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Game Idea- Crossing the Red Sea Parachute Game

Supplies List:

  • Lots of children
  • 20 ft. parachute


Game Directions:

  1. Have children take handles all around the parachute 
  2. Pick 2 children to be Israelites and 2 children to be Paraoh’s army (you can adjust numbers depending on the number of children you have and the size of parachute you have).

    The children you pick need to be directly opposite each other.  

    This should leave you with two handles free on one side and two handles free on the direct opposite side (they must be directly opposite each other, as this is where the children will walk through).
  3. Two of the children you picked are now Israelites and the other two are now Egyptians.
  4. Have the two Israelites stand side by side, opposite a side where you have left a space (empty handles) in the parachute.
  5. Have the two Egyptians soldiers stand a couple of feet behind the two Israelites.
  6. Tell the children on the count of 3 everyone around the parachute will lift it high - the Isrealites will walk through safely, but as soon as the Egyptians soldiers enter the sea it must be lowered to try and capture them. 
  7. Remind children to walk - not run, for safety, although they will have difficulty in doing so in their excitement. You will have to remind them patiently.
  8. Have the first four children picked do it again, this time switching places - Israelites and Egyptians.
  9. After their turns are done - have those four exchange places with children around the parachute who have not yet had a turn.   Have them take turns being Israelites and Egyptians.
  10. Continuing until everyone has had a turn.
  11. Finalize by having everyone take a parachute handle and be Israelites by lifting it high and stepping under, then stepping back before it falls on them.
  12. Next have everyone be Pharaoh’s (Egyptian) soldiers and this time lift arms, then step forward and sit down pulling the parachute behind them (remind them before doing this to not let go of the parachute) to be covered by the Red Sea.


Be prepared to raise your voice - during this game to be heard over the children’s laughter.

Rules

  • If you have a large age range (we did it with 4 yrs - 11 yrs). So we asked the older ones to remenber the person beside them may be shorter so lift gently with them in mind.
  • NO stepping on the parachute!


Discussion questions beforehand or afterwards while sitting around parachute:

 

Parting of the Red Sea:

  • I wonder why the Israelites wanted to give up when they reached the Red Sea?
  • I wonder what they must have felt when the sea suddenly parted?
  • I wonder what they felt while they crossed the Red Sea? Where they afraid? Do you think it was muddy, rocky, scary?
  • Have you had a time when you were scared and your faith was tested?
  • Is it easy to put your faith in God when your scared?

 

Lesson Adaption from:
Member Kristi 

 

Supplies:  Jingle Bells


An easy addition to this lesson is to bring the discussion to the celebration of God's deliverance of the Israelites to the other side of the Red Sea.

 

The people celebrated, Miriam and the women played tambourines.

 

We had the children spread around the parachute and lift it to waist-level. Have the children 'flutter' the parachute (gentle, SMALL oscillations) and add jingle bells.  The jingle bells bounced and made a tambourine sound.

 

Then we settled back down and discussed why the Israelites were celebrating, what we have to celebrate from God in our own lives and how we celebrate that.

Plagues

Game Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Mixed ages rotate in two teams through games for each plague.


Leader Preparation:

  • Read the background materials.
  • Gather the supplies.

Supplies List:

  • Water
  • Paper Cups
  • Quart Jars
  • Red Food Coloring
  • Plastic Frogs
  • Sequins
  • Small Plates
  • Large sheets of paper
  • Markers
  • Matching Game
  • Cotton Balls
  • Small plates of snacks
  • Plastics Cones
  • Toilet Papers


 

Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Open with a prayer.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:


Starting with ideas we found here, we wrapped up our study of the plagues with a game rotation. We played a game for each plague so that they would be memorable. We used two teams of mixed age children from preschool through elementary. The games were played during one Sunday School of approximately an hour, but time was a little crunched. The kids didn't want to leave Sunday School, and returned immediately after worship to try some of the games again.

Background:
Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh at God’s request to free the Hebrews. The Egyptians worshipped many gods.

First Plague: Water turns into blood.
As a relay, carry water in paper cups to quart jars with red food coloring in the bottom. First team to fill the pitcher wins. Talk about how the water was unusable for drinking, cleaning, etc. and the smell in warm weather plus dead fish, etc.

