The Ten Commandments
Summary of Lesson Activities:
Children will use puppets to act out scenarios that violate the ten commandments.
- Students will learn the commandments.
- Students will understand which commandments tell them how to love and glorify God.
- Students will learn which commandments tell them how to love each other.
- Younger students will come to know God’s will by understanding the basic commandments.
- Older students will come to know the will of God by understanding the broader meaning of each commandment.
- Students will be able to recognize day to day situations that call them to contrition and call them to ask for God’s forgiveness.
God gave Moses the Ten Commandments to tell the people how God wanted them to live. He knew that all men needed to make changes in their lives if they were to experience that fullness of life, which God always intended them to have. Some of these laws tell us how to worship God and to show our love for Him, while others tell us how we should love and live in harmony with each other.
- Have the Ten Commandments posted on the wall. Use large script so that they may be read easily.
- Gather the materials.
- Read the scripture ahead of time.
- Hand puppets will be used to present the scenarios to the younger children. You will need at least two adults for this. Scenarios are very short and require no props or scenery.
- Copies of the scenarios.
Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself.
Open with a prayer.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
- Ask students to review the commandments. If it is the first workshop, read the scripture.( Ex. 20:3-17 )
- Have students identify which commandments tell us how to love God and which ones command us to love each other.
- Ask students why God gave Moses the Ten Commandments.
- Distribute scenarios to older students. Assign parts. Tell students to listen carefully to each scene and then decide which commandment has been violated and how. Next, ask what they would have done in each situation that would have been in keeping with that commandment. (Some scenarios might violate more than one commandment.)
- For younger children: After each scene ask them what occurred and discuss with them the commandment that was broken. Ask them what they could do in each situation to keep the commandment.
Have students sit quietly for a few minutes and think about those things in their lives that make it hard for them to keep the commandments. Think about what they can begin to do in order to make changes in those areas.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for caring so much about us and for the plan you have for us to lead a life that is full of joy and peace and love. When we understand and follow the laws you gave to Moses a long time ago, we will be experiencing that fullness. We do not always keep your commandments. We ask for your forgiveness and ask that you help us to know what you expect of us in difficult situations.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
First person dials telephone.
Second person answers: Hello.
First person: Hi! Are you going to the movies with us this
Second person: My mother says I can’t go because I need to clean the
garage before Aunt Jane comes. Mom’s just being a
stupid witch about this whole thing. She knew how
badly I wanted to see that movie. She’s crazy if she
thinks I’m going to work away the afternoon just
because she’s too lazy to do the cleaning herself.
1st child: How did you do on your report card?
2nd child: I got a D, but I shouldn’t have. My English teacher, Mr.
Schultz is a real jerk and I told him he was a jerk right
to his face.
1st child: Didn’t you get into trouble?
2nd child: Yeah, but the principal is such a pea brain that he
probably won’t do anything about it.
Parent to child: I want you to come straight home from school this
Child: I can’t. I’m going to Pete’s to hang out for a while.
Parent: No, I want you to come home to watch your brother while I go
to the dentist.
Child: I have to watch him all the time. He’s not my child, he’s
yours, and you should take care of him. I’m not going to
1st person: Did you se that new kid in school today?
2nd person: You mean the funny looking one with the big ears and red
1st person: Yeah! He must have rats living in that hair; and did you
get a load of how he talked! He sounds like a real
hillbilly and dresses like one too.
2nd person: Yeah, he’s a real geek. I certainly don’t want him for a
1st person: Would you like to come to my pool party Saturday?
2nd person: Sure. Sounds like fun. Who else is coming?
1st person: Oh, Jan, Sue, Carol, Jim, John, Dan, and all the kids in
our Sunday school class except Kim, I can’t stand her.
I hate all Oriental people with their slanted eyes and
dark skin. They aren’t the same as we are.
1st person: (to one who has jostled him) Hey, what’s wrong with you,
you clumsy oaf? Can’t you see two feet in front of
yourself? What’s wrong, four eyes, aren’t those glasses
doing their job or are they just there to enhance your
1st person: Do you know what Sue did to me?
2nd person: No, tell me.
1st person: She said she would go to the movies with me yesterday,
but she called and told me she was sick and couldn’t make
it. I decided I would go play miniature golf instead of
going to the movie and when I got there, Sue was there
2nd person: What did you do?
1st person: Well, I walked up to her and said, “I thought you were
sick”, and she said, “Well, I guess I got caught”, and
then she laughed and walked away.
2nd person: Wow! I bet you were mad.
1st person: I was and I still am. I’m going to get even with her if
it’s the last thing I ever do. I’m going to make her pay.
Liz: Joe and I are looking for an apartment. We need a place that
is close to both our offices and a place that will let Joe keep
his dog. Do you know of a place?
Friend: No, I don’t know of any place off hand, but I guess
congratulations are in order. I had no idea you and Joe
were getting married. When is the big day?
Liz: Oh, we’re not getting married. We just decided it made more
sense to live together for a couple of years. We can save some
money and see what happens. We don’t want to rush into
Dana: Carl, I’m very unhappy with our marriage. We don’t
communicate most of the time and we don’t have fun anymore.
