Deborah

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For the teacher:  Listen to two great sermons by Jeff Riddle at Sermon Audio .   “Deborah: Feminist Icon or Reluctant Leader?” and “Deborah’s Song of Victory”

Explain to the children that the book of Judges covers the period of time after Joshua’s death until the time of Samuel.   During this period, the Israelites have several cycles of turning away from God and then returning to Him again.  Leaders, called judges, helpes lead the  Israelites to overcome their enemies. 

Scripture: Judges 4:1-9, 16- 24 ; 5:1 -5, 24 – 27, 31 or page 190 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 Matthew 2 or pages 354 – 355 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(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 did God allow the Israelites to be conquered by the Canaanites?  They did evil in the eyes of the Lord. They worshiped the idols of Canaan.
  • Why do you think that they might have done these things? Maybe they were envious of the Canaanites.  Maybe they didn’t want to be different than everyone else, etc.
  • Who was the king of Canaan? Jabin
  • Who was the commander of Jabin’s army? Sisera
  • How many iron chariots did Sisera’s army have? 900 (Explain to the children that chariots would have been like our tanks today.  They were made of iron and they had  blades attached to the hubs of the wheels.  Show them a picture of a chariot. Picture #1   Picture #2)
  • How long did Jabin rule over the Israelites until they cried out to the Lord to help them? 20 years
  • Though the nation had turned away from God, who had remained faithful to him? Deborah
  • What position did God give to Deborah?  a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, a judge
  • Where did she hold her court? under a palm tree in the country
  • Who did she send for? Barak
  • What did God tell her to tell Barak to do? to take ten thousand men to battle Jabin
  • On what condition did Barak agree to go?  if she would go with him.
  • What does that answer tell you about Barak?  He is afraid
  • Deborah agreed to go, but what did she say would happen because she was going along?  A woman would defeat Sisera and she would get the honor instead of Barak
  • Do you think that God was pleased that Barak asked Deborah to go along?  No.
  • Remember that God told Joshua to “be strong and courageous”?  Do you think He wanted Barak to be strong and courageous, too?  Yes.
  • If God asks you to do something for him, how do you think that you should respond?  with strength, with courage, with boldness
  • How many of Sisera’s men died in the battle? all of them
  • Sisera tried to run away.  Where did he go to hide? in the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite who had an alliance with Jabin
  • What did Jael give to Sisera?  Some milk and a blanket
  • What did Sisera tell her to do?  To stand watch at the door of the tent and deny that anyone was in the tent with her if anyone asked.
  • What did Jael do when he was asleep?  She killed him with a tent steak and a hammer.
  • Did Deborah’s prophecy that the credit would go to a woman come true?  yes
  • Deborah and Barak sing a song of praise to the Lord.  What clues in the song tell us what God did to help the Israelite army?  There was a big rainstorm which probably made it hard for Sisera’s army to drive their chariots, giving the Israelites the advantage. vs 21
  • How many years of peace did the nation of Israel have after this battle? 40
  • Let’s pray and ask God to help us to have the heart of Deborah to worship God alone, and to serve Him with strength, courage and boldness in faith…

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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 verse.

Psalm 20:7 (NIV) “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Color page #1Color page #2 from Calvary Kids,  Color page #3 from kidscorner.  An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Show a video of this story.

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Have the kids or helpers act out the story.  You might have Deborah sit under this palm tree from Spoonful. 

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Have the children make a chariot craft such as this one from Jesus Without Language,  or this one from eHow. Then add the horse from The Toy Maker  ,Crayola , or this one from Disney Family.

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Have your High School group or volunteer group do a skit, such as this one.

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This is a good lesson and activities from Sunday School Sources. 

Here is another lesson and activity suggestions from Mission Arlington. 

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There are some good craft ideas here at Hands-on Bible Teacher.

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Have the children fill out these worksheets from Calvary Curriculum,  or a Word Search from Concordia News.  And this lesson from GodsAcres has work pages.

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Older kids will be able to do this worksheet, which is a Judges word search from Calvary Kids, and this one is a worksheet on the Judges from Sharon Whittaker. 

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This Bible Lesson is for older kids from Blble Lesson 4 Kidz.  

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Sing “Be Bold Be Strong” and “If We Confess Our Sins” by the Donut Man, and “Be Strong- Joshua 1:9” and “What Seems Impossible” by Mary Rice Hopkins.