Second Plague: Frogs
Throw frogs (plastic, not real) into the air. (We had a gross of small hopping frogs. Something else could be used.) Say go and have everyone gather frogs with a different place for each team to deposit theirs. Count to see who was able to pick up the most frogs. Talk about having frogs everywhere – in your bed, the bathroom, the kitchen, etc. and about the smell and nastiness when they were dead after the plague ended.

Third Plague: Gnats
Each child started with a plate of small sequins. At the word go, everyone tries to move the sequins from their plate to a another container using only one hand and not moving the plate. They must also get all the sequins off their hand. The team of the first person to complete the task wins. Talk about having gnats in your eyes, ears, nose, mouth, etc. and not being able to get rid of them all.

Fourth Plague: Flies
Give each team a few minutes to come up with a “buzzing” song. They will be buzzing instead of humming and can use a song they already know or make one up. After they each perform, choose a winner with applause. (Or tie.) Talk about the noise, filth, and annoyance.

Fifth Plague: Diseased Animals
Play a memory game as teams matching up animal cards. Talk about the animals being a major food source, not just for meat, but for milk, cheese, yogurt, etc. Also talk about having to dispose of the bodies. The Hebrews were immune from this plague. (We used 16 pictures of silly farm animals printed from the internet and glued onto index cards.)

Sixth Plague: Boils
Play a question and answer game. (See sample questions below.) Outline one of the kids’ form on large paper. Put a “boil” on the form for each correct answer, different color sticky dots for each team. (Both teams answer all questions.) The team with the most “boils” wins. Talk about how the boils must have itched and hurt. Use index cards with A-D written on the back for answers.

Seventh Plague: Hailstorm
Who can get the most hailstones (cotton balls) into the container? Give each child the same number of cotton balls and allow them to drop them from waist level into a jar. Talk about how the hailstorms would have destroyed any crops. The animals were already gone.

Eighth Plague: Locusts
See who can devour snacks on a plate first using no hands. We used raisins and candy sprinkles. There are 40-80 million locusts per square kilometer in a locust swarm. Talk about how locusts devour everything in their path.

Ninth Plague: Darkness
Set up an obstacle course with cones. Blindfold a kid from each team with toilet paper and have him/her guided around the cones with only words. Time teams - quickest wins – knocked over cones add 5 seconds each to the time. Talk about how and why the dark can sometimes be scary. How would you feel if it became and stayed dark during the day? This would be a good time to talk about Jesus being the light of the world.

Talk about alliances. Pharaoh thought he didn’t need God. They had survived so far. The Hebrews made an alliance with God – God alone. Mention that most of the plagues were directed at destroying the credibility of the Egyptian gods – frogs, insects, the sun, etc.

Talk about Passover and how the Hebrews were immune to the plagues.

Tenth Plague: Death of the Firstborn
No activity. Discuss this one seriously and talk about how God is always with us and protects us. God used the plagues to show how false the Egyptian gods were and how powerful He is. Pharaoh also shows how stubborn humans can be sometimes and not listen to God. Review Passover and the Seder meal.

 

Closing:

End with a prayer and have the kids help clean up.


Quiz:
Which tribe did Moses come from?
A – Midian
B – Levi
C – Benjamin
D – Judah

Which Old Testament book contains the story of Moses?
A – Genesis
B – Exodus
C – Numbers
D – Psalms

What ailment did Moses suffer from?
A – hard of hearing
B – stuttering
C – limping
D – crossed eyes

Why did Moses have to leave the palace?
A – He broke the statue of an idol
B – He didn’t look like the other Egyptians
C – He killed an Egyptian
D – They found out he was really a Hebrew

Where did Moses go when he left Egypt?
A – Las Vegas
B – Disney World
C – Canaan
D – Midian

How did God speak to Moses?
A – from a burning bush
B – in a foreign language
C – from a mountain top
D – from the ground

Which was not one of the ten plagues?
A – Frogs
B – Locusts
C – Flies
D – Ants

What kind of bread were the Hebrews to take with them when they could leave Egypt?
A – White Lily biscuits
B – pizza dough
C – whole wheat bread
D – unleavened bread

Who was killed in the last plague?
A – firstborn Egyptians
B – firstborn Hebrews
C – Moses
D – Pharaoh

What river did Miriam, Moses’ sister place her baby brother in?
A – Amazon
B – Mississippi
C – Nile
D – Euphrates

What was the name of Moses’ brother who helped him talk to Pharaoh?
A – Abraham
B – Aaron
C – Adam
D – Absalom

