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10 Commandments – teaching kids

If you are teaching the 10 Commandments to kids we’ve put together 10 fun and creative ideas that can be used with your own kids or in a Sunday School or Children’s Church setting.

First why teach children the Ten Commandments is one question we hear.  The answer at least for me is simple.  God gave them to us as a basis to live our lives and he commanded us to put His word into our hearts and minds.  We learn to letters so we can read.  We learn numbers so we can learn and understand math.  Without the fundamentals we never can exceed.

The Ten Commandments are the foundation that can have a huge impact on our lives.

10 Commandments Teach children

Here is a quick list of the 10 Commandments

  1. You shall have no other Gods before me
  2. You shall not make for yourself an idol
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain
  4. Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy
  5. Honor your father and mother
  6. You shall not murder
  7. You shall not commit adultery
  8. You shall not steal
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
  10. You shall not covet

We normally list Memory Cross resources last, but I’ve decided to list them first here.  Memory Cross has a number of origami cards that teach children the 10 Commandments.  Each card has four panels that make a never ending loop.  We have created cards for younger kids – 10 commandments that which allow them to use their creativity  and cards for older children that just list the Ten Commandments.  The video below shows how they fold.

 

Ministry-to-Children is always one of my favorite places to start when looking for free Sunday School lessons.  Tony and his group continue to churn out great content.  It’s all on the web with free downloads so if you are preparing a Sunday School lesson but running late you can almost find something there related to the topic you are teaching children.

This lesson on the 10 Commandments is designed for kids ages 5 through 11 and includes a lesson plan, craft activities, and scripture memory plan.  – Visit Ministry-To-Children for more information.

The next resource is a fun video created to help children learn the 10 Commandments.  If you don’t have internet access at church you can download the video to your computer by click on this link.  Your browser might give you a warning depending on your security settings but the link and webpage are safe.  It will give you an option to download the video below.

 

An article by Karen Jones does not teach the 10 Commandments but has some good ideas about keeping God’s love in mind when talking to children.  Here is an excerpt.  The full article can be found by click on this link.

  • God gave us the Ten Commandments because He loves us.
  • The Ten Commandments are not a kill-joy but a joy-maximizer.
  • Sin is a kill-joy.
  • The Ten Commandments show us what God is like.
  • We are not able to keep the Ten Commandments perfectly.
  • The Ten Commandments show us our sin and need for a Savior.
  • Jesus kept the Ten Commandments perfectly on our behalf.
  • The obedience God requires of us is the obedience of faith.

If you are looking for craft ideas check out Bible Story Printables.  Valerie has over 20 different hands on ideas that you can use with children.

bible story printables

 

Finally here is a another video that I thought did a good job teaching children the 10 Commandments.

http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=F219MJNU

If you have a favorite way to teach children the 10 Commandments or have comments on the ones we’ve listed, be sure to let us know in the comments section.

 

 

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