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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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The Day the Sun Stood Still

Joshua commands the sun to stand still Joshua 10:12

Scripture: Joshua 9:1 – 27, 10: 1 – 14 or pages 186 – 188 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 Joshua 9 or page186 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(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 did the kings west of the Jordan wage war against Joshua and Israel?  They heard about how they had destroyed Jericho and Ai.
  • The people of Gibeon decided not to attack Joshua.  What did they decide to do instead?  To trick Joshua into making a treaty with them.
  • How did they trick him?  They put on old torn clothes and patched sandals, and packed their bags with old dry, moldy bread to make it look like they had been on a long journey.  They said they were from a distant country.
  • Why would it have been bad to make a treaty with them if they were from the promised land?  God had told them to wipe out all the inhabitants of the land. (If the children ask why God told them to do that, explain that He didn’t want the Israelites to be influenced to worship false gods and idols.  Talk about how important it is to choose friends wisely to avoid having bad influences that would lead us away from the Lord.)
  • What did Joshua and the Israelites forget to do?  They didn’t ask the Lord before they made the treaty to let them live.
  • What should you do before you make a decision? Pray and ask for God’s guidance.
  • What did the Israelites find out 3 days later?  The Gibeonites were their neighbors!
  • Why didn’t they attack them?  Because they had made a oath not to.  If they broke the oath, they would make God angry.
  • What did they do instead?  They made them their servants.
  • What did the other kings decide to do when they found out that Gibeon had made a treaty with Israel?  They decided to attack Gibeon.
  • Did Joshua let them kill the Gibeonites?  No.  They came to fight for them.
  • Why?  They had made a treaty with them.
  • What did the Lord say to Joshua?  “Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.”
  • Why did Joshua march his army all night from Gilgal? To surprise and confuse the armies attacking Gibeon.
  • How did God help them?  He threw down large hailstones on them, which killed more of them than the Israelites killed.
  • What did Joshua ask God to do?  to make the sun and moon stand still until the battle was completely won.
  • Did God do that?  Yes.

(How God did this is not possible for us to know.  All we need to know is that God created the world and that He is all powerful and can do anything. Read Revelation 22:5  “There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.”  Colossians 1:17 “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Psalm 74:16 “The day is yours, and yours also the night;you established the sun and moon.” Jeremiah 32:17 “Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.”)

  • Let’s pray and ask the Lord to help us to always ask him for guidance before we make decisions and to trust him to do great and mighty things for us…

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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 verse.

Jeremiah 32:17 “Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.”

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.  An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Have the children do these worksheets from Calvary Curriculum.

This site also has some worksheets.  Scroll down.

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This lesson from Mission Bible Class has a great intro idea.

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Another great intro and object lesson from Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa.

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And this is another great lesson from Bible Lessons 4 Kidz

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This site has a good object lesson activity.

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Have younger children make a sun craft. Craft #1 ,  Craft #2,  Craft #3.  Use your imagination.  Maybe glitter or sequins would be great additions.

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Here is a Bible review game that might be fun.

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Read the story “Up a Tree” from Keys for Kids.

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Try this craft from Bible Craft Creations.

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Show a video.  Video # 1 from the Gospel Project for Kids,  Video #2   Video #3  Video #4

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The Day the Sun Stood Still photo

Have the children make a story wheel.  First print this picture of Joshua commanding the sun to stand still on card stock.  Cut the sky off at the crest of the mountains.  Make a wheel the width of the page on another piece of card stock and cut it out. Draw a sun at a spot on the outer edge of the circle. Color the sun and the rest of the circle as the sky. (Or use blue card stock and paste a yellow sun on the outer edge.) Use a paper fastener through the center of the circle and through the picture so that when turned the sun moves in an arch over the scene.

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Sing “Be Bold and Be Strong” by the Donut Man, or “What Seems Impossible” by Mary Rice Hopkins.

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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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The Battle of Jericho

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Scripture: Joshua 6: 1- 25 or pages 183 – 185 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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In the last couple of weeks, we’ve learned that Jericho was a city that had a tall wall all the way around it. Joshua knew that he had to conquer the city.  How do you think he should do that?  Climb in with ropes. Catapult.  Shoot arrows up over the wall.  Throw bombs across the wall. etc.

Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Joshua 6 or pages 183-185 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(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 were the gates of Jericho shut so that nobody could go in or out?  The people were scared of the Israelites.
  • What did God instruct the people to do for six days?  The fighting men were to march around the city with seven priests carrying trumpets made of rams’ horns in front of the ark of the covenant.
  • What were they to do on the 7th day? They were to march around the city 7 times with the priests blowing the trumpets. When they heard a long blast of the trumpets the whole army was to give a loud shout.
  • What would happen after the loud shout?  The walls would fall down and the army would be able to go into the city.
  • Do you think that the Israelites understood why God was asking them to do that? No.
  • Was marching around the city, blowing horns, and shouting a normal way to fight a battle? No.
  • Do you think that we always understand why God asks us to do things?  No.  Sometimes it’s hard to understand why He does things the way He does.  We just have to trust him and obey.
  • Who was to be spared? Rahab and her family because they hid the spies.
  • Did everything happen as God said that it would?  Yes.
  • After they brought Rahab and her family out of the city, what did they do?  They burnt the city, except for the gold, silver, bronze and iron.
  • What did they do with the gold, silver, bronze and iron?  They put it into the treasury of the Lord’s house.
  • What became of Rahab and her family?  They lived with the Israelites.

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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 verse.

Matthew 19:26b “with God all things are possible.”

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Show this video of the story. Video #1 , Video #2 , Video #3    This video is comical. 

Show these videos of the sound of a shofar to let the children experience the sound of this story. Video #1, Video #2

Show them what Jericho would have looked like with this 3D model of the excavated city.

 

This is a cute music video that’s sure to be a hit.

And this is a great sing-a-long

This video is for the teacher or older kids.

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Show the children Jericho on a map of the promised land. Here is one from Bible Wise.

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.  Color Page #1   from Picture.FM. Color page #2 from Bible Wise. Color Page #3  and  Color Page #4 from Bible Activity Worksheets. Color Page #5 from edupics.  Color Page #6 from whatsinthebible. Color page #7 from Bible Story Printables.

An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Make these bookmarks from Bible Story Printables.

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Have the children do this craft from Auntie’s Bible Lessons.

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Have the children make a story book from lambsongs.

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Make this mini book and craft from Gospel Hall.  Search for lesson Activity 303 or Jericho

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Have them fill out this crossword puzzle from Sharon’s Place.  or these worksheets from Calvary Curriculum.

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Have the children build the walls of Jericho with Lego blocks.  Then have them act out the story using Lego people.  Make sure to include the red cord in Rahab’s window.

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Play the Walls of Jericho game from the Catholic Blogger. When I do a file folder game in the classroom, I make enough file folders for two children to share each folder. That way everyone can see and reach the board easily. I also give each pair a dice. This keeps the game moving along quickly. Kids love these games and are quick to learn the details of the story when they play them. Have a prize for the winner, but also a prize for each contestant when playing with younger children.

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Sing “Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho” by the Countdown Kids (on itunes), “Joshua” by Mary Rice Hopkins, or “Silly Joshua” by the Donut Man (on itunes).

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Younger children will enjoy these activity pages from Calvary Chapel.

And have them make trumpets  to act out the story.

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Here is another lesson plan from the Church of God. And another  from Kid’s Club 4 Jesus.

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For snacks serve Bugles or this Battle of Jericho Snack . Or, you might make a Jericho with marshmallows and gummi bears from When You Rise.  Or if you are really brave, you could do this one.

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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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Crossing the Jordan

Crossing the Jordan

Scripture: Joshua 3 and 4

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 Joshua 3.

(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:

