The Ten Commandments are a list of 10 laws God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai. These laws were written on two stone tablets for Moses to share with the people of Israel. Kids can learn about the Ten Commandments in Sunday school, but parents can get a head start by teaching their children the Ten Commandments at home.
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Things you need
- Note cards
Read Exodus 20 to the kids. This passage lists the Ten Commandments.
Hand out note cards to older children, and have them write down one commandment on each card as you go over them.
Print out posters for the younger children (see Resources). They can colour the posters when they are done.
Play the children a song that talks about the Ten Commandments, possibly "Ten Simple Rules," by Mercy Me.
Review one commandment each day until the children know them all. Read the commandment and then explain its meaning. Give the children some examples of following and breaking the commandment.
Tips and warnings
- Be sure to check with your principal before teaching this lesson in school; some school districts enforce the separation of church and state more stringently than others.
- Break up the lesson into 20- to 30-minute increments so the kids are not bored.
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