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Cecil B. DeMille's - The Ten Commandments Video

& God Rocks! - Ten Rockin' Rules or Walkin' up is Hard To Do.

From Carol:

We're going to do the Ten Commandments in January. Older kids are going to see a portion of Cecil B. DeMille's movie "The Ten Commandments". But I thought that video was a bit too much for our younger kids. I have found a recently released (Aug. 2002) suitable replacement. It's called "God Rocks! Ten Rockin' Rules or Wakin' up is hard to do". It's an animated video distributed by Standard Publishing. Suggested ages 7-12.

It was first on a single story on DVD.  Then later they discontinued the DVD and included it in their curriculum called "Because God Gave Me Rules, I Am Responsible!", 9785559815343.

God Rock Web Site under reconstruction expected back up in 2015 some time.

The premise is:

“Imagine if rocks throughout Bible history could talk! Imagine all of the stories they could tell about their experiences!”

So in this video Chip Livingstone wants to escape living under so many rules and ends up meeting the TC twins, rocks that God used to give Moses the Ten Commandments. He learns that God gave us his rules because he loves us. There is even reference to the story of the golden calf (though it's brief).

The Ten Commandments are sung as part of a song. I'm using this video not to teach what are the 10 commandments but to teach that they are from God and why God gave us them. Also I can get in the story (although briefly) about the golden calf.

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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.

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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

Moses DVD by Time Life


We showed our small group of 4-11 yr olds the Time Life DVD of Moses. Moses is played by Ben Kingsley brilliantly (all the Time Life Bible series have world class actors). It follows the biblical account closely, which I feel is very important - I don't want the children to have to "unlearn" something that is not in the Bible. It is however important to prescreen this series if you have very young children, as any scenes of fighting etc appear very real and frightening. We therefore showed the section where the people of Israel come to Mount Sinai, and hear the 10 commandments at the foot of the mountain (and stopped before it went on to the people building the golden calf while Moses is back up the mountain, Moses returning, and general slaughter of the guilty!). The section we showed has got great sound effects of trumpet and rushing wind, and cleverly has the people standing and saying what they hear (instead of a booming voice from God). We gave the non readers each a clip art picture of one thing to look out for on the dvd (mountain, jug for pouring water to wash, tent etc) and the readers each a commandment to listen out for. They had to hold up their paper when we reached that bit of the video. They loved it, and I was delighted to find how much they remembered a week later.

The Ten Commandments
Video Workshop 

Summary of Lesson Activities: 
The children will, by watching a clip from Cecile B. De Mille’s “The Ten Commandments”.  They will use of the story-mapping technique, place at least five events of the Exodus story in the correct order.

Scripture Reference:
Exodus 20: 1-21 

Lesson Objective:
The children will, by watching a clip from Cecile B. De Mille’s “The Ten Commandments”, understand where the Commandments are placed in the Exodus story sequence.

The children will, through the use of the story-mapping technique, place at least five events of the Exodus story in the correct order.

Older children will be able to identify where in their Bibles the Ten Commandments can be found. ( Exodus ).

God gives Moses the rules that He wants all of people to live by. Some of the rules talk about how we are to worship God and others talk about how we are to treat our families and our neighbors. Many of these children have recently seen the “Prince of Egypt” which told the story of Moses from the murder of the innocents until the parting of the Red Sea. We will pick up the story after the parting of the Red Sea and follow it through as time allows to Moses’ view of the Promised Land. 

There are many translations and paraphrased versions of the Ten Commandments. These are the ones from the new catechism that the curriculum committee recommends.

1st – You shall have no other Gods before me. (Ex. 20:3 Deut. 5:7)
2nd – You shall not make for yourself an idol. (Ex. 20:4; Deut. 5:8)
3rd – You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your
God. (Ex. 20:7; Deut. 5:11)
4th – Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy.
(Ex. 20:8; Deut. 5:12)
5th - Honor your father and your mother. (Ex. 20:12; Deut. 5:16)
6th – You shall not murder. (Ex. 20:13; Deut. 5:17)
7th – You shall not commit adultery. (Ex. 20:14; Deut. 5:18)
8th - You shall not steal. (Ex. 20:15; Deut. 5:19)
9th – You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
(Ex. 20:16; Deut. 5:20)
10th – You shall not covet what is your neighbor’s.
(Ex. 20:17; Deut. 5:21)

This is a set of the ten commandments that was paraphrased in the Presbyterian Publishing Bible Discovery Pathways Series.

  1. Don’t put other gods before me.
  2. Don’t worship idols.
  3. Don’t misuse God’s name.
  4. Keep the Sabbath holy.
  5. Treat your mother and father with respect.
  6. Don’t murder.
  7. Don’t commit adultery.
  8. Don’t steal.
  9. Don’t tell lies about people.
  10. Don’t wish for things that belong to others.

How are these commandments divided?
Into two tables with four commandments in the first, and six in the second:
The first table teaches us what our relation to God should be.
The second table teaches us how we should treat our neighbors.

