To reinforce the Ten Commandments with the group
The children will receive a tangible reminder of the Ten Commandments for their everyday lives.
- Heavy stock paper/light cardboard (dry-cleaner shirt cardboard works well) folded in half lengthwise. Cut out the top half of each to be a rounded dome shape (unfolded, the cardboard should look like the tablets Moses carried down from the mount.) Prepare one sheet per child.
- Markers or crayons
- Two printed templates in which the children will write the Ten Commandments. The first template should have the numbers 1-5 on it with two blank lines after each number; the second template should have numbers 6-10 on it with two blank lines again, for example:
- The template should fit on one side of the cardboard. Make enough templates to have one of each for each child.
- Explain to the children that they are going to make their own Ten Commandments to take home.
- First, review the Ten Commandments with the group.
- Pass out a prepared sheet of cardboard, glue, one template with 1-5 on it and one template with 6-10 on it, and markers and crayons.
- Direct the children to glue the templates inside the cardboard, with 1-5 going on the left side and 6-10 going on the right side.
- Instruct the children to copy the Ten Commandments out onto the glued-on templates to create their own Ten Commandments.
- Ask the children to put their names on the outside and decorate the inside and outside with appropriate drawings (symbols of Christianity, hearts, flowers, and so on).
- Advise the children to take the tablets home and place in a prominent place in their room or house where they will see it every day.
- Explain to the children to use this as a daily reminder to live according to God's rules.
1. I am the Lord your God; you shall not have strange gods before me.
2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
3. Remember to keep holy the Lord's Day.
4. Honor your father and your mother.
5. You shall not kill.
6. You shall not commit adultery.
7. You shall not steal.
8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
9. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor's goods.
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If you have time, you can engage in a discussion of the Commandments and then write them down as a group.
Bring in a copy of the Ten Commandments for everyone, or write in on the board for all to see.
You may use a round bowl to trace around to form the domed tops.
If some children are slower to complete the copying than others, encourage them to decorate the tablet at home.