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The story of Moses – Lessons to teach kids
If you grow up attending Sunday School, you know that the story of Moses is one of the most taught and most familiar stories in the Bible. You know about the story of the baby in the basket, 10 plagues, the 10 commandments, God’s miracle in the Red Sea, the water flowing from the rock for the people of Israel, the gold calf and many more stories related to Moses. We learned so many lessons from the story of Moses that we never forget. Moses is one of the well known leaders in the Bible and his life has always been God’s instrument in helping the Israelites free from the bondage of Egypt. Children can learn so many lessons from the life of Moses which is why we continue to retell the stories to children.
Today, the Story of Moses is still one of the stories most often taught in Sunday School. Over the years, the churches and Sunday School organizations have come up with so many innovations and ideas to make our bible lessons a fun-filled one. Here are some resources, activities and crafts that we can use in teaching the life of Moses to our little ones.
1. Ready-to-print Lesson Plans
Lesson plans are the first things to bear in mind in preparing for bible lessons during Sunday school. Thankfully, there are many organizations and churches that have created some great resources that help children learn the lessons of Moses. They offer free lesson plans we can use to help us get started with our lesson for our little ones. Most of them have an outline, bible verse and activities we can do in church to help kids remember the verses and the lessons easily.
A. Baby Moses in the basket free lesson plan from Ministry to children.
B. Moses and the burning Bush lesson plan from Kids Sunday School.
C. Lesson plan about The 10 Plagues from Bible Fun for Kids.
D. Crossing the Red Sea lesson plan from Sunday School Center.
E. Moses and the 10 commandments from DLTK’s Growing Together.
2. Craft Ideas
Memory Cross has three origami coloring cards that teach children about the life of Moses plus a number of cards about the 10 Commandments. Each card has four panels that makes an endless loop. The video below shows how each card folds. To order free samples, click here. The cost is only $3.00 for shipping and handling (in the USA).
2. Activity ideas
Activities after bible lessons are what the children look forward to. Children are known to be energetic and we want to take advantage of that by giving them wonderful activities after the lesson that will help them remember the bible lesson even more. Activities are very effective in repeating the lessons to the children without them getting bored. Below are some activity ideas we can do for our children:
A. Baby Moses in the Basket
Activity: Baby Moses Sensory Play
Source: Michelle Paige
Materials Needed: For small baby baskets – Paper towels, Juices boxes, plastic tapes, material scraps, glue sticks & glue guns, popsicle sticks, sharpies
- Have each kid drink a beverage.
- Wrap brown material over the top half and the sides of the box.
- Glue the material in place.
- Adhere the plastic tape over the seam of the material all the way around the box.
- Using sharp scissors cut a small rectangular opening on the top of the box. Have each child dry out their box with a paper towel.
- Have each child use a small piece of felt to wrap up a broken popsicle stick to make Baby Moses and have each child draw on two eyes and a mouth on the popsicle stick.
- Have each child make a bed for Moses with a cotton ball then put Moses in the basket. Have the kids decorate their baskets using Sharpies.
For the river – Big water tub, blocks of Styrofoam, fake plants and water.
- Fill a great big plastic tub full of water for ‘the river’.
- Load blocks of Styrofoam with greenery to hide the baskets.
- Have each child try out their basket making sure they floated in the water.
- Review the lesson and talk about God’s protection to Moses while he was in the basket.
Activity: Paper Bag Fall Tree
Materials Needed: Brown paper lunch bag, Scissors, Glue, Paper (Fall colors)
Source: Pikadilly Charm
- Cut lunch bag into half inch strips. Start at the opening and cut half way down the bag.
- Open bag and stand it up.
- Hold base of bag with one hand and twist the middle of bag to create the trunk of the tree.
- Twist two of the bag strips together to create branches.
- Rip strips of colored paper into tiny pieces and glue them all over the branches of the tree.
C. The 10 Plagues
Activity: Drawing and coloring the 10 Plagues
Materials Needed: Pencils, crayons
- Download this free coloring sheet or this coloring from Bible Pathway Adventures online and reproduce to distribute to the kids.
