Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Ten Commandments

In our Bible study, we have been covering the Israelites' journey out of Egypt and into the Promised Land.  Specifically, we most recently have reviewed the story behind the Ten Commandments.  To understand this story, we have read it out of our The Beginner’s Bible: Timeless Children’s Stories (pages 120-123) ...
... listened to the "Ten Commandments" track (Disc 2, track 2) on The Singing Bible ...
... and read Exodus 20:1-17 out of our Kids’ Study Bible.
We have also been completing pages that apply to this story out of our Bible Story Puzzle ‘n’ Learn! workbook, referencing Exodus 20:1-17.   
But, I also know from experience that fun projects make learning more meaningful and memorable, so when I saw this great idea for making a lapbook of the two tablets at, I knew I had to incorporate it. 
First, I took a natural-colored file folder and folded it in the basic shutter fold for a lapbook. 
Then, using scissors, I rounded the tops to look like the shape of the stone tablets. 
For the front of our lapbook, we added "The Ten Commandments" in large print, which we printed from our computer.  (We even mounted them on gray cardstock to give them impact.) 
Once our words were in place we used crayons in neutral colors to "dot" on spots to make our tablets look more like stone.
For the back of our lapbook, Maggie colored the picture of Moses with the tablets from and we glued it on.
Once our cover was done, it was time to work on the inside.  First, I cut out ten rectangles from gray paper, each 4 inches by 3 inches.
Then, I folded each one like we did the lapbook folder itself, followed by the same cutting of the tops to make them look like little tablets.
Once that was done, I typed up and printed out the words for the Commandments:

I am the Lord, thy God; thou shalt not have strange gods before Me.
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
Remember to keep holy the Lord's Day.
Honor thy father and thy mother.
Thou shalt not kill.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods.

 We cut these into strips and glued them into our tiny tablets.  Once they were adhered, we wrote the appropriate numbers on the front of the tablets with black marker.
Then, it was time to place our mini tablets into our big tablet.  To make this easier for her, I numbered the placement for them ahead of time in pencil.
Once all of our mini tablets were adhered, I had her copy verse 1 from the Exodus 20:1-17 passage("And God spoke all these words ...") which we glued to the bottom of the inside of our lapbook.
It turned out great!  She is so proud of this project!

1 comment:

  1. I'm thinking about doing this craft with my Sunday school kids, but I will have to make some adjustments. Commandment #2 is actually "You shall make no graven images", and the last two commandments are combined to simply say "You shall not covet". There's a reason why God got so mad at the Hebrews when they made a golden calf in the desert. He doesn't want us to worship anything or anyone but Him.