K-10-Cs - Kids Ten Commandment Series
I was sent a copy of "The Not So Golden Calf" (commandments 1 + 2 in the Kids 10 video series). The 5 DVD set is about $70 now less than $20! Curriculum available too. This could be a good VBS series, a month-long Sunday School study of the Commandments, or children's Fellowship series.
Update: Since I originally posted this, I had the opportunity to teach with one of the DVDs in the series. My 1st-3rd graders loved it, no doubt due to the fact that it has "kids" in the story. The price is MUCH LOWER now. I've added a synopsis below of each of the 5 DVDs in the series (copied from the owner's site).
Very nicely animated. Made by the same folks who made the NEST animated Bible series, though even a little better looking I think. Much more like a MUSICAL. A priest of Aaron sings and dances "follow me" for example. Very Disney-esque in that respect (think Little Mermaid) campy but very on topic. (In fact, the gal who did Ariel's voice does some of the voices)
The 25-minute episodes take place on/around Sinai. They are mostly 'imagined' stories that fill in around the Bible story. For example... "Seth" -a young boy, is the main character, though we see plenty of Moses and the bible characters. We see extra-biblical dialog and see people giving up their jewelry for example. Jacob the little calf sings and talks (very cute).
Moses and God are depicted in powerful ways.
Dramatic special effects. But instead of killing the idol worshippers, Moses takes Aaron aside and Aaron apologizes.
In my opinion, this series is good for the 4-year-olds to 4th grade. I think it could work in a Sunday School which was doing two commandments at a time, but not for a 'rotation' which is covering all 10 in one fell swoop. GREAT for VBS --you can buy a curriculum that goes along with it.
SYNOPSIS of Kids Ten Commandments DVDs from NEST's WEBSITE:
The award-winning Kids' Ten Commandments series includes great Bible lessons for kids! This 5-DVD K*10*C collection features state-of-the-art animation and inspirational music the entire family will enjoy.
Through the adventures of Seth, an 11-year old boy, these captivating stories bring God's Ten Commandments to life for children ages 6-11. Each of the five Bible videos teaches children how to apply the Ten Commandments to their daily lives.
Featuring acclaimed Hollywood talent that includes Peter Strauss as Moses and other famous voices such as Tom Bosley, Jodi Benson, and Paul Winfield, your children will delight in learning about our great and awesome God!
The Kids' Ten Commandments (K*10*C) 5-DVD Set includes these titles:
The Not So Golden Calf-
The first episode in the series, The Not-So-Golden Calf, is based on commandments 1 and 2 - "Do not worship any other gods besides me" and "Do not make idols of any kind."
While Moses is up on Mount Sinai, the people of Israel lose faith and are convinced by Hazzaka, the leader of the evil-doers, to build and worship a "golden calf." Hazzaka selects Seth's calf, Jacob, as the "model" for the idol. In the midst of their new popularity, Seth and Jacob get big heads and turn their backs on God. Thankfully, before things get out of hand, Moses returns with the Ten Commandments to reinforce that there is only one living God, and worshiping someone or something above God is a huge mistake.
The Rest is Yet to Come-
The second episode in the series, The Rest is Yet to Come, is based on commandments 3 and 4 -- "Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God" and "Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy."
When Seth's mom, Leila, is called away, snarly old Jeshanah is asked to take care of Seth. Not the wisest choice, since Jeshanah swears (conveniently an animal noise or sound covers the actual words) and proudly sings of his warped sense of values. Plus, Jeshanah makes Seth and all the animals work themselves to the bone on the Sabbath. Thankfully, Moses and Seth's mom arrive in time to set Jeshanah straight.
A Life and Seth Situation-
The third episode in the K-10-C series, A Life and Seth Situation, is based on commandments 5 and 6 - "Honor your father and mother" and "Do not murder."
When Seth and his friend, Ephraim, go for a "sleepover" on the outskirts of camp against their parents' better advice, they encounter a ragtag bandit (special guest star Lou Diamond Phillips) and his gang on a pursuit across the desert. A sandstorm forces them into a cave that just happens to be the bad guys' hideout. The boys learn the value of obeying their parents and the sanctity of human life in this exciting, adventure-filled episode.
Stolen Jewels, Stolen Hearts-
Stolen Jewels, Stolen Hearts helps kids understand the meaning and importance of commandments 7 and 8 -- "Do not commit adultery" and "Do not steal."
Trouble comes to the Israelites' camp when Simeon (special guest star John Schneider), a handsome singer, literally turns the tents upside down with his lively songs and pocket-picking monkey, Martel. "Anything goes" is Simeon's rule as he unsuccessfully tries to steal the heart of another man's wife. Meanwhile, Amos the rat becomes the "fall guy" for Martel as he steals valuables from people in the camp. Kids will want to watch this action-filled, entertaining story over and over again as they learn about God and his instructions for their lives.
Toying With The Truth-
In Toying With the Truth, kids understand the meaning and importance of two of God's 9th and 10th commandments -- "Do not testify falsely against your neighbor" and "Do not covet."
The finest clothes, the best toys, the coolest pet ... Seth becomes jealous of his best friend, Ephraim, and longs to be "the boy who has everything." When he accidentally breaks Ephraim's amazing one-of-a-kind toy, Seth keeps quiet and lets his friend take the blame until wise Ben-Ami, the toy maker, helps guide him to do what's right. Join the adventure as God's presence fills the tabernacle and the people of Israel continue their journey to the Promised Land in the Kid's Ten Commandments series finale.
*Each Feature DVD has a run time of approximately 30 minutes and teaches two of the Ten Commandments.
*English Language Only