- Assist the kids while they draw and color their work sheets.
D. Crossing the Red Sea
Activity: Re-enactment of crossing the red sea
Materials: plastic blue tablecloths, outfit for Moses and the Israelites, Moses’ rod
Source: Bible School Teachers
- Retell the story and have one child act as Moses.
- Ask assistance from the helpers to hold the plastic blue tablecloths.
- Have “Moses” raise his rod and the helpers raise the “waters.” Then let the children who were not Moses cross on dry land.
E. Moses and the 10 commandments
Activity: 10 commandments folding craft sticks
Materials: Permanent Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
Source: For more information on this craft please visit Danielle’s Place
What other activities that aim to teach children about the Story of Moses do you know? Please share!
If you are teaching the 10 Commandments to kids we’ve put together 10 fun and creative ideas that can be used with your own kids or in a Sunday School or Children’s Church setting.
First why teach children the Ten Commandments is one question we hear. The answer at least for me is simple. God gave them to us as a basis to live our lives and he commanded us to put His word into our hearts and minds. We learn to letters so we can read. We learn numbers so we can learn and understand math. Without the fundamentals we never can exceed.
The Ten Commandments are the foundation that can have a huge impact on our lives.
Here is a quick list of the 10 Commandments
- You shall have no other Gods before me
- You shall not make for yourself an idol
- You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain
- Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy
- Honor your father and mother
- You shall not murder
- You shall not commit adultery
- You shall not steal
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
- You shall not covet
We normally list Memory Cross resources last, but I’ve decided to list them first here. Memory Cross has a number of origami cards that teach children the 10 Commandments. Each card has four panels that make a never ending loop. We have created cards for younger kids – 10 commandments that which allow them to use their creativity and cards for older children that just list the Ten Commandments. The video below shows how they fold.
Ministry-to-Children is always one of my favorite places to start when looking for free Sunday School lessons. Tony and his group continue to churn out great content. It’s all on the web with free downloads so if you are preparing a Sunday School lesson but running late you can almost find something there related to the topic you are teaching children.
This lesson on the 10 Commandments is designed for kids ages 5 through 11 and includes a lesson plan, craft activities, and scripture memory plan. – Visit Ministry-To-Children for more information.
The next resource is a fun video created to help children learn the 10 Commandments. If you don’t have internet access at church you can download the video to your computer by click on this link. Your browser might give you a warning depending on your security settings but the link and webpage are safe. It will give you an option to download the video below.
An article by Karen Jones does not teach the 10 Commandments but has some good ideas about keeping God’s love in mind when talking to children. Here is an excerpt. The full article can be found by click on this link.
- God gave us the Ten Commandments because He loves us.
- The Ten Commandments are not a kill-joy but a joy-maximizer.
- Sin is a kill-joy.
- The Ten Commandments show us what God is like.
- We are not able to keep the Ten Commandments perfectly.
- The Ten Commandments show us our sin and need for a Savior.
- Jesus kept the Ten Commandments perfectly on our behalf.
- The obedience God requires of us is the obedience of faith.
If you are looking for craft ideas check out Bible Story Printables. Valerie has over 20 different hands on ideas that you can use with children.
Finally here is a another video that I thought did a good job teaching children the 10 Commandments.
If you have a favorite way to teach children the 10 Commandments or have comments on the ones we’ve listed, be sure to let us know in the comments section.
Moses plays a very prominent part in the Old Testament both as a leader of the Israelites and as a writer of the books of the Bible, but what about his faith? God’s hand was on Moses from birth, helping him escape death by the Egyptians and in raising him as a son of Pharaoh where he was educated under the best instructors of the time. God prepared Moses for the work he would call him to later in life.
Moses was also one of the privileged few who have actually heard God’s voice and experienced his glory. I am writing this post because I’ll be teaching 5th graders about the faith of Moses and I find writing helps me clarify my own thoughts. This is not meant to be a Sunday School lesson but I’ll provide some of the resources I’m using at the end. It seems to me that with everything Moses experienced he would have been a very forceful leader for God, but on several occasions that did not happen.
