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Posted By member WendyB


Baby in Tub Art Scene


Summary: create baby in a tub surrounded by grass sea - and watch it grow at home.

In our art room, we made baby Moses in the bulrushes. Margarine tubs filled with potting soil. Use half walnut shells as a basket, little plastic babies for Moses (craft store), and the children cut felt blankets and glued them on. They sprinkled grass seed in the tub around "baby Moses", and watered them. When the grass grew up around, it looked like baby Moses was in the bulrushes. We had kids tell us for weeks after, they were trimming their bulrushes!! (age 3 to 5th grade)


Posted by member Engel 

Baby Moses in River Art Scene

create scene of baby Moses in the river on a Styrofoam Tray

I found this really cool craft idea in the People on the Move VBS from Woodland. Here is my modified version:


  • blue or white styrofoam meat tray (ask your butcher for some)
  • green and/or blue paper
  • small plastic ferns and reedy grassy materials from dollarstore
  • craft moss
  • modeling clay
  • wooden baby doll bead heads (wallmart or dollarstore)
  • bits of material and straw or raffia


  • Give each kid meat tray, this is the base.
    If blue tray have kids cut green paper to resemble river banks and glue on sides of tray.
    If white tray have kids cut curvy strip of water to glue down centre.
  • Then have kids apply moss to sides as they please.
  • Help or have kids punch wee holes in ends of tray and stick plastic reeds, ferns in to stand up. This should look like reedy vegetation in river.
  • Then have kids roll clay into a long wormlike shape and coil to form basket.
  • Stick basket onto tray were the blue is.
  • Stick bits of raffia or straw in and around basket then press baby bead head into basket inner edge.
  • Put material in basket wrapped generously to look like baby body is inside with top coming under head bead. Or just use plastic babies if you can find it or make clay babies.
    Voila! Little Moses in the river.

It sounds really cheesy but it was the favourite craft of the whole VBS I did and I was working with really tough inner city kids. It was awsome! Enjoy!

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Baby Moses
Art Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Show several pictures of baskets and then using Bendaroos/Wiki Sticks they will weave a basket.

For: PS, JK, and SK class and Grade 1-3 Class


Scripture Reference:

Exodus 2:1-10.


Key Verse: 

Exodus 2: 3
"When she [Moses' mother] could hide him, she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch [tar]; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river.” (Spark Bible)


Lesson Objective(s):
In this workshop, the students will focus on the ideas of faith and a caring and protecting God.

Leader Preparation:

  • Divide Bendaroos/Wiki Sticks and spread along tables- each student will only need 10-20 to complete a small basket, but they may use as many as needed to complete a basket to their satisfaction.
  • Read the scripture ahead of time.

Supplies List:

  • Bendaroos sticks.
  • Picture images
  • Wax sticks.




Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.


Open with a prayer.


Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Read Story:

PS, JK and SK class- Read the Story from The Children’s Bible, story 45 page 58

Grade 1-3 class- Let groups of students of work together to find Exodus in the bible. Read the story from the Spark Bible Exodus 2:1-10.

Activity 1:
Now for some images to go with the story of baby Moses. These are images of baskets and of portions of the story as portrayed by different artists and artisans to help the students better envision the. These are laminated and should be passes as you are reading and discussing the story.
Images include:

  • 1. Raffaello Sanzio- Painting depicting The Pharaoh’s daughter drawing the baby out of the Nile River
  • 2. William Hogarth- painting depicting Moses adopted by the Pharaoh’s daughter
  • 3. Lawrence Alma-Tadema- painting depicting Moses rescued by the Pharaoh’s daughter
  • 4. Marc Chegall- painting depicting Moses drawn from the water
  • 5. Rembrandt- Painting depicting The Pharaoh’s daughter drawing the baby out of the Nile River
  • 6. Unknown Artist- painting depicting Moses drawn from the Nile River
  • 7. Unknown Artist- Victorian era print depicting The Child Moses on the Nile
  • 8. Two images of Baskets
    a. A woven basket
    b. A woven basket covered in pitch approximately 1000 years old from the Nile valley region

Activity 2:Lead students to the tables to “weave” a basket stress the importance that the basket woven for baby Moses had to float. There is no right or wrong- this is their creation.

