in Jesus' ministry.

Jesus and the Children

NT06L3 CroppedWhen Jesus' disciples tried to turn away young children and their parents from spending time with him, Jesus rebuked His disciples. He welcomed the children and spent time with them because he loved them. These Bible lesson activities are about this important event in Jesus' ministry.

Jesus Began the Early Church

Soon after Jesus died, was raised from the dead, and ascended back to the Father, He used Peter to preach the good news about Himself. People responded, and the church was born. These Bible activities highlight the church's birthday at the Day of Pentecost.

Jesus Brought a Girl Back to Life

In Mark 5:21-43, Jesus restored a little girl who was thought to be dead. Of course, her parents were amazed and overjoyed. With this miracle, Jesus proved He had power over life and death. The miracle not only encouraged the little girl's family; it encourages us today as well.

Jesus Calmed the Storm

It was not uncommon for bad storms to come up quickly on the Sea of Galilee. Encountering one such violent storm while crossing the sea, the disciples called on Jesus to help them even though they were experienced fishermen. He had been sleeping, but He calmed the storm instantly and asked, "Where is your faith?" These Jesus Calmed the Storm Bible activities will help children learn about the event and see that they can trust Jesus no matter what their circumstances.

Jesus Fed 5,000

PrintAn important miracle in Jesus' ministry occurred when He fed a crowd of thousands, including 5,000 men, with five loaves of bread and two fish. These Bible lesson activities for children showcase that miracle. Jesus truly was—and is—God's Son!

Jesus Healed 10 Lepers

NT02L4 CroppedIn Luke 17:11-19, 10 men asked Jesus to heal them. He told them to go show themselves to the priest as the Old Testament directed, and on their way, they were healed. They all were pleased, but just one man returned to give Jesus thanks—and this man was a Samaritan. The lesson activities below highlight this important event in Jesus' ministry.

Jesus Healed a Man Born Blind

In John 9:1-7, we find a story of Jesus healing a man who was born blind. In addition to demonstrating Jesus’ miraculous ability to heal any kind of physical ailment, this story reveals that physical illnesses are not always the result of sin, as people often assumed in Jesus’ day. These activities can be used in a Sunday School, classroom, or homeschool setting.

Jesus Healed a Paralytic

NT02L2 CroppedWhen Jesus saw the faith of a paralytic and his friends who had brought him to be healed, Jesus forgave the man and healed him. The Bible lesson activities below highlight this true story from Mark 2:1-11.

Jesus Healed a Royal Official's Son

Did Jesus have to be physically present with someone to heal him or her? No. When He healed a royal official's son in John 4:46-54, He was in Cana and the sick boy was in Capernaum, about 20 miles away. These lesson activity pages highlight this miracle, which proved Jesus had absolute power over sickness, even from a distance.

Jesus Healed a Woman with a Crooked Back

NT02L3 CroppedIn Luke 13:10-17, Jesus healed a woman who had been bent over for 18 years. A synagogue leader was upset that Jesus had performed the miracle on the Sabbath, but Jesus corrected him, letting him know that it was right for Him to heal a "daughter of Abraham" when He did. These Bible lesson activities highlight this event in Jesus' ministry.

Jesus Healed Many People

NT02L3 CroppedJesus' many miracles, including the many people he healed, demonstrated that He was the Son of God and that He had power to reverse the impact of the fall in Genesis 3. By healing people Jesus showed He was the Messiah and was inaugurating God's kingdom.

Jesus Is Alive!

No one was expecting Jesus to be resurrected after the horrible death He had experienced on the prior Friday. And yet, this simple declaration defined the reality that would change the world; Jesus is alive! These Jesus Is Alive! Bible activities are about the resurrection of Jesus.

Jesus Performed Miracles

Jesus performed miracles throughout His ministry. These miracles demonstrated that He was the promised Messiah. They were not simply random acts of kindness. Jesus claimed to be the means by which God was establishing His Kingdom. The miracles Jesus performed revealed the nature of God's Kingdom and affirmed that Jesus was, in fact, God's Son and Messiah. Many of the stories covered on Sunday School Zone are about specific miracles Jesus performed or situations in which Jesus performed a miracle. The list below, however, is a compilation of activities related to many of the stories we cover in which Jesus performed miracles.

Jesus Taught About Fasting

In Jesus' day, many of the religious leaders would fast in order to make people think they were especially religious and committed to the Law. In Luke 5, Jesus taught His followers an important principle that fasting is to be a private act, not something done for show. These Jesus Taught About Fasting Bible activities are about this lesson Jesus taught.

Jesus Taught About Forgiveness

In the story of the lost son (the Prodigal Son) Jesus taught about forgiveness and the abundant love of our heavenly Father. The Father's great forgiveness was born of His great love for His son, even though His son had been unfaithful and irresponsible. It's really a story about God's love for Israel even though she had been unfaithful to Him. Many of the religious leaders of Jesus' day were unhappy (like the older son) that people were choosing to follow Jesus (like the younger son). God still calls His people to follow Him in repentance and humility even when others oppose it. It's an important lesson that all of God's people need to understand.

