Carpenter & Wood Card Games Help

A game of collecting object cards.  children play christian card games at school
An extension activity for older children would be before the character card may be taken, the player must match the character with one of the following texts.  If this is done successfully, then they may claim the character card.

It may be helpful to copy each text onto a separate card, and possibly laminate them. Talk about the meaning of the text by looking at the wider setting and what this tells us about God and the response He expects from us. 

“Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that God has said.”
Matthew 4:4                                                                       (baker)

“Do not worry about clothing……….as God clothes the grass of the field, will He not much more clothe you.”                   
Matthew 6:28-30                                                               (weaver)

“I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you might be rich.”   
Revelation 3:18                                                                  (trader)

“God said, “Do not be afraid Paul……………..God has granted you the safety of those who sail with you.”
Acts 27:24                                                                         (sailor)

“God’s word is like a hammer that breaks rock.”
Jeremiah 23:29                                                                 (stonemason)

“Each one helps his neighbour……………he who smoothes metal with the hammer, encourages him who beats the anvil.”
Isaiah 41:6-7                                                                    (blacksmith)

“Jesus said to Peter, “Feed My sheep.”
John 21:17                                                                        (shepherd)

“The Lord your God goes before you, to find you a place to put up your tents”
Deuteronomy 1:33                                                             (tentmaker)

“Jesus said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few, therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into His harvest”
Luke 10:2                                                                           (farmer)

 “The Lord God is bringing you into a good land, a land of …………olive oil and honey.”
Deuteronomy 8:7                                                               (olive grower)

“Elisha said to Joash, “Shoot!”  And he shot. And he said, “This is the arrow of the Lord’s victory.”
2 Kings 13:17                                                                     (archer)

“God said to Noah, “Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood.”
Genesis 6:14                                                                      (carpenter)


After the object and character cards have been collected, the players have to explain how they think the objects were used by the character in his job.

An extension of this ,for older players, is to discover how the Bible uses some of the objects on the game cards to teach deeper spiritual truths.  An interesting challenge for older teenagers and adults is to use a concordance to look up the object words on the cards and see how many of them are used to teach in this way.  (For example, God’s word is likened to a hammer in Jeremiah 23:29.)

Hand it over: |
A collecting game with a twist.  Players ask each other for a card they need.  This game develops strategic thinking and it helps to have a good memory.  The teaching point of the game play could be that God requires honesty of anyone doing a job of work.  A player requires honesty when they have to hand over the very card needed for someone else to win.

Job Solo: 
A patience game, where players may keep the score of how many cards were left at the end of their game.  This can become a target to beat.  The children may yet beat the grown ups!
The teaching point of this game could be to remind us of the need for patience in school or in the workplace, as things do not always turn out as we expect.  We need patient endurance to finish what we begin.

A game of miming in order to guess the job or the object card. 

It is good to use these cards to talk about the differences in jobs now and then.  This can be expanded to talk about the qualities that would be needed in the workplace that we no longer need, or maybe we do?  Talk about the sheer hard work the blacksmith and stonemason had to do, how they took such pride in their work.