Tricks I learned making a basket:

  • It will take about 10 minutes.
  • Make sure students use the heat from their hands to make the wax stick- the longer you hold or press on an area the more the wax bonds.
  • Do not try and just coil the sticks- they will not be strong enough- overlap sticks and wrap there around to fill any spaces or gaps- if you want them to float.
  • Use one Wiki stick (of a different colour so it can be easily removed next week) to attached the pre-cut label with the students name to the finished basket.


  • a. The “journal” entry for this unit will be another visual creation. There will be easel with paper and paint set up and paper for glued collage items for students to paint, draw or construct an image of their interpretation of the baby Moses story after creating their basket.
  • b. Send students to wash hands
  • c. Go around the class and have the students retell the story of baby Moses, or you retell the basics to the story.
  • Key words for the students to remember: Egypt, Nile River, Moses, Pharaoh, Exodus

Dear Lord, We are blessed to have you in our lives. Thank you for bringing us together and protecting each of us every day. In Your name we pray, Amen.


A lesson by the Education Ministry Team at Glenview Presbyterian Church

Toronto, ON Canada


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Baby Moses

Art Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:Art Baby Moses

Create a scene of baby Moses in the bullrushes inside a mini-clear fruit bowl.

Scripture Reference:

Exodus 2:1-10.

Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Become familiar with the project.
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies List:

  • 2” Straw Hats (Pkg of 18) - $5.99 – (Craft Store in doll making section - Michael’s)
  • New born Babies (pkg of 6) 3 x $3.49 – (Craft or Cake Decorating Store - Michael’s)
  • Blue Sparkles (available in craft store - in jar you can shake)
  • White Glue (one container per every two children)
  • Blue Food Colouring (to mix in glue)
  • Paintbrushes / Scissors / Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Rushes – 3 stems (purchase a fake reedy looking plant - Dollarama)
  • Flat Blue Marbles (find in your local craft store - usually several come in a mesh bag )
  • Mini clear Fruit Bowls (I found pkgs of 3 at Dollarama - also check local thrift stores). Size: Round - 3 ½” width top, 1 ½” high, 1 ½” base.
  • Fish Stickers (with small stickers - shinier the better - Dollarama.)


Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself and explain what they will be doing today.

Read the story from a children's book for younger children — older children take turns reading  the story from their bible.

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:


  1. Beforehand: Mix a few drops of food colouring into glue and mix well. May want to do a small container for every two children to share.
  2. Each child will need:
    • 6 marbles
    • Baby
    • Straw Hat
    • Paintbrush
    • Small Piece of felt (1 ¼” x 1)
  3. Cut rim off of hat, throw out rim and keep rest of hat which becomes your basket.
  4. Take small piece of felt and glue inside one side of basket. Glue backside of baby then place into basket. Put some glue on babies tummy then tuck blanket around baby. Using a pencil or toothpick push fabric around baby leaving his head and arms out.
  5. Place a few fish stickers on outside edge of bowl, keep below top rim. (Note: may wish to put some stickers on the insideof the glass so when looking down you’d see the coloured fish rather than their shadow. We didn't do this, thus it's not shown in the photo. Next time...)
  6. Using paintbrush paint the blue glue along the whole inside only stop at bottom of top rim. Once sides are done place a little extra in the bottom (this will help hold marbles added Step 9).
  7. Take blue sparkles container and give it a very light dusting of sprinkles over glue – do over a plate in to collect in sprinkles that miss.
  8. Glue the basket in the center of the bowl. Paint the lower half of the basket with the blue glue. Place marbles around basket – be sure to place the marbles with round side down as this will go into the glue better. Marbles will help hold basket upright until glue dries.
  9. Cut the rushes into pieces (between 3” – 4" and dip one end into the glue, then place the gluey end into the bowl sliding it between two marbles – you may want to push the marbles closer together to help hold the rushes. Put 4 rushes together in the same spot and lean them against the basket, spreading them out a little at the top. Put at least 4 on each side of the basket.
  10. They will need to be left to dry until the following Sunday as trying to take them home at this stage they will lose their rushes.


