Ten Commandments Bible Crafts and Activities For Sunday School
How to Make Crafts and Activities Relating the Ten Commandments
The following crafts and activities come from the Bible Lesson "God's Rules, The Ten Commandments". This lesson is available to members on The Resource Room and as an instant digital download.
Traffic Signs - Following Rules
Have the children make traffic signs - Cut out red, green, and yellow circles from construction paper and have glue them on a rectangle to make traffic signs.
Stop and listen to God's rules.
Be slow to anger and never cruel.
Go with God and he'll go with you.
A pattern for this craft is available on The Resource Room and available to members.
Ten Commandments Coloring Sheet - Rules Protect Us
Following Signs Game
What you will need:
Blue Painter's Tape
Rope or Anything you can use to Make a Maze
What to do:
1. Before class print out the sign patterns onto colored paper and cut them out.
2. In class set up a path using the signs, tape, chairs, tables, etc.
3. You can tape the signs on the walls, chairs, or use a milk jug or something similar to display the signs. You can tape the arrow signs to the floor to let the children know which way they should go.
4. Tell your children to follow the path and do what is written on the signs. The first time through you can be the leader and tell the children what the sign say to do. When they come the caution bump sign they should jump five times. When the come to the stop sign they should stop, look both ways and then start following the path again. When they come to the slow sign they should take five slow steps, and follow the direction of the arrows. Put the exit sign at the end of the path. Let the children follow the path until they get tired or the game.
Ten Commandments Train and Learning Activity
Use this Ten Commandments train as a craft and learning activity or as a bulletin board display for your room. Each train shape is about eight inches long. The labels for each car are available in KJV, NIV and a child-friendly version.
What you will need: Colored Paper, Scissors, and glue.
What to do:
1. Before class print out the train shapes, and Ten Commandments labels onto different colors of paper.Print out the wheels and color them black, or use round paper punches to punch out wheel shapes. Print out the window shapes onto yellow paper and cut them out.
4. In class display the train shapes, windows, and labels on a table in front of your children. Let them pick out the colors they would like to use. Show them out to glue the window shapes, wheels, and labels on to the engine, cars, and caboose to make the display.
One of the most popular lessons I did was on the Ten Commandments. Each week I would give each child a train car and wheels cut from colored construction paper, and a small round sticker with the number of the commandment we were doing that week. The first car was the engine and the last, the caboose. I precut the cars and wheels, and wrote a simple version of the commandment on each car. They would tape or glue the wheels onto the car, choose the color of numbered sticker they wanted and stick it to the car. At the end of 10 weeks, they each had a great little train to put up in their homes. It was so popular, that if a Sunday were missed, the children (or parents) would let me know which car they needed so they could have a complete set!
I made a train track background on the learning board (bulletin board) with trees and hilly tracks, etc. Each week they watched the train grow. It gave them a goal to reach for! Lyn Roberts
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Roads and Traffic Signs Play
Set up roads on the floor with masking tape. Bring in small cars and trucks for the children to play with. Put up road signs at intersections. Demonstrate how the traffic signs are used.
Practice Obeying Rules Game
Make a big red card and a big green card. Instruct the children that when you hold up a green card they can take one step and if you hold up a red card they have to stay in one place. Play until the children end up at a designated line.
Rules at Home List
Ask the children what are some of the rules they have at home and write them on the board. When you are finished discuss why they have each rule.
Class Rules - Talk about class rules and make a list - talk to the children about the importance of rules in the classroom so that everyone will have fun and stay safe. Let the children make suggestions and write them down as they suggest them. When you are all done, take out three to five of the most important rules and write them down on a big piece of paper or on the board. Have the children draw pictures to illustrate them or have them make their own book of rules.
Follow the Leader
Use one piece each of red, green and yellow construction paper. Discuss briefly what a stoplight is, why we have one, and how important it is to obey the stoplight so you don't have a wreck. Have all the children stand up in a circle around the tables. They can march, skip, walk, whatever they want, until you hold up a red card, and then they have to stop where they are. Green they can go again, yellow means slow, etc. Play this a few times, and then sit back down to color in coloring sheets. Use only green, red and yellow crayons. From Bethany Davis
Number Pictures - A Great Way to Remember all the Ten Commandments in Less Than 10 Minutes!
