28 Bible Verses for Kids to Memorize & Know by Heart
Are kids too young to memorize scripture? Certainly not! If you’ve ever heard a child sing the entire SpongeBob theme song by heart, you know that they have an awesome capacity to memorize.
So, instead of having them fill their brains with song lyrics and TV commercial jingles, why not help them hide God’s word in their hearts? The Holy Spirit can bring memorized Scripture to mind at the moments they’ll need it most.
Bible Verses Every Kid Should Know:
This verse explains salvation quickly and easily! A child with this verse in his arsenal can quote it to explain salvation to a buddy.
This is a verse for today’s computer/iPad/cellphone owning kids— they are constantly bombarded by the media. Since some TV shows, movies, and internet content can be harmful for young minds, this verse will remind them to stay away from anything that doesn’t please God.
Known even in non-Christian circles as “the golden rule”, this little verse is easy to memorize. Sibling rivalry is often a big problem that kids face in childhood, and this verse can help them think twice before walloping their younger brother or sister on the head.
That’s Mom and Dad’s favorite verse! Perhaps the youngsters won’t be too keen on it, but they can remember Exodus 20:12 as well, to remind them that God promises long life to those who honor their parents.
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Kids going through rough times at school and at home can be comforted by this verse. If they learn to find strength and a “can do” attitude in God at an early age, there’s no telling what they can accomplish as adults.
This verse may not be one of the most well-known, but it’s perfect for adolescents dealing with gossip. The Bible hits the nail on the head when it reminds us that we’re good at dishing out the criticism, but we don’t like to take it.
Humans can be so unforgiving, but kids need to know that God will ALWAYS forgive them when they mess up!
God is with us all the time! When a child is afraid, he can remember this verse and be confident that God will take care of him and help him.
Children tempted to get into squabbles and arguments can remember this scripture passage and learn to forgive others, since God has forgiven them.
A thankful child is a happy child. If a kid learns to be grateful while he’s young, he’ll live a much fuller, joy-filled life.
Out with the old, in with the new! This verse is fabulous for reminding kids that following Jesus isn’t just about getting a “free ticket to heaven”. It’s a super-cool transformation that changes the way we think and act.
Kids have a long journey ahead of them. If they learn to trust God and not their own “hunches” or “instincts”, they will make better decisions along the way.
It’s the Gospel in a nutshell! This verse helps kids remember the three major Gospel events: Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.
Life is filled with material distractions. Kids need to know that “stuff” can make us happy only for a moment. But God can give us true joy that lasts forever.
A kid’s world is constantly changing. Is there anything or anyone they can count on forever? Yep! His name is Jesus, and he won’t let them down.
When kids ask, “what’s my purpose in life?” This is the answer. We were made to be lights in this dark world.
It’s important for kids to know that God’s Word, the Bible, can be trusted. It was written down by man, but the words were inspired by God himself.
Today’s culture definitely doesn’t encourage purity in young people. But they can still follow that path by reading God’s Word and applying it to their lives.
The question of where we come from is crucial. It affects our whole identity. Kids who know that God created all things understand that he created them, too, and has a purpose for their lives.
Kids who wonder, “Does God love me?” will find the answer in this verse. God showed us he loves us by dying for us.
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When kids allow the Holy Spirit to guide their decisions, they’ll get love, joy, peace and more in their lives. Now that’s some yummy “fruit” that money can’t buy!
Kids who have trouble with negative or impure thoughts can add this verse to their arsenal. The mind is a battlefield, so let’s fight off bad thoughts with good ones!
This verse helps children understand that prayer works! But we need to take the time to ask God for what we want, and our motives must be right.
If there ever was a “security blanket” in a verse, this is it. Children can find comfort knowing that NOTHING can come between them and God’s love.
“Gray areas” (issues the Bible doesn’t talk about much or at all) can confuse kids. They wonder, “Should I… (insert questionable activity)?” This verse can help with that. If you can’t do it “for the glory of God”, it’s better not to do it at all.
Just love God! That’s what kids will hear over and over in church. But how can they love God? This verse has the answer.
Uh-oh. Mom says to tell a lie. God says not to. Both are authorities, but this verse helps kids sort out who to obey.
The world’s beauty standards are so unattainable. But kids can feel pressure from all around to look a certain way. This verse gives them confidence that God made them wonderful, just the way they are.
Memorization Strategies for Kids
These mnemonic devices can make memorizing a cinch. They help kids “hide God’s Word in their hearts” so they can whip it out whenever they need it.
Write the First Letter of Each Word
This is one of my personal favorites! It’s low effort, high results. All you have to do is write the first letter of each word of the verse on a piece of paper. Then you memorize the verse in steps:
- Read the verse a few times
- Read it using first letters only, a few times
- Try writing the first letters only, from memory
- Read it again using first letters only, a few times
- Try saying the verse from memory
Put it to Music
If you’ve ever had a commercial jingle stuck on repeat in your head, you know that songs work. So try applying this strategy to Bible verses. There are three ways you could do this:
- If you’re musically inclined, you can make up a song yourself.
- Sing the verse to the tune of a simple, well-known song like “Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star”
Find a ready-made song for the verse (Yep, they’re out there!) Here’s one for 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Make Simple Flashcards
Get a pack of notecards. For shorter verses, write one word from the verse on each card. For longer verses, you could write 2 or more per card. Then lay the cards out on a table and try to put them in order.
Once you feel more confident, try taking away several cards and supply the missing words from memory.
Put simple actions to key words in the verse. For example, point upwards for “God”, pretend to stroke a fake beard for “Noah”, and cross your arms over your chest for “love”.
Don’t be afraid to make awkward movements–the sillier, the better! That’s because the stranger or funnier something is, the more likely we are to remember it.
Catch & Repeat/Hot Potato
This strategy works best with groups. Have the kids stand in a circle. Start by saying the first word of the verse. Then toss the ball to a kid. That kid will say the next word, and then toss the ball to another kid. Keep it going until you reach the end of the verse.
Another variation of this is to have the kids sit in a circle and pass around a potato (or a beanbag if you’re keen to spare some spuds).
Play Take Away
Get a whiteboard and a marker, and write out the complete verse. Read it out loud. Then erase one word, and read it out loud again. Continue erasing words and reading it until you can say the entire verse with no hints! (This works great for Sunday School groups, too.)