  • What was the name of the river that the Israelites were to cross?  the Jordan
  • What instructions did the officers give the people?  Follow the priest carrying the ark of the covenant.
  • What did Joshua tell the people to do? Consecrate themselves.
  • What does consecrate mean?  To bathe themselves. To cleanse themselves from sin.
  • What did Joshua tell the priests to do?  When they got to the riverbank they were to  stand in the river.
  • What time of the year was it?  The harvest time.
  • What happens to the river during that time of the year there?  It is at flood stage.
  • What happened when the priests stepped into the river?  The river stopped flowing at a town called Adam far upstream and the people were able to cross over to the other side.
  • How is this different than the crossing of the Red Sea?  When they crossed the Red Sea they were going out of Egypt.  Now they were going in to the promised land.  (Deut. 6:23)
  • Remember that 40 years before they had sent spies into the Land and were going to go into the land.  What happened that time?  The people were too afraid to go in and fight the people.  They didn’t trust that God would help them conquer the land. So, God had them keep wandering around in the desert for 40 years.
  • What was different this time?  This time they were ready to trust and obey. (Joshua 1:16)
  • Think how exciting that this would be.  They were going to cross over into the promised land after 40 years of waiting for this to happen!  This was a very special event!
  • Why do you think that the ark of the covenant was so important? The ark represented God’s presence with them.  He was going out before them.
  • How do you think that God would have you deal with obstacles in your life?  We should consecrate ourselves by asking for forgiveness from our sins.  Praying and asking for help. Listen to God by reading the Bible.  Step out in faith and do what He’s told us to do.
  • After crossing Joshua chose 12 men, one from each tribe.  What were they to do?  Each was to take a stone from the middle of the river where the priests were holding the ark and bring them over to the camp.
  • What were the stones for?  To make a memorial. To remind themselves what God had done and to tell their children and grandchildren what God had done there.
  • How do you remember special things that God has done for you?  Tell our friends and family, write it in a journal,  take pictures of the special event, celebrate and tell each other about that special day each year, etc.
  • Let’s tell each other some special things that God has done for us. 
  • What happened when the priests came up onto the riverbank?  The river started to flow again.
  • Why did God do this miracle? So that the people would stand in awe of Joshua as they had of Moses. So that people would know that God is powerful and so that they would fear the Lord.

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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 verse.

Joshua 1:16

“Whatever you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.”

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Color page #1 from Ministry to Children. 

An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Here is a great craft from Auntie’s Bible Lessons.

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Have the children make a Crossing the Jordan card by Bible Songs and More

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Have them fill out this activity page from Sharon’s Place, or these from Calvary Curriculum,

or this worksheet from Calvary Williamsport.

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Here is a great lesson and ideas from Sunday School Sources.

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Have the children make a diorama like the one shown here at Hands on Bible Teacher.

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Show the children a video related to this story:  Video #1 , Video #2 ,  Video #3

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Here is a lesson with a great introduction idea from Mission Bible Class.  And this lesson from the Resource Well has a couple of game ideas

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Play Journey to the Promised Land from Sunday School Network.

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Show the children this artist’s vision of crossing the Jordan.

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Sing “What Seems Impossible” or “Promised Land” or “Be Strong – Joshua 1:9” by Mary Rice Hopkins 

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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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Rahab and the Spies

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Scripture: Joshua 1:1 – 2: 24

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 Joshua 1:1 – 2:24 or pages 178 – 181 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(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:

  • Who did God put in charge of leading the people of Israel after Moses died? Joshua
  • What did God promise that He would give them?  The Promised Land
  • What commands did God give to Joshua?  Be strong and courageous.  Don’t be afraid.  Obey the Law.
  • What did Joshua tell the people to do?  Prepare food and supplies so that in three days they could cross the Jordan into the land.
  • Did the people agree?  Yes.  They said, “Whatever you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.”
  • Who did Joshua send first to Jericho?  Two spies.
  • What would spies be sent to do?  To see where the weakness of the enemy would be to help them know how to take the city.
  • Where did the spies stay?  With Rahab the prostitute
  • Did their visit stay secret? No.  The king found out.
  • Did Rahab turn over the spies to the kings men?  No.  She hid the spies on her roof but told the king’s men that the spies had left and sent them after them.
  • Why do you think that she helped the spies?  She believed in their God.
  • How did Rahab come to believe in the God of Israel?  They had heard stories about how God had opened the Red Sea for them and helped them win battles.
  • How is Rahab’s reaction to the Israelites different from the other people in Jericho? She believed and wanted to join the Israelites, but the people of Jericho were afraid and wanted to destroy them.
  • How are their different reactions similar to the different reactions of people today?
  • Do you see yourself as someone who joins with God and asks for salvation?  Or are you putting up walls of fear of God? 
  • How did the spies escape from the city?  Rahab let them down a rope from her window that was on the city wall.
  • What promise did the spies make to her?  That they would save her and her family when they took the city.
  • How would the Israelites know which house to spare?  Rahab was to tie a red cord in the window.
  • How does the red cord remind us of Jesus? It reminds us that all we have to do is trust in Jesus’ blood and we will be saved.
  • Can you think of another story in the Bible that was similar?  The Israelites painted their doorposts with the blood of the lamb on the Passover.
  • What did the spies say to Joshua when they returned to him? “The Lord has surely given the whole land into our hands; all the people are melting in fear because of us.”

