By Kim Young
Crafts are a fun and easy way to sneak in learning for young children. While improving motor skills, cognition, and creativity you can teach children lessons while their minds on focused on the task at hand. That is why adding a craft to your Bible story will help it stick in their minds and hearts.
Here is a Bible story craft for the ten commandments. This is very simple and only requires scissors, gluestick, marker, and 2 pieces of paper.
Draw a mountain on one sheet of paper. No artistic ability required (as you can see).
Have your child color in the mountain.
While they are coloring you can cut small rectangles from the other sheet of paper. Since my daughter is 2 years old, I wrote the numbers 1-10 on the rectangles for her. For preschool and school aged children you can leave the rectangles blank and have them write the numbers themselves.
Have your child glue the rectangles onto the page. Once again since my daughter is only 2 years old, I allowed her to just glue the pieces anywhere. For older children try to have them make a row. For children old enough to know their numbers but not quite writing them yet, you can suggest they glue them in numeric order (with a little help).
Here is the finished product. If your child is writing, this would be the time to have them write the numbers on the "tablets".
While we were doing this craft we talked about how God has special rules for us that he told Moses on a mountain top. God told Moses that the commandments were very important and he had to share them with God's people. The tablets helped the people remember the 10 rules.
We talked about how rules keep us safe. We talked about how parents love their kids and they have rules to keep them safe. Then I talked about how God loves us so much and gave us these rules to keep us safe. The rules are very important and it is important to obey God.
If you have older children you can discuss the specific commandments for each corresponding number. With toddlers and preschoolers it is best to just generalize and get the concept across. We did talk about the specific commandments, but I did not go through the numbers. We just spoke of the rules.
While just coloring and pasting you had a BIG discussion with your child about a very relevant topic. You just planted a seed.
This activity works great for Sunday School class as well. Just be sure to have all of the tablets cut and mountains drawn beforehand.
You can learn about Kim and discover more crafts and activities for young children at her blog Mom Tried It.