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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Deborah a Judge of Israel

This past Sunday we continued in our lessons on the Judges!  The children were greeted by BIG blow up palm trees.  They knew they were in for an exciting lesson.

We talked a bit about Shamgar...he killed 600 Philistines with an OX goad.  He was a brave man!  However, after he died the Hebrews returned to their evil ways...and God allowed them to be oppressed.    One of my students asked me, "Why did the Hebrews do this?  Why didn't they learn their lesson?"  I guess that is the questions we all have when we study the history of the Judges.

  My visual aids for the story were these 3D visuals.  I have had these Palm trees for YEARS,  They came in a kids meal when my daughters, who are now 22 & 21 years old, were very young,    I have used them time and time again for Bible stories.  I purchased the little people from $Tree and Mardels.  She is supposed to be Delilah...but, she served as Deborah for today.  He is supposed to be an apostle, but today he is Barak.  :-)  I always try to multipurpose my visuals.

Our "Take Home" activity was a palm tree with Deborah sitting beneath it.  This was made out of card stock....tape and glue.  It was a relatively cheap "Take Home."  The kiddos LOVED having their own palm tree!

This is what they looked like prior to being colored and assembled.

Our Memory Verse is Psalm 92:12.  We have a little tune that goes with the Memory Verse.  The kiddos seem to have it memorized prior to leaving class.  The will make it easy to say it on Wednesday night.  I am sure the will ALL be putting up their MAP piece, for knowing their Memory Verse this Wednesday.  :-)

For our REVIEW GAME we "grew" a palm tree.  The kiddos added a Palm Leaf to the tree, by answering questions from the lesson.  The leaves have velcro on the back for easy attach-ability.  

This was very easy to make.  I used Printmaster (a computer program) to print the palm tree out as a poster.  I made extra leaves and added the velco after laminating.  I think it is very cute.

Our map is filling up! 
The kiddos are amazed at all the places and events that have happened.  This map makes it easy for us to review places we have learned in the past.  Kids LOVE maps!!!

As a special treat I gave each of my students a Palm Tree bottle....I told them that every time they use this bottle they need to remember the story of Deborah...and the other Judges.


Their Explorer Journal Activity for Wednesday will be a picture of Deborah with palm trees in the background.  The palm trees are made from the foam fun material that can be purchased at any craft store.  That will make the palm trees 3D.  Of course, we all know that Deborah sat beneath the Palm trees in the mountains of Ephraim, between Ramah and Bethel.

Teaching on the Judges is an exciting endeavor.  The boys in my class are LOVING these lessons.  The girls were glad to know that there was a woman judge too.  I believe in teaching the Bible as it was written.  God wants all of HIS word taught....even though some of the lessons are a bit violent we will be learning about these Mighty Men (and woman) of God.




  1. Where did you get your printable visuals from? I love them!

  2. Yes I also want to know where did you get the debora palm tree craft template ? is it free ? if it is, would you mind to share the link with us ? thanks.

  3. I am teaching this story this week. I would love to use the palm tree craft template ... can you link where you found it?

  4. May I please have a copy of your Deborah take home palm tree activity for an upcoming VBS?

  5. Where did you get your Deborah palm tree craft? We are doing a lesson on Deborah this sunday and was wondering if you had the template for free??

    Thank you soo much!

  6. Would you be able to send me this craft, I am doing this lesson this Sunday and this is such a cute idea!

  7. Could you please send me the craft. We are doing a lesson on Deborah next Sunday. Your craft is wonderful!

  8. Would you be able to send me a link to the take home craft printable so I can use this for our Summer Bible Camp? Many thanks in advance.

  9. Would you mind to share the template for the craft? We are planing our stories for May. Thank you so much and God bless!

  10. I ordered the palm trees from Oriental Trading. They were boxes for party favors.
    IN-34/1635 like 4.25 for a doz of them they also have the big blow up ones and a lot of others center piece sizes also

  11. Where can I find the Deborah coloring page?

  12. Is the craft template available for sharing? Thanks.

  13. Do you share your craft templates and other printable pictures
    thank you

  14. I found the template here: