In today’s lesson we continued our unit on Moses in Exodus. When the Egyptian king ordered all of the Hebrew male infants to be killed, Moses mother was afraid and decided to save him. She put Moses in a basket and laid him down in a river to protect him. The pharaoh’s daughter ended up finding him and decided to raise him. Moses grew up as the princess’s son until he was grown and had to leave Egypt because the king hated him. It was hard for Moses to see his Hebrew people being treated so badly so he asked God for help. He wanted God to save the Hebrews from the king and make them free. God ended up asking Moses, who didn’t want that responsibility. God spoke to Moses through a burning bush, telling him that he would be with him in Egypt as they freed the slaves together.
Our first activity was weaving a basket like the one that held Moses as his mom saved his life. I cut six strips of construction paper and laid them out like an asterisk, taping them together. Afterwards I folded the strips upward. Next I cut two strips of construction paper out of a different color of paper and weaved it through the strips of paper pointing up. I taped it together and presented it to the kids. They adored it and really enjoyed weaving the paper together. They played with the basket for the rest of the afternoon, taking turns putting little toys inside and pretending to carry it away to safety. It’s now part of my sons GI Joe toys, a bunker.
Our last activity was one of their favorite Sunday school activities so far. We used an experiment to help them understand God speaking through the burning bush. I filled up two glasses with about a quarter of the way full of water then dropped three drops of red food coloring into glass. Then we filled up the rest of the glass with vegetable oil. After allowing to set, I let the kids drop an alka seltzer into each glass. The food coloring, water, and oil make a really cool show in the glass because they are different densities. It’s a lot like a lava lamp. I told them that the bush being on fire alone wasn’t special, what made it special was that the bush didn’t burn up and God made the ground sacred. The alka seltzer was like God, you weren’t always able to see him but that didn’t mean that he wasn’t capable of the most incredible things. The water and oil alone weren’t special until you added that last element. They had so much fun with this and it really helped them understand the lesson. The great thing about this activity is that it’s not just a once shot game like vinegar and baking soda. You can add as many tablets as you want and it will give you a similar effect. We went through almost an entire box, the kids in awe the whole time.