Jesus Taught About Giving

NT05L4 CroppedIn Mark 12:41-44, Jesus observed a widow depositing two small coins into the temple treasury. Jesus said her gift outweighed the gifts of those who contributed much more—because she gave all she had to God. Mark concludes with Jesus noting that she gave "all she had to live on." The implication is that she would soon starve to death and those who were responsible for the temple didn't care about her plight. Immediately after this story (Mark 13:1-2), Jesus predicted the destruction of the temple. The temple was beautiful, but its leadership didn't care about a destitute woman. Judgment would be coming soon. These Jesus Taught About Giving Bible activities highlight this event.

Jesus Taught About Love

NT05L2 CroppedJesus repeatedly taught about love. He even said it was the only command He was leaving for His followers. Love was a regular and central theme in His preaching and ministry. Jesus understood that sacrificial love releases the power of God to accomplish truly amazing things in the lives of people around us. John, the Apostle, highlighted these teachings quite often in his Gospel. We find three particularly powerful places where this is the case in John 3:1-18; 13:34-35 and John 15:17. These Jesus Taught About Love Bible activities underscore Jesus' teaching on love and will help kids learn that we are to love people sacrificially, just as Jesus loved us and still loves us.

Jesus Taught About Prayer

NT05L2 CroppedIn His teachings, Jesus not only instructed people about how to honor God and treat others; He also taught them about prayer. These Bible activities showcase for children Jesus' teaching on prayer and will remind kids that prayer is talking to God just as any of us can talk to any other person.

Jesus Taught Important Truths

NT05L2 CroppedJesus was the promised Messiah of the Old Testament. His ministry inaugurated the anticipated Kingdom of God. His teaching was designed to help people understand how to live as Kingdom citizens. His teachings were important and often heavy, but that doesn't mean they were only for adults. The activities listed here can help interpret the teachings of Jesus for children. They are related to topics Jesus addressed in the Sermon on the Mount as well as other places in the Gospels. Jesus was much more than a teacher, but as the Son of God and the Messiah, Jesus redefined what people then and now think about God's Kingdom and how we are to live as His people.

Jesus Taught We are Like Salt and Light

During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught that God's people should be salt (preserve and add flavor) and light (guiding the way) to our world. This is a high calling that continues with Christians today. These free Jesus Taught We are Like Salt and Light Bible activities will help kids learn that they are also to be “salt and light” to the world around them.

Jesus Walked on Water

PrintJesus did many amazing things during His ministry. One of these amazing actions was walking on water! These Bible activities are about this important event in Jesus' ministry and will teach kids that Jesus is Lord over all of creation, including the weather and the normal laws that govern our world.

Jesus Washed the Disciples' Feet

NT06L4 CroppedJesus said He did not come to be serve, but to serve, and He proved it when, in the upper room on the night of His arrest (before He was crucified the next day), He washed His disciples' feet. These Bible activities highlight for kids that important event and its importance for us today.

Jesus' Baptism

jesus-was-baptized-300Jesus began His public ministry by being baptized by John the Baptist. This important event represented Jesus' identification with all people, because we have all sinned and are in need of a savior. Jesus is that Savior! These Bible activities will help kids learn about this event and understand this biblical truth.

Jesus' Birth

The birth of Jesus is one of the greatest events in all of world history. In this baby rests the hopes of all people. Baby Jesus is our Savior, our King, and the promised Messiah of the Old Testament. Here are some free, printable Jesus' Birth Bible activities to help you teach children about the importance of this amazing event.

Jesus' Crucifixion

Many people are reluctant to talk to kids about Jesus' crucifixion. The horrors of His crucifixion can be graphic and disturbing. But, it's not inappropriate for even young kids to learn that Jesus died a terrible death for our sin. These Jesus' Crucifixion Bible activities balance the horror of the event with the sensitivities of young children.

Jesus' Resurrection

When Jesus died, His followers were devastated. They didn't expect Him to rise from the dead. So when Mary went to Jesus' tomb, found it empty, and then a bit later saw Jesus Himself standing before her, she was overwhelmed with joy. These Jesus' Resurrection Bible activities highlight the moment Mary saw the resurrected Christ.

Jesus' Temptation

Immediately after He was baptized, Jesus was led by the Spirit to be tempted in the wilderness. During these 40 days Satan tempted Jesus to place His trust and loyalty in anything other than His heavenly Father. Jesus resisted the temptation and demonstrated His trust in God as well as His commitment to God's mission for Him.

Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

Just a few days before He was crucified, Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem as the people waved palm branches and shouted "Hosanna!" We remember and celebrate this event on Palm Sunday. His triumphal entry into Jerusalem declared that Jesus is the King of kings. This joyful welcome and declaration is the focus of these Bible activities for kids.

John the Baptist Told About Jesus

NT01L4 CroppedGod 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 Wrote About Heaven

NT12L2 CroppedLate in the Apostle John's life, God gave him a vision of what would happen in the future and what the "new heaven" and "new earth" (Rev. 21:1)  would be like. These John Wrote About Heaven activities will help children learn about heaven and about how Jesus has made it possible for people to live with Him in the new heaven and new earth.

