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Shavuot With Kids: The 10 Commandments

Shavuot With Kids: The 10 Commandments

In this Shavuot project, each of the 10 fingers becomes a place holder for one of the 10 Commandments. This project makes an attractive finished piece, helps students learn the 10 Commandments, and provides a jumping off point for discussion about the ways in which we hold mitzvot in our hands and our hearts.

  • For younger students, this may be a conversation about literal ways we fulfill the 10 Commandments with our hands – baking Shabbat challah, for example.
  • For older students, study of text from Vahavta is fitting. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart…..” “You shall bind them as a sign upon your hand….”

For younger children, the wording for the 10 Commandments should be carefully adapted to be age appropriate. Books including Ten Good Rules Counting Book by Susan Remick Topek and Tod Cohen inspire age-appropriate wording.