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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 verse.

Joshua 1:9b  “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Color page # 1 from Bible Wise . Color page #2 from Bible Wise. Color page #3 ,  Color page #4 from Printable Coloring Pages.  An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Have the children make this color book of the story by Lambs Songs.

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Make this mini book by Gospel Hall.  Search for Activity 301 or Rahab

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Have the children do this craft from Sunday School Sources, or this one  from Little Lamb’s Ministry.

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Have the children fill out these activity pages from Calvary Kids.  Or here is a lesson from Church of God that has some nice activity pages for younger kids

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Read or listen to the story “In Your Head”   from Keys for Kids

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Have volunteers or the children act out this skit.

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Make a braided red cord bookmark.  This idea is from Bible School Materials.   Talk about how the red cord that saved Rahab  reminds us of the salvation that we receive through Christ’s blood on the cross.

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Here is a great lesson plan and activity ideas from Mission Arlington.  And there are more lesson ideas here at sunday school sources.

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Younger children will enjoy this lesson and craft from True Jesus Church

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Show this cute video.

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Sing “Rahab’s Grace” “What Seems Impossible” or “Promised Land” by Mary Rice Hopkins from her Dancing in the Desert album.  Or sing “Be Strong – Joshua 1:9″ by Mary Rice Hopkins from her Workmanship album.

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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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The Ten Commandments

Scripture: Exodus 19: 1 – Exodus 20: 21

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 Matthew 2 or pages 354 – 355 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(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:

  • Where were the Israelites camped?  In the Desert of Sinai by Mount Sinai
  • Moses went up on the mountain and God spoke to him.  What did God say?  If they obeyed his covenant, they would be his special people.
  • What did the people say?  “We will do everything the Lord has said.”
  • How was the Lord going to come? in a thick cloud
  • How were the people to prepare for his coming? they were to wash their clothes
  • Were the people to come up onto the mountain with Moses?  No. If anyone touched the mountain they were to be put to death
  • What happened on the third day?  There was a thick cloud, thunder, and lightening and a very loud trumpet blast.
  • Name the ten commandments. Have the children fill out this worksheet from Sharon’s Place.
  • Point out that the first 4 commandments have to do with our relationship with God and the last 6 have to do with our relationships with people.
  • Are we able to keep all of the 10 commandments perfectly and get to heaven that way?  No.  We all sin.
  • If we can’t get to heaven by keeping the 10 commandments perfectly, why did God give them to us?  To show us how we should behave. To show us our sin and need for a savior.
  • Are these rules just to take away our freedom and fun? No.  They are designed for our protection and for harmony in our relationships with others. (Give the children examples of how rules protect us, such as traffic signs etc.)

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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 verse.

Matthew 22:37 – 40 “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Color page #1 (scroll down),  Color page #2 from Sermons4kids ,  Color page #3 form Honking Donkey,   Color page #4 from Bible Printables.   An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Have the children fill out a worksheet from Calvary Chapel.   Or have them do this crossword puzzle from sermons4kids

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Use this object lesson form sermons4kids.

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This is another object lesson from Bible Verse Clues. Note the great craft at the bottom of the page.

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My Little House has a great craft for this lesson.

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Read or listen to the story “The Fence”    or “Mrs. McGinn’s Rule” from Keys for Kids.

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Help the children learn the commandments with this craft from the Sunday School Lady.

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Make Ten Commandments bookmarks.

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Older kids will enjoy this game from Gospel Hall.  Search for lesson activity # 216.

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Here are some great ideas from a home-school mom that would be great for younger children.

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This is a great game idea from full hands and ready feet.

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Sing the Ten Commandments Boogie by the Go Fish Guys.

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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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The Lord is My Banner

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Scripture: Exodus 17: 8 – 16

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 17: 8-16  or pages 130 – 131 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

Before reading the story, ask for a volunteer.  Have the child stand in front of the class and hold his or her hands in the air for the duration of the story and discussion time as suggested by Lisa DeVinney.

