Oh, no! How in the world do you teach Leviticus to little ones?
I thought I drop back to Exodus and do the Ten Commandments this week with the children. You know, Leviticus = Law; Ten Commandments = Law.
Last week we sang the song called "The Perfect Ten". We will be singing it again and talking about each of the commandments. I am not sure if I will be using the dice or not...
Here are my initial thoughts:
First I will hand out their bags with all the little pieces in them. We will pull out each one and have a short discussion on what it means...
Then we are going to lay the pieces out on the floor in a circle; and sing the song.
SONG & ACTIONS
Are you able to envision this: music starts...
#1, we've just begun, God should be first in your life
pick up the #1 piece over our heads and wave it back and forth.
#2 the idol; rule, those graven images-aren't nice
lay down #1, scoot over and pick up the gold pieces, shaking out heads "no"
#3 God's Name should be never spoken in jest
lay down #2, scoot over and pick up the smile face. Put it over our mouth.
#4 the Sabbath's for our worship and for rest
lay down #3, scoot over and pick up the Bible. Do worship action and sleep action.
#5 we all should strive to honor father and mother
lay down #4, scoot over and pick up the mother and father figures, wiggle the figures when it says it in the song.
#6 don't get your kicks from killing one another
lay down #5, scoot over and pick up the hand, hold over head and shake head "no".
#7 life is heaven when you're true to your mate
lay down #6, scoot over and pick up the ring and reach back and touch the mother and father figures.
#8 don't steal and break this rule for goodness sake!
lay down #7, scoot over and pick up the baseball bat.
#9 don't be the kind who goes around telling lies
lay down #8, scoot over and pick up the "A,B,C" put over mouth
#10 don't covet when you see your neighbor's house or wife
lay down #9, scoot over and pick up the house and then lay it down
Then clap our hands for the rest of the verse.
I am a little more ahead this week than I have been before.
I went to Michaels and Wal-mart to get the items for the teaching. Here is what I got.
1. a big #1: School section at Wal-mart. I glued the number (#1) to a piece of foam)
2. gold coins: (From Wal-mart party section; to link back to last week's story about the story of the Israelites making idols)
3. smiley faces: we will draw X's over the mouth (see this post) Smiley stickers from Michaels. And larger smiley's from foam to play the game.
4. a Bible: (a painted little wooden disc from Michaels .29 cents)
5. little wooden mom and dad to color and that stand up (Bargain bin at Michaels, .29 cents with crayons) We will color this.
6. a wooden hand: (Michaels)
7. a shiny engagement ring: (from Michaels wedding section)
8. baseball bat: (stealing the base) LOL. (a painted little wooden disc from Michaels .29 cents)
9. A,B,C wooden figure: (for words-not to lie) (a painted little wooden disc from Michaels .29 cents)
10. a little wooden house: (a painted little wooden disc from Michaels .29 cents)
I am also getting some more "Silly Bands" that are fuzzy and cool. I think this will lend itself to understanding "coveting" something that isn't yours.
The video of the song can be found here: (I downloaded it from itunes).
The Perfect Ten Song
The words are below:
the perfect 10
In a cloud of fire and smoke
a mighty voice of thunder broke
as God descended to the mountaintop.
High upon Mt. Sinai,
He gave the rules we should live by
as God gave out the "shalts" and "thou shalt nots."
Number one, we've just begun, God should be first in your life.
Number two's the idol rule: Those graven images aren't nice.
Number three; God's Name should be never spoken in jest.
Number four, the Sabbath's for our worship and for rest.
Number five; we all should strive to honor father and mother.
Number six, don't get your kicks from killing one another.
Number seven, life is heaven when you're true to your mate.
Number eight, don't steal and break this rule for goodness sake!
Number nine, don't be the kind who goes around telling lies.
Number ten; don't covet when you see your neighbor's house or wife.
That's the list and God insists we stay away from these sins;
That is why we memorize commandments one through ten.
The perfect ten, the perfect ten;
They're just as true as they were way back when.
God gave the perfect ten, the perfect ten;
Let's say them once again. (song repeats and ends with)
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 - The perfect ten!
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