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ART Workshop Lesson
Originally posted by revshannan

We contacted our local rabbi to help us with this, he made a tape speaking the ten commandments so the children could hear them. Then they practiced saying them themselves. While they were making their tablets (their lettering was quite good for beginners!), they talked with their teacher about the commandments, and had very good unscripted conversations.

The parents were very impressed that we were teaching their children Hebrew. Once the tablets were done, we hung them up in the church for everyone to see. Thank you so much to the teachers who posted this link that got us excited to teach this way!

OPENING PRAYER: God of love, we thank you for giving us the 10 Commandments that teach us how to live in the world you created for us. We thank you for the Hebrew people who lived your commandments and helped teach them to others. Be with us today as we learn about your Word. AMEN.

OBJECTIVE: The children will make “replica” Ten Commandments tablets. The children will learn that the Ten Commandments were first written in Hebrew and will learn what the Jewish meaning of the commandments is.

PROCEDURE: Using the attached draft outline of the tablets and the lettering in Hebrew study guide from www.rotation.org
http://www.levitt.com/hebrew/commandments.html
the children will make the tablets writing the Hebrew characters for the commandments. The children will use construction paper to make these commandments, let them choose what color they want to use as well as the colors of their markers (even hot pink if they want). Creativity is important!

Note: Hebrew is written right to left, not left to right the way we write. Have the children practice a little bit on scrap pieces of paper before they work on their tablets. They should first write their lettering in PENCIL so they can fix any mistakes they make. Then have them go over the letter in markers/crayons. They can also decorate the tablets any way they want. Have the children put their complete names on the backs of the tablets (we will hang them up in the church for a while and then have them available for pick-up later). Have the children write the English translation under the tablets.
Note: During the 2nd week of our rotation the Art rotation will be a combined PreK/Kindergarten and 7th/8th graders. This is so you can pair each younger child who is just learning to read and write up with a youth who will help them with this project. The children can get to know each other and work together on the project. The older children get to learn how to lead younger children in learning and the younger children get the help they need with this project and the leadership/friendship of older, “cooler” kids.

Start class by reading through the scripture verse with the children and talking about what the Ten Commandments mean. There are Bibles in your classrooms or you can get children’s picture Bibles from my office. Tell the children about how the Jewish people first followed the Ten Commandments and how they were first written in Hebrew. Show the children the Hebrew lettering of the commandments and let them listen to the Hebrew tape of the reading of the Ten Commandments. Tell them that we are going to write the commandments in both languages. As the children work on the project, talk with them about each commandment and some of the Jewish interpretation of them.

CLOSING PRAYER: Thank you God for being with us today in Rotation Sensation. We pray that we will remember that you are always with us in our lives during the week. Help us to remember your commandments this week, to live our lives the way you want us to. We ask all these things in the name of Jesus the Christ. AMEN.

-Written by Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo for First Presbyterian Church, Rumson, NJ

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Originally posted by member "Eleanor" and moved here and enhanced by Neil:

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Art or GAME Workshop Idea:

Make a folded Origami Ten Commandment "Diamond" Teller.

(This creates a 'random commandment' question/comment discussion helping activity.)

It is the traditional 4 diamonds on the outside that kids pinch and then open to flip one of 8 inside diamonds flaps open.

Attached is a pattern we used. For folding instructions, search the internet for "origami fortune teller"

This was a great game for discussing the 10 Kid friendly commandments in every day context.

Quick, easy, cheap with loads of fun & loads of discussion.

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See photo attached below.

YOUTUBE video of how to make the "teller":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYarlKnetRs



Remember how as kids we played this game?
We'd ask the "teller" diamond a question, such as, "who does she like?" So what this craft/game is -is a RANDOM QUESTION or COMMENT GENERATOR....ie, a discussion advice.

In this version of the game, you could reformat the 'texts' to list all ten commandments, or additional thoughts about them along the lines of the following:

"What commandment should I focus on doing better at today?"
"What commandment must I tell the class/others about?"
"Which commandment to I have to confess to others about in class?"
"Offer a prayer for help with any commandment"

etc.