End with a prayer and have the children assist with the cleanup before dismissal.

A lesson written by Luanne Payne from: Hampton United Church

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weaving detail

Moses as a baby 

Art Workshop


Summary of Lesson Activity:


The students will learn the story of the birth of Moses and where it is in the Bible.  The students will focus on the 5 women who were involved in saving Moses' life:  The midwives Shiprah and Puah, his mother Jochebed (pronounced Jockabed), his sister, Miriam and the Daughter of the Pharaoh who adopted Moses.  The students will create a weaving using fabric, fiber and other elements to symbolize and represent various facets of the story.


Scripture Reference

Exodus 1 -2




Leader Preparation:

  • Familiarize yourself with the scripture and lesson plan
  • Prepare Looms--cut from thick, sturdy cardboard or buy inexpensive looms; add weft in alternating colors from jute
  • Search for images to use as Photo cards for use with Bible reading [I got by  oogling images; which, for example, showed what midwives might have done or which captured the emotion the midwives might have felt, pictures of Miriam looking through the reeds, etc. and then pictures of the Princess finding the basket.  We had pictures of Jochebed coming back to get Moses, of Moses as an infant growing up in his family of origin and even of Jochebed returning Moses to his adoptive mother at 3 years old.]
  • Print Parent sheets (we send a paper home explaining what the student has done that morning with some optional questions/discussion starters.)
  • Make copies of Memory verse to hand out 
  • Gather materials for weaving activity 
  • Make a poster explaining the symbolism of the weaving options (see end of lesson for a suggested)


Materials List:

close up of berries in the weaving

  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors
  • Fabrics: organza, cottons, flannels
  • Fibers: jute, burlap, ribbons
  • Metals--colored wires, metal sheets or strips
  • Beads--those that look stones or wood
  • Looms or loom supplies
  • Dried grasses, berries




Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction: 

Introduce yourself to the students

Say: This morning we are going to learn about the origins of Moses: the circumstances around his birth and boyhood.  We are going to read the story from the Bible, then look at some photos, and then do some weaving.


Ask: Is there anyone here who does not know who Moses is?  (If yes, say: That's okay because we are spending this month learning about different aspects of his life and why he is such an important person in our history.)


Ask: Did Moses live before or after Jesus?  (before)  So is his story in the Old Testament or the New Testament?  (Old).  Do any of you know which book in the Bible we'll find his story?  (Exodus)


Say:  Let's find Exodus in our Bibles.  Before we read the scripture let's pray:

Dear God, open our minds and our hearts to what you have to show us today in the story of Moses.  Amen. 



Dig- Main Content and Reflection


Read the Bible Story from Exodus.  For the younger children you may abbreviate the story.


Say:  This is one of the stories in the Bible where women are the heroes. 



Pass around photos of the midwives:


The midwives, Shiprah and Puah, had the courage to defy the Pharoah (who isn't even named).  The fact that the women are named but the Pharaoh is not, tells us that the midwives were more important than the Pharaoh. Even though they lied, which is, of course, wrong, God rewards them because they did what was really the right thing to do.  They could murder innocent babies or they could lie to Pharaoh. 


Murder vs. Lie.  Which do you think is the worst thing to do?

God rewarded them by giving them their own children.


Ask:  Pharaoh was unhappy, so what did he do?  (He ordered that all boy babies be killed.) Why do you think he wanted just the boy babies to be killed? (In those days men were the strong ones who served in armies and had the power.  Women were considered weak and powerless.  That's why this story about these strong women is even more significant.)



Pass around photos of Jochebed.


Ask:  What was the name of Moses' mother? (Jochebed) 

She gave birth to Moses about the time the Pharaoh wanted all these babies killed, didn't she? 

