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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Use this object lesson form sermons4kids.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

My Little House has a great craft for this lesson.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Make Ten Commandments bookmarks.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Sing the Ten Commandments Boogie by the Go Fish Guys.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

<<< Previous Lesson 

Next Lesson

Lesson Index

Advertisements

The Lord is My Banner

Image

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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”…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Memorize the verse.

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Here is a great skit idea.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

<<< Previous Lesson

Next Lesson>>>

Lesson Index

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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...

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.’

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Here are some craft ideas at e-how.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Try one of these activities from Sermons4kids.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

For older kids share this lesson from Calvary Kids.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

<<< Previous Lesson

Next Lesson >>>

Lesson Index

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Memorize the verse.

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Share this children’s sermon from Sermons4Kids.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the children make up their own skit.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

<<< Previous Lesson

>>> Next Lesson

Lesson Index

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Here are some great craft ideas from Bible Story Hour.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Scroll down at this site to make The Ten Plagues Booklet

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

There are some good ideas for discussion at this site.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

There are several ideas at the Catholic Toolbox.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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”.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

<<< Previous Lesson

Next Lesson >>>

Lesson Index

Moses and the Burning Bush

In the last lesson, Moses had grown up in the Pharaoh’s palace as a son of the Pharaoh’s daughter.  But, when he grew up, he was disturbed to see the Hebrew people abused in slavery.  One day he saw a guard beating a Hebrew, so he killed the guard to protect him.  Knowing that Pharaoh now wanted to kill him for that crime, he fled to Midian where he started a new life as a shepherd.  This is where the story begins…

Scripture: Exodus 3: 1 – 22 and Exodus 4: 1 – 17

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Exodus 3 or pages 102 – 105 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 did Moses see when he was watching his flock of sheep?  A burning bush.
  • What was strange about the burning bush?  It didn’t burn up.
  • What did Moses hear when he got close to the bush?  God speaking to him.
  • What did God tell Moses to do?  To take off his shoes because he was standing on holy ground.
  • What did God say that He was concerned about?  The suffering of his people in Egypt.
  • What did He want Moses to do?  To go and bring the people out of Egypt.
  • Did Moses say yes and go right away?  No.
  • Why? He didn’t think he was able to do it. “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
  • What was God’s answer?  I will be with you.
  • What did Moses ask then?  What if they ask who sent him?
  • How did God answer him?  ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” and “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’
  • What would cause the Egyptians to let them go?  God would strike them.
  • What else would help to persuade the Egyptians? God would turn Moses’ staff into a snake.
  • If the Egyptians weren’t persuaded by the snake, what sign would God give them next? Moses’ hand would turn leprous in his cloak.
  • What was the third sign?  Water from the Nile would turn to blood.
  • What was Moses’ next objection? I’m not a good speaker.
  • How did God answer him?  “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
  • Finally what did Moses say?  Please send someone else.
  • Did God like that answer? No. He got angry and told him that his brother Aaron would speak for him.
  • In what ways do you think that Moses was perfectly suited for this job? He lived in the palace and was well educated, he cared about the Hebrews, he was humble, he was obedient, etc.
  • Do you think that God speaks to you today?  How? Through the Bible, our parents and teachers. Through sermons and Christian music. Through things that happen to us. etc.
  • Do you think that God can use you to do something very important – even if you feel very ordinary?
  • Who will always go with you wherever you go and help you in whatever you do? God
  • Let’s pray and thank God for being there for us to help us to do his will…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Memorize the verse.

Exodus 4:12b “I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Share this children’s sermon from sermons4kids.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Here are some activity suggestions from sermons4kids.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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   Color page #4   Color page #5  Color page book featuring Moses   An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the children follow this maze to the burning bush.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the children make one of these burning bush crafts. Craft #1 Craft #2 Craft #3

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Scroll down to several crafts and activities at Danielle’s Place.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the children do one of these worksheets from Calvary Chapel.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Read the story “Your Burning Bush” from Keys for Kids.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Have the older kids act out the story.  Here is a script for a short skit.   Or have them act out this application skit.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This burning bush activity will help kids to think about things that they can do to serve God.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Make a burning bush and have the children gather around it for prayer.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Here are some games and puzzles.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Sing “Little is Much”(Moses Version) or “What’s in Your Hand” or “Why Me?” by Mary Rice Hopkins from the Dancing in the Desert Album

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Serve one of these Burning Bush snacks.

 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

<<< Previous Lesson

Next Lesson >>>

Lesson Index

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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… 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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 .

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

Lesson Index

<<< Previous Lesson

Next Lesson >>>

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Help your child memorize the verse.

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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