Preteen Youth Group Game: Messy Scripture Memorization

Written by Sean Sweet

Wouldn’t it be great if your preteens could memorize a scripture and have a great time doing it?

Here’s a game that is fairly simple to set up, but the results are memorable – not just the fun and messiness of the game, but the scripture, too.

This will work for almost any scripture that you’re trying to help your preteens to memorize.

Get ready to have a blast memorizing scriptures with your preteens!

“Fix these words of mine on your hearts and minds.” – Deuteronomy 11:18a

Preteen Youth Group Game: Messy Scripture Memorization


Quick Overview:

This game is so much fun, and every preteen in your group will have a scripture of your choice memorized when the game is over.

Supplies You’ll Need:

1. Balloons. Anywhere from 6-10 balloons will work well, depending on the verse you choose.

2. A Sharpie.

3. Balloon Fill Supplies. You can choose whatever you’d like, as long as it will fit inside of a balloon. Be creative.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Confetti
  • A Small Amount of Water
  • Flour
  • Whipped Cream
  • Cheetos

4. A Needle or tack. Anything that’s sharp enough to pop a balloon.

Choose a verse that your group will memorize.
Inflate the balloons with air and put your balloon fill supplies inside.(NOTE: You don’t need to fill the balloon entirely with the supply – a little confetti goes a long way when you pop a balloon. You can fill all the balloons with the same filling, or you can fill each balloon with something different. You could also leave one or more balloons empty.)Write the words of the verse on the balloons, one or two words per balloon.Place the needle somewhere that it will be easy for you to grab during the game without being noticed.

Game Play:

1. Choose 6-10 preteen volunteers to hold one balloon each.

Have them stand in the front of the room, shoulder to shoulder and holding the balloons so that the scripture written on the balloons are in order and visible to the audience.

If you have a small enough group, you can just have everybody in your group stand in a circle holding one balloon each so they can all see each other.

2. Have everybody read the scripture all together.

As each volunteer’s balloon is read, have them hold the balloon up and keep it above their head.

3. Walk behind the students and choose ONE of the balloons randomly to pop with the needle.

The first time you do this, it will be a surprising moment for everybody!

Whatever is inside of the balloon will explode onto the preteen who was holding it, and it also may land on the preteens around them.

4. After the initial shock has worn off, have the volunteers bring the balloons back down in front of them, and have everybody reread the verse.

Again, as each volunteer’s balloon is read, have them hold the balloon up and keep it above their head.

Now, part of the verse is missing (the popped balloon), but the students will still be able to say the entire verse.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4, reciting the scripture and popping one random balloon each time, until all the balloons are popped.

Now, your group should be able to say the entire verse from memory.


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Sean Pic 2Sean Sweet is the Community Facilitator for, and is dedicated to raising the value of your ministry to preteens.

He’s also a leads the preteen ministry at Destiny Christian Church in Rocklin, CA just outside of Sacramento.

2 Responses to “Preteen Youth Group Game: Messy Scripture Memorization

  • Janet Anthony
    5 years ago

    When I click to download in pdf it just comes back to the blog site. I entered my email, but still same results.

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