Order Up!: A Free Bible Activity for Your Elementary Children

Knowing the order of the different stories in the Bible should not just be for seminary scholars.  Our kids should be getting a handle on God’s amazing Word as well.  Try this fun and free Bible activity to help your kids learn the order of the stories in the Bible.  I call it “Order Up!”

Here’s what you do:

This activity will take some preparation, however, you will find that the time you invest will be well worth it.  I have provided you with a list of 12 sets of different Bible stories within the Old Testament beginning with Creation and ending with Nehemiah calling Israel to rebuild the temple.  This game will be most effective and engaging if you can find actual pictures that portray the essence of each story.  You can actually do this quite easily by going online and googling: bible story pictures or even bible story coloring pages.  You could also use a children’s bible and cut out the different pictures.  Within each set of story pictures, place the ordinal number on the back of each.  For example, in the first set of stories, Creation would be first, Adam and Eve Disobey God would be second, Cain and Abel would be third and Noah’s Ark would be fourth.  Make sure, however, that the numbers do not show through to the other side.  Whatever kinds of pictures you choose, make sure you laminate them for long-term use.  This will be a game that you will want to play many times in order for your kids to learn the order of Bible history.  Once you have all your pictures, now make signs from either index cards or another kind of paper that says: first, second, third and fourth.  Laminate these as well.  Finally, you will need a table or a pocket chart upon which you can display your pictures and the ordinal numbers so that the children can place them in the correct order.

Here’s how to play this free Bible activity:

Tell your children the following:  Bible history is very important.  It helps us know God.  In fact, history is His-Story.  God has a beginning and end to this life on earth and each of us plays a part.  The people in the Bible were just as important as we are and it’s crucial that we know what happened in the Bible and when.  So, let’s play “Order Up!”

First, let’s divide the class into two teams.  I am going to place 4 pictures of different Bible stories down on the table.  They are not going to be in order.  It will be your team’s job to put them in order.  For every story you place in the correct order, your team will earn 100 points.  With each set of stories, I will help you get started by asking you a multiple-choice question.  If you get it right, you will automatically earn 100 points for your team and then you will get to pick one of the other story pictures and put it in its proper order.  It will be up to you to make a good guess at what order the other 3 stories belong in.  However, each guess could be your last.  Once you make an incorrect guess, the player who was guessing will have to sit down.  I will reveal the correct order of the stories.  Then it will be the next team’s turn for a new set of stories.  Remember, for each story that is correct, you earn 100 points for your team.  Let’s play!


Place the first set of 4 pictures on the table along with the ordinal numbers off to the side.  Have a child from the first team come up and ask them question #1 from the list below.  I’ve made the questions easy to answer so that the children are rewarded with some instant success. If the child answers correctly, place the picture from the question in its correct ordinal spot.  He now gets to choose a picture from the remaining 3 and make a guess as to which ordinal spot it should go.  With each success, he earns 100 points.

Below, you will find the 12 sets of Bible stories along with the multiple-choice questions.

Bible Story Sets

1.  1st – Creation, 2nd – Adam and Eve Disobey God, 3rd – Cain and Abel, 4th – Noah’s Ark

2.  1st – Noah’s Ark, 2nd – Tower of Babel, 3rd – God Gives His Promise to Abraham, 4th – Abraham Offers Isaac as a Sacrifice

3.  1st – Isaac Marries Rebekah, 2nd – Jacob Tricks Esau, 3rd – Jacob Dreams of Angels, 4th – Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel

4.  1st – Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors, 2nd – Joseph’s Dreams, 3rd – Joseph Sold Into Slavery, 4th – Joseph Helps His Brothers

5.  1st – The Israelites are Made Slaves in Egypt, 2nd – Pharaoh’s Daughter Finds Moses, 3rd – Moses Meets God in the Burning Bush, 4th – 10 Plagues in Egypt

6.  1st – The Israelites Leave Egypt, 2nd – The Israelites Cross the Red Sea, 3rd – The Israelites are Fed Manna and Quail, 4th – The Israelites are Given 10 Commandments

7.  1st – Moses Given the 10 Commandments, 2nd – The Israelites Make a Golden Calf, 3rd – God Brings Water From a Rock, 4th – The Israelites Complain to God

8.  1st – Joshua and Caleb Explore Canaan, 2nd – Jericho’s Walls Come Tumbling Down, 3rd – Gideon Fights the Midianites, 4th – Samson and Delilah

9.  1st – Naomi and Ruth, 2nd – God Calls Samuel, 3rd – Saul is Made King, 4th – Samuel Anoints David as King

