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.
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.)
- 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…
During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…
Memorize the memory verse.
Romans 8:31b “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Teach the children the song “Put ‘em in a Basket” by Mary Rice Hopkins
Read or listen to the devotional “Obedient Rex” from Keys for Kids.
Have the children watch the video “Baby Moses” from Moody. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsHCrcmcwnI&feature=related
Make the little Bible scene “The Princess and the Baby” from My Little House. Or print out the comic book story for each child.
Try one of these activities from Gospel Hall. Type 201 in the search box.
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.
Here is a cute edible craft idea from Thelma’s Kitchen. http://docthelmaskitchen.blogspot.com/2007/09/baby-moses-jello-craft.html
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.