I just don’t think I want to be married to you anymore.
Carl: I’m not happy either, Dana. There is a girl at work who
really understands me. She’s a lot of fun and I find myself
wanting to be with her more and more. I think we should get
divorced and give ourselves a chance to be happy again.
Gene: Hey, guys! My parents are out for the evening and I’ve got
this X rated movie my friend gave me that I’m dying to see.
Want to come over and watch it with me?
The guys: Do we ever! What time do you want us there?
George: Do you know Susie Croft?
Sam: Yeah, I’ve seen her around. Boy, is she really built!
George: Is she ever! What I wouldn’t do to get her alone
somewhere. I daydream about it all the time.
Jill: Marsha, I’m pregnant with Ron’s baby and he doesn’t want to
get married. He says we are too young to be saddled with a
Marsha: That certainly is a shocker, Jill. What are you going to do?
Jill: Ron gave me the money and I’m having an abortion this
afternoon. It’s the simplest way for all of us.
Jenny: I was sick last night and didn’t feel like studying for our
math exam today. I’m really having a hard time understanding
that last chapter. Are you?
Friend: No, I think I’ll be okay. I haven’t had a problem lately
and I had plenty of time to study for the exam.
Jenny: I sit behind you in class and if I get stuck, could I just
tap you on the back and maybe your could move to the side so
I could see your answers?
Friend: I don’t think that would be the right thing to do. What if
we get caught?
Jenny: Please do this for me if you ‘re really my friend. I
couldn’t help it if I was sick. You know I would do the same
Friend: Well, okay, but we need to have a plan.
Tom: Someone broke into the school last night and smashed all the
lockers, messed up all the files, and broke a lot of
furniture. The police are questioning everyone.
Friend: Yeah, I know. They questioned me. I told them I didn’t
know anything about it; I don’t want to get in any trouble
with them. I know who did it though, but I won’t squeal on
Mary: I have to go to the store to buy some typing paper. I’m
almost out of it.
Friend: Oh, I’ll give you as much typing paper as you need.
Mary: I don’t want to use up all of your paper. Besides, it’s too
Friend: Don’t worry about it. It doesn’t cost anything. They have
piles of it at work and I just bring home what I need. I
never have to buy paper, pencils, or any office supplies.
John: Hey, Jack! Are you washing your car again today? Didn’t you
just do it yesterday?
Jack: Yes, but I drove through some mud and got the tires all dirty.
John: Don’t we have a water usage ban in effect? We are so low on
water they say we might not have enough to drink in a few
Jack: Yeah, but I don’t care. This water I’m using won’t make any
1st person: I’m giving ½ of my allowance this week to the church
2nd person: That’s a lot isn’t it? I work hard for my money and I’m
not going to part with it unless it’s something really
1st person: I’ve enjoyed our Sunday school class so much. It has inspired me to devote some time each day to meditate and pray.
2nd person: I don’t have time to do all that. I have so many
activities I’m involved in at school, and I don’t want to
give up any of them.
1st person: Would you like to go to the movies with me on Friday evening?
2nd person: Wait just a minute. Let me see what my horoscope says.
1st person: You have got to be kidding. You don’t really believe in
that stuff, do you?
2nd person: I surely do. I don’t do anything without consulting the
stars. If it says I shouldn’t do something, then I
1st person: What is wrong with you? You seem to be very upset.
2nd person: The big game is tonight and I left my lucky pig at home.
If I don’t talk to my pig and ask him to bring me luck,
we won’t win the game.
1st person: You believe that really works?
2nd person: Oh, yeah. I talk to my pig all the time, and he helps
me. I even thank him when things go right. If I don’t
have him with me all the time I get into trouble.
1st person: Are you cooking something for lunch?
2nd person: Yeah, I’m frying hamburgers.
1st person: I think they might be burning; I smell smoke.
2nd person: Oh my God! They are burned and the skillet is ruined.
1st person: I’ll see you in church Sunday, right?
2nd person: I don’t know if I’ll be there or not. I think I’ll sleep
in late and then go to brunch.
1st person: Did you hear Joe yelling at Sam?
2nd person: He was really angry, wasn’t he?
1st person: He surely was. He called Sam all kind of names and told
him where to go in no uncertain terms. I won’t repeat
what he said.
1st person: Can you come over to visit after church tomorrow?
2nd person: No, I’m leaving church early because I have so much work
to do. I want to clean my house and wash the car and
wash the dog.
1st person: Hey, did you hear about what happened to Betty?
2nd person: No, do you have some dirt on her?
1st person: Boy, do I ever. Listen up!
1st person: I broke the remote controller to the TV this morning and
Mom and Dad are going to be really mad.
2nd person: How did you do that?
1st person: I put it on the floor and forgot about it. When I got up
I stepped on it. I won’t say anything when Mom asks me
what happened to it. Maybe she will think either John or
Jim did it. We will all say we didn’t do it and they
will never know who really did it.
1st person: Mom, can I have a Gucci handbag? I would love to have a
Mom: No, they are very expensive and you can find something just as
serviceable for a lot less money.
