Articles of Faith Memorization Game
I recently invented this Articles of Faith memorization game for a Young Women’s activity, but it would also be perfect for Family Home Evening.
I love the card game Spoons. It is loud and crazy. Usually with Spoons you use face cards and try to get four of a kind. But instead I decided to make my own cards that divided each Article of Faith into three parts. So a “set” was any three cards that made up an entire Article of Faith.
To prepare for the game, I made a set of Articles of Faith cards.
Articles of Faith Memorization Game Cards (PDF)
I printed out three sets because we have a big group of girls, but I printed each set on a different color of paper so that I could easily split them up for smaller games later. To make them more durable I printed them off on cardstock and then covered them with contact paper. You will also need a bunch of plastic spoons and somebody to keep score.
How to Play Spoons Articles of Faith Memorization Game
- Place all the spoons fanned out in a circle in the middle of the table. Since our group was bigger, we just sat on the floor in a circle and placed the spoons in the middle. Make sure you have one less spoon than you have people. So if you have 10 people, you will want 9 spoons.
- Shuffle the deck of cards and then deal out three cards to each girl.
- The dealer will then take the top card off the deck so that she has four cards. She selects which card she wants to discard and then passes it to her left. The next player will take the card, select which one she wants to discard and then pass it to her left. This will continue on down the line until the last player places a card into the discard pile.
- The game continues as the dealer quickly picks up and discards more cards to the left. Once any player gets a set (three cards that make up a full Article of Faith), she grabs a spoon out of the pile. After she grabs the spoon, everybody else needs to rush to grab a spoon. The player who is left without a spoon loses.
- Usually Spoons requires that you are eliminated from the circle if you lose, but I wanted the girls to be able to play the whole time without being left out. So instead, I divided the girls into three teams. If somebody from your team lost, then your team got a point. The team with the least amount of points at the end of the night won.
We all had a blast and the girls didn’t want to stop playing. It was also amazing how hard it was to match the cards up. It took some thought to figure out what card went with each Article of Faith. When we played the game, I didn’t allow them to look at the Articles of Faith, but in hindsight I probably should have. I think scanning through them checking for matches would have helped build more familiarity. I think it would have been fun to sit the teams by each other too. That way they could be sneaky about trying to grab the spoons before any of the other teams noticed.
They all really got into it. After they were done building, I gave out prizes for tallest structure and most original.