God gave Moses the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai in the wilderness between Egypt and Canaan. The Bible says God wrote the laws on the tablets with his finger. Children's Sunday school lessons cover the Ten Commandments as the foundation of how people should behave towards God and other people. The Sunday schoolteacher uses craft projects as a way to reinforce the lesson and help children learn the Ten Commandments.
Ten Commandment Tablets
Draw a tablet shape on one side of a large grocery paper bag. Cut through both sides of the bag to form two tablet shapes per bag. Use the paper bag tablet shape to create similar shapes out of cardboard or styrofoam. Turn the paper so you have the blank side up. Write five simplified commandments on each tablet shape, using a marker. Word them as "God first," "Worship God alone," "Speak God's name respectfully," "Keep the Sabbath holy," "Obey parents," "Don't kill," "Honor marriage vows," Don't steal," Don't lie" and "Don't want what belongs to another." Glue one commandment sheet to the cardboard or styrofoam shape to give the tablets stability.
Ten Commandments Parchment
Crumple a sheet of white paper into a very tight ball. Undo the ball and spread the sheet out flat. Use a paint brush to lightly paint the page with weak coffee or tea. Dry the paper with a hair dryer. Write the Ten Commandments on your dried paper. Roll the paper up and slide it into a paper towel or toilet paper cardboard sleeve. Decorate the sleeve with markers, stickers or colours.
Ten Commandments Scroll
Cut 4.75-inch sheets of paper out of 8.5 by 11 inch paper. Write simplified commandments on the paper, leaving a half-inch margin on the short ends of the sheet. Glue a slender 5-inch dowel rod on each end of the paper and roll the dowel rods toward the middle of the scroll. Tie the scrolls closed with a ribbon. Cover the outside of a round, cardboard condensed juice can with paper. Decorate the can with markers or stickers. Place your scrolls inside the juice cans and cover with the lid.
Condensing the Ten Commandments
Jesus said all of the law could be condensed into two commandments: love God and love your neighbour (Matthew 22:34). Using Resource 2, print stencils to make your Greatest Commandment craft. Cut the sheet of paper in half to create two cards. Trim the dip out of the middle of the heart and round the corners at the top of the heart. Cut the card on the dotted line. Write the Ten Commandments inside the card.