Use this printout to teach children the Ten Commandments in less than ten minutes. Write each number on the board and then change it into a picture that is easy to relate to the commandment. Hand out the printable for your children to review at home. This activity sheets goes along with the Ten Commandments Bible Lesson on The Resource Room.
Ten Commandment Number Posters
Use these Ten Commandment number posters as a visual during your lesson.
1. No Other Gods - Draw the number one for one god.
2. No Idols - Draw a face and ears on the number two to make it look like a cow The Israelites worshipped a golden cow.
3. Do not take the Lords Name in Vain - Add to the number three to make it look like a pair of lips.
4. Remember the Sabbath to Keep it Holy - Turn the number four into a cross.
5. Honor thy Father and Mother - Draw faces in the number five and you get a lady at the bottom and a man with a flat top hair cut on the top.
6. Do Not Kill - Turn the six sideways and turn it into a gun.
7. Do Not Commit Adultery - Turn the 7 sideways and turn it into an A.
8. Do Not Steal - Turn the eight side ways and turn it into a pair of handcuffs.
9. Do Not Bear False Witness - Draw a face inside circle of the nine and ears to look like a bear.
10. Do Not Covet - Turn the 1 into a C – CO stand for covet.
Sent in by Cindy
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Ten Commandment Song
to the tune of "Father Abraham"
I am going to, going to obey
Even though I don't want to.
Jesus tells me to so this I'll do,
So let's just all obey,
Go through the first part with each command in the song -
Left arm, right leg, left leg, nod your head, jump up and down, turn around
Hope others can use it too! Sent in by Narita Roady
You can find even more ideas for this theme under Moses and the Ten Commandments
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Memory Cross Folding Paper Game - Learn the Ten Commandments Game
Memory Cross cards are a great way for children to memorize Bible verses. They will love folding the panels in a never ending loop. The Ten Commandment Cards in the video below come in a set of ten cards plus two of Jesus' Commandments. Children can memorize the commandments by reading the first panel, guessing what comes on the next panel, and then folding it over to see if they are correct. They can continue in this manner until the commandment is memorized.
Once all the Commandments are memorized you can use them as a game. Break up your students into teams and give each team a set of cards. Mix up the cards and have the teams read them and place them in order. The team that gets them all in order first wins. Order the Ten Commandment cards from Memory Cross Inc.
Pretend to be Moses
Before class cut a mountain shape from bulletin board paper and tape it to your wall. You can also add clouds and lightening.
Cut Ten Commandment tablet shapes from foam core board, 17 1/2" x 12".
Print out the Ten Commandments and glue them to the tablet shapes. (I used paper that matched the color of my foam core board. Printable Ten Commandments are available on The Resource Room.)
In class have your children dress up in Bible clothes to look like Moses. (Note: Do not let your children share headdresses because they could spread lice. Have one for each child; and wash them after each class.) Talk about how Moses brought the Ten Commandments down from the mountain.
Have each child take a turn posing for a picture. Have the picture ready next week and use them to make a scrapbook page to remind your children of the lesson.
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Color a Picture of Moses
Children color the picture of Moses, cut out the Ten Commandment tablets, and glue them to Moses' hands.
Work on a Puzzle
1. Before class print out the Puzzle Pattern on different colors of card stock.
2. Cut them out and then cut them into about ten different puzzles pieces. You can cut four puzzles at a time.
3. In class see how fast your children can put the puzzles together to figure out the commandment. Tape them together as they find a matching piece.
Break the Code Ten Commandment Puzzle
1. Before class print out the Break the Code Commandment Puzzle and make copies.
2. In class have your children match the symbols to the letters to figure out which Commandment is written on the tablet.
