Religion - Puzzles and Games

Catholic Bible Quiz: Elementary Level

Book cover: 'Catholic Bible Quiz: Elementary Level'
Copyright:
1997
Publisher:
Divinity Religious Products
Binding:
Spiralbound
Number of pages:
80 pages
Subject(s):
Bible
Resource Type:
Puzzles and Games
Review:

This book provides 200 questions and answers - forty each in five different categories - the Law, the Prophets, Wisdom, the Gospel and the Epistles. The book is designed to be used as a quiz game - keeping score (based on the difficulty of the questions - each question is awarded a particular point value) to determine the winner. It could just as easily be used as an informal reinforcement of Bible Study. It is very similar in format to the New Catholic Quiz listed above.

Sample Questions from this book: (page one)
What is the first book of the Bible?
Who was the pagan God of the Canaanites?
(a. Dracula, b. Beelzebul, C. Baal)
What book of the Bible has the shortest title?
To whom was Joseph engaged to be married?
(a. Martha, b. Mary, c. Elizabeth
How many days did Jesus continue to appear to his apostles after the resurrection?
(a. sixty, b. forty, c. fifty)

Perspective:
Catholic
Additional notes:
Binding details: spiralbound
Imprimatur
Reviewed By:
Alicia Van Hecke
Review Date:
1-15-01

A Catholic Garden of Puzzles

Book cover: 'A Catholic Garden of Puzzles'
Author(s):
Sandra Garant
Copyright:
2000
Publisher:
Catholic Heritage Curricula
Binding:
Softcover
Number of pages:
88 pages
Subject(s):
Religion
Resource Type:
Puzzles and Games
Review:

This book includes nearly 100 word puzzles (for ages seven to adult - varying levels of difficulty) based on Catholic beliefs, prayers, litanies, precepts of the Church, famous Catholics of the past and present (nice to have some current material sometimes!), the Popes, etc. The book is organized by topic (not difficulty level) and includes five main sections - God, Scripture, the Blessed Virgin, the Saints and Virtues, and Catholic Life and Traditions. Types of puzzles include: Connect the words, Restoration, Vowelless, Purgation, Cryptogram, Which Way? Pictures to Color, Logic Puzzles and at least one maze. Permission is included to photocophy the pages for your own family.

Perspective:
Catholic
Reviewed By:
Alicia Van Hecke
Review Date:
6-27-2000

Catholic-opoly

Book cover: 'Catholic-opoly'
Copyright:
2000
Publisher:
Luke Enterprises Inc.
Subject(s):
Religion
Resource Type:
Puzzles and Games
Review:

Do your children like to play Monopoly&trade? Then, they might enjoy this Catholic alternative. Rather than encouraging children to attain as much wealth as possible as in Monopoly&trade, the goal of the game is to build as many churches and cathedrals as possible in order to "spread the Word of the Lord."

Each game comes with instructions, game board, play money, churches and cathedrals instead of houses and hotels, "Biblical" tokens, such as an angel, ark, or chalice, to move around the board, Faith cards, Community Service cards, deed cards, and dice. The game board includes countries of the world, such as Poland and Ireland; continents, such as South America and Africa; and famous or important Catholic sites, such as the Vatican, Jerusalem, and Mount Sinai, instead of streets; and famous shrines and cathedrals instead of utilities and railroads. The alternative to "Go to Jail" is "Go to Confession" and the alternative for "Just visiting" is "Just Praying."

On the back of the "deed cards," are several interesting Catholic facts, such as the Apparition at Fatima on the Portugal card or the first parish established in the U.S. on the U.S.A. card. Biblical locations include facts about why these places are important, such as "Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist at the river Jordan", and a scripture passage to look up in the Bible. An example of a Faith card, which replaces a Chance card, is "Your novena has been answered. Advance to 'In The Beginning.' Collect $200." An example of a Community Service card, which replaces a Community Chest card, is "collect $30 as a blessing for being Youth Group leader.