1st person: Mom, please. I’ve got to have it. Everybody who is
anybody has one. I don’t know what I’ll do if I can’t
have it. Please, I want it so bad. Everyone has one.
Even Jenny has one. You just want me to be different.
Don: Do you know Janice Peak?
Rich: Isn’t she Joe’s girlfriend?
Don: Yes, but I think she is really special. I wish she was my
girlfriend. I can’t get her out of my mind, and I’m going to
do everything I can do to take her away form him.
Rich: You are going out with Millie right now, and she is a very
Don: I know, but I want Janice.
Moderator: Joan and Jerry are getting married, saying their wedding
Joan: Jerry, I promise to stay married to you all my life and I will
never leave you for another man.
Jerry: Joan, I promise to stay married to you all my life also and
to help take care of you and any children we may have
Moderator: Three years after Joan and Jerry were married we over
hear this conversation.
Joan: Jerry, I’m sorry, but I met another man and I love him. I
don’t love you anymore.
Jerry: I’m very hurt, Joan, but I guess you don’t want to be married
to me anymore.
Joan: No, I don’t, so I’m moving out of the house so I can be with
1st person: Did you know John got into a fight last night?
2nd person: No. What happened? Was he hurt?
1st person: He and another person were fighting over something very
silly. I think it was about whom should have the last
cookie on the plate. Anyway, the other guy hit John and
pushed him so hard he fell down and hit his head on the
table. He couldn’t get up, so they took him to the
hospital and they don’t think he will live.
2nd person: All that because of a little fight over something so
1st person: Did you read in today’s newspaper about the woman who was
arguing with her boyfriend? She was carrying a gun and
she shot him three times.
2nd person: She must have hated him very much to shoot him.
1st person: Yes, and she let that hatred be the cause of taking
another person’s life.
Father: What is that all over your clothes? And look, it’s all over
the kitchen table too.
Child: I wanted to make my toys a different color.
Father: Let me see what you have done. Oh my, it’s red paint!
Didn’t I tell you to never open the paint, that it is not a
Child: I guess so.
Father: Your clothes are ruined and so is the table.
Mother to child: I want you to pick up your toys now.
Child: (whining) I don’t want to do it right now; I’m tired.
Mother: I’m going to put the laundry away and when I get back I
expect the toys to be up. (Mother leaves the room.)
Mother: (coming back) Your toys are still exactly where they were
when I left here. Didn’t I tell you to put them away?
Child: I told you I didn’t want to pick them up. You do it.
1st person: Come on Lillie. Let’s say prayers before we eat.
Lillie: Who hears your prayers?
1st person: Well, I pray to God and He hears my prayers.
2nd person: I don’t want to pray to your God. I’m going to pray to
the moon and the sun.
1st person: Lillie, you can’t pray to the moon. The moon can’t hear
Lillie: Well, I can’t see your God, but I can see the moon. Hey, I
know. Let’s make our own God out of modeling clay and then
we can see to whom we are praying.
1st person: Jennie yelled at me today when I accidentally stepped on
2nd person: Oh yes, I heard her. She really said some bad words to
you and she called you some bad names, too.
1st person: She cursed me and that’s something my mom told me never
1st person: Can you stand on your head?
2nd person: Nope, but I wish I could. Can you?
1st person: Sure. Watch me. (Stands on head.)
2nd person: Oh my God, can you teach me to do that?
Jane: Sarah, I’ll see you at Sunday school and church on Sunday,
Sarah: I’m not going this week. I’m going to sleep late and them
I’m going to a party. I might not be in church for a long
time because I’d rather play with my friends.
Mother: Tommy, have you been eating candy?
Tommy: No, I haven’t.
Mother: What is that brown stuff all over your face?
Tommy: I don’t know. Probably nothing.
Mother: Let me see. Just as I thought. You have been eating
1st person: Amy told me it was okay for me to come to her house for a
sleep over last night. But guess what happened?
2nd person: I don’t know. Did she get sick and have a tummy ache?
1st person: No. When I called to see what time I should be there,
her mother told me Amy had not asked permission to
have anyone over.
2nd person. What did you do?
1st person: I didn’t get to go so I was really disappointed and I
cried too. I had already packed my suitcase.
Terry: Mom, I want a dolly just like Kelly’s.
Mom: You can’t have a dolly like Kelly’s because you don’t have any
Terry: I want a dolly just like Kelly’s. I want it really, really
much. Could you buy it for me, Mommy?
Mom: No, I can’t. The doll is too expensive, and besides, you have
many dolls, in your room you don’t even play with.
Terry: (Louder) I want that dolly. I want that dolly.
Mom: Quiet, Terry. I said no.
Terry: (Crying and screaming) I want that dolly. I want Kelly’s
1st person: I really wish I had a pair of shoes like yours. They are
2nd person: Thank you. I think they are pretty too.
1st person: I mean I really want those shoes. Will you trade shoes
2nd person: No, I don’t want to.
1st person: (muttering under his or her breath) I’ve got to have
those shoes. I have to find a way to get them.
A lesson written by rotation.org member pajs from: Desoto Presbyterian Church
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