At the end of this article I’ve included links to my premade Trumps Cards that you are free to use/edit. This includes cards for the Gospels, Daniel and Paul in Acts.
Bible Trumps cards is a fantastic kinesthetic teaching tool to use when overviewing a large section of the Bible or recapping what you’ve learned. This activity involves printing out Bible character cards and using them as you teach.
How to play
To start the game, shuffle and deal all the cards face down. Each player holds their cards so that they can see the top card only.
The player to the dealer’s left starts by reading out a category from the top card (e.g. Height, value 5) The other players then read out the same category from their cards. The one with the best or highest value wins, and that player collects all the top cards, including their own, and moves them to the bottom of their pile. It is then their turn again to choose a category from the next card.
If two or more cards share the top value or data is not available for that particular subject then all the cards are placed in the middle and the same player chooses again from the next card. The winner of the hand takes the cards in the middle as well.
The person with all the cards at the end is the winner.
How I Use Them
I use Trumps cards when I am beginning and ending a teaching topic like the Gospel of Mark for example. The Trumps game introduces people to the characters and gives them some insight into their character.
I begin with an all in activity using a powerpoint slide show (included) that introduces them to the game. The group is shown one card and they vote on which trait they think will win against the next unknown card (i.e. strength). During this time I will explain how the characters fit into the story.
Next I let the group play with their own copies. I print enough cards so that each person has at least 5-6 cards to start with.
If you want to use my premade cards then simply grab the .pdf files from the link below and print on paper or card stock. There are also .psd files and fonts there if you want to make/edit your own.