10.  1st – David and Goliath, 2nd – David and Jonathan, 3rd – Solomon Asks for Wisdom, 4th – Solomon Builds the Temple

11.   1st – Elijah Fed by Ravens, 2nd – The Widow of Zarephath, 3rd – Elijah on Mount Carmel, 4th – Elijah Taken Up to Heaven

12.  1st – Jonah and the Whale, 2nd – 3 Boys in a Fiery Furnace, 3rd – Esther Becomes Queen, 4th – Nehemiah Rebuilds the Temple

12 Questions

1.       If you have a brother or sister you’ve probably fought.  Unfortunately, fighting has been around since the beginning of time and Adam and Eve had two sons who had some problems.  One of the sons became very jealous of his brother and even killed him!

What Bible story am I talking about?

  • David and Jonathan
  • Cain and Abel
  • Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee

2.  I know it sound crazy, but this true story actually tells about people who thought they could build a tower all the way up to heaven!  God was not happy about this prideful venture and therefore gave everyone a different language.  There was a lot of babbling going on!

What Bible story am I talking about?

  • The Tower of Babel
  • B. The Eiffel Tower
  • C. Solomon’s Temple

3.  What would you do, if after your wedding, you found out you married the wrong person?  Well believe it or not, this happened to Jacob.  He was tricked and therefore ended up marrying 2 women!

What Bible story am I talking about?

  • Jacob Marries Lucy and Ethel
  • B. Jacob Marries Sarah and Hagar
  • C. Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel

4.  Have you ever received something really special from one of your parents?  The boy in this Bible story did.  It was a beautiful coat made especially for him.  Hmm…I wonder if his brother got jealous?

What Bible story am I talking about?

  • Moses and the 10 Commandments
  • B. Joseph and His Coat of Many Colors
  • C. David and His Sling Shot

5.  Cows dying!  Blood soaked water and swarms of grasshoppers!  No, it’s not the newest scary movie.  It’s the plagures God brought to Egypt.  I don’t know about you, but I’m glad I wasn’t there!  How about you?

What Bible story am I talking about?

  • The 10 Plagues of Egypt
  • B. The 10 Commandments
  • C. The 10 Little Indians

6.  Slavery is horrible!  The Israelites knew this to be very true.  For years and years they prayed that God would deliver them out of Egypt and finally one day it happened.  Through Moses; obedience the children of God could finally leave Egypt.

What Bible story am I talking about?

  • Abraham Leaves for the Promised Land
  • B. The Israelites leave Egypt
  • C. The Animals Leave Noah’s Ark

7.  While Moses was getting the 10 Commandments from God, the Israelites were breaking the first and second laws – you shall have not other gods before me and you shall not make for yourself an idol.  But there they were in the desert making and worshiping a golden calf.  Tsk, tsk, tsk…

What Bible story am I talking about?

  • The Israelites Make Hamburgers
  • B. The Israelites Complain to God
  • C. The Israelites Make a Golden Calf

8.  Do you think it’s possible for a really, really small army to have victory over a really big army?  It is if God’s in charge.  And in this story Gideon trusted God as he and his small army of soldiers fought the Midianites.

What Bible story am I talking about?

  • Gideon Fights the Midianites
  • B. David Fights Goliath
  • C. Daniel Fights the Lions

9.  The priest Samuel was given a very important job to do.  He was given the honor of anointing the next king of Israel.  But Samuel was surprised that God had chosen the youngest of 12 brothers to be the king.  But God knew what He was doing!

What Bible story am I talking about?

  • Solomon is Anointed King of Israel
  • B. David is Anointed King of Israel
  • C. Bugs Bunny is Anointed King of Israel

10.  Have you ever had a best friend?  You know, someone who you trust and can tell all your secrets to.  David had a best friend.  His name was Jonathan and helped David save his life.

What Bible story am I talking about?

  • David Fights Goliath
  • B. David in the Lion’s Den
  • C. David and Jonathan are Friends

11.  Did you know that there’s a Bible story about a man who never died?  It’s true!  He went straight to heaven without dying.  In fact, this man was taken to heaven in a chariot of fire.

What Bible story am I talking about?

  • Elijah Taken to Heaven
  • B. Joseph Taken to Prison
  • C. Elijah Taken to Mount Carmel

12.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve always thought this Bible story was a bit “fishy.”  But then again if you were stuck inside a whale, it would be very fishy and smelly too!

What Bible story am I talking about?

  • Moby Dick
  • B. Jonah and the Whale
  • C. The Little Mermaid

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