She, of course, didn't want to kill her baby so what did she do?  (hid him for 3 months).  Have any of you ever seen a new born baby?  They are very small and easy to hide because they sleep a lot and will be more quiet if they are well fed--babies will cry when they are hungry. But when Moses was 3 months old he wasn't as easy to hide.  So what did Jochebed do?  (Made a basket, sealed it with tar and pitch, and set Moses afloat in the Nile river.)  Can  you imagine your mother giving you away? (of course not)

But in order to save Moses' life his motherhad to give him away.



Pass around photos of Miriam.


Ask: Who comes on the scene next?  (Miriam)  Moses' sister Miriam goes with her mother to set Moses afloat in the water.  Miriam keeps an eye on the basket and follows it. 

Why do you think she does this?  (it was hard to let him go, she wanted to see if he was rescued, her mother asked her to) 



Pass around photos of Princess.


Ask: Who was the next woman we meet in the story?  (The Pharaoh Princess.)  Does she have a name? (No)

Why not? (because what matters about her is that she is the daughter of the very Pharoah who ordered the Hebrew baby boys killed.) 

She finds the basket, pulls it out of the river, and takes the baby. 

Does she know that it's a Hebrew baby?  (yes)

She adopts the baby, doesn't she? (Yes)


Say:  A woman who has not given birth to a baby cannot nurse the baby so how was she supposed to feed him?  They didn't have bottles in those days. She had to find someone who had given birth to a baby.  That new mother could nurse her own baby and someone else's if it was needed--that happened a lot in those days. 

Do you remember what happens next?  (Miriam thinks very quickly on her feet and offers to find someone to nurse the baby for the Princess.) 

We don't know if the Princess realizes that this woman was Moses' mother but she lets Jochebed take the baby to raise till he doesn't need to nurse anymore, that is 3 years old.  So Moses lives with his own mother and father, brother Aaron and sister Miriam.


Ask: Does anyone want to share the feelings that you had looking at these photos?  What words would you use to describe these women?  (brave, strong, powerful, loving, sacrificing, giving, etc)



Weaving Activity


Now that we understand the story and have an idea of some of the qualities these women had we are going to make a weaving.  I've got the looms all ready to go with the weft already in place.  The part you are going to do is weave in the warp.  There are a lot of options for the warp part of your weaving.  These options are meant to symbolize some of the qualities of these women and some of the other aspects of the story.


[As I introduced the different items I told them what I had been thinking of but gave the students permission to attach any meaning or symbolism to each material that they liked.]


For instance, jute and burlap would represent the roughness and hardship of their lives and some of the fibers they would be using at that time. 


There is pink organza to symbolize the Princess who would have worn veils of this typeof fabric. 


There are blue fabrics, ribbons and wires that you might want to use to symbolize the water.  There are flannels that could symbolize the baby blanket, diaper or clothing of Moses. 


There are batik fabrics that look middle-eastern but also might represent the water and the reeds along the Nile. 


There is fabric that looks like real basket weaving. 


We've fabric and ribbon that brings in the celestial element: God and angels active in the story. 


We have metal to represent the strength of these women. The metal is in the form of wire and in the form of chains.  The chains could represent the breaking of the bonds of slavery. The chains might also represent the chains of slavery in which these women lived. 


There are red fabrics--velvet to represent the softness and strength of Jochebed's love and sacrifice, red braided fabric or plain red fabric to symbolize the midwives. 


We have some dried grasses and bittersweet which is a plant.  Miriam's name actually means "bitter" so the bittersweet could represent her in your weaving. 


We have some wooden and some rock beads which you can add that also represent strength. 


With all these different elements to use in your weaving, select a few and start weaving--make it look the way you want it to look so that it has meaning for you.  Hopefully when you look at it you will remember that our religion has a history of strong and courageous women at its core.





When the weavings are done take the weft off.  The students can insert twigs or dowels to hang the weaving or tie off the ends


Hand out the parent sheets and Memory verse cards.



