Baby Moses

Scripture: Exodus 1: 1 – 2: 10 or pages 96 – 99 in The Golden Children’s Bible

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Exodus 1.

Remind the children that Joseph had invited his father and brothers to Egypt during the great famine.  Many years have passed since then and Jacob, Joseph and his brothers are no longer living.  But, their descendants are still in Egypt as the story begins…

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

 Discussion:

  • Why was the new Pharaoh concerned?  The Israelites had become very large in number and he thought that they might fight back against the Egyptians.
  • What did the Egyptians do to prevent them from becoming larger in numbers?  They put the Israelites into forced labor.
  • What kind of work were they made to do?  building cities, making bricks, and working in the fields.
  • What happened the more work they were given to do?  The more they multiplied in numbers.
  • What did Pharaoh decide to do next?  Have the midwives kill the baby boys.
  • What is a midwife?  Someone who helps ladies when they give birth.
  • Did the midwives do what the Pharaoh told them to do and why?  No. They feared God.
  • What excuse did the midwives give Pharaoh for not killing the boys?  The Hebrew women were strong and gave birth before they got there.
  • What did God think of their disobedience to the Pharaoh? He was happy with them and He blessed them with their own families.
  • Usually we are to obey those that God has put in authority over us.  But, when do you think God might want you to disobey them?  When they ask us to do something wrong.  (Have the children think of some examples.)
  • What was Pharaoh’s next order?  That all of the Hebrew baby boys were to be thrown into the Nile.
  • How do you think Moses’ mother felt after she had a baby boy? Scared, sad, desperate, etc.
  • What did Moses’ mother do to protect him from being killed?  She put him in a basket and put him in the river among the reeds to hide him.
  • How did she keep it from sinking?  She coated it with pitch.
  • Who watched over the basket?  Miriam, Moses older sister
  • Who has God given you to take care of you? Mom & Dad, Grandparents, aunts and uncles, teachers, policemen, firemen, etc.
  • Who found the basket?  Pharaoh’s daughter.
  • What was her reaction when she saw the baby?  She felt sorry for him.
  • What did Miriam do then?  She asked Pharaoh’s daughter if she wanted her to find a nurse for the baby.
  • Do you think Miriam was brave to talk to the princess?
  • Who did she bring to nurse the baby?  Moses’ mother.
  • What else did Moses’ mother get beside getting to take care of her own baby?  Money.  Pharaoh’s daughter paid her.
  • Later his mother took him back to live in the palace as the son of the princess.  What did the princess name him and why?  Moses, which means “I drew him out of the water.”
  • Both the midwives and Moses’ mother were blessed for disobeying evil laws. Do you think that God will protect and bless you when you stand up for what is right?   
  • Let’s pray and ask God to give us the courage to stand up against those who would ask us to do wrong things… 

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the memory verse.

Romans 8:31b  “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

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Teach the children the song “Put ‘em in a Basket”  by Mary Rice Hopkins

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Read or listen to the devotional  “Obedient Rex”  from Keys for Kids.

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Have the children watch the video “Baby Moses” from Moody. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsHCrcmcwnI&feature=related

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Have the kids make this cute basket and baby Moses craft.  Or you might like this cute and easy craft.

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Make the little Bible scene “The Princess and the Baby” from My Little House.  Or print out the comic book story for each child.

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own version of the  baby Moses story, or have them color a color page related to the story.  Color page #1,  page #2,   page #3, page #4 .

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Try one of these activities from Gospel Hall. Type 201 in the search box.

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Where is Baby Moses? Game

Have all the children leave the room except for one. Have that one child hide an object that represents Baby Moses, such as a clothes pin, somewhere in the room.  Allow the other children to return to the room.  The child who finds Moses hides him next.

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Here is a cute edible craft idea from Thelma’s Kitchen.  http://docthelmaskitchen.blogspot.com/2007/09/baby-moses-jello-craft.html

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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Baby Moses – Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned how Moses’ mother hid him in a basket to save him from the Pharaoh.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

Romans 8:31b  “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

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Do an online jigsaw puzzle featuring Baby Moses.

http://jigsawsite.com/jigsaw-puzzle/24546/4×4.htm or this one http://songsofpraise.org/jigsaw2.php?imageurl=http://gardenofpraise.com/images2/jochebed7.jpg&imageheight=533&imagewidth=533&imagetitle=Baby+Moses&callingpage=http://gardenofpraise.com/bibl84s.htm

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Print out this maze and have your child help the princess find Baby Moses. http://childrenschapel.org/biblestories/color/babymosesMZ.html

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Baby Moses Craft: Have your child glue a paper cupcake cup to a blue piece of paper.  Cut strips of green paper and fringe it.  Then have him or her glue the fringe to the blue paper around the cup to make it look like it is hiding in the bulrushes.  Baby Moses could be made by wrapping a cotton ball in a tissue to represent a baby.  Glue the baby into the paper cup.

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Allow your child to watch Mary Rice Hopkins & Puppets With A Heart on Saturday mornings on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) at 8:30 a.m. Pacific time.

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson. http://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/baby-moses/ 

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