Lesson Helps

September 2012 Sharing Time: Ten Commandments Bean Bag Toss

Preparation: Number ten separate sheets of paper with a large number 1–10. Obtain a bean bag and a picture of Moses with the stone tablets, such as Gospel Art Book #14. Get or make a poster with each of the Ten Commandments listed (large enough for the children to see the words).

Spread the numbered sheets on the floor at the front of the room.

Presentation: Using the picture of Moses, briefly retell the story of Moses obtaining the Ten Commandments from the Lord on Mount Sinai. Tell them they are going to play a game to help them remember what those commandments are.

Invite a child to come and toss the bean bag onto one of the papers. Show the children the number on the sheet. Hold up the poster and have the children read the words of that commandment together. Discuss what the commandment means. Repeat with other children and numbers until all the sheets have been picked up.

1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. (We should never pray to any object or person except Heavenly Father in Jesus’ name.)

2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. (We should never let other people or things take the place of Heavenly Father and Jesus.)

3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. (We should never use Heavenly Father’s and Jesus’ names in a bad way.)

4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. (We should always remember that Sunday is Heavenly Father’s sacred day. We should never do things on Sunday that lead us away from Heavenly Father and Jesus.)

5. Honour thy father and thy mother. (We should love and honor our parents. We should obey them and help them.)

6. Thou shalt not kill. (We should never hurt or be unkind to any living thing. We should respect Heavenly Father’s children and creatures.)

7. Thou shalt thou commit adultery. (We should always obey our marriage covenants and never do things that would make our loved ones unhappy.)

8. Thou shalt thou steal. (We should never take anything that is not ours. We should be honest.)

9. Thou shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour. (We should never judge others or speak unkindly about anyone. We should always tell the truth and love others.)

10. Thou shalt not covet. (We should not desire to have other people’s possessions. We should be grateful for what we have.)

Bear your testimony of the importance of keeping these commandments. 

Sing songs to reinforce the lesson such as, “Keep the Commandments,” Children’s Songbook 146; “Saturday,” CS 196; “Quickly I’ll Obey,” CS 197; and “I Pray in Faith,” CS 14.

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