With the Ten Commandments given to Moses from God, basic life rules are clearly spelt out. There are many ways to teaching them to children. Memorisation of the laws is the most common method or an interactive craft appropriate for the age of the group makes a bigger impression.
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Making an easy craft at a younger age can be the way to go, especially if they have not yet mastered cutting with scissors. One suggested craft used a train motif, placing a simplified version of each commandment on each car. While one teacher used it as a ten-week study for Sunday school, you can have each student colour their own pre-printed train car and have one of the commandments ready to be glued on to the car. Then the students can tape 'their' car to the wall, creating a commandment train.
Primary Grade School Age
Children who are in first through third grade are ready for something a little harder. Danielle's Place suggests making a booklet with each page having a pre-printed commandment ready to paste inside. To make the booklet, you take six sheets of paper that are 8 1/5 inches wide by 5 1/5 inches long and fold it in half. Staple the middle or punch holes for yarn to be laced through and tied to keep pages together. Once the commandment is pasted on the page, the child can decorate around the commandment as they choose.
Intermediate School Age
Children in fourth, fifth and sixth grade do not want to be associated with babyish crafts such as colouring pages. While it is possible to buy posters with the Ten Commandments, this group is able to make one, drawing a picture or memory peg that reminds them of the commandment that can go in with the pre-printed text. Garden of Praise.com shows memory pegs using the numbers doing something appropriate to the specific commandment or your students could come up with their own "memory pegs."
Middle School Age
At this age you want a craft that is cool. Making your own 'old' paper with paper that is pre-printed with the commandments takes a few extra steps. It involves the students crumpling their sheet of the commandments, tearing the edges and straightening the paper before dipping it into a tea solution made with 12 tea bags and 1 1/2 quart of water that will stain the paper. Once the paper has dried, it will take on the appearance of old parchment.
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