John Wrote About Love

NT12L2 CroppedThrough his letters, the apostle John encouraged the people in the church to love one another as Jesus had loved His followers. These Bible activities are about John's letters and what he said about love when he wrote them. They will help children learn about John's letters and Jesus' command to love one another.

John Wrote About the Messiah

NT12L2 CroppedThrough his letters, the apostle John encouraged the people in the church to love one another as Jesus had loved His followers. These Bible activities are about John's letters and what he said about love when he wrote them. They will help children learn about John's letters and Jesus' command to love one another.

John, a Friend of Jesus

NT12L1 CroppedJohn was a fisherman, a disciple of Jesus, and Jesus' close friend. John wrote several New Testament books, including the fourth Gospel. These Bible activities are about John and his relationship with the Lord.

Jonah and the Fish

OT11L4 CroppedGod called Jonah to preach to Ninevah, a city Jonah hated. Jonah tried to run from God on a ship, but God prepared a fish that swallowed Jonah when he was thrown overboard. God protected Jonah and, again, told him to go to Ninevah. When Jonah preached, the people repented and God taught Jonah that even our enemies are valuable to the Lord.

Joseph and His Family

OT05L4 CroppedJoseph had been sold into slavery by his brothers, but he remained faithful to God. Eventually, he became an important leader in Egypt. When Joseph's brothers appeared to buy food, Joseph could have treated them cruelly, but he didn't. These Joseph and His Family Bible activities are about the kindness Joseph extended to his brothers.

Joseph Helped Pharaoh

OT05L3 CroppedEven though he'd been mistreated by his brothers and by others, Joseph acted with integrity, even in the foreign land of Egypt. He also remained faithful to God. God honored Joseph's faithfulness and placed him in an important leadership role in Egypt—second in command only to Pharaoh. These Bible activities highlight this important time in Joseph's life.

Joseph Interpreted Dreams

OT05L2 CroppedJoseph's life followed a strange path. He experienced many injustices, but God was directing his life and gave Joseph many talents, including the ability to interpret dreams. God used this ability to lift Joseph to a place of great prominence in Egypt. God used Joseph's circumstances and gifts to accomplish His purposes in Joseph's life and the lives of many others.

Joseph Married Mary

When Joseph, who was engaged to Mary, learned that Mary was pregnant, he was bewildered and hurt, but he didn't want to hurt her. He determined to divorce her quietly, but then an angel appeared to him and explained that Mary's baby was special because God Himself was the baby's father. These Joseph Married Mary Bible activities are about Joseph's learning the truth about Mary's baby and how he, in turn, told Mary about Jesus and then married her in spite of his fears.

Joseph Told About Jesus

NT04L3 CroppedWhen Joseph, who was betrothed (similar to an engagement) to Mary, learned that Mary was pregnant, he was bewildered and hurt, believing she had been unfaithful to him. But, Joseph didn't want to hurt her. So, he determined to divorce her quietly so as not to cause her public shame and embarrassment. But then an angel appeared to Joseph and explained that Mary's baby was special because the Child would be conceived of the Holy Spirit. These Joseph Told About Jesus Bible activities are about Joseph's learning the truth about Mary's baby and how he, in turn, told Mary about Jesus and the angel's visit.

Joseph's Special Coat

OT05L1 CroppedJacob showed his special love for his son Joseph by giving him a multi-colored coat. Joseph's brothers, not surprisingly, were angry and jealous. These Bible activities highlight Jacob's gift to Joseph and Joseph's brothers' reaction.

Joseph's Story

Matthew's record of when the angel visited Joseph reveals that Jesus would be the promised Messiah of the Old Testament who would save His people from their sin. The activities and resources listed below are related to these realities found in the New Testament story of Joseph as recorded in Matthew 1:18-25.

Joshua Explored the Promised Land

L1JoshuaExploredthePromisedLandThe time had come for the people of Israel to enter the promised land. Moses wisely sent in Joshua, Caleb, and other scouts to check out the land. Only Joshua and Caleb returned with faith that God would give them the land. The activities below can help kids learn about this important event in Israel's history and the faith of Joshua and Caleb.

Joshua Took Moses' Place

OT07L2 CroppedJoshua was a helper to Moses and learned much about God and leadership as he watched Moses and observed how God used him. After Moses died, God called Joshua to lead the people of Israel. Joshua had a big assignment, but God promised He would be with Joshua. These Joshua Took Moses' Place Bible activities are about this event.

Judges in Israel

OT08L3 CroppedAfter Joshua and the Israelites conquered and began to settle the promised land, God raised up men and women as needed to provide leadership for the people. These leaders were called judges. Deborah, Gideon, and Samson were three of the more well-known judges in the period of time before Israel had kings. These Bible activities are about these three historic figures that God used to help His people.

Mary and Martha

While Martha busied herself fulfilling the duties of a hostess, her sister Mary sat and listened to the Lord. Martha asked Jesus to tell her sister to get busy helping her, but Jesus told Martha that Mary had chosen wisely. These activities are about this event in Jesus' life and ministry.