He first met God through the burning bush where God actually talked to him. The story is found in Exodus 3 and 4. When God spoke to Abraham he listened and moved. When God spoke to Moses he tried his best to get God to change his mind. Even after he finally went Pharaoh would not listen to him and Moses complained to God. After he had seen God’s glory when God gave him the 10 Commandments he listened to the leaders of Israel and did not go into the territory that would become Israel. I would have expected that he would have told the people that God had brought them out of Egypt, promised them their own country and that he was going in with our without the people of Israel.
Moses and faith – How you can live a life of passionately following Jesus
Least I judge Moses to hard what have we been given and how do we respond? God has given us the Bible so we can read the many stories of people living (or not living) out their life as God wanted. Since Jesus came, died and sent the Holy Spirit each believer has also had God living in them, an experience that radically changed the Apostles, members of the early church and many people around the world today.
God gave Moses what seemed like a huge task: Free 1 million people from Pharaoh and move them back into the land that God gave Abraham. It was a task that should have taken three months but that ended up taking him the rest of his life. God has given us a task that is even bigger. Everyone who becomes a Christian is instructed to go make other disciples. What is known as the Great Commission is found in every Gospel. I’ve quoted from Matthew 28 in God’s Word translation: All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. So wherever you go, make disciples of all nations: Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to do everything I have commanded you. And remember that I am always with you until the end of time.
What will your story look like at the end of your life? Are you focused on serving Him or serving yourself? Where are you storing up treasures? Living a life of faith, trusting in Jesus is not always hard. Yes many people I know have sold what they owned and left to be a missionary in another country, but God needs people who serve him right here. Sometimes it is as simple as paying for someone’s meal. In the video below you’ll see how one very simple act changed the lives of many. That is probably something we all can do.
Try saying a prayer something like this one: Lord Jesus I know you want people who love you with all of their heart, soul and mind. People who are willing to listen and follow you. Help me to be one of those people. Every morning let me wake up and live my life serving you.
Sunday School Resources on Moses
Back to our Sunday School class. We’re spending four weeks studying Moses through various ways: art, music, Scripture and media. This week is media so I’m going to use these videos to help our kids understand Moses, his faith and how God calls us to live a life of obedience to him.
Story of Moses. This animated video does a good job telling about the history God’s people during the time of Moses.
How do you put faith in action?
Recommended books and resources
These resources are mix between helping you grow in your faith and helping children develop their faith.
- Crazy Love by Francis Chan – God is love. Crazy, relentless, all-powerful love. Have you ever wondered if we’re missing it? It’s crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe—the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor—loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss. Whether you’ve verbalized it yet or not, we all know something’s wrong.
- Awakening by Matt Brown -We keep hearing about weakening faith in our country, but God is alive and well in America. He is working right here and now in people of faith. This book will awaken your heart and soul to his presence and to the power of Christianity today, which will in turn ignite your faith and change your world. Christians in America are inundated with negative stories and statistics about the decline of the faith. Awakening is a very encouraging counter balance of astounding stories of God at work all around the world, and it will inspire you to take part.
- Teaching children about the birth of Moses – Craft card by Memory Cross
- Moses and the burning bush – Craft card by Memory Cross that helps children remember this story.
- Moses parting the Red Sea – craft card by Memory Cross
- Sunday School lessons about Moses – Ministry to Children – free resources.
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Do children need to learn the Ten Commandments?
It is easy to downplay the importance of the Ten Commandments mainly because of the new commandment that Jesus gives us in John 13:34: “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” But does this mean Jesus cancels out the Ten Commandments given to Moses?
I believe the notion is untrue.
I believe God doesn’t contradict himself; Jesus’ new commandment could not have cancelled the Ten Commandments. On the contrary, if we take a careful look at all of the commandments, it is easy to see that they boil down to one thing: love. They teach us how to love God and love one another. Have you ever noticed that?
