Are you looking for a good book to help you with teaching the ten commandments to your kids and grandkids? While working on our spring/summer Bible memory verses project centered all around the 10 Commandments, I found the cutest book for children. it is geared for ages 3-7 so it's a bit on the young side for my older grandkids. But I'm going to read it to them at least once to help cement in some of the Bible basics we've been working on. For ages 7 and under, though, it's great and I'm already looking forward to sharing it with my younger grandkids on our next visit.
The Ten Commandments for Little Ones by Allia Zobel Nolan is full of cute and colorful illustrations of children learning the 10 commandments for kids. She uses the same order of commandments we've been following, with the fifth commandment reminding kids to honor their parents, and the coveting commandments being combined into the tenth commandment.
She begins the book with an introductory story of how God gave Moses the ten commandments in the first place.
She then writes out each commandment, provides a bit of Biblical background for the reason behind the commandment, and gives the children a question to help them apply it to their lives. Some examples from the second commandment include:
"Rule 2: Worship God, not things"
"A long time ago, people made IDOLS of gold, silver, wood, and stone, and they called those handmade things 'gods…'"
"[God] wants us to love Him above all, and He doesn't want anything else to take first place in our lives – not toys, computer games, TV, friends…"
I especially appreciated how she handled the seventh commandment. She explains that when two people get married, "they promise to only love each other and not to love anyone else in that same special way." Then she weaves that around Joseph and Potiphar's wife as a positive example of running away from sin.
At the end of the book, you will find ten questions and answers to provide a mini-Ten Commandments devotional for your kids and grandkids along with some ideas for questions you can discuss with them. There's even a little vocabulary for words such as idol, blessing, jealous, and worship.
All in all, this is a great little book, wonderful for teaching and I highly recommend it. I'm so glad I bought The Ten Commandments for Little Ones for my grand children! It's great for homes and in the Sunday School classroom as well. It would definitely make a lovely gift for you to share with your grandchild's teacher.