Mary Anointed Jesus' Feet

PrintShortly before his crucifixion, Mary (the sister of Lazarus) anointed Jesus' feet with expensive oil as an expression of her love and devotion to Jesus. Jesus affirmed her actions and used the situation to point to his coming death. The activities below will help engage kids in this story of one woman's beautiful devotion.

Mary Visited Elizabeth

God had been orchestrating the events leading up to the birth of Jesus, the Messiah, since Genesis 3:15. John the Baptist was part of God's great plan of redemption and restoration. When Mary visited Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, God confirmed for these important women that He was in control. These Bible activities are about this event.

Mary's Devotion to Jesus

PrintIn John 12:1-7, at a meal given in Jesus' honor, Mary anointed Jesus' feet with an expensive jar of fragrant oil and then wiped His feet with her hair. Some objected, but Jesus commended Mary for her actions. It was a busy week, but Mary felt compelled to honor Jesus and, even in these final days of His life, Jesus welcomed her love and devotion. Mary probably didn't understand all that was happening that week, but she wanted to express her love for Jesus. We may lack understanding as well, but we can show our love for Him just as she did. These Bible lesson activities highlight this event in Jesus' life and ministry.

Mary's Story

Luke 1:26-56 tells us the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary before she and Joseph were married and announced that she would have a special baby—Jesus, God's Son! These Mary's Story activity pages highlight that special visit and Jesus' miraculous birth. Jesus was the promised Messiah of the Old Testament who was both physical (of Mary) and spiritual (of the Holy Spirit). How happy Mary must have been!

Moses and the Bulrushes

Pharaoh wanted to kill all of the Hebrew baby boys. To protect her baby, Moses' mother hid him near the Nile where Pharaoh's daughter found him and raised him in Pharaoh's court. God is always able to accomplish His purposes in spite of what the world attempts to do. These Moses and the Bulrushes Bible activities are about this memorable event.

Moses and the Burning Bush

God had been preparing Moses for a great task. One day God chose to speak to Moses through a burning bush that burned, but wasn't consumed. God called Moses to go to Egypt and lead the Hebrew people out of Egyptian bondage. These Moses and the Burning Bush Bible activities highlight this fascinating event!

Moses and the Ten Commandments

God brought His people out of Egyptian bondage, through the Red Sea, and to Mt. Sinai where He would constitute them and call them to be a "kingdom of priests" (Ex. 19:6). Their "constitution" would be The Law God gave to them through Moses. These laws are recorded in The Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible). At the heart of this Law was the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments would reveal God's broad expectations and help them understand the kind of people He wanted them to be before Him and before others. These Moses and the Ten Commandments Bible activities feature this story.

Nehemiah and the Wall

OT12L3 CroppedAccording to Nehemiah 1, the city of Jerusalem was in ruins after Babylon had conquered the nation decades earlier. Now it was time to rebuild the city wall and God would use Nehemiah to do this. These Nehemiah and the Wall Bible activities for kids will help children learn about this event and encourage them to serve Him and work for Him.

Nicodemus Visited Jesus

Nicodemus was one of the Jewish religious leaders in Jerusalem. One evening he came and spoke to Jesus. They talked about the Kingdom of God and Jesus explained that entrance into God's kingdom required a second, spiritual birth. These Nicodemus Visited Jesus Bible activities are about this important conversation found in John 3.

Noah and the Ark

The familiar story of Noah and the ark can help children learn several important truths about people and the world in which we live, as well as God's plan of restoration and redemption for both people and creation. It will help children understand that God is a righteous God and judges sin, but He has a plan to save people and spared Noah and his family through the ark. God destroyed all living creatures in the flood, but has graciously promised never to destroy the earth by water again. These Noah and the Ark Bible activities are about this important Bible story and underscore God's gracious love for people.

Noah and the Flood

The early chapters of Genesis help us understand how sin entered God's world and corrupted it to the point that God had to move to deal with sinful humanity. The story of the flood reveals God's determination to deal with evil while providing a means of rescue and restoration for humanity. These Noah and the Flood Bible activities are about the great flood.

Palm Sunday

Just a few days before He was crucified, Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem as the people waved palm branches and shouted "Hosanna!" His triumphal entry into Jerusalem declared that Jesus is the King of kings. This joyful welcome and declaration is the focus of these Palm Sunday Bible activities for kids.

Parables from Luke 15

NT05L2 CroppedIn Luke 15, Jesus told several parables that are very familiar. The parable of the Prodigal Son is about a lost son. Then there's the parable of the lost sheep. These parables teach us that God is a loving God who searches for us to save us.

Paul and His Friends Taught About Jesus

NT11L1 CroppedPaul worked with Aquila and Priscilla not only to make tents, but to share the good news about Jesus with others. They are an example of how the early church taught about Jesus and serve as an example to us as well. These Paul and his Friends Taught about Jesus Bible Activities are about the partnership between Paul, Aquila, and Priscilla.

Paul and Silas Were Rescued from Jail

NT10L5 CroppedIn Acts 16:16-40, we learn that Paul and Silas were thrown in a Philippian prison. An earthquake occurred, freeing the prisoners, and the jailer, who was responsible for all of them, almost took his own life. However, Paul reassured the jailer they were not going to escape. That night, the jailer and the members of his household became believers in Jesus.