The New Testament doesn’t contradict the Ten Commandments at all. The New Testament strengthens them and continues to teach love all throughout. The Holy Spirit upholds the value of love because one of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit is love (Galatians 5:22). So I’ll throw you the question again: why is there a need to teach children the Ten Commandments?
As adults, love may be relatively easier to understand because we have more experiences with it. But children don’t have much experience with love. We are not born knowing how to love. In fact, the first part of Proverbs 22:15 says that “Folly is bound up in the heart of a child.” Because of this, teaching them the abstract and admittedly difficult concept of love is better done through specific and understandable commands. And what better set of commands can we use than the Ten Commandments?
For example, even adults have trouble understanding God’s concept of love. Our previous post tells us that many of us don’t know if God really loves us or not. Similarly, it can be hard to understand how to love God fully. But the first four commandments specifically address this and teach us what to do. Here’s the First Commandment:
I am the LORD your God, which have brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20: 2-3)
Instead of teaching children what can be a vague concept of love, we can teach them to love God by worshipping nobody and nothing else but him and not idolize people and things. The same can be said with the other commandments. For example, the Ninth Commandment tells us that to love other people, we shouldn’t lie and say false things about them. Again, it is much easier for children to follow specific guidelines to learn how to love.
Now that we have established the importance of teaching children the Ten Commandments, it is time to know how to do this. I did a little research and saw many wonderful resources that we can use. Feel free to peruse this list:
- Make the Ten Commandments easier to understand by simplifying A good and accurate simplification can be found here.
- Use printables to remind children of the Ten Commandments every day. Here’s a printable that you can use to display the commandments at home or in the classroom.
- Make crafts to help children enjoy learning. I found a “Road to Perfection” Ten Commandments craft.
- And sing songs to help them memorize the commandments; I find singing songs an ideal way of helping children commit lessons to memory. Here’s a song from YouTube that my son and I thoroughly enjoyed!
Memory Cross also has resources to help children learn the 10 Commandments. Click this link to learn more.
The Ten Commandments for kids video.
If you have another other resources take a moment and post them in the comment box below.
Is it just me or does it seem like America’s moral compass is spinning out of control? What few standards that might exist are being eaten away. Every year new TV shows go further, more graphic sex scenes, more violence, lying, and cheating. Seems like there are no absolute rules about what is right and wrong.
What is America going to look like in 10 or 20 years at our current rate of change? XXX rated films will be on prime time and we won’t be able to trust what anyone says. Already it is hard to trust what politicians say. I’m writing this on the eve when Obama is planning to declare amnesty to 5 million people who have entered this country illegally. Now we are rewarding people who have disobeyed the law. Apparently if you do it long enough it is no longer wrong.
We need to bring back a standard of right and wrong and teach children what that means. America was founded on Biblical principles. I know that liberals would disagree but if they read our history written by the founders it would be hard for them to argue that point.
Teaching children the 10 Commandments is a start. The fact is most church members cannot recite the 10 Commandments. If we don’t know God’s laws how can we obey them? In Jeremiah 31:33 it says: “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord. I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
This is why teaching children the 10 Commandments is so important. Can you drive on the road safely if no one reads or obeys the rules? Suppose people decided to not obey the stop light? How many deaths would result?
The same thing is true for putting God’s laws in our hearts. Even as Christians if we don’t know God’s 10 Commandments how can we obey them?
America no longer wants to hear about God’s Commandments. Instead of You shall have no other gods before me we make ourselves gods free to do whatever we want. The third commandments says you shall not misuse the name of the Lord our God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. How many people want to hear or obey that?
Some of the others that we no longer follow are: Remember the Sabbath day, keeping it holy. Now it is a day to sleep in and then it is like every other day.
The 5th commandment is to honor your father and mother. Today disrespect for parents is found everywhere.
The 7th commandment says you shall not commit adultery but how many movies can you see that don’t include sex outside of marriage?
The Reverend Billy Graham says these are tough times to raise children. We need to equip them for the battle that is ahead of them. Putting the Word of God into their heart and mind is one of the best things that we can do.
We make some excellent resources to help children learn the 10 Commandments which I’ve listed below along with several other excellent resources.