Tower of Babel Lessons and Ideas
Post your Tower of Babel lesson plans and ideas and lesson plans for all workshops here in this discussion.
Add your Tower of Babel lesson ideas here by using the "Post Reply" button below.
- We had the older kids make "bricks" out of Sculpey clay at the beginning. After the bricks were baked and cooled, we had the kids write: "Put God First" on them and take them home as a reminder. While the "bricks" baked, we did other activities including the "babbling" idea from the Chidlren's ministry site you mentioned. Posted by Jaymie Derden
- We'll be covering the Tower of Babel as part of one of our summer rotations. I like the idea of Jenga blocks and having them build without being able to communicate - hadn't thought of that. Have any of you used the Magic Nuudles from craft stores? They're sort of like styrofoam peanuts and they stick together if you dampen them (they also dissolve if they get too wet - the kids love them). I'd thought about letting the kids build a tower with those or maybe trying to make some type of mud bricks. So many fun things to choose from ... Posted by LeighD
- have kids make Dioramas of scene.
For the craft workshop the children will cut out pictures from magazines that represent things that keep them from putting God first.The pictures will be glued onto shoe boxes and used to build a "Tower of Babble" that can easily be knocked down. We will have printouts of the Lord's Prayer that we will then use to cover over the pictures on the boxes and permanently connect the boxes together, signifying the strength of our tower/ now altar, built in praise of God. Posted by sweetcarol
CLAY TOWER OR RELIEF MAP - Have children create a tower from clay. Use pictures from an atlas for help. Or make a relief map of a particular country. Posted by Julie Burton
- The younger children built towers out of big boxes. Posted by Jaymie Derden
- Then everyone made their own edible towers of Babel using vanilla wafers as the base and mini-marshmallows and icing. They had a good time trying to see how tall their towers could get. (And eating them!)
Posted by Jaymie Derden
- We had fun with a three-way cookie recipe. We started out with the basic dough and then added different combinations (according to the recipe) to come up with different varieties. Although, right now I can't remember how we made it tie in ).
While they were baking, the teacher I was working with had the kids line up by size and then had them "cover" the space available in different ways--scrunched together to spread out--and then talked about how we could "cover more area" for God if we weren't all scrunched together. It really went a lot better than I'm describing....
Posted by Beth B
- As for cooking, the only thing that came to mind right away was Charoseth, an apple dish served in Seders to symbolize the mortar used in the bricks while the Israelits were in slavery. Posted by Julie Burton
- have teams try to build the highest tower, starting in English, then gradually change to jibberish. Or, you could see if your local library has tapes (video or audio) in other languages. Borrow several tape players; play all the tapes at once. How does that sound? Do you think it sounded something like that when God confused the languages? Posted by Julie burton
I've also got a pretty good piece for the games workshop. Start with building a tower from Jenga blocks. The kids must work together to build it as tall as possible without it falling over. Next have them create a "babel" language of their own. When they are comfortable with that they can try building the tower again using the babel language. Discussion questions can center on how hard it is to build when you can't understand others-how did it feel? How can you work together to bridge the communication gaps?
Used a lot of the ideas posted here. Kids enjoyed the story. Not a story covered in previous lessons when we followed other traditional formats. Had the kids make a human pyramid. Required working together to achieve. Can't make it real high. Posted by Phelpsfamily
- if your hymnal has global hymns in it, pick a familiar one that has more than one language with it. Do the English words first, then try to sing in the other language. This passage has also been linked to Pentecost, when all the people could understand what was being said in their own languages. Posted by Julie burton
- Learn a song in another language. (Your hymnal should have some simple tunes. "Cantad El Senor" is an easy one.) Posted by Julie Burton
- I'd probably do something with CDs. Having at least 3 playing at the same time and have the kids try to figure out the words to the song. That way they get an idea as to the confusion. Otherwise, I would find a CD with a different language (one the students would not know) Ex: Greek, Hebrew, ... Play that and ask the students what is being said. I'd then go into the story and remind them of the confusion they experience. Talk about the feelings. In the end I'd probably have the develop a language or secret code. Posted by Wendy in Roch
Teach them Jesus Loves Me in Spanish (or another language) and sign language. Posted by Phelpsfamily
I remember that the beginning of the play Godspell has the group singing "Babble, Babble ... until John the Baptist calls them to prepare the Way of the Lord. You may want to see if a movie version does the same. Posted by Pam K
Godspell DVD does not include the song "Babble, Babble"
Moderator adds: Here is a link to a Scene Guide created by Matt Page (UK). Note: the DVD chapter index follows the Songs.
- We are definitely going to use the idea about the Godspell Prologue song "Babble, babble". The challenge now is coming up with lyrics that reflect the lives of our children, so that they really understand the message here. If time allows we also plan to teach the Lord's Prayer in sign language. Posted by sweetcarol
- rent a video in another language. (Some of the VeggieTales are available in Spanish). Discuss how difficult it was to watch a video they couldn't understand. Posted by Julie burton
- building the tower "to the heavens" was an exercise in vanity. Have they ever tried to do something to build themselves up, but not for the glory of God? How does it feel to be some place and not understand the language? (This would be a good place to talk about immigrants in your area - how are they welcomed?) Posted by Julie burton
- I did a children's sermon one time comparing the Statue of Liberty with the Tower of Babel. All around me were people speaking different languages. It was beautiful, but very confusing! Posted by Julie burton
Invite someone who speaks another language to class:
- Do you have any foreign exchange students who attend your church or local high school? We had a student from Switzerland come and talk in her home language. I had her read the story from her Bible she brought with her. The kids were amazed to hear and see a Bible written in a different language. They asked lots of questions and she answered them in Swiss and English. It was a great lesson. Posted by jenny
- Fortunately for me, one of my Board members knows several different languages. He is teaching the kids "polite" phrases in different languages and one of the hymns to sing in front of the congregation one morning. He's also got a Spanish woman coming in to talk about Cinco de Mayo.
- Forget-Me-Not Bible Story Activities, Group, (ISBN: 1559456337) if anyone else is looking for Tower of Babel ideas. The have directions for brick making, the words to Jesus loves Me in Spanish, and a lot more. Posted by Debby