Tower of Babel
Bible: Genesis 11
Lesson: The Bible says in Proverbs 16:18 (NIV) that “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” What does that mean? Pride is when you think mostly of yourself. What you want…how important you are…What other people should do for you… Does a proud person sound like they are lessoning to God? Since God has all the wisdom, you should listen to him. But if you are too full of pride, you won’t hear his wisdom and you will get into trouble.
That is what happened to a group of Noah’s family. After the arc stopped and the water dried-up, Noah’s sons and their wives had lots of children. God told them to repopulate the earth, that means have lots of babies. So they did. Noah’s Family found a beautiful place to make a town. Now at that time there was only one language. There was no Spanish or French or Japanese, so they all understood each other. It was easy to work together. They decided that they wanted to be more important then God. They wanted for everyone to know that they were the most important people of all and they especially didn’t want anyone, even God to make them move from their beautiful home. They decided to build a towel that would be tall enough to reach the Heavens. And maybe they could walk up there and tell God how important they were. What do you think God thought of their plan? God looked at them and saw the peoples hearts that were full of pride. and he saw their tower. Proud hearts have no room for God. They can only think of themselves. Do you know what he did? Do you think he blasted the tower with a lightening bolt? No. He mixed up their words so that they couldn’t understand each other. They began speaking different languages and it was hard for them to work together. Many of the groups of languages went different ways and the tower was stopped. The people were humbled and could hear God again. Pride always works out badly, because you can’t hear God.
Important Point: Proud hearts have no room for God.
Direction: Print out Tower of Babel and The Tower of Babel Expandable. Fold the bottom of the Tower of Babel Expandable forwards and then alternate each box backwards and forwards. Cut out the Tower of Babel Expandable on the dotted line. Cut a eight inch piece of ribbon for each child. Glue the middle of a eight inch piece of ribbon horizontally at the midpoint of the Tower of Babel bottom block. Glue the bottom block of the Expandable to the bottom block of the towel on the Tower of Babel page (on top of the ribbon). Tie the ribbon around the folded Expandable tower. Allow the children to color the tower.
Materials: Colors, scissors, and glue, 1/4 inch ribbon (8 inches for each child).
Tower of Babel (Click to download pdf)
Extra activities: Building with popsicle sticks (toothpicks or q-tips) and tacky clay. (toothpaste consistence) Dip the end of the stick in the clay and squish the end on another popsicle stick. It won’t hold together forever, but it sticks while they are working on their master piece. It helps the younger kids to make popsicle art.
Materials: Toothpicks and play dough or homemade clay.
Tacky playdough in a bag
Materials in the bag:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 Tbsp alum
1 quart ziplock
Directions for Bag: Add the dry ingredients to the quart bag. I.e. flour, salt, and alum
Directions for Activity: Add 1/2 cup warm water, 5 drops food coloring, 1 Tbsp oil, and 1 tsp vanilla to the quart bag and have your child squish it in the bag until it resembles a lump of play dough. Take out the play due and play. You may want to add a rolling pin and spoon to the playing equipment. Use wax paper to protect your table.