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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The Ten Commandments Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about the Ten Commandments from Exodus 19: 1 – Exodus 20: 21 .   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child 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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Do an online memory puzzle featuring the Ten Commandments.

http://www.gardenofpraise.com/bibl9s.htm

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Do this fun craft from Crayola. http://www.crayola.com/things-to-do/crafts-landing/ten-commandments-tablets.aspx

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Read or listen to the story “Idol Worship”  http://www.cbhministries.org/ForKids/KeysforKids/ReadListen.aspx?ID=1116  or “No Coveting” http://www.cbhministries.org/ForKids/KeysforKids/ReadListen.aspx?ID=5038   from Keys for Kids.

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson. https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2012/10/16/the-ten-commandments/

The Lord is My Banner

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Scripture: Exodus 17: 8 – 16

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 Exodus 17: 8-16  or pages 130 – 131 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

Before reading the story, ask for a volunteer.  Have the child stand in front of the class and hold his or her hands in the air for the duration of the story and discussion time as suggested by Lisa DeVinney.

(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:

  • How did the Israelites end up in a battle with the Amalekites?  The Amalekites attacked them.
  • Read Deuteronomy 25:17-18  “Remember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt. When you were weary and worn out, they met you on your journey and attacked all who were lagging behind; they had no fear of God.” How were the Amalekites attacking them? They were attacking the weakest ones from behind.
  • What instructions did Moses give to Joshua?  He was to choose some men to fight the battle.
  • What was Moses going to do?  He was going to stand on a hill and hold up the staff of God.
  • What other things had that staff been used for? turning into a snake, turning the water to blood, parting the Red Sea, making water come out of a rock, etc.
  • What happened when Moses held up the staff?  The Israelites would win in the battle.
  • What happened when Moses lowered the staff?  The Israelites would start to loose the battle.
  • Moses got tired after awhile.  So, what did Hur and Aaron do?  They had him sit on a stone and they held up his arms for him.
  • Who won the battle?  The Israelites.
  • Moses built an alter.  What did he name it?  The Lord is My Banner.
  •   Why do you think that he said that the Lord is his banner?  It would be like us saying that we serve under the flag of our country.  Moses was giving God the credit for the victory and expressing loyalty to Him.
  • Read Isaiah 11:10 “In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.” (Explain that the Root of Jesse is Jesus.  He was lifted up on the cross just as a flag is lifted up and He gathers the loyal followers to himself. And in the end we will be victorious.)
  • What kid of “attacks” do you face?  teasing and bullying, family conflicts, struggles at school or with homework, temptations to do wrong, etc.
  • Are you battling things out by yourself?  Or are you under the banner of the Lord?  
  • If we are under Christ’s banner we will win in the end.  Don’t fight under a losing banner. 
  • Think of how important it was that Aaron and Hur helped Moses hold up the staff.  How important do you think that it is for you to help someone else succeed by praying for them and giving them other kinds of support?
  • Who else prays for us? The Bible says that Jesus prays for us.  And he never gets tired.
  • Let’s pray and tell Jesus that he is our banner, we are loyal to him,  and to ask for his help to  overcome “attacks”…

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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.

John 16:33b “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page.

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Show the children the Christian flag and teach them to say the pledge of allegiance to the Christian flag:

I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag, 

and to the Savior, for whose kingdom it stands. 

One Savior, crucified, risen and coming again, 

with life and liberty for all who believe.

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Have the children make flags to represent Christ, our banner, using construction paper and markers.  Glue, staple, or tape each flag to a small thin dowel.

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Have older children get into groups of two or three and share with each other the struggles that they are having right now and then have them pray together about them.  Ask them pray for each other through the week about these things.  (For younger children, share the struggles together in the whole group and pray for them as a group.)

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There are some good ideas here for a game and a craft from David Cook.  Scroll down to pages 20 – 23.

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Read or listen to the story, “The Banner” from Keys for Kids.

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Here is a great skit idea.

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Sing “What Seems Impossible” by Mary Rice Hopkins from the Dancing in the Desert album.

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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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The Lord is My Banner Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about the battle with the Amalekites from Exodus 17.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

John 16:33b “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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Teach your child to sing “What Seems Impossible” by Mary Rice Hopkins from the Dancing in the Desert album. http://maryricehopkins.com 

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.