DEAD SEA SCROLLS ~ PUZZLES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Desert caves, ancient secrets, priceless treasure and invading warriors… and not a matching fun puzzle (or colouring page) in sight. Oh no…! What to do? This is what I found when I decided to do this exciting mystery adventure for my kids. So I made my own. Over this next series of posts, I’ll show you what to do when faced with a situation like this and how to make it fun.
IN A NUTSHELL: I chose BLANK puzzles; colouring pages that might fit (with a tweak); and added real images of the Dead Sea Scrolls and my own text into them. Keep these tutorials – make your own puzzles and jazz up your colouring pages – handy as they will guide you through.
Click here to see part 1 (overview); part 2 (sample letter that you can download for your child); part 3 (article for kids); and part 4 (article for kids) of this series. You will also see from the letter I wrote to my kids for this package, that the first part of my virtual adventure was set in Qumran – with the scribes – actually writing the Old Testament scrolls, so I set my kids to help them. First, with the junior scribe, working in the library. And later, helping out when one of the older scribes got ‘sick’.
DEAD SEA SCROLLS ~ FRAMES ~ FREE PRINTABLE
The first thing I did was to make a couple of (A4) free printable frames for my colouring and puzzle pages – one landscape and one portrait. They could also be used as stationery. You are welcome to download these for your own personal use or maybe you might like to have a go at making your own. Or here is a different style of scroll free printable stationery / page borders from Sparklebox.
NEXT… HOW TO
1. Find your colouring page
2. Add a frame
3. Add your text
4. Add some clip art (optional)
1. FIND YOUR COLOURING PAGE
This Pentateuch colouring page (from whatsinthebible.com) was the perfect place to start. I could just see a modern day tourist cruise down the Dead Sea looking across at where those scribes used to be. All that salt would have the boat rusted out flat, but for the purposes of this exercise, all we needed was the one cruise. :)
2. ADD A FRAME
If you need help to put your colouring page into your frame (or adding the text), use this tutorial as a guide.
3. ADD YOUR TEXT
This was my text for this first colouring page:
The year is 125 BC. You are a guest at Khirbet Qumran on the Dead Sea. Today, the junior scribe has asked you to help him collect all the scrolls of Moses—Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. He explains that these first five books of the Old Testament are also called the Pentateuch. This is a fancy word which just means ‘five scrolls’.
penta = five
teuch = scrolls
4. ADD SOME CLIP ART (OPTIONAL)
For all my puzzles and colouring pages, I added some Dead Sea Scroll images into each one (not shown) to jazz them up a little and make them more interesting. Maybe a pottery jar in a corner; a scroll (or a fragment of a scroll) in another. It’s your choice – and if you do, you will find some photo suggestions here.
Next time, we will look at more colouring pages and puzzles, but for now that’s it. We are ready to print.
THINK SPOT: Incidentally, if you happen to have been persuaded that Moses did not actually write the first five Old Testament books / Torah (Hebrew) / Pentateuch (Greek), you may like to save yourself hours of boring library research (as Dr Chuck Missler so wonderfully puts it) and check out these words of the Lord Jesus Himself (aka God, the Creator) confirming who wrote them: John 5:45; Matthew 19:7 and Matthew 8:4.
Proverbs 3:6 – doodle to colour on a scroll background and Bible verse: In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight; free printable
Blank scroll template in colour or to colour; free printable
DIY Scroll – craft for kids using paper towel rolls
Does archaeology support the Bible? (Answers in Genesis)
Google meets Qumran – Times of Israel.com – Dead Sea Scrolls Describing the ultimate treasure hunt to piece together and photograph thousands of fragments of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls – God’s Word – and put them online so that everyone can see them for themselves. Written 2,000 years ago and first discovered at Qumran on the Dead Sea in 1947. These high-resolution images of 950 different manuscripts, are made using special imaging equipment first developed for NASA. The hi-tech cameras have made visible sections of parchment that were previously indecipherable. The actual scrolls can be viewed here: deadseascrolls.org.il/
Discover the location of the most important Biblical discovery ever made check out this cool drone footage over Qumran (3 mins); Since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947-1956, extensive excavations have taken place in Qumran. Nearly 900 scrolls were discovered. Most were written on parchment and some on papyrus. Cisterns, Jewish ritual baths, and cemeteries have been found, along with a dining or assembly room and debris from an upper story alleged by some to have been a scriptorium as well as pottery kilns and a tower.
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