Looking for an engaging way for kids to explore Jesus' ministry, miracles & more? "The Life of Jesus" Board Game is perfect for them to discover the key events in His life, from His birth in Bethlehem to the birth of the Church at Pentecost & everything in between. This free printable game features Bible verses & challenges, Disciple playing pieces, & even has a paper dice for kids to make too!
Understanding & sequencing the main events of Jesus' life can sometimes be tricky for kids, especially when the church lectionary jumps around a little too. So I created this game a few years ago to help the children in our church celebrate the key aspects of Jesus' ministry, & help them put the events into context.
The playing board is made up of stepping stones which guide you through key moments in Jesus' ministry, each of which have a Bible reference, so if you wish, you can look it up & discover more. Obviously there are many more moments in the life of Jesus, but I've tried to keep the game succinct for a younger audience.
What makes this game extra special is that the playing pieces are Disciples, all you have to do is choose which one you will be! To help introduce them I've included their names alongside the playing pieces.
A board game wouldn't be a board game without some challenges along the way, so around the board you'll find a few 'surprise squares' to keep you on your toes, but don't worry, these are super simple & fun for all ages to follow.
You can download your free printable "The Life of Jesus" board game & playing figures here:
For best results print on A3 card, but an A4 version will work for a small number players.
To play the game you'll need a dice, but don't worry if you don't have one, you can print & make a free paper dice here: Printable Paper Dice
I shared this game with the kids in our Church Sunday Club a few years ago & it was a real hit, in fact, a couple of them even took the game into school to share it with their friends. So great to see young disciples sharing a game about disciples, with the possibility of making new disciples! How cool is that?!
To keep the playing pieces safe, we glued their A3 version of the game into a Pizza Box (available online) & they decorated the inside & outside of the box, making the game their own.
Wherever you play this game, I hope you enjoy it as much as they did, & discover something new as you walk through the life of Jesus.
If you're looking for more faith resources, you might find these useful: