As a man, Moses became a prophet and liberator of the Hebrew people. As a baby, born into slavery in Egypt, he was, like all Jewish baby boys at the time, ordered by the Pharaoh to be killed. His mother put him in a basket and sent him alone down the Nile, where he was found among the reeds by the Pharaoh's daughter. He was adopted and raised as an Egyptian prince. Baby Moses arts and crafts illustrate this perilous journey.
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Children can make their own baskets out of strips of construction paper. Cut strips about 3/4-inch wide. Place a row of vertical strips on the work surface, then weave horizontal strips under and over the vertical strips until you have a simple paper mat that resembles a checkerboard. Glue the pieces together, then cut the woven mat into a plus-sign shape, or use a paper basket folding template. Fold the sides up and glue the edges together to make a basket. Place a doll into the basket once it has dried.
Use clean foam trays, used for packaged produce and cheese, to make a floating baby Moses craft. Cut, assemble and glue pieces of foam into a box, with a bottom and sides but no top. Cut a piece of foam into an oval and glue the box on top. Decorate the box with strips of craft foam to make it look like a basket, and make a baby using a foam ball for the head and foam sheets for fabric as blankets. The "basket" must be balanced to float properly, so only use very light items.
Mini Basket Craft
Mini baskets are readily available at craft shops around Easter and Passover. Use them to make small baby Moses baskets. Take a small wooden bead and put a drop of glue on one end of the hole. Fold a small pipe cleaner and stick the folded end into the glue. Wrap the pipe cleaner with fabric so that it looks like a swaddled baby. Place the baby into the basket. If you like, have the children decorate the basket with paint or markers.
Younger kids can fashion a two-dimensional baby in a basket out of cut pieces of felt. Older kids can make a baby Moses doll out of an unworn sock, some cotton batting and some small rubber bands. Fill the sock with batting so that the heel faces you, then tie off tiny feet and hands and the head with rubber bands. Trim the top of the sock off and use it to make a cap. Draw facial details with a fabric pen, and wrap in a small blanket. Place the sock baby in a basket.
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