Roar VBS: Matching Game

Lions and zebras and elephants, oh my… Roar VBS is quickly approaching!  This year’s safari-themed VBS is sure to be an adventure your kiddos will cherish for years to come!

This printable matching game includes the Roar VBS bible verses and daily bible points. It’s a fun way to help kids remember the basics of Roar VBS long after VBS is over. Download the free templates below and check out my two ideas for fun matching games!

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There are two options for making this game: laminated card stock circles (which can be made ahead and just passed out to the kids) or card stock circles mounted on round wood discs (which the kids can make during VBS). First, download the free matching game template here. Then, choose one of the methods for making the matching game below.

Frugal version: Laminated Card Stock Matching Game

Supplies:

1.75” paper punch
Cardstock paper
Laminating machine
Laminating sleeves
3”x4” Ziploc bags

Directions:

Print matching game templates on card stock paper. Each child will receive 2 pieces each of 10 different designs. Each sheet includes 20 pieces (enough for 1 kid). Each child will need to receive all pieces that are printed on the same color paper.

Laminated card stock sheets using a laminating machine.

Use a paper punch to punch out each child’s pieces. When printed, there will be a light gray 2″ circle outline. The paper punch we’re using is 1.75″, so it’ll cut off the gray circle outline.

Put each child’s matching game in a clear ziploc bag.

You can pass out these games anytime during VBS. I think it’d be fun to pass them out during bible verse on the first night. That way, the kids can take them home and have a discussion piece with their families throughout VBS week and beyond.

Higher quality version: Wood Disc Matching Game

Supplies:

1.75” paper punch
2” wood discs
Cardstock paper
Wax paper
Permanent markers
Burlap drawstring bags or organza drawstring bags or 3”x4” Ziploc bags
Foam paint brushes
Matte mod podge
Clear acrylic sealant spray

Directions:

Print matching game templates on card stock paper. Each child will receive 2 pieces each of 10 different designs. Each sheet includes 20 pieces (enough for 1 kid). The pieces will be mounted on wooden discs, so kids can mix and match the color of their paper matching pieces as long as they end up with 2 of each bible verse and 2 of each bible point. (If you want to cut costs, you could let the kids do EITHER the bible verses or bible points… in which case they’ll end up with 10 pieces each.)

Use a paper punch to punch out each child’s pieces. When printed, there will be a light gray 2″ circle outline. The paper punch we’re using is 1.75″, so it’ll cut off the gray circle outline.

Give each child a sheet of wax paper (about the size of a sheet of paper or place mat). Write their name on the wax paper using a permanent marker.

Have kids “paint” the back of each card stock circle with mod podge, then stick the card stock circle on the center of one of the wood discs. Repeat this process until each bible verse or bible point is glued to its own wood disc. Instruct the kids to lay all the wood discs with the bible verse/bible point face up on their sheet of wax paper.

Spray the tops of all the wood discs with clear acrylic sealant spray. (I’d have an adult do this step.) Leave the discs on the wax paper overnight to dry.

Once the wood discs are dry, give each kid a bag to store them in (you could use 3″x4″ ziploc bags, organza bags or thicker burlap bags, depending on your budget) and let them take their matching game home.

I am a long-time Vacation Bible School lover.  I’ve lead in several capacities throughout the VBS world and am currently our church’s VBS director.  It is a joy for me to be able to share with you.  Follow Borrowed Blessings for more VBS resources & ideas!

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