Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Talking Donkey

Kids just love this OT Bible story for its quirkiness. Quirky it may be, but it carries such great lessons that it is referred to 9 other times in the Bible (Numbers 31:8, Deuteronomy 23:4, Joshua 13:22, 24:9, Nehemiah 13:2, Micah 6:5, 2 Peter 2:15, Jude 1:11 and Revelation 2:14). So I feel it is a story worth teaching.

Balaam’s talking donkey also lends itself to drama. You can act it out with as few as 3 people if you adapt it. So here is what  you need:

Donkey costume
  • Angel costume (raid the Christmas costume box)
  • Bag of money (can be a paper bag stuffed with newspaper with $ symbols on it.)
  • Sword (Try the Dollar Tree, especially at Halloween time.  Any pirate sword will do, make your own if you have to.)
  • Wall - A large sheet of cardboard, like from an empty appliance box. Place this “wall” about 2 to 2 ½ feet out from one of the real walls in your room. This will be the narrow spot the donkey stops in (see picture below). 
I adopted the drama for a cast of 3, but I actually wrote 7 parts in the attached drama. You can expand the drama for up to about 20 kids by having Balak send anywhere from 4 to 13 servants.

Click here for the drama. Here are some screen shots from the drama we did:

Balak surveys the Israelites from the mountain top (a chair)

Balak going to Balaam (it was actually a servant that went, but we adapted the script for 3 children).
The angel blocks Balaam's way and the donkey kneels down.

Balaam gets stuck in between the walls when the angel blocks his way.
How I made the walls:

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