Many years ago when I worked as a writer for a Sunday School curriculum called Jubilee I learned about the story telling techniques using wooden story figures developed by Sonia Stewart and Jerome Berryman. I used their method recently when I was teaching a series of lessons to the children at my church. Stewart and Berrymore’s work was published twenty five years ago but I found their technique still effective in capturing the attention of children. I placed each of these items on the story board one at a time and talked about them. I had Moses climb up the mountain at one point and stand on the top of the pear can so it looked like he was at the top of the mountain.
I tried to show that love was at the heart of the Ten Commandments.
Although I know in some life situations it is really hard, if not impossible, to follow these six rules I think they offer pretty good guidance. These same guidelines are at the heart of many other religions besides Christianity. For example the five Buddhist precepts include not killing or hurting living things and avoiding stealing and lying. The ten Hindu disciplines include telling the truth, not desiring to steal, non-violence and being content with what you have.
I tried to think of ways to state the commandments that would be relevant today and easy enough for kids to understand, but I think the Old Testament rules in such a basic form can provide a pretty straight forward guide for the daily lives of adults too.