Bible Reading Challenge – Numbers Activities

{Thank you to Julie S. and Sharon K. for this Bible Reading Challenge!}

If you would like ideas for activities and extensions for your Bible Readings, this Bible Reading Challenge is for you!  Below you will find a challenge sheet filled with a variety of activities.  Some activities may be particularly suited for children and families, while others may be suited for adults and teens – there is something for everyone.  Each activity collects a certain number of points with a goal of 1000 points.

One of the best parts of a challenge is doing it together.  Share your thoughts, favourite verses, quotes, reviews, photos, artwork, etc. in “Sisters Bible Study” on Facebook or “readthebiblechallenge”on instagram with the hashtag #genesistojob and #2020readthebiblechallenge!

To see all of the challenges go to:

Badgebook and Badges

Print out the Badgebook (print front and back), Badgebook Cover, and badges (Avery22808 Color Stickers or Avery22808 black and white stickers).  You can also order the Badges as magnets at Christadelphian Book Supply (see: {Thank you to Karen P. for the badge artwork!}

Numbers Challenge Sheet


Challenge Sheet for Numbers– see below for details for each of the activities.


Details for the Challenge Sheet Activities


Using the Bible Reading Companion, read every chapter of Numbers.  You can download the digital photo of the Numbers reading list (save it on your phone and use your photo editing to check off the boxes you have read), or print the less colorful version.  {Thank you to Bailey M. for the Numbers Reading lists!}

Numbers Plan for Download


Printable Numbers Plan


Use a notebook or a Bible Reading Journal to take notes while you read. You can download a page of suggestions (Bible Journal suggestions) to paste in your notebook if you wish. Share your thoughts or favourite verses.  For the link to the Genesis to Job Bible Reading Journal on Amazon, scroll to the bottom of this post: Bible Reading Journal.


Every time you come across a complaint made by Israel, mark it with a red pencil (you could draw a red angry face beside the section).


Read one of the following books and share a quotation or a review on social media.

The God We Worship by Michael Storey

The Sons of Korah: Their Faith and their Psalms by Jonathan Cope

The Giant Cities of Bashan and Syria’s Holy Places by Josias Porter


Keep a box for drama objects. For Numbers this might include: Manna (something small and white to collect), act out Balaam’s Donkey, some play snakes to act out the Fiery Serpents, Rebellion of Korah, sticks to act out Aaron’s Rod budding.


Use this study sheet to dig deeper into the giants of Numbers!  Be careful of your sources, there are a lot of legends out there.  This source is pretty straightforward:  Don’t miss the incredible “small” detail in Josh 24:12 that tells us how Og was defeated!


Print and color or trace the illustration below of the Israelite camp from Numbers 1 and 2.  And/or print the map (and instructions) below to label features along the Israelites’ wilderness journey.

Children of Israel encampment PDF




It didn’t take the children of Israel very long to get tired of manna. How long can you eat the same thing every day without complaining?   Try eating oatmeal for breakfast every day for a week.


Sometimes a question to find the answer to can be helpful to keep little ones engaged. Aquila N. Priscilla has done an excellent job preparing lots of questions to ask before or after reading – you can find their book for purchase here: Know Questions: Genesis to Job. Alternatively you can download this Quiz Sheet.


Listen to “The Sons of Korah” by Matt Colby or “In the Wilderness – Character Studies” by Bernard Burt.  You can find them on Christadelphian Bible Talks under Classes (search for a key word from the class or presenter).  Share a thought that stands out to you.

“Balaam’s Donkey” by Judy Rogers is a fun song for kids:


Illustrate the following timeline of Israel’s wanderings as you read through Numbers.

Numbers Timeline


Learn these verses by heart: Numbers 6:24-27, 14:21, 23:20.  You can print out these verses here to help you memorize them.  You can also color them, use them as bookmarks, or use them as a template to journal into your Bible margin. (Thank you to Bailey M. for this printable!)


The word “journey” shows up in more frequently in Numbers than any other book of the Bible.  (The Hebrew word is also translated “departed,” “moved,” “went out,” and “set out.”). Spend some time researching this word “journey.”  This link explains how to do a word study including a template that may help: Word Study. Share what you learn!

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Learn about the Mediterranean quail. Here’s a website to start with: www.flight for


Sand Art: Write one of the memory verses on a canvas with glue. Then cover with sand. Pour excess sand off when dry.  Or paint a wilderness scene.  The rock colors in the desert near Petra (Wadi Musa, where Moses struck rock) are so beautiful.


Practice trusting in God’s promises.

“It is not for nothing that Paul urges us to fight the good fight of faith. Disciples may be glad to fight, but it is not easy. It takes grit and force and trust. Trying and trusting are complementary. Trust is the optimism of faith. To all human seeming the optimism is unwarranted, but to the man of faith it is a perfect certainty. Trust is what the writer to the Hebrews meant by the evidence of things not seen. Trust has the effect of proving the invisible. It makes us put confidence in the declaration and venture trustingly upon the suggestiveness of the promise. The result is an assurance of things hoped for. Trust is a risk, a venture, and adventure. It has in it an element of inspiration. It is not blind, blundering chance. Faith, after all, is not ignorant assumption — the right name for that is superstition. Faith is intelligent trust.” — Dennis Gillet


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