 
 
 
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FAITH QUEST

Ten Commandments


CREATION STATION

Scripture: Exodus 20:1-17

Key Scripture Verse: Exodus 20:2a I am the Lord your God. 20:6…. if you love me and obey my laws, I will be kind to your families for thousands of generations (Contemporary English Version)

Memory Verse:
“I will write my laws on their hearts and minds. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33b (CEV)

Concepts:
 God wants to be in a special relationship with us.
 God gives us rules to show us how to live with God and with others.

Objectives:
1. Students will learn that God gave Moses the Ten Commandments so that people would know how to be God’s people and how to treat each other.

2. Students will understand that these are rules and that when we are in a covenant with God, we should follow them. We sin when we don’t obey.

3. Children will select one commandment and decorate it as a scroll in the fashion that Jewish people preserve God’s word in the Torah (the Torah is the written law described in the first five books of the Bible).

Procedure:
Welcome and Introductions:
1. Welcome the children and introduce yourself.
2. Start the “lesson time” with prayer. Ask for volunteers, but plan on praying yourself. A short prayer thanking God for being a part of our lives would be appropriate. Ask God to help us to be aware of God’s presence so that we may do good things.

Bible Story:

1. Discuss the background to today’s story. Have the children use their Bibles to locate the verses in Exodus 20:1-17. This passage relates the laws that God gave Moses to direct people how to worship God and act toward other people. The laws explain to the people how they should live now that they are in a special covenant with God. These laws were first written on stone tablets and afterwards the laws were copied onto parchment and rolled as scrolls. Our ministers read these laws from Bibles, but the Jewish people still have scrolls with the commandments written on them to be read in their temples.

2. The first four commandments teach us how to show our love for God as follows:

 1 Exodus 20:1-4 Do not worship any god except me - God reminded the Hebrews that he had saved them from slavery (remember the flight from Egypt). Other people might worship other gods, but we have the one true God to take care of us.
 2 Exodus 20:4-6 Do not make idols - worship only God, not things
 3 Exodus 20:7 Do not misuse God’s name
 4 Exodus 20:8-11 Remember the Sabbath day

3. The last six commandments teach us how to relate with our family, neighbors and communities as follows:

 5 Exodus 20:12 Respect your father and mother - show care for them
 6 Exodus 20:13 Do not murder
 7 Exodus 20:14 Be faithful in marriage
 8 Exodus 20:15 Do not steal - and do not purposely damage or destroy what doesn’t belong to you
 9 Exodus 20:16 Do not lie - or repeat untruths
 10 Exodus 20:17 Do not want anything that belongs to someone else

4. God gave the Ten Commandments to his people so they can live lives full of joy and the fullness of life in safety and peace. God promises to protect our families when we obey Him and show thanks. Later God sent Jesus to help us when we have trouble following these commandments (John 15:9-11).

5. Take a minute to talk to the children about the creation they are going to be doing in this workshop. Tell them that they can choose any commandment to write and illustrate in a scroll. Remind them that God has given us gifts of creativity and their decorating of the scrolls should convey the beauty of the world.

Application:

1. Create! Show the children pictures of Torahs and illuminated lettering (see references). Tell them that they should select one important commandment to print in a beautiful fashion on rice paper.

2. Pass out materials. Give every child a strip of 3” x 18” rice paper and a wood piece to roll it on. Have markers and tacky glue available to share.

3. Steps: Apply glue to about 3”of the right side of the paper. Wrap it around the wood sticking some paper to paper. Starting at the left, use a fine black marker to draw a fancy capital letter and simple letters for the remainder. Using other colored markers, the entire piece can now have decorative elements incorporated into a design - flowers, pictures, geometric designs. When finished, the strip of paper can be rolled on the wood.