Paul Escaped in a Basket

NT10L2 CroppedAfter Paul met Jesus on the road to Damascus and became His follower, he encouraged other people to follow Christ as well. Some opponents of Christianity wanted to kill Paul, but his friends helped him escape in a basket they lowered down the side of the city wall. These Paul Escaped in a Basket Bible activities focus on this dramatic escape from Damascus.

Paul Expressed Gratitude

NT11L3 CroppedPaul wrote many letters and cared for all of the churches. When he wrote to the church at Philippi he told the people he was especially grateful for their love and care for him while he was in prison for preaching the gospel of Jesus.

Paul Learned About Jesus

God called Paul to be "an Apostle to the Gentiles" (Rom. 11:13), but He first had to get Paul's attention. And He did that one day when Jesus revealed Himself to Paul in a blinding light and Paul became a changed man! These Paul Learned About Jesus Bible activities highlight Paul's encounter with Jesus on the Road to Damascus.

Paul Preached In Athens

On Paul’s second missionary journey, he traveled to Athens, an important city in Greece, and waited there for Silas and Timothy. While he was waiting, Paul was invited to speak to the intellectual leaders at a place called the Areopagus. He told the leaders that the God of the Bible is the only God there is and that He had raised Jesus, His Son, from the dead. These Paul Preached In Athens activities will help children learn that the God of the Bible is the only God there is and that He is worthy of our love and trust.

Paul Taught About the Armor of God

When Paul wrote to the Ephesian church and talked to them about Christian warfare in Ephesians chapter 6, he told them about God's "spiritual armor." This spiritual armor consists of "weapons" God has provided that His people need in order to fight the spiritual battle in which we are engaged. This is a battle against Satan and the powers of evil. It's a battle that threatens the unity of the Lord's church and the people in it who are to operate in love. The activities below are about Paul's teaching on the armor of God.

Paul Taught Lydia About Jesus

After arriving in Philippi, Paul and his companions had the opportunity to tell a group of women about Jesus. The group included Lydia, who believed and who immediately was hospitable to the missionaries. These Bible lesson activities highlight the story of Paul and Lydia in Paul's important missionary work.

Paul Was Shipwrecked

Paul was shipwrecked on the Island of Malta. God used this event to demonstrate His goodness and bring the good news of Jesus to the people of this island. These Paul Was Shipwrecked Bible lesson activities for children will help kids understand that despite the hardships Paul faced, God was taking care of him.

Paul Wrote About Giving

NT11L3 CroppedWhen Paul wrote to the Corinthian church he spoke to them about the need to be a "cheerful giver." These activities can remind kids that giving is a blessing to us and to God. It can be used in a homeschool setting, one-on-one, or in a classroom setting like Sunday School.

Paul Wrote About Service

NT11L3 CroppedWhen Paul wrote to the Galatian church, he encouraged them to "serve one another." This is an important lesson for all of God's people to learn. These activities are about this teaching by Paul and can be used at home, church, or school.

Paul Wrote About the Fruit of the Spirit

NT11L3 CroppedWhen Paul wrote to the church at Galatia, he told them that the Spirit will bear certain fruit in our lives such as love, joy, and patience. These "fruit" are important because they impact our relationships and are the best demonstration of God's love in our lives. These Paul Wrote About the Fruit of the Spirit activities can help kids learn that a life lived according to God's Spirit is a life characterized by sacrificial love. These activities can be used at home, in church, or in a school setting.

Paul Wrote to Timothy

NT11L3 CroppedThe apostle Paul was a close friend and mentor to a young man named Timothy. Paul and Timothy ministered together during Paul's missionary efforts. Later Paul wrote letters to his friend to help him in his own ministry in Ephesus, where Timothy was a pastor. These Bible activities can help children as they hear about and become familiar with the letters Paul wrote to his friend—letters we can read in our Bibles today.

Paul's Conversion

Before his encounter with Christ, Paul persecuted the church. He was on his way to Damascus as he continued to pursue his quest of jailing and persecuting Christians. There, on the road, he was confronted by none other than the resurrected Christ, and he became a Christian. These Bible activities are about Paul's conversion.

People Disobeyed God

Adam and Eve lived in paradise until they disobeyed God. God had provided everything they needed for a wonderful life, but they doubted His goodness and chose to trust a tree to give them what they needed. These Bible activities highlight their sin and its consequences, as well as God's loving them, even after they'd done wrong.

Peter and Andrew Become Fishers of Men

In Matthew 4:18-22, Jesus called Simon Peter and his brother, Andrew, to follow Him in order to become “fishers of men.” Verse 20 says, “Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.” Peter and Andrew became followers of Jesus and spent their lives telling others about Jesus and His love. We can all tell others about Jesus!

Peter and Cornelius Become Friends

At first, the church was made up of just Jews. They were still learning that God's Kingdom, inaugurated by Jesus, would be a global kingdom that included both Jews and Gentiles. The story of Peter and Cornelius shows an important step in the expansion of the early church as Jews like Peter came to understand that Gentiles were to be a part of the church also.

