The story of Moses is shared by Jewish and Christian traditions. Moses' story spans a long lifetime filled with experiences that are rich with lessons about faith, trials and God's plan for people. With focused activities that are age-appropriate, teachers can provide children with lessons about Moses from his infancy through his remarkable experiences that the children will take with them and use in their daily lives.
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Preschoolers can learn about Moses in ways that they understand. Read the story of how Pharaoh's daughter found Moses in the reeds. Use colourful visuals to convey the basic elements and characters. Sunday School Fun Zone provides pictures depicting Moses' mother preparing a basket for the baby to keep him safe, and pictures of the princess finding the baby. Tell the story as a toddler would understand and in a way that would hold a young child's attention. Make copies of the pages for the children to colour. End the lesson with a prayer communicating that God takes care of children and protects them from harm.
The Burning Bush
The book of Exodus, particularly 3:1-22, describes God's direct communication with Moses. The website, KidsSundaySchool.com offers a "burning bush" activity to engage upper-level, elementary-to-high schoolchildren. Children can write a list of ways that people communicate with each other. Provide a couple of prompts; for example, a telephone or smoke signals. Write the items on the board. Ask which of the methods are the best and which are not effective. Explain that while human communication may not be very effective, God used a way to communicate with Moses that was not on anybody's list. Encourage children to open their minds to the ways God might communicate with them. Finish the activity by having the kids write a list of non-traditional ways God "speaks" to people. List those ideas on the board.
The Ten Commandments
Use the Ten Commandments to explore the deeper meaning of the "ten words" with older children. In a discussion activity, ask children what they think the first Commandment, "You shall have no other gods before me," means. Ask the kids for examples of what types of "gods" a modern person might have that would interfere with a relationship with God. List them on the board. Go through the commandments, prompting the children to think about the "words" in terms of their experiences. Have each child write a revised form of the Ten Commandments, giving one example of how she will keep each commandment.
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