Cooking Lessons, Ideas, and Activities for Teaching The Ten Commandments in Sunday School.
Post your cooking lessons, ideas, and activities for teaching the Ten Commandments in Sunday School.
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The Ten Commandments
Summary of Lesson Activities:
The children will make sugar cookies or Rice Krispie Treats that represent each commandment (each child makes 10 cookies).
Scripture: Exodus 20: 1-21
- mixing bowl and stirring spoon
- food coloring (a smaller bowl per colour you have)
- cookies cutters
- sandwich baggies
- parchment paper
Rice Krispie Ingredients:
- 50 ml or 1/4 cup margarine or butter
- 1.25 L or 5 cups miniature or 40 regular (250 g pkg) marshmallows
- 2 ml or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- 1.5 L or 6 Cups Rice Krispie Cereal
This recipe would make a pan of 9" x 12" - 24 cut squares.
So take that in consideration when determining how many children you have and how many commandments each child will be creating. To determine if you need to make more than one batch of the Rice Krispie mixture.
Sugar Cookies Ingredients:
- use your favorite recipe or do an internet search.
- write ten commandments on white board
- cover each commandment with two pieces of paper, one over the number, one over what it is.
- Preheat oven - if you're making sugar cookies.
Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself.
Opening Prayer: God of everyone, we thank you for being with us today in church. We are thankful for our church community that loves us and for the opportunities we have to learn more about you. We thank you for our teachers and our friends that are with us today. AMEN.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
Talk to the children about the ten commandments, see how many they can name and explain each of them. [If you have the ten commandments covered on the whiteboard - remove each one as they say it.]
Cookie Cutters Ideas
You shall have no other Gods before me.
Don’t put other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself an idol.
Don’t worship idols.
Easter Bunny, Santa, Money, Movie Star , etc.
You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God.
Don’t misuse God’s name.
G O D
Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy.
Keep the Sabbath holy. (Go to church on Sunday)
Honor your father and your mother.
Treat your mother and father with respect.
Parents / Child
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
When you marry be faithful to your husband/wife.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Don’t tell lies about people.
You shall not covet what is your neighbor’s.
Don’t wish for things that belong to others.
Activity: Eatable Commandments!
Say: Now we are going to create our own eatable commandments. Have everyone wash their hands.
Then give each child a large piece of parchment paper to work on and have them label it by writing their name on one corner.
First we'll prepare our Rice Krispie mixture.
Microwave Directions Rice Krispies:
- In large microwaveable bowl, microwave margarine on HIGH (100%) 30-60 seconds or until melted.
- Add marshmallows, tossing to coat. Microwave on HIGH (100%) 1 - 1 1/2 minutes or until smooth when stirred, stirring after 45 seconds.
- Stir in vanilla. Add cereal, stirring until coated.
- Using lightly buttered spatula, place a scoop onto each child's waxpaper. [Allow to cool until children can handle it.]
If you're making sugar cookies - use your favorite recipe.
While mixture is cooling on their parchment paper.
Have the children break into groups of two or three. Each child will create their own set of ten commandments, but the point of working with partner(s) is to discuss (sketch out) with each other the commandments and their meanings and therefore what shape would best represent each commandment.
The older children will be able to do this on their own.
Younger children might need some help thinking up ideas for the commandments (a list of ideas (cookie cutters) is included in the above chart - you could have the cookie cutters spread out in the center of the table (prior to class).
Then say for example for Commandment #1 - What did commandment one tell us to do? (Don’t put other gods/idols before me]. Does God want us to put him last or first when we do things? (First) So out of these cookie cutters which one would you say represents putting God first in our lives? (Cooking Cutter #1).
This discussion time will also be helpful when it comes time to share their commandments with the other children, answering why they chose that shape and how it reflects that commandments meaning to them.
After the discussion each chooses a commandment and starts to create, they may mold the mixture into the shape from their discussion or they may choose to use a cookie cutter that represents their commandment(s).
Once their commandment(s) is complete they can decorate with some sprinkles (if desired).
If you chose Sugar Cookies - put in oven now - if you chose the sugar cookie recipe. While waiting for them to bake have the following discussion, without their creations, as they will be in the oven.
When everyone is done go around the table and have everyone share their creations and tell why they chose that shape and how it reflects that commandments meaning.
Teacher can lead them in a discussion on each commandment, why it is hard to keep some, not others, etc.
Younger Children - may have all used the same designs, so pick a different commandment for each child to talk about.
Sugar Cookies - remove from oven and allow to cool.
Suggest you have some activity sheets, coloring sheets on hand if you need a time filler.
After everyone has shared their commandment(s) with the rest of the class they can eat one of their creations and then bag up the rest to take home and share the meanings behind their creations with their families.
Leaders, think up some ideas (shapes) of your own for each commandment for the children in case they get “stuck” and cannot think of one on their own so you can prompt/help them come up with a good one.
For Younger Children: One of the teachers of this Rotation at our church came up with this idea while teaching. She had the kids make tablet shaped sugar cookies (using the pre-made mixture) and then put 10 chocolate chips on the tablet to represent the ten commandments. This worked well for the younger children.
Note: Rice Krispie Squares are a little high sugar for most adults, but the kids at our church love this.
Have the children hold hands in a circle and share their prayer concerns. Lead them in closing by saying the Lord’s Prayer together.
A Sunday School lesson written by Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo for the First Presbyterian Church,