Learning the Books of the Bible

20 Jul

Learning Activity and Music

New and Old Testament Books

Books of the bible

Homemade Activity

Recently I have been trying to come up with a fun and easy way to help my son learn the books in the bible by learning their order. I want to share with you the activity that I finally came up with and hopefully you too can benefit from it.

The Supplies

  • Poster Board (or tri-fold)
  • Color Cardstock paper
  • White Cardstock paper (if you will be using online clip art or you can opt to just handwrite names of books)
  • Sharpee Pen
  • Laminating machine (optional)
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Glue stick or glue tape
  • Velcro tape for backing
  • Pointer
  • Access to internet to download MP3 songs


Here are the instructions for the way I went about doing this activity but you can feel free to alter it and make it easier.

First off, I went to the website  sundayschoolsources.com to download these free Old and New Testament flashcards.

Old Testament Flashcards

New Testament Flashcards

I printed these flashcards onto my white cardstock paper. Then, I cut each individual book name and glued them on to colored cardstock placing all the Old Testament books on one color paper (red) and all the New Testament on another color paper (blue). I also glued “Old Testament” and “New Testament” heading on another color (yellow).

Next, I went to my local teacher supply store to laminate these sheets (any office supply store will have a laminating machine or you can also use tact paper). After laminating them, I again cut each individual book and placed velcro backing. Before placing the other side of the velcro onto the poster board make sure you line the cards so they can be visually easy to read and follow the order. Now I placed the other side of the velcro onto poster board leaving enough space to write the number of the book before each card.

Next, I wrote the number of the book behind each card so my son can turn the card around and see the order of it until he memorizes the order of all of them. We did a similar activity like this with a USA map when he was learning his states and capitals and having the answer on the back helps him do this activity by himself without my assistance.

Finally, I have learned that my son as many other kids, really enjoys learning with the assistance of song and music. For this reason I found it very instrumental to use the songs that are also in this website, but feel free to google or go on YouTube for a variety of songs that list all the books of the bible. The song choice (genre) may vary depending on the age of your kid.


Books of the Bible Songs

Books of the New Testament   (click link to go to site and then click on 586K mp3 file link to hear song)

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John,
Acts and the letter to the Romans,
First and Second Corinthians, Galatians and Ephesians,
Philippians, Colossians, First and Second Thessalonians,
First and Second Timothy, Titus and Philemon,
Hebrews, James, First and Second Peter,
First and Second and Third John, Jude and Revelation.

 Books of the Old Testament    (click on link and go to site and then click on 832k mp3 file  link to hear song)

(to the tune of “Ten Little Indians”)                 
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, 
Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges,
Ruth, First and Second Samuel, First and Second Kings, First and Second Chronicles

Oh – Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job,
Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes,
Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations,

Oh – Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel,
Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah,
Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.

As the songs are playing I use the pointer to point to the names of the books. When my son gets more familiar or comfortable with the names and songs I will let him take the lead and start pointing to the names as he is reading or singing the names of the books. Have fun with your kids and learn the order with them…that’s what I am doing. Above all, remember why you are doing this and be encouraged that God is behind you and will see you through it.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

~Proverbs 22:6




6 Responses to “Learning the Books of the Bible”

  1. Deb @ Living Montessori Now July 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

    My kids loved learning the books of the Bible through songs. I LOVE your pointer and visuals to use with the songs! Thanks for the links and directions for making the activity!

    • Training Up My Boys July 20, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

      I love it that others can find use for this activity. Thanks Deb for your encouragement 🙂

  2. Nancy July 21, 2011 at 5:55 am #

    Raquel, these are great ideas! I posted a link at Reddit to your blog under “Christianity.” I admire how innovative you are in teaching your boys.


    • Training Up My Boys July 21, 2011 at 10:30 am #

      Thank you so much Nancy I did see several links coming from Reddit so thank you. I love that we can encourage one another. I can never get tired of saying this but you are a blessing to me and so grateful for your friendship. My goal is to do His will and today that means be the best mommy I can be 🙂 Blessings to you.

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