Vacation Bible school provides a way to keep kids busy during summer break. Churches may purchase a canned program with lessons, crafts, activities and handouts already planned or produce their own curriculum based on a central theme, such as the Life of Moses or Parables of Jesus. Activities keep children busy doing things that reinforce the lessons in the curriculum.
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When Moses was born, Pharaoh decreed that all Hebrew baby boys be thrown into the Nile. Students role-play the story of Jochebed and Miriam hiding Moses in a basket in the Nile. Alternatively, they could watch an animated story of the baby Moses. After the play or video is over, students can make a Moses basket as a craft while they talk about how God preserved Moses' life. Teachers explain that God's plan for protecting Moses mirrors that of Noah in the ark and Jesus' death to preserve all of mankind.
Moses Fled Egypt
Moses grew up in Pharaoh's palace, but he spent his early years cared for by his mother, Jochebed. When he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, he killed the man and buried him in the sand. Teachers read the story found in Exodus 2:11-22. Students talk about how hiding a sin doesn't make it go away. Moses' sin required he flee Egypt so Pharaoh didn't kill him. Students craft a God's eye using craft sticks and yarn to remind them that God sees everything and sin is not hidden from him.
Moses and the Burning Bush
God did not leave Moses out in the desert of Midian herding sheep. He appeared to Moses in a burning bush to send him back to Egypt to rescue the Israelites. Play a video clip of the burning bush story from "The Prince of Egypt," "The Ten Commandments" or other video option. Following the video, anchor strips of flame-coloured cellophane or red and orange tissue paper in an artificial bush and animate them with a small fan to create your own burning bush. Alternatively, glue red and orange tissue paper over the leaves and stems of a paper.
Moses rescued the Hebrews from Egypt and brought them through the Red Sea into the desert of Sinai. He went up the mountain twice to retrieve the Ten Commandments from God. Craft your own play about Moses on Mount Sinai with God or watch clips from a movie such as "The Ten Commandments" or "The Prince of Egypt." Have the students make their own Ten Commandments craft on a paper scroll or on tablets. Use a strip of paper taped on both ends to small dowels for the scroll. Use paper bags or craft paper to cut out two tablet shapes per child for tablets.
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