Make a Ten Commandments Booklet
This booklet comes into different styles - Roman numeral and regular numbers. You can use the Roman numerals with older children who already know their numbers. (I used the Roman numerals with my first graders and they really enjoyed figuring out which numbers represented our numbers.) Cut the Commandments apart and mix them up. Give a set to each child. Have the children put them in order and then glue them in their books.
If your children don't know the Roman numerals, make a chart on the board so that they can match them up with the regular numbers.
Ten Commandment Review
Read the following sentences and tell the children to raise their hands with their ten fingers up and spread apart if it is one of the Ten Commandments. If it is not one of the Ten Commandments, tell them to raise their hands while making a fist.
1. Do not steal. (yes)
2. Do not cheat. (no)
3. Do not hit. (No)
4. Do not make idols. (Yes)
5. Wash your hands before you eat. (No)
6. Do not say God's name in a bad way. (Yes)
7. Honor your parents. (Yes)
8. Trust in God always. (No)
9. Say your prayers. (No)
10. Be kind to the poor. (No)
11. Do not murder. (Yes)
12. Do not waste food. (No)
13. Keep the Sabbath Day holy. (Yes)
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Find the Missing Ten Commandment Game
Here's a game to go along with a lesson on the Ten Commandments. Prepare sets of Ten Commandment cards using Roman numeral cards for older children and the regular numbers for younger children. Remove one card from the deck and give one deck to each child or group of children. See which group of children can figure out which of the Ten Commandments is missing from their deck and what the commandment is first.
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Create a Classroom Memory Book for Your Children
Scrapbook pages of your Sunday school lessons and activities are a great way to help your children review and remember what they have learned. It is also a great way to get shy children to open up. Children will love seeing pictures of themselves.
You can also display the pages in your room to let parents know what your children have been doing and learning in class. This will also encourage your children to share what they have been learning with their parents.
Older children will also enjoy making memory pages of their lessons. This will also help them to remember what they have learned.
Ten Commandments Folding Craft Stick Crafts
The sticks are taped together so that when the craft sticks are pushed together from the top and bottom of the stack they fan fold up into a compact stack of sticks for storage. This craft is great to use as a memorization tool. Children can test themselves by unfolding one section at a time to reveal the next Commandment.
What you will need:
Woodsies Mini Jumbo Craft Sticks -4.5" 50/Pkg - Use good quality craft sticks that lay flat. The 5/8" work perfect with the one-inch tape. *You can use the Woodsies Jumbo Craft Sticks with the 1.5 Inch - 3M Scotch Masking Tape for a bigger Canvas.
3M Scotch Masking Tape, 1-Inch - Other brands will work, but this tape works great! It is the exact color of the craft sticks. (Staple's Tape works better with the washable markers, but it is lighter than the stick and more transparent and doesn't cover the stick as well.)
Permanent Markers, Crayons, or Colored Pencils (The washable markers don't work well because they smear.)
How to Make the Folding Craft Stick Canvas:
1. Cut the one-inch masking into 4-inch pieces.
2. Place two sticks together, side by side, and tape them together covering both the sticks with the tape.
3. Turn the two sticks over so that they are diagonal to you.
4. Place another craft stick next to and below the two sticks that you taped together. Use another piece of tape to tape the bottom two sticks together.
5. Turn all three sticks over diagonally and place another stick at the bottom of the row and tape the last two sticks together. Keep going until you have a whole row of sticks.
6. You can also cover the first and last stick in the row by placing tape over the stick and then folding it back over the stick. It is easier to write on the tape than the craft stick. The ink soaks into the sticks and blurs.
Children can use permanent markers, pens, or colored pencils to write the Bible verse on the sticks and then decorate them. They can also draw a picture on the back of the sticks that represent the Ten Commandments.
If a child messes up while working on his canvas, you can pull off the tape where he messed up and replace it with new tape.
These folding craft stick canvases can also be used for many other purposes. You can also be used to make greeting cards for Mother's Day, Father's Day or Birthdays.
Watch a video on how to make the folding craft stick canvas.
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