Peter and the Lame Man

In Acts 3:1-10, as Peter and John made their way to the temple, they encountered a man who couldn't walk. Peter healed the man in Jesus' name. His response created quite a stir. These Peter and the Lame Man Bible activities will help children become familiar with this story, with Peter's role in the early church, and with Jesus' power to heal.

Peter and the Miraculous Catch of Fish

In Luke 5:1-11, Peter, a fisherman, had worked all night, but to no avail. He made one more attempt in obedience to Jesus. A miracle occurred! He and his coworkers caught more fish than their nets or boats could hold! Overcome, Peter knew Jesus was special and fell to his knees before Him. The activities below will help children better understand this event in Peter's life—and the fact that Jesus is indeed special.

Peter Healed Tabitha (Dorcas)

Tabitha (Dorcas) was a beloved disciple living in Joppa. She did many good things for people there, but she became very ill and died. Peter was summoned to her and healed her. As a result, many of the people in that area trusted in the Lord. Tabitha's life and Peter's actions demonstrate the power of love that was present in the early church.

Peter Meets Jesus

Peter, the simple, self-sufficient fisherman didn't know just how much his life was about to change when he encountered Jesus on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Like many of us, Peter chose to follow Jesus, but would spend the rest of his life growing in maturity and his love for the Savior. These activities focus on this event and will encourage children to worship and follow Jesus like Peter did.

Peter Preached With Boldness

In Acts 4, Peter and John were questioned by the religious leaders (the Sanhedrin) and asked by what authority they were preaching and healing. Peter boldly declared that they did what they did in Jesus’ name and that He is the only way to salvation. These activities and resources are about this encounter between Peter and John and the Sanhedrin.

Peter Preaches on the Day of Pentecost

Not many days after the resurrection and ascension, the Holy Spirit was sent just as Jesus promised. After being filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter preached and many people were saved. The coming of the Spirit transformed Peter into one of the earliest leaders of the young church. All of us need the Holy Spirit living in us to make us all God desires.

Peter Was Rescued from Jail

In Acts 12:1-18, the apostle James was martyred and Peter was jailed. Herod also was planning to execute Peter, but the night before his execution was to take place, an angel came and rescued Peter from prison. The activities below will help children understand that God helped the early church share the good news about His Son, Jesus Christ.

Peter, John, and the Early Church

Following his ascension, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost to empower the disciples and establish the early church. Peter and John had been two of Jesus' Disciples and now became two of the leaders in the early church that was located in Jerusalem. It was an exciting time for the fledgling group of Jesus Followers. These free, printable Bible activities deal with events involving Peter, John, and the early church or some of the events that took place during the final days of Jesus before His crucifixion and resurrection. They will help learners gain an understanding of several things that happened during that period of time in the church.

Peter's Letters

During the days of the early church, persecution was very real, and the apostle Peter wrote letters to encourage his fellow believers. The Bible lesson activities below highlight the writings of Peter that appear in our Bibles—letters we call 1 Peter and 2 Peter. We can be thankful for these letters, for they encourage and instruct Jesus' followers today.

Philip and the Ethiopian

God directed Philip to travel on the road that went from Jerusalem to Gaza. There he met an Ethiopian official with whom he shared Christ. The lesson activities below will help children understand what happened during this encounter, as well as the importance of sharing the good news of Christ with all people.

Prophets Told About Jesus' Birth

Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, Old Testament Prophets told about Jesus' birth. These free, printable Bible lesson activities for children focus on that incredible miracle and drive home the important truth that Jesus was (and is) the long-awaited Messiah of the Old Testament! This Old Testament expectation, as delivered by the prophets, is what we’re calling The Prophets’ Story and is represented here by Isaiah 9:6, Micah 5:2, and Luke 2:7. The lessons and activities listed below are completely free and great for use at home, in a Christian school, or in an ongoing Bible study at church such as Sunday School.

Ruth and Boaz

The story of Ruth and Boaz is a beautiful story of love and redemption. The willingness of Boaz to be the kinsman redeemer for Ruth illustrates the redemptive love Jesus has for us as well. These Ruth and Boaz Bible activities for children will help kids learn about this story of love and commitment.

Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz

The story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz is a beautiful story of love and redemption. The willingness of Boaz to be the kinsman redeemer for Ruth illustrates Jesus' redemptive love. These Bible activities for children will help kids learn about this story of love and commitment.

Samuel Anointed Saul

Neither God nor Samuel were happy that the people had asked Samuel to give them a king, but God told Samuel to do as they had requested. God then led Samuel to Saul and instructed Samuel to anoint him as the new king. This began Israel's long and often sinful monarchy. These printable Bible activities are about this sad turning point in Israel's history.

Samuel Obeyed God

Samuel’s mother had dedicated him to the Lord, so he served in the Lord’s tabernacle as a boy. One night God spoke to Samuel as he slept. Samuel didn’t want to tell Eli, the priest, what God had said, but Samuel was obedient nonetheless. These Bible activities for kids can help children understand that even they can respond to God in obedience.

Samuel Served God

Samuel's mother, Hannah, had dedicated him to the Lord's service so Samuel grew up serving in the Lord's tabernacle with Eli, the Priest. These Bible activities for kids will encourage them to serve the Lord also, even though they are young. You can also see all activities related to Samuel and his life.

