I decided to do a whole week on Esther in our Hightide (preteens) class because it’s another narrative book and lends itself to be acted out.
We did this book as another skit, where I read/summarized parts of the story and the kids acted out as I spoke. I decided to grab a few “costumes” this time to make it more interesting, so the king had a crown and a scepter, Haman had a pair of glasses with a big nose and mustache attached, and Esther wore a purple wig–after all, she did undergo a year of beauty treatments.
The kids really enjoyed this story with all of it’s set-ups and payoffs. Most of them weren’t familiar with it, so they laughed when Mordecai was honored when Haman thought it would be him, and cheered when Haman was hanged on his own gallows.
Because that’s just how 10-year-olds are (boys are gross and vice versa), it’s always funny when a story involves someone getting married: in this case, the king chose Esther as the most beautiful woman in the land to be his queen. The girl who was excited to volunteer as Esther immediately regretted her decision, as did the boy who played the king, because now they were “a couple.” That’s one of the things I love about this age–not only are they not interested in pursuing the opposite gender, they’re completely the opposite. Everything we do is boys vs girls, and it’s “gross” when they talk about marriage.