Friday, June 18, 2010

A game for children - catch the foxes

How does one teach Scripture to children? I am teaching what I never learned as a child. And here is a game based on Song 2:15 - it will be tested on Sunday at a picnic.

Print out the icons and cut them into 12 pieces. Use as many copies as you need. Some of the images have words and some don't. Scatter the images in the park - perhaps have a few other images around - munching on trees or hiding under picnic tables or whatever is available.

The children can work individually or be in teams. The job is to collect the images and match them to the answer key. The exercise will be too difficult for the small children so there are some images with no words - they can catch the foxes and get a different reward. Then the teacher can show them how the words work to whatever level they can manage.  Here's the answer key.

אֶחֱזוּ־לָנוּ שֽׁוּעָלִים
שֽׁוּעָלִים קְטַנִּים
מְחַבְּלִים כְּרָמִים
וּכְרָמֵינוּ סְמָדַר
Catch for us foxes
little foxes
spoiling vineyards
and our vineyards are bud-adorned

The teacher can explain as little or as much as required and even ask questions about how one might 'translate' this verse. Some ability to recognize Hebrew words is required. The blog here is a record of building this skill at 5 minutes a week over a period of 18 months for children ages 5 to 14. (I have not usually covered meteg or other aspects of stress or cantillation but there are a few meteg in the images. I will wait for the careful eye to ask me.)

The images should be printable from here or from the above image.