Saul Was Israel’s First King

Neither God nor Samuel were happy that the people had asked Samuel to give them a king, but God told Samuel to do as they had requested. God then led Samuel to Saul and instructed Samuel to anoint him as the new king. These Saul Was Israel's First King Bible activities are about this sad turning point in Israel's history.

Shepherds Visit Jesus

According to Luke 2:8-20, on the night of Jesus’ birth there were humble shepherds watching their sheep in the fields nearby Bethlehem. A host of angels suddenly appeared to these shepherds and told them of the Messiah’s birth. Excited, they went quickly to find the baby Jesus. They were anxious to see the king they had been expecting for years and years. And yes, Jesus would be the King they had waited for, but not the kind of king people were expecting. If you're preparing a lesson on the shepherds' visit to baby Jesus, you may find the free, Shepherds Visit Jesus printable activities listed below to be helpful.

Simeon and Anna Saw Jesus

Below is a list of free, printable Bible activities you may want to use if you're preparing a lesson on Joseph and Mary's visit to the temple with baby Jesus when he was seen by Simeon and Anna.

Sodom and Gomorrah

The story of Sodom and Gomorrah is important because it reveals that sin continues to spread and destroy the lives of people God loves and that God will, sooner or later, bring judgment on sin and evil in order to keep it in check. We've seen this before in the story of the Tower of Babel. Now, several chapters later and after God has called Abraham, we see that evil is still powerful. Abraham intercedes for the cities (Gen. 18:16-33), but their sin is too great. In Genesis 18:20, God says, "the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is immense, and their sin is extremely serious." God must act to prevent evil from causing further harm. These activities are about this story.

Stephen Served and Preached

We learn about Stephen in Acts 6 & 7. Stephen served people and was a strong advocate for Christ in the early church and the young Christian faith. Stephen became the church's first martyr. These activities are about Stephen and will encourage children to serve and stand up for their faith the way Stephen did.

The Beatitudes

Jesus taught the Beatitudes as part of the Sermon on the Mount. If you're looking at teaching the Beatitudes (whether to children or adults), we can help with a variety of free printables and other helps that are appropriate for varying age groups, including adults. Click here or on the image to see the list.

The Birth of John the Baptist

Zechariah was a priest in the days shortly before Jesus was born. Zechariah's wife was Elizabeth. They were quite old, but God chose them to be the parents of John the Baptist. John would be a great prophet and help prepare the people for Jesus and His message of God's kingdom. These activities are about the birth of John the Baptist.

The Creation Story

According to the Book of Genesis, God created the world and everything in the universe. If God is the Creator of all things, then He must be more powerful than anyone or anything. This is an important truth for kids to understand and the story of creation, as found in Genesis 1, is an important Bible story that children need to learn.

The Fall of Adam and Eve

God placed Adam and Eve in a "good" world. He asked only that they trust Him rather than the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. They chose, however, to trust the tree and rejected God's rule over their lives. Their sin brought devastation to themselves and the world. These Fall of Adam and Eve Bible activities are about this turning point in history.

The Fall of Jericho

The battle of Jericho wasn't much of a battle. According to Joshua 6, Joshua did what God told him to do and God did the rest. The Israelites merely stood back and watched God bring down the walls. These activities will help children study the fall of Jericho and learn about God's power to fight our battles when we follow Him in obedience.

The Good Samaritan

Jesus' parable of the good Samaritan was full of surprises and important lessons for people of every age. These Bible activities highlight this well known parable from Jesus' ministry and are great for use at home, in Sunday School, or in a Christian school setting.

The Great Commission

Just before Jesus ascended to be with the Father some 40 days after his resurrection, He commanded His disciples to make other disciples and teach them to follow Him also. This command is called the Great Commission and can be found in Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:46-49, and Acts 1:8. These Great Commission Bible activities are related to this command.

The Last Supper

On the night Jesus was arrested, He shared the annual Passover meal with His disciples. That Passover meal became the last supper Jesus had with His disciples before His crucifixion. Many Christians and churches today remember and celebrate this event with Maundy Thursday services. These activities are related to the events of Jesus' last supper.

The Lord's Supper

On the night Jesus was arrested, He shared the annual Passover meal with His disciples. That meal became what many now call "The Lord's Supper" because it remembers what Jesus did. Many Christians and churches today remember and celebrate this event with Maundy Thursday services. Enjoy these Lord's Supper Bible activities!

The People Honored Jesus

Just a few days before He was crucified, Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem as the people waved palm branches and shouted "Hosanna!" His triumphal entry into Jerusalem declared that Jesus is the King of kings. This joyful welcome and declaration is the focus of these Jesus' Triumphal Entry Activities for kids.

The People in the Church Loved One Another

The people in the early church had a special love for one another. Dorcas, who also was called Tabitha, loved to help and serve others. Then one day, she became sick, and she died. The believers sent for Peter, who came, and God used Peter to bring Dorcas back to life. These Bible activities are about this important event in the early church.

The People in the Church Shared About Jesus

The Book of Acts helps us see how the early church grew to include many kinds of people. At one point, the Holy Spirit led Philip to travel to a place where he met a man who needed the Gospel. Philip told the man about Jesus and the man believed in Jesus. These People in the Church Shared About Jesus Bible activities highlight this encounter.

The Philippian Jailer

Paul and Silas were thrown into a Philippian prison. Confined to the stocks, they sang and prayed. When an earthquake freed them, the Philippian jailer almost took his own life, but Paul assured him they were not going to escape. That night, the jailer and his family became believers in Jesus. These free, printable Bible activities highlight this event.

The Prodigal Son

If you're preparing a lesson on the lost son, also known as the prodigal son, these free, printable Bible activities may be helpful to you.

The Shepherds Told About Jesus

According to Luke 2:8-20, on the night of Jesus’ birth, there were shepherds in the fields nearby Bethlehem. A host of angels appeared to these shepherds and told them of the Messiah’s birth. Excited, they went quickly to find the baby Jesus and then told many others about Him. These Shepherds Told About Jesus activities are about that visit.

The Shepherds' Story

According to Luke 2:8-20, on the night of Jesus’ birth, there were humble shepherds in the fields nearby Bethlehem. Angels appeared to the shepherds and told them of the Messiah’s birth. Excited, they went quickly to find the baby. These activities on the shepherds' story are about this joyous visit!

The Story of God's Care for Us

Jesus taught people to trust God and to put Him first in their lives. Why? Because God has promised to take care of those who trust Him. These Bible activities highlight this important teaching in Jesus' ministry.

The Story of the Forgiving King

Jesus told a story of a king who forgave a huge debt and was angry when the one he'd forgiven demanded from another debtor that he be paid a much smaller debt owed to him. The story reminds us that God has forgiven us a larger debt than we could ever repay. These Story of the Forgiving King Bible activities highlight this important parable.

The Story of the Kind Man

When asked by a Jewish "expert in the law" to define "neighbor," Jesus told the story of the kind man. A man in great need was cared for by a hated Samaritan. The Samaritan acted more like one of God's children than the Jews in the story. These free Story of the Kind Man Bible activities will help kids learn about this story.

The Story of the Lost Sheep

If one sheep out of a hundred wanders off from the rest of the flock, a good shepherd will go out in search of the one until he finds it and brings it back to the fold. Jesus' parable of the lost sheep in John 15:3-7 highlights the love of God for every sinner and the joy God has when a sinner repents and returns home.

The Tower of Babel

Not long after the flood, people got together and decided to make a name for themselves by building a huge tower. God saw the people's arrogance and mercifully intervened, confusing the languages of the people so that construction on the tower could not continue. These Tower of Babel Bible activities will help kids see the ongoing impact of sin on the world.

The Wise Men

Traditionally, the wise men (Magi) have been treated as part of the Christmas story because Matthew records their visit immediately after he tells of the birth of Jesus. He notes, however, that their visit was "after Jesus was born in Bethlehem." In all likelihood, the visit of the Magi probably occurred around 2 years after Jesus' birth. This would explain why Herod ordered the massacre of boys who were two years old and under (Matt. 2:16). The wise men were learned men from the east who came looking for "the King of the Jews," in order to worship Him. The activities below are related to this famous story.

The Wise Men Told About Jesus

It probably was when Jesus was about 2 years old that "wise men from the east" came looking for "He who has been born King of the Jews" (Matt. 2:1-2). The story helps us understand that God's kingdom is not for just the Jews. Others would come to worship Jesus as well. These Wise Men Told About Jesus Bible activities highlight this familiar story.

The Wise Men's Story

The Wise Men's Story Bible activities listed here are related to the Christmas unit in God's Unfolding Story for Older Preschoolers. The lessons are included here as well as other activities related to this story.

Timothy Is Teaching

Timothy was a second generation leader in the early church. Timothy became a pastor and Paul wrote two letters to Timothy that are now part of the New Testament (1 and 2 Timothy). These Timothy Is Teaching Bible activities are about Timothy's teaching and Paul's encouragement to be diligent in spite of his young age.

Timothy Was a Teacher in the Church

Although Timothy was a young man, God used him as a pastor and teacher in the early church. Timothy began serving through the encouragement of his mentor, Paul. These free, printable activities will help kids learn that God can use people of all ages, even them! They may not be preachers or teachers, but God can use their service.

Visits from Angels

OT04L3 CroppedHere are some free, printable Bible activities that may help if you're preparing a lesson related to the visits from angels that happened to Joseph and Mary prior to Jesus' birth.

Where Was Jesus?

NT01L3 CroppedWhen Jesus was 12, He and His family went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. On the way back home, Mary and Joseph noticed Jesus was missing and returned to look for Him. They found Him in the temple complex talking with the teachers there. The teachers were amazed. These activities are about Jesus in the temple as a boy.

Zacchaeus Met Jesus

Zacchaeus was a hated tax collector. Like others, Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus, but he was not very tall and couldn't see over the crowd. These Zacchaeus Bible activities feature the moment when Jesus looked up in the tree where Zacchaeus was sitting and told him He (Jesus) was coming to his house that very day. Zacchaeus would never be the same after that. These free, printable activities are related to Zacchaeus.

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