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Make a game board using a 2- to 3-foot-square piece of 3/4-inch plywood. On the wood, sketch a circle and divide it into twelve even pie shapes. Paint each pie shape a different bright color Label the pie shapes. Make two each of 50, 100, 200 and 300. Make one each of 500, “free spin,” “bankrupt,” and “lose spin.” Use a nail to attach a large cardboard arrow spinner to the middle of the circle.

Write or choose from a Bible quiz book questions that have definite one- to five-word answers. Use newsprint or a blackboard to create a word puzzle for each answer. For example, draw fifteen blank squares (like you do in the game Hangman) for an answer such as “twelve disciples.”

Form teams. Read aloud a question. Have kids from each team take turns spinning the arrow and guessing the missing letters of each word puzzle. For example, if the arrow points to 100, a team member earns 100 points for guessing a missing letter in the mystery word or phrase. If that person guesses an “e” for the puzzle “twelve disciples,” his or her team gets 300 points (three “e’s”). If a team member guesses a letter not in the word or phrase, the next team gets to spin. As long as a team member guesses correctly, he or she keeps spinning.

If a team member spins the arrow to “bankrupt,” his or her team loses all its points. If the arrow points to “lose spin,” the team misses its turn. But if the arrow points to “free spin,” the team gets to spin twice. As team members guess the letters, fill in the squares on the transparency. The game ends when all the letters are filled in. The team with the most points wins.

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