The Ten Commandments

Scripture: Exodus 19: 1 – Exodus 20: 21

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Matthew 2 or pages 354 – 355 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • Where were the Israelites camped?  In the Desert of Sinai by Mount Sinai
  • Moses went up on the mountain and God spoke to him.  What did God say?  If they obeyed his covenant, they would be his special people.
  • What did the people say?  “We will do everything the Lord has said.”
  • How was the Lord going to come? in a thick cloud
  • How were the people to prepare for his coming? they were to wash their clothes
  • Were the people to come up onto the mountain with Moses?  No. If anyone touched the mountain they were to be put to death
  • What happened on the third day?  There was a thick cloud, thunder, and lightening and a very loud trumpet blast.
  • Name the ten commandments. Have the children fill out this worksheet from Sharon’s Place.
  • Point out that the first 4 commandments have to do with our relationship with God and the last 6 have to do with our relationships with people.
  • Are we able to keep all of the 10 commandments perfectly and get to heaven that way?  No.  We all sin.
  • If we can’t get to heaven by keeping the 10 commandments perfectly, why did God give them to us?  To show us how we should behave. To show us our sin and need for a savior.
  • Are these rules just to take away our freedom and fun? No.  They are designed for our protection and for harmony in our relationships with others. (Give the children examples of how rules protect us, such as traffic signs etc.)

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

Matthew 22:37 – 40 “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Color page #1 (scroll down),  Color page #2 from Sermons4kids ,  Color page #3 form Honking Donkey,   Color page #4 from Bible Printables.   An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Have the children fill out a worksheet from Calvary Chapel.   Or have them do this crossword puzzle from sermons4kids

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Use this object lesson form sermons4kids.

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This is another object lesson from Bible Verse Clues. Note the great craft at the bottom of the page.

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My Little House has a great craft for this lesson.

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Read or listen to the story “The Fence”    or “Mrs. McGinn’s Rule” from Keys for Kids.

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Help the children learn the commandments with this craft from the Sunday School Lady.

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Make Ten Commandments bookmarks.

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Older kids will enjoy this game from Gospel Hall.  Search for lesson activity # 216.

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Here are some great ideas from a home-school mom that would be great for younger children.

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This is a great game idea from full hands and ready feet.

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Sing the Ten Commandments Boogie by the Go Fish Guys.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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