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 Plagues of Egypt

In the last lesson, God called Moses to go to deliver the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt.  After he and his brother Aaron spoke with Pharaoh, he refused to let the people go. In fact he made the people work harder by making them find their own straw to make bricks.  This is where today’s story begins…

Scripture: Exodus 7: 6 – 25, 8:1 – 30, 9: 11 – 35, 10: 1- 29 or pages 108 – 117 in the Children’s Golden Bible

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome: Prepare lots of origami frogs and spread them out all over the table, chairs, floor etc. so that as the children enter the room they are greeted with a plague of frogs. This will generate a lot of excitement and interest in the story. (Make sure that you gather them up again until after story time so that they listen to the story.)

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 7 or pages 108 – 117 in The Golden Children’s Bible. (This story is long, so for small children you might abridge it, or read a shortened version such as this one from Sharon Whittaker.)

(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 plague? Moses struck the Nile with his staff and the Nile turned into blood. (Talk about how the fish would have died and how it all would have smelled, and how desperate they would have been for fresh water to drink.)
  • What was the second plague? frogs (Talk about what a nuisance that would have been.)
  • What was the third plague?  Moses struck the dust with his staff and the dust became gnats.
  • What did the magicians say about the gnats? “This is the finger of God.”
  • What wast the third plague?  Flies
  • What was the fourth plague?  The livestock (farm animals) would get sick and die.
  • What was the fifth plague?  Moses took soot and threw it into the air – then all the people got boils on their skin.
  • What was the 6th plague?  Thunder, lightening and hail that destroyed everything, including the crops.
  • What did the Egyptian people say before the 7th plague? “How long will this man be a snare to us? Let the people go, so that they may worship the LORD their God. Do you not yet realize that Egypt is ruined?”
  • Did Pharaoh listen to the people? No.
  • What was the 7th plague? Locusts that ate all the fruits and anything green.
  • What was the 8th plague?  Darkness for 3 days.
  • Have you ever been in pitch darkness that you couldn’t even see your hand in front of your face?  That would have been terrible, wouldn’t it.
  • We’re going to save the 10th plague for next week, but does anybody know what that one was?  The firstborn son would die that night unless there was the blood of a lamb smeared on the doorpost.
  • Why did God bring these ten plagues? The Egyptians had many gods, so God wanted them to understand that He was the one and only God. Exodus 7:5 says “And the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.”
  • Have you ever gone through a very hard time or a tragedy and wondered why God allowed that?  Do you think that God might have had a reason for allowing you or someone you are close to to go through that hard time? Maybe He just wanted you to know that He is God and that He is in control – not you.
  • What things do you think that He might be asking you to do today?  Treat my brothers and sisters with kindness, help my mom and dad, do my best in school, believe in Him, trust in Him, etc.
  • If God asks you to do something, do you think that you should do it right away? Yes!
  • Let’s pray and ask the Lord to help us to do whatever He asks us to do and to trust Him in every situation…

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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 7:5 “And the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.”

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Show one of these videos. #1 ,   #2 ,  #3  ,  #4

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Have the children act out the story with this cute play from Faith Quest.

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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   This site has some good color pages.    Here is a color book featuring this 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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Play the Plagues File Folder 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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Here are some great craft ideas from Bible Story Hour.

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This is a cute craft from a “Creative Jewish Mom”.   For a whole classroom of kids you might make the templates smaller and use popsicle sticks instead of dowels. This craft is similar.  You might use the 10 plagues printable from 1+1+1=1.        Here are also some game cards.   (Take note that the Jewish 10 plagues are slightly different than the 10 plagues in the Christian Bible.)

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Have the children make this flip book.  Page #1   Page #2

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Scroll down at this site to make The Ten Plagues Booklet

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For older kids, use this page from The Crafty Classroom to have them draw their own versions of each plague and label each one.

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Have the children do some worksheets.  Sheet #1 ,   Sheet #2,   Sheet #3  (for older kids), Sheet #4 ,  Sheet #5

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There are some good ideas for discussion at this site.

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There are several ideas at the Catholic Toolbox.

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Scroll down at this site for some games related to this story.

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

Or sing “The Ten Plagues Song” which is sung to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.  Or sing “The Plague Song”, which is sung to “This Ol’ Man”.

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For snack serve cherry Kool-aid to symbolize the Nile River and big pretzel sticks to represent Moses’ staff.

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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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