Bible Memory Verses Fun-Teaching The Ten Commandments to Our Children & Grandchildren-1

by Kaye Swain

The 10 Commandments for the Sandwich Generation granny nanny grand kids and your grand children

A cute book for teaching children and grand kids the ten commandmentsIt's hard to believe but the school year for our kids and grandkids is coming to an end. And the Awana program at our church has already finished for the year. No more Bible memory verses  for the grandkids til September? Ahhhh, but that's where this Sandwich Generation granny nanny comes in. I love teaching them to "hide God's Word in their hearts" ALL year long, so each summer for the past few years, we've done our own little mini-program of encouraging Bible verses for children and grandchildren. And for the last two years, I've shared them here at SandwichINK. Last year, we worked on teaching 1 Corinthians 13 – Love is patient and kind to the grandkids. The year before, it was the Fruit of the Spirit. This year, it's the Ten Commandments for the children and grandchildren. 

Did you know that, while all churches use the same passage of Scripture for the 10 commandments – Exodus 20 – they don't all divide it the same? I memorized them when I was very young, using the Lutheran catechism. Since half of my grandkids will be using a different catechism, I'm going to use theirs as my guide as I pull their Bible memory verses directly from the Bible, using my beloved New American Standard Bible (NASB), though I may also read the passage from other versions to help them get a fuller grasp of it. Here's the first commandment for the kids and grandkids – complete with cute country clip art. :)

First commandment of the ten commandments for children and grand kids - clip art

I am the LORD your God…You shall have no other gods before Me. Exodus 20:2-3

Because of the wide span of ages of my grandkids, I'm going to focus on short and easy Bible memory verses for the children. But I will be reading them the whole section of Scripture that covers each verse and I'll share the whole section here as well, for any of you who want their kids and grandkids to learn extra. 

I'll also be sharing craft ideas and activities along with fun books and songs I turn up to help us all as we work together to learn this important passage from the Word of God. And, as the Heidelberg Catechism points out quite wonderfully, "QUESTION 103. Can any man keep these ten commandments perfectly? ANSWER. No mere man, since the fall of Adam, ever did or can keep the ten commandments perfectly. QUESTION 104. Of what use are the ten commandments to us? ANSWER. They teach us our duty, and show our need of a Savior." What a great reason to learn these inspirational Bible verses, don't you think? 

For more encouraging and comforting Bible verses and pictures for the Sandwich Generation, join us at Internet Cafe Devotions for Word-Filled Wednesday. And for more posts in this series:

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P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. I do my best to reply to them all but value your patience when that isn\'t possible.

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1 Wanda

Kaye, I love your commitment to sowing the Word of God in the hearts of your grandchildren. An awesome legacy to leave them. Happy WFW!

2 ozjane

Great work. I am so grateful for those who helped me hide God’s word in my heart as a child.
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3 From the Heart

What a beautiful and fun way to teach the Ten Commandments.

4 lori

Kaye, you are giving them such a beautiful gift…Scripture and your time…what blessed kiddos they are!!

LOVE this #1!! So cute!!
peace,
lori

5 Kari

I think it is wonderful that you have come up with ways to help your grandchildren hide the Word in their hearts. How wonderful!

6 Kaye Swain

Hi Kari, Thank you for popping over. I am blessed that God gave me that strong desire years ago and keeps enabling me to do it! It’s truly a joy! :)

7 Kaye Swain

Thanks Lori! :) I really enjoy doing this and it definitely keeps reminding me to do it. So it’s a lovely circle of joy :)

8 Kaye Swain

Thanks Alice! Praying for you and your husband! :)

9 Kaye Swain

Oh Jane, what a great point. I, too, am so grateful for my years of parochial education that piled in the encouraging and uplifting Bible verses. I am afraid I was slow at really growing in the Lord, but once I truly committed my life to Him, I really saw Him put those verses to great use. :) And I know He was using them even before that to draw me to Him – slowly but surely. Thanks for a great reminder and THANK YOU to all the wonderful people who planted God’s Word in my heart through the years. :)

10 Kaye Swain

Hi Wanda, Thank you! Surrounded by grandboys who love their guns, bows, and arrows (grandgirls do too, come to think of it :) ), I’m not fully enamored with all those weapons. But encouraging and inspirational Bible verses ARE “weapons” I DO love and put to good use as often as possible! :)

11 Joan

Kaye – this is a wonderful idea – firmly planting the words of scripture in those little minds. I love the graphic.

Blessings,
Joan
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12 Whidbey Woman

There are so many other “gods” in the world trying to pull our kids away from the truth. Kaye, you provide such great tools to equip them with the word! Bless you.

13 Karen

Great idea, Kaye, to help the kiddos learn scripture. I hope to do that, too. I learned a lot of verses, hymns, and theology from my catechism in 8 years of Lutheran school! I think that’s why I have such a good memory-or used to! :o ) Thanks for your visit. blessings, k
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14 Nikola

Do you have the rest of the commandments in such a simple yet beautiful presentation? I would love to have a copy

15 Kaye Swain

Hi Nikola, I will be doing one new one each Wednesday til they are all completed plus I’ll be writing posts on other days – especially Fridays with supplementary ideas and activities for this project. I have already found some great songs and videos to go with them that I’ll be sharing over the next few weeks. Thanks for visiting. :)

16 Kaye Swain

Thanks, Joan! :)

17 Kaye Swain

Thank you Whidbey Woman. You and your family continue to be in my prayers and I had fun voting for Ron’s tulip – gorgeous photo! :)

18 Kaye Swain

Hi Karen – ME TOO! Would you believe it – I still have one of the small catechisms we used for the school those many years ago. :) I now differ on a few things with it, but overall, it’s a wonderful Christian resource and encouragement full of great Scriptures to back up his points.

19 amydeanne

great idea Kaye! We had actually made them memorize the scripture and it was good.. but took a long time! :)

Happy Mother’s Day! my sweet friend!

20 Kaye Swain

Hi Amy, It’s a great passage and my goal is for them to memorize most of it, but in short little bites. A good speed for them – especially since I just found out they are now working on their Upwards soccer Bible memory verses ;) So that is two “bites” per week. Have a blessed Mother’s Day as well! :) :) :)

21 bettyl

Wonderful reminder for all!
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22 Debbie

This is a wonderful idea! I like the idea of adding catechism questions, too. We’re not from any denomination, so I’ll have to look for a catechism to use! We’re moving soon, so maybe our new church will have something they use.

23 Mary Ann DiLoreto

Hi Kaye,

I love your blog! My two youngest (7 and 11) are enjoying memorizing scripture. They just learned The Lord’s Prayer and they are so excited to keep learning.

I will be sure to visit often… you have so much to share. I am also a caregiver. My mother has lived with me for almost 30 years. First she was caring for my kids…. and now I care for her.

God bless!
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24 Misty

I LOVE what you have done with the 10 commandments. I am actually planning to use it in my Sunday School class of 4-5 year olds. I don’t see commandments 9 or 10. Did I miss them? Thanks..

25 Kaye Swain

Hi Misty, thank you – and HOW EXCITING to hear how you will use them. I pray God will use them to bless all those little hearts! :) . And nope – you haven’t missed them. I took a short break for the 4th of July, and the last two will come out this week and next, along with the Two Great Commandments from the New Testament the week after that. :)

26 Chris

What a great idea you have here and we can use this to help our little ones memorize other verses of the Bible, too
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27 Kaye Swain

Thanks Chris – and thanks for your lovely visit. :)

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