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The Tower of Babel

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Bible Reference: Genesis 11:1-9

Printable Bible Verse Cards -  (Younger children) Print out onto card stock, write the Bible verse on the cards and make copies. KJV Pattern or Blank Cards (Printing Problems?)

Teaching Concept:  Children learn that God wants them to glorify him not themselves.


Early Arrivals Activity

1. Greetings in Other Languages - As your children enter the room greet them in another language. Ask them if they know how to say hello in another language.

mult-cultural puppets2. Make Stick Puppets - Before class print out the patterns for the stick puppets onto card stock. Place another piece of card stock behind each page of puppets and cut out the puppets loosely. In class give each child one or two puppets and have them color them. Then glue the puppets to craft sticks. Glue the blank puppet shapes to the back of the puppet to give them more strength.

Paper Doll Pattern 1
Paper Doll Pattern 2
Paper Doll Pattern 3 (Printing Problems?)

3. Build Towers with Blocks - Divide your children up into groups of twos or threes. Give each group equal amounts of blocks. See which table of children can build the tallest tower in three minutes. Comment about the children who are working well together to build their tower. After three minutes measure the towers to see which group has built the highest tower. Then mix up the children into new groups and play again.

If you don't have blocks, you can make some cheap blocks by cutting up Aquariders from Wal-mart into block sizes. I used the flat Noodle Aquariders and the octagon-shaped Aquariders. These are large foam sheets and tubes used in swimming pools. You will find them in the sporting goods department or near the air mattresses in the swimming pool section.

Craft SheetIf you don't want to have a contest, you can just tell the children you want them to build the tallest tower they can. Some of the children may choose to work together to build a tower. If you see them working together, comment by saying that our lesson today is about some people who worked together to build a very high tower.

4. Color a Picture With the Bible Verse - Before class print out the Bible verse color sheet and make copies. In class have your children color the Picture.

5. Draw Pictures of Towers - Show your children picture of towers and have them draw their own towers.

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The Lesson

Preparation: Print out a picture of the Tower of Babel painted by Pieter Bruegel from the Internet.

Everyone knows the story of Noah's ark and how God destroyed every living thing on earth with a flood because the people where so wicked. The only ones God saved were Noah and his three sons and their wives and the animals that were on the ark. When they came out of the ark, God promised them that he would never flood the whole earth again. He blessed them and told them to "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth." (Genesis 9:1) And that is exactly what they did -- they multiplied.

You probably have already learned how to add and subtract, but you may not have learned how to multiply yet. When you multiply things increase a lot faster than when you add. You probably know that 5 plus 5 equals 10, but do you know what 5 multiplied by 5 equals? (Write the problems on the board and the answers. Write the number 5 five times and then count by fives.) As you can see things increase a lot faster when you multiply. And it didn't take Noah's children very long to multiply.

At that time everyone spoke the same language because they were all related to each other. Did you ever wonder why people today speak in different languages? We are all descendents of Noah, so how did people start speaking different languages? Do you think they just decided one day that they didn't like their own languages so they made up new ones? No, that would be silly.

The Bible tells us why there are so many different languages in the world today. It happened like this: As the population began to multiply, the people started moving eastward so they would have more room for their families. Soon they came to a great plain or level ground. They thought this would be a great place to live.

They worked together to make bricks from the clay to build their houses. Then they had a great idea! They thought, "Why not build a great tower out of the bricks? We could make a tower that reaches all the way to the heavens. We could make a name for ourselves. We will be famous for our great tower. People will see it for miles around. Everyone will hear about it and want to come and see our great tower."

They all worked together day after day making bricks, and cementing them together to make a great tower. It took a lot of planning, a lot of work and lot of time, but they didn't care because they knew that when they were finally finished everyone would see how great they were. (Show your children the picture of the Tower of Babel.)

Then one day God came down from heaven and saw what all the people were doing. He was very sad and angry. They weren't building this tower for him. They were building it to make themselves look good. They weren't thinking about God and what he wanted them to do, they were just thinking about themselves, and how they could make themselves happy.

God decided to stop them right then and there and teach them a lesson. He could have knocked down their tower, but he didn't. Instead he changed their languages. All of a sudden they started speaking in other languages. Now you know how difficult it is to talk to someone who doesn't speak your language. Just think how difficult it would be to build a tower when everyone spoke a different language. It was so difficult that they stopped building the tower, and the people started moving away forming their own settlements and eventually forming countries. And that is why we have so many different languages today.

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Prayer

Father, help us to glorify you in everything we do. We know that you made us and that we could do nothing without you. Amen.

 

Activities

1. Knock Down the Tower Bible Verse Review

Before class collect at least nine boxes. Write a word from the Bible verse on the side of each box. The first word of the Bible verse should be on the biggest box. (If you don't have boxes, you can use blocks or something similar.) Review the Bible verse with the children having them place the blocks one on top of each other in order until you have built a tower.) Let the children take turns saying the Bible verse and then throwing a bean bag at the boxes to knock down the tower. (Experiment before class to find a bean bag that is not too heavy or too light. You don't want them to knock over the tower on the first throw, but you don't want the bean bag to be so light that it doesn't move the boxes.) Keep playing until your children get tired of the game.