(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:

  • How did the Israelites end up in a battle with the Amalekites?  The Amalekites attacked them.
  • Read Deuteronomy 25:17-18  “Remember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt. When you were weary and worn out, they met you on your journey and attacked all who were lagging behind; they had no fear of God.” How were the Amalekites attacking them? They were attacking the weakest ones from behind.
  • What instructions did Moses give to Joshua?  He was to choose some men to fight the battle.
  • What was Moses going to do?  He was going to stand on a hill and hold up the staff of God.
  • What other things had that staff been used for? turning into a snake, turning the water to blood, parting the Red Sea, making water come out of a rock, etc.
  • What happened when Moses held up the staff?  The Israelites would win in the battle.
  • What happened when Moses lowered the staff?  The Israelites would start to loose the battle.
  • Moses got tired after awhile.  So, what did Hur and Aaron do?  They had him sit on a stone and they held up his arms for him.
  • Who won the battle?  The Israelites.
  • Moses built an alter.  What did he name it?  The Lord is My Banner.
  •   Why do you think that he said that the Lord is his banner?  It would be like us saying that we serve under the flag of our country.  Moses was giving God the credit for the victory and expressing loyalty to Him.
  • Read Isaiah 11:10 “In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.” (Explain that the Root of Jesse is Jesus.  He was lifted up on the cross just as a flag is lifted up and He gathers the loyal followers to himself. And in the end we will be victorious.)
  • What kid of “attacks” do you face?  teasing and bullying, family conflicts, struggles at school or with homework, temptations to do wrong, etc.
  • Are you battling things out by yourself?  Or are you under the banner of the Lord?  
  • If we are under Christ’s banner we will win in the end.  Don’t fight under a losing banner. 
  • Think of how important it was that Aaron and Hur helped Moses hold up the staff.  How important do you think that it is for you to help someone else succeed by praying for them and giving them other kinds of support?
  • Who else prays for us? The Bible says that Jesus prays for us.  And he never gets tired.
  • Let’s pray and tell Jesus that he is our banner, we are loyal to him,  and to ask for his help to  overcome “attacks”…

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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 verse.

John 16:33b “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page.

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Show the children the Christian flag and teach them to say the pledge of allegiance to the Christian flag:

I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag, 

and to the Savior, for whose kingdom it stands. 

One Savior, crucified, risen and coming again, 

with life and liberty for all who believe.

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Have the children make flags to represent Christ, our banner, using construction paper and markers.  Glue, staple, or tape each flag to a small thin dowel.

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Have older children get into groups of two or three and share with each other the struggles that they are having right now and then have them pray together about them.  Ask them pray for each other through the week about these things.  (For younger children, share the struggles together in the whole group and pray for them as a group.)

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There are some good ideas here for a game and a craft from David Cook.  Scroll down to pages 20 – 23.

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Read or listen to the story, “The Banner” from Keys for Kids.

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Here is a great skit idea.

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Sing “What Seems Impossible” by Mary Rice Hopkins from the Dancing in the Desert album.

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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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Manna From Heaven

Scripture: Exodus 15:22 – 17:7 or pages 124 – 129 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 Matthew 2 or pages 354 – 355 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(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:

  • What was the first thing that the Israelites grumbled to Moses about?  There was no water.  The water they found was bitter and they couldn’t drink it.
  • What did God have Moses do?  He threw a piece of wood into the water and it became fit to drink.
  • What instructions did the Lord give to them? “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.”
  • What did they find at Elim? 12 springs and 70 palm trees.
  • What was the next things that the people complained about?  There was no food.
  • What did the Lord say that He would do? “I will rain down bread from heaven for you.”
  • Moses and Aaron said that the people were upset with who? God – not them.
  • What happened that evening? quail came and covered the camp.
  • What happened in the morning? There was manna on the ground. (Manna sounds like the Hebrew for What is it?)
  • How much manna were they to gather?  An omer for each person (About 3 pounds)
  • What happened to the manna if they saved some for the morning? it was full of maggots and began to smell
  • What day could they save twice as much as they needed?  The day before the Sabbath
  • Why? So that they wouldn’t work on the Sabbath
  • What happened if they didn’t collect twice as much on the 6th day?  They had nothing to eat on the Sabbath.
  • Describe the manna. It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey.
  • What did God tell Moses to do with one omer of manna?  ‘Take an omer of manna and keep it for the generations to come, so they can see the bread I gave you to eat in the wilderness when I brought you out of Egypt.’
  • Why do you think that it was important for them to save the manna? So that they would always remember how God provided for them.
  • How might it help them to remember what God had done for them in the past? When something bad happens to them, they could trust that God was in control and that He would take care of them again.
  • How long did the people eat manna? 40 years, until they reached Canaan
  • What was the next thing they complained about?  Again there was no water.
  • What did the Lord have Moses do?  “Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.”
  • What name did Moses give to this place? Massah and Meribah which means “testing” and “quarreling”.
  • What kinds of things do you complain about?  broccoli, homework, chores, not getting your way, etc.
  • How do you think God would rather you do than complain? be thankful, pray and ask God for help, etc.
  • Deut 8:3 says, “He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” What do you think this verse means? We need more than physical food every day; we need spiritual food every day, too.
  • Let’s pray and thank the Lord for giving us our daily bread and for daily spiritual bread...

