My grandkids and I have been enjoying learning the ten commandments, complete with cute country clip art and a song or three for kids and grand children, and I hope you and yours have as well. I thought it would be fun to put together a few easy crafts and activities for all the grand kids, not to mention us seniors who help them. Here's the first.
Since I decided to buy the fun Melissa and Doug animal craft rubber stamps for kids, I wondered if I couldn't put those to good use. I pulled out computer paper (but you could also use cardstock or construction paper), the stamping supplies, as well as printed out some of my cute country clipart. These all worked together nicely for an simple collage based on the 10 commandments for kids. I even got a little extra fancy and drew a not-too-steady picture of the 10 commandments tablets for the kids to put their pictures on.
You know me. I love to help the grandkids learn through a variety of means – touch, see, read, hear, smell, etc. You can do a similar project with your own grandkids using these supplies or your own, such as stickers and free hand drawing. Instead of "winging" it like I so often do, I went ahead and made up my own to show the grandkids. It's not much, but it will give the grandkids an idea of what I mean. Then they can have fun making something even better than granny nanny. Here's the ideas I used:
- I am the LORD your God…You shall have no other gods before Me - Since even the Israelites worshiped the false calf, and that's a story my grandkids have heard, I used a stamp of a cow to represent the false gods.
- You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. We're using the big fish from the animal rubber stamps for this, and I'll use it as a good way to teach the grand kids about such things as astrology and and newspaper horoscopes and how they are wrong since people trust them instead of God.
- You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain – Since rabbits are known for being silent, I picked this adorable country girl bunny rabbit clip art, who is not only silent, she even has a flower in front of her mouth to remind her AND us to be careful what does come out of our mouths!
- Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy – I found some cute country "church mouse" clipart so it's perfect for this commandment
- Honor your father and your mother – I loved frogs and I found a family of three cute country frogs clipart. Since my grandkids know that I LOVE frogs because we can use them to remind us to Fully Rely On God, I thought using them was quite appropriate for this.
- You shall not murder – Since tigers are known for killing their prey, and I have another use for the lion, I picked on our tiger stamp for this commandment
- You shall not commit adultery – My grandchildren know that their granny nanny is a major teddy bear lover – so what better choice to remind them to always be committed to their spouse than these cute teddy bear clip art. And by the by, this is an excellent opportunity to teach them that it's NEVER too early to start praying for wisdom for their future and, if God wills, their future spouse. I was just reminded of that when I was ordering another of the Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn. My grandteen loves her books and I just noticed Ms. Gunn has also written the book, Praying for Your Future Husband. Very cool!
- You shall not steal – Since crows are so famous for stealing, farmers have to put up a favorite of our family for fall and harvest time – scarecrows. So, of course, I picked out one of my collection of country scarecrow clip art, complete with crows, to remind our grandkids – do not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. Or as the lion stamp reminds us, NO "lie-on."
- You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor – with all those items, it would take an octopus to grab everything. Hence the cute octopus stamp.
This is definitely one of those easy crafts for kids that seniors like me really appreciate. And it's a fun way of helping with teaching and visualizing the 10 commandments for our kids and grand children that can also be a blessing to us. They can make this as a picture or collage to hang in the bathroom or their bedroom to help them continue to learn the Bible memory verses or fold it up and use it as a bookmark.
The end result? Cute pictures, fun, simple, easy crafts for kids and seniors AND we had some good discussions during our crafts time, and later, all centered around what the 10 commandments means for kids, grand children and even granny nannies. What did you think of the animals I picked?
Got other ideas to share with everyone? We'd love to hear. And in the meantime, have a lovely weekend with your Sandwich Generation family!
P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I appreciate them very much and read each one. I also do my best to reply to them all but, as you can imagine, there are times (many times, lately :) ) when caregiving needs do not allow for that. Thank you for your patience and your sweet comments.