Lesson Learned:  God gives us rules to live by.
Materials Needed: play-doh, toothpick
Bible Verse :
Exodus 20:1-7
 1 And God spoke all these words:

 2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
 3 “You shall have no other gods before[a] me.
 4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
 7 “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
 8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
 12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
 13 “You shall not murder.
 14 “You shall not commit adultery.
 15 “You shall not steal.
 16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
 17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

Talking Points:  God gives us rules to keep us safe, just like you rmom and dad give you rules to keep you safe.  Your mommy probably tells you to hold her hand before you cross the street or to not stand on top of chairs.  These are rules to keep you safe.  We just read 10 rules, or commandments, that God gives us that we should always obey.
Questions:  What rules do you obey from your mom and dad?  Is it hard to follow the rules sometimes?  Do you know why you have to obey these rules?
Let the child flatten out a piece of play-doh like a pancake.  Then, let them use the toothpick to “write” commandments in the tablets.

Song to Sing:
To the tune of “Jingle Bells.”  (From DLKT website)

No other Gods, no idols
Don’t misuse God’s name
Keep the Sabbath holy
That’s God’s special day.  HEY!
Honor your mother and father
Don’t murder lust or steal
No false tales, don’t envy
This is God’s great deal.  HEY!

Prayer:  Dear God, thank you for giving us the 10 Commandments to follow. You give us rules to keep us safe and we want to obey them. Please help us obey. Amen!

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