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The Ten Commandments

Cooking Workshop

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

Supplies:

  • whiteboard
  • mixing bowl and stirring spoon
  • food coloring (a smaller bowl per colour you have)
  • cookies cutters
  • sandwich baggies
  • sprinkles
  • parchment paper
  • pencils


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.

Preparation:

  • 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.

 


Lesson

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.]

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Older Children

Younger Children

Shape /

Cookie Cutters Ideas

1st

You shall have no other Gods before me.

Don’t put other gods before me.

#1

2nd

 You shall not make for yourself an idol.

Don’t worship idols.

Easter Bunny, Santa, Money, Movie Star , etc.

3rd

You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God.

Don’t misuse God’s name.

G O D

4th

Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy.

Keep the Sabbath holy. (Go to church on Sunday)

Church

5th

 Honor your father and your mother.

Treat your mother and father with respect.

Parents / Child

6th

You shall not murder.

Don’t murder.

Weapon

7th

You shall not commit adultery.

When you marry be faithful to your husband/wife.

Heart

8th

You shall not steal.

Don’t steal.

Mask

9th

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Don’t tell lies about people.

Lips

10th

You shall not covet what is your neighbor’s.

Don’t wish for things that belong to others.

Hands

 

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:

  1. In large microwaveable bowl, microwave margarine on HIGH (100%) 30-60 seconds or until melted.
  2. Add marshmallows, tossing to coat. Microwave on HIGH (100%) 1 - 1 1/2 minutes or until smooth when stirred, stirring after 45 seconds.
  3. Stir in vanilla. Add cereal, stirring until coated.
  4. 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.


Adaptations

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.

Closing:

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,
Rumson, NJ 

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Ten Commandments
Our Daily Bread Cooking Workshop 

Summary of Lesson Activities:
The children will discuss the "Ten Commandments," God gave to us, as they make "Commandment cakes" and "Red Sea Sippers." 

Scripture Reference:
Deuteronomy 5:1-22


Leader Preparation:

  • Gather the materials.
  • Read the scripture ahead of time. 

Supplies List:

  • Cutting board
  • cookie cutters of the numbers 1-9
  • small paper plates
  • plastic forks
  • 1 knife
  • large paper plates
  • plastic knives
  • poundcake
  • frosting
  • sprinkles
  • wheat bread
  • canned cheese
  • Ziploc sandwich bags
  • drinking straws
  • milk
  • sweetened cherry soft drink mix.


Presentation 

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Begin the class time by welcoming your students. 

Open with a prayer. 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
Have one or more students read aloud the story of Moses receiving the Ten Commandments from God, taken from Deuteronomy 5: 1-22. After reading the scripture, ask the students the following questions.

Ask:

  • What rules do you have to follow?
  • How did you learn about those rules?


Say: Those are some good rules. Rules help us to live together safely and in peace. God wanted the Israelites to live together safely and in peace, so one day God called Moses to the top of a mountain and gave him rules for the Israelites to follow. The rules were so important that God wrote them on stone that would last a long time. In fact, he wanted his people to never forget these rules. (Set out slices of poundcake.) God wrote ten rules we call the Ten Commandments. (Set out number cookie cutters.) Listen to those commandments:

  1. Don't worship anyone or anything but God. (Let a child use the cookie cutter to cut the number one.)
  2. Don't make statues of gods to worship. (Ask a child to cut out the number two.)
  3. Use God's name in the right way. (Ask a child to cut out the number three.)
  4. Remember to set aside one day each week to rest and honor God. (Ask a child to cut out the number four.)
  5. Honor your father and your mother. (Ask a child to cut out the number five.)

    Say: Let's count how many we have so far…Point to each number as you count together. Are those all the commandments God gave? No, there are several more!

  6. Don't kill anyone. (Ask a child to cut out the number six.)
  7. Be true to your husband or wife. (Ask a child to cut out the number seven.)
  8. Don't steal. (Ask a child to cut out the number eight.)
  9. Don't lie. (Ask a child to cut out the number nine.)
  10. Don't want something that belongs to someone else. (Ask a child to cut out the numbers one and zero.)


Say: Let's count now! Point to each numeral as you count. Ask:

  • Why do you think God gave his people Ten Commandments?


Let's see if you can remember ten kinds of animals. I'll keep track while you tell me. (Count on your fingers as the children name ten animals.)
Let's see if you can remember ten different toys. I'll keep track again. (Count on your fingers as children name toys.)
Say: These rules are easy to remember once we learn them. Ask:

  • What do you think God wants us to do with these rules?
  • What do you think would happen if people didn't have rules?

Let's pray together…Dear God, you gave us rules to help us get along with each other and with you. Help us to obey the rules you have given. Amen. (Give each child a cake number. Cut out more if necessary. Let the children spread frosting on the numbers, and sprinkle with decorations.

  • Recipe variation: If you have children that don't care for cake, you may use wheat bread with canned cheese as the topping.

You may serve the Commandment cakes with apple juice or if time allows, make the "Red Sea Sippers."

As a segue to making the "Red Sea Sippers," you may tell your students that prior to giving Moses the Ten Commandment tablets, he helped guide them out of exile in Egypt through crossing the Red Sea. Moses raised his staff and God sent a strong wind that parted the Red Sea, long enough for the people of Israel to cross through it and escape to freedom. After fleeing from Pharaoh's rule in Egypt, the people of Israel camped in the desert. It was there that Moses went up on a mountain to talk to God. God gave Moses special rules for everyone to follow. We call those rules the Ten Commandments.

Here are the directions for "Red Sea Sippers."

Hold open a Ziploc bag and pour in 1 ½ cups of milk, then sprinkle in 3 tablespoons of cherry soft drink mix. Seal the bag securely and shake it gently to mix the ingredients. Open the bag slightly at one end and slip in a straw to sip and enjoy. 

Closing:
End with a prayer.


A lesson from Augustana Lutheran Church 

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Ten Commandment Cookie Shapes to Give Away

Originally posted by Neil MacQueen

Store-bought pre-mixed cookie dough is "quick" and can be made into any shape. Bakes in about 8 minutes.

During your Bible study, create a big list of key words and images from the Ten Commandments. Discuss each. Then distribute the pre-made cookie dough. Have the kids roll it out and cut out shapes and create "cookie scenes" of important key words and images. If needed, draw out some shapes on butcher paper that the kids could lay cookie dough on.

After baking, decorate with icing (if you want to), discuss the results, then make a DISPLAY at the coffee table in the church, or by the front door where adults can see it. See if adults can guess which commandment the shapes represents, and if they get a few right, give them the cookie. Give them clues! (Have the pastor remind the adults to stop by the table).

#1 God
No Idols
Sabbath=7
Honor
Murder: you could design the opposite, which might be "protect life"
Steal: give
Lie = "truth"
Tablets
Moses face/beard
Golden calf
Mt Sinai

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