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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