A critical part of Christian education is for children to learn, memorise, and implement the Ten Commandments. This can prove to be a difficult task for children to memorise. For some younger students it may be the first time they have to memorise and study something they have learnt. Make it easy for students to recall the Ten Commandments by drawing a picture to represent each of the Commandments. Through picture association, students can successfully remember each Commandment.
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Things you need
- 10 pieces of paper per student
- Coloured pencils, markers, or crayons
Give each student 10 pieces of paper, one for each of the ten commandments. Also provide them with writing utensils such as coloured pencils, markers, or crayons.
Instruct students to draw the number 1 on a piece of paper to represent the first Commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." Next to the number 1, have students draw a picture of an open box of gold. Explain that some people put material things (such as gold or money) before everything else, including God. Remind students to put God before all else in life.
Assign students to draw a number 2 on another piece of paper to represent the second Commandment, "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image." Ask students to make the number 2 look like a person or animal by giving it a face at the upper curve. This makes the number 2 look like it is bowing down to an idol. Reminds students that the second Commandment forbids idol worship.
Ask students to draw a number 3 on another sheet of paper to represent the third Commandment, "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain." Have students create two angry faces on each of the two curves of the number three. It may appear that the faces are saying inappropriate words. This reminds students to speak God's name kindly.
Instruct students to draw the number 4 on a piece of paper to represent the fourth Commandment, "Remember the sabbath day and keep it holy." Have students draw a temple next to the number 4. This represents how the Jewish people worshipped in the temple, avoiding work on the sabbath.
Assign students to draw the number 5 on another sheet of blank paper to represent the fifth Commandment, "Honor thy father and thy mother." Have students draw a crown on top of the five and a picture of their parents next to the number 5. This shows how happy parents are when children honour them as God has instructed.
Ask students to draw a number 6 on the next sheet of paper to represent the sixth Commandment, "Thou shalt not kill." Have students draw blood dripping from the number 6. This image of violence shows what can happen if we do not settle arguments peacefully as God has taught.
Instruct students to draw a number 7 on a blank sheet of paper to represent the seventh Commandment, "Thou shalt not commit adultery." Have students draw a woman with an X through her on one side of the seven and a picture of a man with his family on the other side. This shows students that a married man is not allowed to have a girlfriend.
Assign students to draw the number 8 on the next piece of paper to represent the eighth Commandment, "Thou shalt not steal." Have students draw money next to the number 8. This money shows how God wants us to respect others and their property, refraining from stealing anything, such as money.
Ask students to draw a number 9 on a sheet of paper to represent the ninth Commandment, "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour." Have students create a face out of the number by drawing an eye in the upper circle on the 9 and a tongue sticking out of the stem of the 9. This shows someone telling lies to a neighbour. Remind them that God asks everyone to speak the truth.
Assign students to draw the number 10 on the final sheet of paper to represent the tenth Commandment, "Thou shalt not covet." Instruct students to write "me" on the inside of the zero in the number 10 and an arrow pointing to it. This reminds students to think not of what others have, but about what they have been blessed with. Remind students to also think of the welfare of others.
Staple all 10 sheets of paper together and have students study the Ten Commandments, associating each picture with the proper commandment it represents.
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