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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 verse.

Exodus 16:12  ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’

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Share the children’s sermon “Dinner on the Ground”   or  “What Is It?”  from Sermons4kids.

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.  Color page #1   Color page #2   Color page #3   Here is a color book from Bible for Children   An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Share one of these videos: Video #1  Video #2   Video #3   Video #4

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Have the children play this great game by Ellen Patterson at the Sunday School Network

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Have the children fill in these worksheets from Calvary Chapel  or a crossword puzzle from Sermons4kids.

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Sing: “Grumble” by Mary Rice Hopkins from the Dancing in the Desert album.

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Share this lesson from Ministry to Children using the book, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” as an object lesson.

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For a craft, click on the picture above to enlarge it.  Print it out and make a copy for each child in the class.  Give them each some couscous to paste to the picture as manna on the ground and in the bowls. Have the Bible verse on a slip of paper for each child to paste to the top of their picture.  Older kids can write the verse themselves.

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Here are some craft ideas at e-how.

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Try one of these activities from Sermons4kids.

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For older kids share this lesson from Calvary Kids.

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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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Crossing the Red Sea

Scripture: Exodus 13:20 -22, 14:5-31, 15:1 – 21

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 13:20 -22, 14:5-31, 15:1 – 21 or pages 120 – 122 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(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:

  • How did God guide the Israelites during the day? a cloud pillar
  • How did God guide the Israelites at night? a pillar of fire
  • How does God guide you? The Bible, the Holy Spirit, our conscience, our parents, etc.
  • When Pharaoh heard that the people had fled, what did he do?  He sent his whole army with chariots, horsemen and troops after them.
  • How did the Israelites react when they saw the Egyptians coming after them? They were terrified, they prayed, they complained to Moses “It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”
  • What did Moses tell them? Don’t be afraid. The Lord will fight for you.  Be still.
  • When things go wrong in your life, what do you think that you should do? Be still.  Don’t be afraid. Trust God to take care of it.
  • What did the Lord tell Moses to do? Raise his staff over the sea to divide the water to make a dry path for the people to walk through.
  • What happened to the Egyptians?  The sea came over them and they were drowned.
  • Why did God allow the Egyptians to follow and be drowned?  To show that He is the  Lord.
  • How did the Israelites respond? Thy feared God and trusted Moses
  • Then what did the people and Miriam do? They sang praises to the Lord.
  • Let’s pray and praise and thank the Lord for saving Israel from the Egyptians and for taking care of us…

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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 verse.

Exodus 15:2a “The Lord is my strength and my defense;
he has become my salvation.”

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Share a video of this story:

Share the story “God Makes a Way” from “The Jesus Story Book Bible”.  (Make sure that you order the collector’s edition, which has the DVD with the stories animated and narrated.  It’s wonderful.)

Show the video “Pharaoh, Pharaoh”

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This is another great video from Moody.    Or play this scene from the movie “The Prince of Egypt”

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Share this children’s sermon from Sermons4Kids.

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Have the children complete this worksheet from Sharon Whittaker.  There are more worksheets here from Calvary Chapel.    Or do a crossword puzzle from Sermons4kids   or decoder puzzle from Sermons4kids.

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Make a diorama of the crossing of the Red Sea using this idea from Making Friends.  You might want to use the Passover Paper Dolls from Messianic Education Trust.   Here is a similar craft.  Or you might like a version of this craft from Full Hands and Ready Feet.

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Read the story “Well Protected” from Keys for Kids.

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Color Page #1 from Messianic Education Trust,  Color Page #2,   Color Page #3   Color page #4    An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Make a mini-book from Gospel Hall.  Type 212 in the search box.

Sing “The Horse and its Rider” by the Donut Man or “God Made a Way” and “Little Is Much” (Moses Version) and “What Seems Impossible” by Mary Rice Hopkins from the Dancing in the Desert album. Or sing “Go Down Moses” by the Countdown Kids.

