You can play a number of different games with each pack of Testament Trumps. Having fun is the best way to engage with children and help them to:
- learn the best known bible heroes, find out when they were alive and who they were related to
- look for clues to their story in the pictures
- learn a life lesson from someone who’s been there, seen it and done it
- Remember important scripture references
Top Trumps – How to play
How To Play: Minimum of 2 players.
- Shuffle & deal the cards amongst the players
- Each player puts their cards in a pile & holds them looking at the top card only.
- The first player reads out any category on their top card (e.g. Courage- 15)
- The other players read out their card score on the same category & the highest number wins all the cards from that round.
- The winner places all the top cards at the bottom of their pile, takes control of the game & calls out a category score on their next card.
- The player with all the cards at the end is the winner.
- If 2 or more cards share the highest score, these players enter a ‘memory verse round’. The remaining opponents tell the player to their left the name of the character in their hand & ask them to quote the ‘Memory Verse’ at the bottom of the card.
- Any of the players who can’t do this lose their card & are out of the memory round. If only one player remains, they win the round, take all the cards & the game continues with all players.
- If 2 or more players can remember the memory verses, all the cards from that round go into the middle & the remaining players take their next card & play a ‘mini round’. The next winning player takes all the losing cards & the game commences with all players.
- Golden Cards are Trump cards & can be played by Any player before the winner of the previous round takes all the cards. Challenge a winner to accurately remember what is on the Golden Card. If they get it wrong then the Golden Card player keeps all the winning cards & takes control of the game. If they get it right, the Golden Card is theirs as well & they keep control of the game.
Lastly, remember you never lose at Testament Trumps because everyone is a winner with God.
- Shuffle the cards and turn them all upside down on a flat surface (floor, table etc)
- The first person turns over two cards and tries to find a link between them e.g they are related, they both got angry, appear in the same story, one prophesies about another etc
- If they find a link, take the two cards away and choose two more – try and find another link
- If they are unable to find a link, turn the two cards back over in the same position – it’s the next persons turn
- Repeat stages 2 and 3 until all the cards are gone or there are no apparent links left
- Count the cards each player has, the one with the most cards is the winner
Find the Hidden Character
Hidden in each image is a hidden character. See if you can find it?
- The Old Testament – Abrahams pet sheep Trojan (he’s a great hider!)
- The New Testament – The Holy Spirit dove
When did they appear in the bible – The Old Testament
- Ask the children to put the characters in date order with the oldest character at the top and the youngest character at the bottom – like a family tree. Use the Years BC category to help.
- See if they can put the cards into either family groups or story groups as they go – e’g Jacobs will be next to Rachel with Judah and Joseph below or alternatively Ahab and Jezebel will be linked to Elijah and Elisha
- Look for clues in each picture for things that relate to other characters – Moses as a baby in Miriam’s card for example
Find the Disciple – New Testament
- Give the children a pack of New Testament Cards and ask them to find the 12 disciples from the pack
- After a few minutes, check the cards and tell them that each Disciple has a Testament Trumps logo on them – the logos are different colours so they need to look carefully
- Ask them if they got any of wrong and ask why they thought they were disciples
- Pick up the cards and read out one memory verse – ask the children which Disciple they think it relates to and to explain why!