4. Clean up! Involve all kids in this so that you will have time to share together in the closing. You may want to have a prearranged signal or sound for clean up and tell them at beginning of the art project what that will be - perhaps giving them a 5 minute warning and then the final clean up notice to allow those who need a bit more warning that they need to complete whatever they are working on.


Reflection Time:

1. Ask the shepherds to pass out Journals and pencils/markers. The children should spend a few minutes reflecting upon the morning's lesson - Why did God give us these laws? When we fail to keep God’s commandments, what should we do? Will we be forgiven if we repent? They may come up with their own questions such as “are there other gods?”

Closing:

1. Encourage the children think about what it means when we say that we have one God.

2. Say the Key Memory Verse together (see above). You may want to have this verse printed on a banner and hung in the room, write it on the white board in the room, or have it on slips of paper that each child can take home.

3. Pray! Ask the children if they have any prayer requests. Thank God for giving us direction so that we can do what is right.



Teacher preparation in advance:

1. Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Workshop.

2. Prepare an opening prayer in case nobody volunteers to pray.

3. Borrow Calligraphy books from the library to show examples of “illuminated” lettering.

4. Check the art room to see what supplies exist. Purchase needed supplies and make a sample.

5. Prepare all the materials you will need for the creation process. Precut the paper. Have the materials ready to go. There will be limited time for the creation process, so do everything you can to conserve time.

6. Decide how you want to close the lesson. Prepare a prayer or use one of the group suggestions.


Materials:

Rice paper 12” X 18” (available in packages of 48 sheets) cut into 3” x 18”strips
Magic markers of varying thickness of points and colors (be sure to have gold)
Tacky glue
6” wood pieces: Doll pins (packages of 20 are nicest), Craft sticks (packages of 150) also work well, Snap-Apart Craft sticks (packages of 150) which come in colors are also interesting

References:

The Encyclopedia of Calligraphy Techniques, Diana Hardy Wilson - pages 48 and 96
Calligraphy School, Gaynor Goff & Anne Ravenscroft - pages 166 - 169
Horizons Bible Study 2001/2 Esther’s Feast pictures a Torah at the end of each chapter
 
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MAKING A GOLDEN CALF



Originally posted by member Deb in MD
October 06, 2004

We made a "Golden Calf" pinata that went over very well in our Ten Commandment rotation. "Calf" or "bull" pinatas are a common shape and can be found oline.

I spray painted the pinata gold ahead of time and it really came out good. I hid it behind a display map we have been using in our rotation. At the appropriate time in the story, I had the kids throw golden braclettes (cheap ones from the dollar store and spray painted gold) behind the display and brought up the Golden Calf.

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Originally posted by Neil MacQueen:

MAKING "BREAKABLE" STONE TABLETS

While one team made the Pinata, another could be making the Ten Commandment Tablets. Use sheets of green 'craft' styrofoam (open cell) which cuts easily. Use a blunt object to write/impress the commandments into the styrofoam sheets (it grooves neatly). Use a quick drying paint inside the grooves of the letters to make them stand out.

Have the teacher use a blade to carefully cut the tablets into several pieces, then use small diameter dowel rods to connect the pieces back together. This allows Moses to "break" the tablets by pulling them apart.

Re-enact.

Note: there's a wonderful drama/newsroom script posted in this forum about some kids who come to Moses and ask for "A Second Chance" if he will have God make another set of tablets.
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Originally posted by member Dana R.

Making "Hot Plate Ten Commandment Trivets"

We made hot plate/trivets through Makit --a company which sends you the materials, you draw on their plates and send them back to Makit which then SEALS the artwork into the plate, making them dishwasher safe. Find them online.

They send you special paper and markers, and the children do their designs. We had them write one or more of the commandments on theirs, and then decorate. They were processed into plates and came back for Christmas gifts for parents.

You can also do regular plates as well as bowls. The cost to process is a bit steep--$3.95 per plate, but we have a fairly small Sunday school, and most of our other art projects are quite inexpensive.

Editor's Note:
Many churches have also used the Makit service to create SEDER plates.
 
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