The Fall of Jerusalem lesson is an easy one to make hands on, all you need is a large supply of Legos and some willing helpers, oh and a Bible or maybe your Sunday School lesson. All I know is my kids always love when we have a Lego History lesson, and they can run to get Legos for our homeschool history lesson lesson.
I have since I first posted this redone the Fall of Jerusalem lesson since we cycled back to Ancient History and Mystery of History 1 (affiliate link), so I’m going to add in the elements from our second lesson as relevant.
My kids are rather enamored with acting out their history with Legos. They ask to do it every single lesson. Which doesn’t always work out.
But, this time it did, and I accidentally chose a Lego board that was perfect for the fall of Jerusalem. I’ll say it was on purpose.
The Fall of Jerusalem lesson (as acted out by Legos)
The Babylonians came to attack Jerusalem. But, they didn’t know that Jerusalem had an interior water supply, so it was very hard to defeat them.
The second time around we stopped the lesson to look up the well Hezekiah had built and how long the tunnel was (the second picture has a glare, sorry about that).
Finally they were successful in defeating part of Jerusalem, but they did not completely knock down the walls. They carried off many of the Israelites to Babylon.
They attacked a second time, and more people were carried off, but they still did not successfully defeat Jerusalem.
Finally on the third try they were able to defeat and destroy Jerusalem. They carried off all the treasure and kept it in their storehouses.
Along the way, after the first siege, Babylon installed two puppet kings: Jehoaichin and Zedekiah. They were still kings of Judah but they had to do what Babylon wanted.
We talked about them more the second time around than we did the first. It’s amazing the difference between 2 kids in K and 3 year old and 2 3rd graders and a 1st grader.
The second time around we also filled out one of the Mystery of History notebooking pages (affiliate link) for the lesson.
The kids are slowly adapting to writing more and more as they go through the lessons.