The third and fourth chapters of Exodus contain the story of Moses' conversation with God in the burning bush. God told Moses to go back to Egypt and perform signs for Pharaoh so he would free the Israelites from slavery. It's a story that will capture the imaginations of children in primary Sunday School classes. You can prepare activities that will help young children remember the moral of the story and how they can apply it to their own young lives.
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Tell your students that you want them to accomplish a task. Give them a task that is difficult and possibly scary, such as talking to the president of the United States. Or ask them to do something impossible like fly around the room. Choose a task that suits your group of students. Most of the children will say the task is impossible and give excuses why they can't accomplish it. At first, encourage them that they can do it. Tell them you'll help them try. When the children insist they can't accomplish the task, say, "You're right. This task is very difficult --- almost impossible. Think about how you're feeling right now. That's how Moses felt when God asked him to go to Pharaoh." Proceed to tell the rest of the story.
Lead kids in a drama where they act out major elements in the story. Let them pretend they are shepherds watching sheep, just like Moses. Choose a few students to be the burning bush. Let them move their arms around like flames. Show the other students how to take off their shoes to show respect for holy ground. Tell students to pretend they're holding a shepherd's staff that turns into a snake when thrown to the ground. Let the children put their hands under their shirts and pretend they see leprosy.
Give each student a piece of construction paper and a crayon. Tell them to trace their hands in the middle of the paper. Give each student a handful of small red, yellow and orange tissue paper squares. Show students how to crumple the tissue paper so it looks like flames. Glue the flames to their traced hands. This will create a burning bush. Let students draw Moses standing next to the bush.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Give each student a piece of paper. Instruct children to write down one thing they are good at doing on the front of the paper and one thing they aren't good at on the back of the paper. Ask, "What if each one of you had to do the thing you're not good at right here in front of the class? How would you feel?" Let the children respond. Tell them that's exactly what God asked Moses to do. Moses wasn't a good public speaker, but God wanted him to speak with Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. Ask, "Why do you think God sometimes asks us to do things we're not good at?" List responses on the board, and explain possible answers to the class.
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