Joshua and the Battle of Jericho Bible Crafts
Bible Lesson, Bible Crafts, and Games About Joshua and the Battle of Jericho
In this lesson children learn that God is all powerful and that he keeps his promises. A Complete Lesson with early arrival activities, crafts, Bible verse review games, etc. is available to members of Danielle's Place or The Resource Room. Following are some crafts and activities from the lesson.
Color a Picture of 7 Priests Blowing 7 Horns on the 7th Day
Joshua Fights the Battle of Jericho 3D Bible Scene
This 3D stand-up Bible scene includes four soldiers, seven priests blowing horns, priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant and the walls of Jericho with Rehab's house. When the people shout all the walls fall down except for Rahab's house.
What you will need:
Card Stock (Heavy Paper), Colored Pencils, Scissors, Glue or Tape
How to Make the Bible Scene of Jericho and the Priests:
1. Before class print out the Jericho, priests, and Ark of the Covenant patterns onto card stock and cut them out.
2. In class have your children color the figures.
3. Fold up the bottom of the priests and soldiers to make them stand up.
4. Fold back all the sides of the Jericho pattern and glue the pieces together at the ends to make a rectangle shape as shown in the picture. Use the figures as a display as you tell the story, or have the children set them up to review the story after the lesson.
Make a Horn Craft
Make a horn with the words "God Keeps His Promises" on it.
Act Out the Story
Use the ark of the covenant from last weeks lesson (above) and the horns from this weeks lesson. Cut out some sword shapes from cardboard. Assign each child a part or use the cards from the game below to randomly assign a part. Have the children line up according to the story. Have them march around the city of Jericho singing, "Joshua fought the battle of Jericho" or have them march around the city pretending to blow their horns, six times and then seven more times for the seventh day. Then have them shout and pretend the walls are falling down.
Joshua 21:45 - KJV - Bible Verse Review Activity Sheet
Children use the grid to figure out the missing letters in the Bible verse.
Joshua 21:45 - NIV - Bible Verse Review Activity Sheet
Children use the word grid to find words that will fit in the blanks. There are also definitions of some of the missing words. When a children think they have solved the puzzle, they look up the verse in the Bible to check their work.
Play a "Prepare for Battle" Game
What you will need:
A Box or Replica of the Ark of the Covenant
How to make:
1. Before class make cards with pictures of horns, the ark of the covenant and swords. You will need seven horns, four arks, and all the rest swords.
2. Print an "R" on half the swords. (If you don't have that many students take out some of the horns and two of the arks.
3. In class read Joshua 6:8-10 - "When Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets before the Lord went forward, blowing their trumpets, and the ark of the Lord’s covenant followed them.The armed guard marched ahead of the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard followed the ark. All this time the trumpets were sounding. But Joshua had commanded the army, “Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!”
Tell your children to listen to the description of how Joshua had the soldiers, and priests line up to walk around the city.
4. Explain to the children that you will hand each child a card. The horns represent the priests, the arks represent the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant, and the swords represent the guards. If they get a sword with an "R" printed on it, it means they are rear guards. The sword pictures without "Rs" are foreward guards.
5. Tell the children not to look at their cards until you start playing the music. When the music starts they are to look at their cards and decide where in line they should stand. (Make sure you tell them where the front of the line will start) Tell them that you will be timing them so they need to get in line as quickly as possible. When everyone thinks they are in the right place, stop the timer and tell them how fast they did it.
6. Read the passage again and ask the children if they lined up correctly.
7. Collect all the cards and pass them out again. Have them do the same thing again to see if they can beat their time.
Alternative: To make the game harder, tell the children that they are not allowed to tell the other students what they have on their cards. Also don't tell them where the line starts.
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Edible Wall of Jericho
What you will need:
Peanut Butter or Icing
How to Make:
1. Give each child a full-sized Graham Cracker.
2. Have them spread peanut butter all over the cracker. (Make sure none of your children are allergic to peanut butter before class.) If you have a child that is allergic, use icing or cream cheese instead.
3. Have your children draw in the bricks or stones with toothpicks in the peanut butter.
4. Have them count out seven Teddy Grahams and press them on the "wall" to remind them of the seven priests that blew seven horns. Eat up!