Leader Preparation:

  • Preview video.
  • Make sure you know where to stop video and lead discussion.
  • Post questions on the wall.
  • Review operation of popcorn popper.
  • Fill pitcher with cold water from water fountain. This keeps kids from leaving theater for drinks during discussion or viewing of the video.
  • Preheat popcorn kettle and turn on warming light. Fill silver canister with popcorn and measuring cup with oil. These are the correct measurements. Salt can be added to oil or added to popcorn after it is popped.
  • For younger kids 1 batch of popcorn has been sufficient. Serve in cups.
  • For older kids 2 batches of popcorn have been necessary. Serve popcorn in bowls.
  • Popcorn is not actually made until after the video begins.


Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Welcome the children to Faithquest Theater. Ask how many children saw the Prince of Egypt. Ask them to give you a summary of the film. Tell them that today we will be seeing the most famous movie ever made about the Ten Commandments. Encourage them to go and rent it to see the entire movie, but that today we will start where the Prince of Egypt left off at the parting of the Red Sea. 

Open with a prayer. 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
Try to elicit from the children background knowledge.

  • See how many can tell you something they know about the Ten Commandments and Moses.
  • Ask who can find the 10 Commandments in the Bible.
  • Find the Ten Commandments in the Bible. (Exodus )
  • Read them or have children read them.
  • Identify which ones talk about God and which talk about getting along with people.
  • Show the movie from the prearranged starting point.
  • Discuss the questions that have been displayed on the wall, stopping the movie as needed.

Things to watch for:

  • How do you think Moses felt when he saw God?
  • How would you feel?
  • How did the Israelites feel when Moses was up on the mountain for so long?
  • What did the Israelites do to show their fear?
  • How did Moses react when he saw what they were doing?
  • What did God do to punish Moses and the Israelites?

After the video:
Artwork is displayed that matches the following five events from the story.
Moses and the Exodus; Parting of the Red Sea; Moses getting water from the rock, The Ten Commandments; the Ark of the Covenant holding the Ten Commandments.
Younger children will be given the actual pictures to put in order. Older children may use a story map to put the events in order.

Close with prayer: 

Dear Lord,
We thank you for the gift of your rules to live by. We are in awe of their power and simplicity. You performed many miracles in front of the Hebrews as you led them out of Egypt, yet they did not keep your commandments. We, too, often fail to live as you have told us to live. We thank you for your son Jesus, who makes forgiveness of our failures possible. Be with us each day as we strive to live, as your commandments show us we should.

Kids should sweep up spilled popcorn and place cups and bowls in the trash bin. Leader should empty tray and wipe out kettle with paper towel.

A lesson from Desoto Presbyterian Church
Dallas, TX 

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The Ten Commandments DVD Outline

"The Ten Commandments", by Promenade Pictures, animated, 2009, 88 minutes, 796019809443. Some areas not suitable for young children - please preview & edit as needed.

Chapter 8 - Golden Calf.  Dramatic special effects. Note:  Instead of showing the Levites killing the idol worshippers it shows the earth opening up and swallowing them.


Chapter 9 - Ten Commandments


Chapter 10 - short segment of the building of the Tabernacle and Ark.

Note: NOTHING is mentioned about the SPIES and the end of the movie has Joshua leading his people into the promised land - so I would NOT include Chapter 11.




Time Frame




A Time of Pharaohs

00:00 – 04:17




The Journey Begins

04:18 – 12:38


Baby Moses


The Truth is Told

12:39 – 21:15




Heed the Call

21:16 – 34:38


Burning Bush


Let My People Go

34:39 – 45:10


The Plagues


We Will Leave Now

45:11 – 56:20


The Red Sea


Losing Hope

56:21 – 1:06:44


The Desert Journey


Let’s Make a God

1:06:45 -1:09:07


Golden Calf


The Ten Commandments

1:09:08 - 1:15:13


Ten Commandments


Pardon Your People

1:15:14 - 1:20:08




The Promised Land

1:20:09 – 1:23:47


Moses Death


End Credits




DVD - “The Ten Commandments:  Moses and the Law” (New Superbook Series)

The Quantum family along with Joy and Gizmo are enjoying a family camp out when Chris secretly decides it’ll be more adventurous to ignore the rules laid down by his parents and the park ranger. His flagrant disregard ends up causing Superbook to send our dynamic trio on a trip back in time, so they can learn that rules are in place to protect you - not to make your life no fun!  Lesson:  God’s rules are there to help and protect us. (Animated - approx. 28 mins)

[Note:  Watching the preview it looks like it covers the story of Manna, Moses receiving the Ten Commandments, and the Golden Calf.  So there is no focus on each individual commandment].

See reviews of the "New Superbook" DVD Series for more details on this series link)


Hi Jody,


Just a heads up the movie is excellent, but it is 88 minutes long, just wanted to make sure you were aware.  When I used it, I broke it into 3 sections and showed it over 3 rotations on Moses (Baby to Burning Bush / Plagues to Red Sea / 40 Years Wandering).  


I'm sure I have the files from the website, will check tonight.   The other thing the material provided by the website are simple activity sheets, no questions or life application material.


Were you focusing on a particular part of the Moses story?




Oooops, should have looked I see your using it for the Ten commandments?

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