Summary of Lesson Activities:
Mixed ages rotate in two teams through games for each plague.
- Read the background materials.
- Gather the supplies.
- Paper Cups
- Quart Jars
- Red Food Coloring
- Plastic Frogs
- Small Plates
- Large sheets of paper
- Matching Game
- Cotton Balls
- Small plates of snacks
- Plastics Cones
- Toilet Papers
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.
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.
End with a prayer and have the kids help clean up.
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
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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.