10 Commandments Activities

1. Divide the older children into groups to discuss rules that we should obey in our families, schools, church, and country. Have them consider the benefits of obeying the rules and the consequences of not obeying them (e.g., If everyone talks at once, no one will be heard). A member of each group could report for that group. Or at a later time a member of each group could be on a panel for each situation (family, school, church, country). Younger children could share one way they were obedient during the week and act out the situation.

2. Have children make props and dramatize the story of Moses on p. 12 (see Ex. 19–20, 24), then talk about how they felt as they played the various roles.

3. In the Children’s Songbook, find songs that mention commandments—e.g., you might use “Jesus Said Love Everyone” (p. 61) for “Love thy neighbour as thyself” (Lev. 19:8); “Jesus Once Was a Little Child” (p. 55, v. 2) for “Thou shalt not bear false witness” (Ex. 20:16). Have the children sing them, then draw a table of stone and write or illustrate the commandment and/or how they can live it.

4. Teach “Follow the Prophet” (Children’s Songbook, p. 110). Assign one verse to each class and have them sing it, then discuss how that prophet kept a commandment. Older children could look up the corresponding scripture references to help them teach the other children.

5. Have the children draw pictures to illustrate the following terms for their “My Articles of Faith Book” (see Sharing Time, Friend, Jan. 1995, p. 36): “Choice—A Decision Made from Two or More Options”; “Commandment—A Rule”; “Covenant—A Promise.”

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