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Build a Marshmellow Wall: Joshua and the Battle of Jericho Hands on Lesson and Activity

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The Jesus Storybook Bible has become one of our most treasured books: the beautiful illustrations, the animated stories, the beautiful way they all connect to the “big picture” of Jesus. When I found out about the amazing blog hop for this revolutionary book, I signed up as soon as I could to be a part of it. This is the story found on page 108, “The Warrior Leader” about Joshua and the Battle of Jericho. If you want more information on the books and resources available from Sally Lloyd Jones, check out the widget that applies to you below (I included both amazon.ca and amazon.com for all my readers).

I spent a lot of time thinking and praying about an activity that would be fun and memorable, and help to impress this story upon my children’s heart. Even telling them a story as beautifully written as the Jesus storybook bible, is not quite the same as themΒ doingΒ it themselves. I came up with an idea to basically build and re-enact the story. I think the process of taking our time to build a thought out and structured wall and then seeing how it would have happened took this story to the next level for my kids. All four of them were so into it and they can spit out the story nearly word for word after our fun project.

Build Your Own Jericho and Marshmellow Walls!

Joshua and the Battle of Jericho activity

*You need about 30-40 minutes for the prep, story, and activity so make sure you have the time set aside distraction free to get the full benefit from it!

1. Head out to the store or rummage through your cupboards to find supplies. You will need about 2 bags of regular marshmellows and one package of bamboo skewers. We also used small toothpicks to secure the wall sections together to create a self standing wall when we were done. If you want to do that, grab some toothpicks while you are at it.

2. Set out your supplies before you begin reading:

  • Marshmellows in a bowl
  • Bamboo skewers
  • lego or blocks or whatever you will be using to build your “city”
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3. Read the story together. You will find it on page 108, you only need a few minutes for this and maybe a few minutes added on for questions (one of the great things about the Jesus Storybook Bible is that the stories are short and not too complex, great for your younger listeners).

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4. Build your city! We used jumbo lego so it wouldn’t take as long. The kids loved that I got down on the floor and did this with them. We sang a song and built our city, all working together too add important elements (including the crucial leopard piece according to my five year old)

5. Build your walls! You will need about 6 sections depending on the size of your city. This portion of the activity took about 10 minutes.

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  • Make two skewers with three marshmellows on them (one on the middle on one on each end) these are your vertical side pieces.
  • Make three skewers with just one single marshmellows in the middle, these are your horizontal middle pieces. Lay them across and attach the ends into the vertical side pieces
  • take one empty skewer and carefully skewer the three middle marshmellows.

Voila! You have a wall section. Make as many of these as you need, our ‘city’ was only about 1’x2′ so we needed 6 sections.

6. (optional) Attach your wall sections on the sides with small toothpicks, you can just lay your wall on the side of your city structure, but we wanted ours freestanding.

7. Now the fun part, walk around your wall seven times and the last time, let the kids roar as loud as they can! Then let them tear down the walls! (or in our case, the entire city of Jericho, poor thing).

Discussion

The entire time we were building our wall section, we talked about the story. We talked about how thick the walls of Jericho would have been, how they would have been higher than the city and thick and well built. How much time it takes to build a wall and why this was such a miracle.
As we were marching around the wall and yelling at the top of our lungs… seeing how that didn’t make the wavering marshmellow wall come down also brought on a lot of discussion. Is it really what scientists try to tell us? That the right frequency or reverberation caused the wall to literally crumble? Maybe, I am not too close minded to think that God might not use the very science He gave us and worth within our level of understanding.

But I also believe that God is a God of mystery and wonder and power. I think, in my heart of hearts, that there was no scientific explanation. That it was comical really, to walk around a wall and then yell and blow horns. I think that the Israelites, for all their failures and sins were amazing to trust Him in this completely off the wall command. But I think that it shows His power in such an incredible way, something so completely ordinary (walking and yelling, lets be real) was used to crumble the entire wall all around the city!

I hope that my kids saw a bit of the wonder and miraculous power of God when they acted out this activity. As we built something with our own hands and spent the time to design our city and wall and then imagined the power of that moment. I hope they never forget this lesson and I know they enjoyed it, I mean, we got to eat marshmellows!

I hope you love it as much as we did and be sure to check out the other activities to go along with the entire Jesus Storybook Bible, there is one for every story in there, it is a great (and free) way to build your own Bible curriculum and make it come alive for your children.

Comments

  1. So glad! It was seriously so much fun! It took some design work and we had to work together, I could hold the sticks and put on marshmellows and do it all, we had to help stabilize and problem solve, it was awesome! Let me know how it goes for you!

  2. What a great idea! I always admire moms who have the creativity to do this kind of thing. πŸ™‚ I love your “discussion” section…how silly the Israelites could have felt doing this, and then still to obey in faith.

    • Ha ha, thanks! I often admire other moms for their creativity, I am forced to be a lot more creative these days and the kids are loving every minute of it! Thanks for visiting!

  3. This is really fun! We have that Bible too and I was also really impressed by it (because we have several other preschool Bibles and that one is the best, I think). I’ll have to bookmark this to do with my kids. (We have the same Megablocks!) πŸ™‚

  4. Hi Rebecca! I love this idea so much, thanks so much for posting it! ! I am in the process of getting a kids ministry up and running in our small congregation, and am using the Jesus Storybook Bible as our main curriculum. Since our group is so small, the age span of our kids is quite stark, ranging from about two years old up to nine years old. That being said, I’m pretty sure all of the little ones will just want to eat the marshmallows, lol, which will cause a lot of frustration with the older ones. Any ideas of any other foods you could use besides marshmallows? Thanks for any tips you might have! Can’t wait to try this next week! πŸ™‚

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