God made Moses’ staff turn into:
A – a fancy walking stick
B – a golden rod
C – a serpent
D – a red baton

What Jewish holiday commemorates God rescuing the Israelites from Pharaoh?
A – Midrash
B – Hannukah
C – Passover
D – Pentecost

Moses was rescued from the Nile River by:
A – Pharaoh’s daughter
B – Pharaoh’s wife
C – Pharaoh’s sister
D – Pharaoh

How many plagues were there?
A – Seven
B – Eleven
C – Ten
D - Forty

What sea parted for the Hebrews to cross?
A – Black Sea
B – Red Sea
C – Dead Sea
D – Atlantic Ocean

What part of the Bible is Moses said to have written?
A – the Pentateuch
B – the Books of Moses
C – the first five books of the Old Testament
D – all of the above


A lesson written by Tanya Kee from: Eusebia Presbyterian Church

Seymour, TN

 

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We did this in our games workshop in 2008 and the kids had a blast and learned all the plagues - I have posted a few pictures below of our kids in action.

Plagues Games - Older Elementary

 

We just finished our games workshop for Moses and the plagues and it was a huge success.

 

We focused the conversation with the older kids on how powerful God was in comparison to the Egyptian gods and how each plague proved that He is the one true God and worthy of our fear and praise.  

 

I've attached our teaching lesson in case it helps anyone.  

 

Next Time Notes:  We have a 45 minute time block and found that we couldn't get all of the plagues covered with our older kids because they really got into the conversation part of the lesson.  Next time around I would certainly expand the time so we could do them all.

 

If you have any questions just ask.

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We also had great fun with Tanya's ten plagues game lesson above! 

However, this was for a Wednesday night program after dinner, and I did not want to serve a snack (the locust game).

So we revised it:

 

Eighth Plague: Locusts
Locusts are like grasshoppers. Have everyone hop around the room (or have a relay race in the room or down the hall) like a locust. There are 40-80 million locusts per square kilometer in a locust swarm. Talk about how locusts devour everything in their path.

Plague Games--"Survivor: Egypt"

There is a great post in the Drama section that actually works very well for a Games Workshop.  It is a spin on the TV show "Survivor".  There are two teams : Israelites (led by Moses) and Egyptians (led by Pharaoh).  There are a number of competitions, based on the various plagues.   The link to this lesson is found here "Survivor: The Plagues".

Here are some ideas we used for games within our Moses workshop. Many of these were taken from ideas on this website. We did this with all the children divided into four teams. 

Moses Game Workshop

Minute to Win It Games (Plagues)


Children come in and are separated evenly so each group (4) has variety of ages.

They have dry erase board and marker. Each child puts name on slip of paper into a cup.

Bulletin board in front of room has paper with outline of a person. Points are denoted by corresponding circle dot stickers (boils) in the four colors of the teams.

 We make a powerpoint with unit trivia questions, with challenges every two questions or so. Children's names are drawn from cup so that each child gets challenge turn.

 Challenges; Two stations, - one in front of room, one in back, four participants in each challenge

 Challenges:

Water to Blood

Container of water for each participant, eye dropper, empty clear container with drop of red food coloring in bottom. Goal is to move as much water into empty container using eye dropper. The water turns red when it is dropped in the cup with the food coloring.

 Frogs in Palace

Toss plastic frogs into container on table. Stand behind line (made with painters tape)

 Pop the BoilIMG_7218

Each participant has two lotion-filled balloons in a plastic tub, a paper clip and nail. Goal is to pop and squeeze most lotion out of balloon in set time.

 Gnats

Each participant has paper plate with sequins and empty plate. Each one puts germ x on hands and then using only one hand, transfers sequins to empty plates. Most on new plate wins

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Each participant gets a fly swatter with Velcro on it. Felt flies are dumped on ground. Swatter with most flies on it wins

Hail

Pyramid stack of cups. Two on each table. Standing behind line, throw marshmallows at stack to try and knock down cups

 Locusts:

Plate with cocoa pebbles and colored sprinkles. Using only mouth must eat the the cocoa pebbles and not the sprinkles. May not use hand to wipe mouth.

 Darkness and Passover

 Uses 2 children from each team. One blindfolded, one with small poster w. Blindfolded participant given red marker and must “paint” doorposts on ith door posts drawn on it. One teammate is blindfolded and poster is held by other teammate. Using a red marker, the team who has the most red marker inside the doorposts when time is up is the winner.

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