This thread is for posting Tabernacle and/or Ark of the Covenant lessons and ideas.
Here are ideas originally posted in the old Exchange and moved here.
Provide fabrics in the appropriate colors and rulers to measure for scale. Read the passages about the tabernacle from scripture and encourage the children to imagine and build the tabernacle as a group project. Or have children think about what they would most like to see in a church and why; have them work to construct that.
Kix Pix Version 3 or 4
- Have children imagine and draw.
- Import a coloring page into Kid Pix 3 of the Tabernacle (younger children can color it.)
Each group could type in the name and use of one or two areas of the tabernacle (divide areas between number of computers you have) - the computer will talk their text back to them. Then have everyone take a journey through the tabernacle by going to each computer and listening.
The younger children will need help typing, but they love to type in the words and hear it repeated back to them.
Some places to look for tabernacle pictures to color are "Christian Click Art" under Bible Stories, Old Testament, Moses has some pages. Also, check under Icons and Symbols, Jewish specific images. There are also lots of coloring pages to be found on the internet, as well.
The Ilumina Bible (OUT OF PRINT) has animated sections that include the tabernacle and priestly vestments. (Left here for anyone who already own a copy).
Have phyllo dough (following instructions so it doesn’t dry out) and water mist bottles. Allow pairs of children to imagine what kind of tent they would create if they particularly wanted to praise God. The phyllo won’t take long to bake and will look wispy.
Ad lib a dialogue between a person or group building a place of worship, and a person who asks why you need to build a special place to worship God if God is everywhere?
Take a tour of your sanctuary and look at how it was built and why.
Cindy LB posted:
I found some Tabernacle picture cards off the internet and want to use them for a game. They are pictures of the all the furnishing from a life-size Tabernacle in Israel. I believe there are 7 furnishings. Can we do some kind of game where they have to collect all the furnishings? But what?
Possibly some kind of match game or something like wheel of fortune and they win furnishings as they get the phrases correct.
Lisa M. posted:
Treat it as a puzzle. Give the kids some materials and some Biblical description of the tabernacle and see which team can put it all together. It could be big enough to walk in, or done on scale model.
Show parts of the movie “The Ten Commandments” that show life wandering in the wilderness. Discuss how it would feel to be without roots, and why it would be important to have a place of worship even when you don’t stay in one place.
Locate a ram’s horn and give children instructions in how to blow it to make a sound (it requires practice). Make horns as a craft project. Have children create a fanfare for God’s “entrance.”
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