The Tower of Babel is a popular Bible story taught in many churches. The children’s version of the story typically teaches lessons about pride and humility--King Nimrod convinced the Babylonian people to build a tower to heaven to prove how great they were. God thought that they were becoming too prideful and vain, so he mixed up their languages so they could no longer communicate. Use crafts to teach the story and its lessons.
Younger children usually don’t understand what pride and humility are yet. They can be exposed to the story, but they may not understand the main message to the fullest. Give them colouring pages of the Tower of Babel, and let them make the tower any colour they want. Some Sunday School teachers give the preschoolers play dough and let the children build their own towers, according to MSSS Crafts. Other teachers instruct the children to use large, wooden building blocks to create the tower. Some teachers teach simple songs about the Bible story.
Ages 5 to 7 Crafts
Older children, aged 5 to 7, typically will grasp the lesson of putting the Lord first and avoiding egotism. According to Danielle’s Place, teachers can divide the students into small groups and instruct them to build towers with building blocks. The winning team is the group that builds their tower the highest in five minutes. Another fun craft for this age group is instructing them to build puppets of the Babylonians out of craft sticks and paper. Each puppet represents a different nationality, and the Sunday School students can decorate them with traditional colours and clothes.
Ages 8 to 10 Crafts
Children who are between the ages of 8 and 10 can actually create their own building blocks out of clay or paper. Instruct them to create their blocks while listening to the story, and then use all of the students’ blocks together to create one classroom Tower of Babel. You can then have a beanbag-throwing contest and allow the students to try to knock the tower down. Some older students may enjoy acting out the Bible story, playing the different parts of King Nimrod, God and the citizens of Babylon. This age group can also create stick puppets of the Babylonian citizens, but teach them how to say “hello” in several different languages. Play a game of mixing up the different puppets, hold one up at a time and ask the students to tell you how to say “hello” in each puppet’s language.