As you move your token around the board, you will be learning interesting Catholic facts on the back of the various deed cards as you collect them and build churches and cathedrals. For those who don't want to spend hours playing the game, a shortened version is also offered.

if ordering from the publisher that in at least one place on the website, the phone number is incorrectly listed. The correct phone number is 971-506-5615.

Additional notes:
Board Game for 2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up
if ordering from the publisher that in at least one place on the website, the phone number is incorrectly listed. The correct phone number is 971-506-5615.
Reviewed By:
Elizabeth Yank
Review Date:
6-16-05
Available From:
The Catholic Child

The New Catholic Quiz: First Grade

Book cover: 'The New Catholic Quiz: First Grade'
Copyright:
1995
Publisher:
Divinity Religious Products
Binding:
Spiralbound
Number of pages:
100 pages
Subject(s):
Catechesis
Resource Type:
Puzzles and Games
Review:

This book provides 200 questions (50 each in four different categories based on the four sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church - Beliefs, Sacraments, Morality and Prayer) to help children reinforce basic points of Catholic doctrine. Each page has a question from each category with answers on the back of the page. The color-coding makes for easy reading and checking of answers. My children really enjoyed the sometimes humorous choices for the multiple-choice questions. I thought these made the Quiz more engaging and helped them be more memorable for children. Quiz questions can be answered informally or in a game format where scores are kept. My children enjoyed this quiz book very much.

Sample questions from this book: (page one)
Belief: God created the universe and everything in it. True or false?
When a man and a woman get married they ________.
(a. promise to love each other always, b. promise to drive the same car, c. promise to buy a house together)
Why is life holy?
(a. becaues it is short, b. because God let us do anything we want, c. because God, whog ives life, is holy)
Who leads our prayers at Mass?
(a. the priest, b. the server, c. the lector)

Perspective:
Catholic
Additional notes:
Binding details: spiralbound
Imprimatur
Reviewed By:
Alicia Van Hecke
Review Date:
1-15-01
Available From:
Adoremus Books
Available From:
Catholic Shopper
Available From:
Leaflet Missal Company

The New Catholic Quiz: Second Grade

Book cover: 'The New Catholic Quiz: Second Grade'
Copyright:
1995
Publisher:
Divinity Religious Products
Binding:
Spiralbound
Number of pages:
100 pages
Subject(s):
Catechesis
Resource Type:
Puzzles and Games
Review:

Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. See description above.

Sample questions from this book (page one)
God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are called ________.
(a. the Communion of Saints, b. the Most Holy Trinity, c. the Beatitudes)
The Eucharist helps us to ___________.
(a. dream, b. think. c. love)
Jesus teaches that forgiving others is better than revenge. True or false?
Prayer is more like _________.
(a. running away, b. looking for fun, c. thirsting for water)

Perspective:
Catholic
Additional notes:
Binding details: spiralbound
Imprimatur
Reviewed By:
Alicia Van Hecke
Review Date:
1-15-01
Available From:
Adoremus Books
Available From:
Catholic Shopper
Available From:
Leaflet Missal Company

Rosary Rummy

Publisher:
jody's Hands-On Learning
Binding:
Other
Subject(s):
Miscellaneous Religion Materials
Grade / Age level:
Elementary
Resource Type:
Puzzles and Games
Review:

This is a lovely and inexpensive Rummy game that also teaches the mysteries of the rosary. It includes two colorful cards, illustrated with Old Masters paintings, for each 0f the twenty mysteries of the rosary. The Rummy game requires both matching and ordering the mysteries. Instructions are included.

So far, we've been using it as a memory game - and even my five year old (who admittedly is a memory enthusiast) loves it. It actually has some weaknesses as a memory game (too busy on the backs of the cards, images are rather small) that don't detract at all from its intended purpose.

Available from jody's Hands-on Learning

Perspective:
Catholic
Reviewed By:
Alicia Van Hecke
Review Date:
1-14-2009
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