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Act out the story using two blue twin sheets.  Have two teams of 4 children hold each sheet at the corners so that the sheets are parallel to each other with a 2 foot gap between them.  They then wave the sheets up and down to create waves.  The remaining children in the class walk or run between the sheets single file from one end to the other.  If you have enough children, divide them into Israelites and Egyptians.  Allow the Israelites to pass through. When the Egyptians come through, have the children holding the sheets bring the two sheets together to trap them.  Allow the children to take turns being sheet holders, Israelites and Egyptians.

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Have the children make up their own skit.

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There are some good activity ideas at Sunday School Sources.   There are more activity ideas here from Sermons4kids

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For snack time, make a jello diorama of the crossing with a pan of blue Knox Blox divided into two pieces and placed so that there is a “path” between them. Place a line of gummy bears walking  on the path.

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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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The First Passover

Scripture: Exodus 11: 4 – 9, 12:1 – 13, 12:24 – 42 or pages 117 – 119 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 11 or pages 117-119 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(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.)

  • What was the 10th plague?  At midnight every firstborn son in Egypt would die.
  • What were the two qualifications for the lamb? A year old male that had no defects.
  • What were they to do with the blood of the lamb? They were to paint the doorposts of their houses with it.
  • Do you ever decorate your doorpost?  Christmas wreaths at Christmas, welcome sign, “Gone Fishing”, “Do Not Disturb”, “Open”, “Closed”, etc.
  • What we put on our doorpost tells people on the outside a lot about those of us inside, doesn’t it?  When the people put the blood of the lamb on their doorposts, what were they telling God? That they trusted Him to save them.
  • That night they were to eat the lamb.  How were they to prepare it? Roasted over a fire with bitter herbs and with bread made without yeast.  If any was left over, they were to burn it.
  • What were they to wear when they ate it? Their traveling clothes and with staffs in their hands.
  • Why were they to eat in these clothes? Because they were to be ready to leave.
  • Why was the bread made without yeast?  Because they had to leave in a hurry and didn’t have time to let the bread rise.
  • What would God do that night? God would pass through Egypt and kill all the firstborn of people and animals.
  • Which houses would escape this plague? Those that had the blood on the doorposts. Those houses would be passed over.
  • Can you think of another time in the Bible when a Lamb was sacrificed?  Jesus was the Lamb of God who was crucified on the cross.
  • Which ones of us will escape from the consequences of our sins? Those of us who are covered with the blood of Jesus.
  • How do we obey and become covered with Jesus’ blood? We pray and ask him to forgive our sins.
  • Have you done that? (Don’t force anyone to answer.  Give the children a little time to ponder this.)
  • What did Pharaoh do when the firstborn were found to be dead? He called for Moses in the middle of the night, and he told him to take the people and go and worship the Lord as he had asked.
  • How long had the people lived in Egypt? 430 years.
  • Let’s pray and ask Jesus to cover us with His blood to save us from the slavery of sin…

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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 verse.

Exodus 12: 13b  “when I see the blood, I will pass over you.”

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Color page #1  from Messianic Trust.    An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Show this video, Yeshua, Our Passover Lamb. Or this one, Passover Lamb.  These two are also very good. #1 Plagues   #2 The Lamb of God

Share the story “God to the Rescue” from “The Jesus Story Book Bible”.  (Make sure that you order the collector’s edition, which has the DVD with the stories animated and narrated.  It’s wonderful.)

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Have the children act out this little skit from Kid’s Sunday School.

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Have the children fill in one of these worksheets from Calvary Children’s Curriculum. Or have them do this one from Bible Wise.

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Make the “Two Houses at the Passover” craft or do the worksheet from Gospel Hall. Go to the activities index and search for lesson 211. (The teachers guide is very helpful with the worksheet.)

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Sing “Plagues” and “What Seems Impossible”  by Mary Rice Hopkins from the Dancing in the Desert album.

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Play the “Moses Says” game.  Make sure that Moses says, “Paint your doorpost with the blood of the lamb.”

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Print out Passover Paper Dolls from Messianic Trust, and have the children use them to tell the story.

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Buy or bake matzah bread and have the children have a piece to taste.     Talk about how Jesus body was like the un-leaven bread in a Seder.

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There are more ideas here at The Last Supper lesson.

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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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