2. Take Down the Tower Review Game

Before class build two towers from blocks that are exactly the same. Make up questions before class relating to the lesson and lessons that you have taught previously. In class divide your children up into teams and take turns asking them questions. If a team member answers a question correctly, he or she gets to remove a block from his or her team's tower. The team who removes all the blocks first wins.

mulit-cultural stick puppets

3. Saying Hello

Before class print out the stick puppets and glue them to craft sticks. Hold up one puppet at a time and tell the children what nationality the puppet is and how that puppet would say hello. Have them say the word several times. Then play a game. Mix up the puppets and quickly hold one up to see if the children can remember how that puppet would say hello. Keep picking them up quickly and holding them up until all the children remember how each puppet says hello. (Patterns for these puppets are available to members only on The Resource Room.)

Konichiwa (koh-Nee-chee-wah) - Japanese
Ya at eeh (YAH-AHT-AY ) Navajo
Hola (OH-la) - Spanish
Shalom - Hebrew
Howdy Partner - Western United States
Aloha - Hawaiian

4. Find Your Mates

Give each child a picture of one of the paper dolls. Tell them not to let any of the other children see their pictures. Ask the children if they all remember how the paper doll picture they are holding would say hello. If a child doesn't remember, take him out of the room and remind him. On the word go, all the children should form groups that have the same puppet (without showing each other their picture). They form groups by saying hello in the language of their paper doll. When all the children are in a group, have them show each other their pictures to make sure they are in the right group. (Patterns for these puppets are available to members only on The Resource Room.)

5. Make up Your Own Word

Tell your children that there are 2800 known languages in the world. Today they have learned how to say hello in several different languages. Tell them to pretend that they are at the Tower of Babel and all of the sudden they start to speak another language. They know what they are saying, but no one else does. Tell them to make up a word for hello. When all your children have thought up a new word have them share it with the class. Write the words, phonetically, on the board and then have the children read them all.

6. Practice Pig Latin

Learn how to speak in Pig Latin and say the Bible verse in Pig Latin.

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Songs

He's The Way
Written by Nancy Foss
Sing to the tune of “I'm Gonna Sing”

He's the way, way, way,
He's the truth, truth, truth,
He's the life, life, life,
Praise the Lord!

When you find your way to Jesus,
You'll find your way to God,
He's the way, He's the truth, He's the life.

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I'm Gonna Seek
Written by Nancy Foss
Sing to the tune of " I've go the Joy, Joy Joy Down in My Heart"

I'm gonna seek, seek seek, seek,
Seek the kingdom of God,
What? Seek the kingdom of God,
What? Seek the kingdom of God.

I'm gonna seek, seek, seek, seek,
Seek the kingdom of God,
What? Seek the kingdom of God,
What? Seek the kingdom of God.

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The Tower of Babel
Sing to the tune of “On Top of Old Smokie”
By Narita Roady

Way back in the Bible,
Many years ago,
Men tried to build a tower,
Seeing how far they’d go.

God was not happy,
With what they had built,
So He changed their languages,
To discourage them.

So then when they all talked,
They were so surprised,
They couldn’t understand,
Any one else.

It sounded so strange,
And weir-d to hear,
It sounded like babel,
To all of their ears.

Find Genesis11:1,
In your Bible,
You can read all about,
The tower of Babel.

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Tower of Babel Finger Play - Group Publishing has a great finger play your children will love doing. Click on the link to find it and print it out.

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Comments

We would love to hear your comments about this lesson. If you taught this lesson, we would love to hear how it went, if you changed anything, added anything, what age you taught and was it appropriate.  Any comments that would help others teach this lesson are welcome.

We used your Tower of Babel lesson for our Sunday Schoolers in the First - Third grades.
Thank you for the link to the utterly beautiful Tower of Babel Painting by Pieter Brueghel, which I printed out to show the kids. I also printed for the kids the "pig latin", which they
really got a kick out of (as well as myself). We teach combined classes of German-speaking and English-speaking kids at an international church in Stuttgart, Germany.
All the teachers of various age groups use your web site regularly and are very pleased with it. Keep up the good work. Renee

We did the Tower of Babel Lesson.  We talked about how the people all talked one language and, then when they didn't listen to God, the kids were amazed at how God made the people talk in different languages.  They didn't realize that was where we got all those different languages.

I did two sets of cards with the people on them.  One set I had the kids find the other mates to make matches and the other set of cards with the people on them I put their Bible memory verse on. They had to find the matches to their memory verse.

Also we built a tower out of blocks, and I used sticky notes that attached to the blocks for their memory verse.  Then I had them say their memory verse before they used a beanbag to knock the tower down.  They really enjoyed playing this game.

We haven't had Sunday School for a couple of weeks so I haven't done anything with Christmas lessons but will be doing a few of the activities that you have just put in your site.  Will let you know which ones I use.  I might just review the Christmas Lesson and do the crafts. Denise King


 

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