We had SO much fun studying Leviticus! Please see the conclusion of the post to check out Leviticus: A Commentary for Children and the other resources from which these GREAT ideas came!
We talked many times through our Exodus study about the tabernacle, high priest, sacrifices, and feasts in the old covenant being like scaffolding, used to construct the building but no longer needed when the building is complete. Leviticus is full of scaffolding. We began our study with an overview of the book. We made an outline showing all the things we would be learning… laws on sacrifices, priesthood, uncleanness, feasts, etc… things that are just a picture of something much greater. Then we made shadows. It was a great way to get the children interested and excited! Each child got a bag and filled it with objects to hold behind our “curtain” while everyone else guessed what the object might be.
“They serve as a copy and shadow of the heavenly things.” Hebrews 8:5
“For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near… We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Hebrews 10:1 and 10.
When we looked at the curtain, we were not seeing the real toothbrush, but a picture or copy of the reality.
We reviewed a previous study we completed on the different types of sacrifices and learned that God commanded sacrifice of 1,278 animals through regular offerings, not including special and individual offerings! Jesus was the Lamb that fulfilled and replaced the old covenant sacrifices.
As we learned about the consecration of Aaron and his sons, we compared it to an ordination. We actually talked about the crowning of the kids in Narnia and about special ceremonies. Leviticus: A Commentary for Children (see below) helped us to understand the process of the washing, dressing, anointing, sacrificing, sprinkling, eating, and waiting that Aaron and his sons were commanded to complete. Then we were able to see how we have been made priests and set apart for service to God through washing, dressing, anointing, sacrificing, sprinkling, eating, and waiting! (It’s a great book!)
We thought it might be fun to put red stickers on our right ears, thumbs, and big toes to remind us of the blood sprinkled upon Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu.
If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you probably know that our family loves singing Psalms! We sang Psalm 133 that speaks of anointing oil poured out on Aaron’s head.
We bought incense and burned it so the children might see what a “pleasing aroma” to the Lord might look like and to see what might be offered on the altar of incense.
We talked about the offering of Nadab and Abihu that displeased God. Not only did they attempt to improve upon God’s plan for worship, they also tried to change a detail in a picture that God painted perfectly to point to Christ. We lit sparklers and thought about the “consuming fire” of the Lord that burned Nadab and Abihu.
As we talked the Levitical dietary laws, we were reminded that this “list” of unclean animals caused the Israelites to constantly put their thoughts on God and have faith that He would provide what they needed in the wilderness.
We took a field trip to the kosher section of a grocery store!
We made collages of clean and unclean food for our notebooks!
We also looked at pictures of people with leprosy and discussed the laws given in Leviticus regarding lepers.
We tried to talk about all of the feasts, but we only did activities for some of them. We built our own booth for the Feast of Tabernacles or Feast of Booths. It was just too hot here to enjoy it!
We also ate unleavened bread and made shofars using balloons and poster board. They really worked!
We had a lot of fun with a somewhat difficult book, and I am so thankful that we could take as much time as we needed studying it! Yay for homeschool! I am hoping to spend a little less time on Numbers, Deuteronomy, and Joshua because during our nighttime family worship we just finished reading through Joshua. We’ve talked about it quite a bit as a family, and I’ll try to catch our homeschool study up to Judges so we can be in the same place! Whew!
Here are the wonderful resources we used for Leviticus:
Leviticus: A Commentary for Children by Nancy E. Ganz I loved this! It even includes Psalms to sing for each lesson and field trips and activities! Great book! I guess I’ll nestle our children’s commentaries right in with Dad’s Calvin’s on the shelf! Ha ha.
Bible Road Trip ~ We’ve loved using these FREE, detailed Bible notebooking pages for each book of the Bible! Scroll down to print Leviticus pages. The site includes free Bible curriculum, too! Heading there for Numbers and Deuteronomy!
I finally updated our Bible activities page. You can click the picture to check it out.
Happy Bible Studying!