Lesson Notes:

  • This was incredibly successful.  All three classes (we have our youngest (Sprouts), our middle years grade 3-6 (Saplings) and our teens 7-12 grades (Buds and Blooms)  really got into it.  Several in the last week of the Rotation took their weavings home to finish them.  One of our teens was so into it that she kept her family waiting till the coffee hour was over!
  • The reason for the pictures is that I wanted to give the kids a way to connect emotionally with the story; I wanted them to see what it might look like for a mother to give up her child by seeing the pain on her face or the delight when she retrieves him, etc.  This was especially helpful with our youngest class (K-grade 2) and less so with our teens.  But I think concrete is often times better all the way around.
  • I used hemp string and the sides of old cat litter boxes (you need sturdy cardboard) to make looms.
  •  Some fabric possibilities included:
    • Fabrics and fibers that represent the environment, the reeds, the water--blue burlap, jute, raffia, batik, blue and green fabrics, brown burlap
    • Fabrics that represent the infant: flannels
    • Fabrics that represent the Princess--organza fabric, organza ribbon
    • Fabric that represent Jochebed's love--red velvet
    • Fabrics and fibers that represent the basket, the roughness and hardship of the Israelite's lives--burlap, jute, raffia, basket weave fabric
    • Red cotton braid--the mid-wives strength
    • Metal chains--strength and power of the women to also break the chains of Pharaoh
    • Bittersweet--Miriam's name means "bitter"
    • Blue and silver ribbon and indigo fabric--God, celestial
    • Wooden beads--strength, growth, solid foundation
    • Metal wire of different colors: strength and courage, different colors may have additional meanings.
    • Rocks--these women are the rocks in Moses' life




A lesson written by “Cat Blue” from:

Lebanon United Methodist Church

Lebanon NH



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This craft comes from Danielle's Place of Crafts and Activities.  It is an older version of the craft. You can find our updated version here:

Baby Moses Lacing Craft

Moderator's note:

The poster is Carolyn Warvel who organizes the website Danielle's Place which has a slew of crafts*, games and learning ideas for Bible stories, that are specifically for younger children (preschoolers-K). Certain projects at Danielle's Place are only available to subscribed members or as pay-for instant downloads.

* Crafts, not necessarily Art projects like Rotation Modelers love. Curious about the difference?

Hi Barb,

I'm assuming you liked Cat Blue's weaving art lesson above.

Check out these directions I found doing a google search on "How To Weave on a Cardboard Loom" by jessieratfink - Step by Step directions with pictures. 

The size of your loom will depend on how big you want their finished project to be.

What is the warp and weft of fabric?
In weaving cloth, the warp is the set of lengthwise yarns that are held in tension on a frame or loom - what you do first. The yarn that is inserted over-and-under the warp threads is called the weft.
Your project will differ from the instructions I googled as she uses straight wool, while the above project calls for different strips of fabric to be woven through. Cat had pre-done the warp on the looms, the kids added the weft during the lesson.  The material she uses for the weft consists of several different fabrics, representing different aspects of the story:
  • Fabrics: organza, cottons, flannels
  • Fibers: jute, burlap, ribbons
  • Metals--colored wires, metal sheets or strips
  • Beads--those that look stones or wood

In Cat's lesson she introduces the items to weave in started with the following paragraphs:

[As I introduced the different items I told them what I had been thinking of but gave the students permission to attach any meaning or symbolism to each material that they liked.]

For instance, jute and burlap would represent the roughness and hardship of their lives and some of the fibers they would be using at that time. 

Hope this helps!  Please ask if you have any more questions.


Paper basket weaving -- a good craft to keep hands busy as you talk about the story and what it means.

Our conversation focused on how God saved Moses because He had a plan for Moses. God called Moses and  God calls us. (For younger kids, talk about how God calls us to be in relationship with Him. For older kids, take that conversation a step further and talk about how we are called to service in response to our relationship with God.) 

I found a clipart baby (free creative commons art from which I printed on cardstock and cut out. The kids colored the baby if they had time when the basket was finished. For younger kids I printed key point on back of baby. Older kids can write the key point or a memory verse on the baby.


Simplest basket I made with my preschool class. (Flat paper weaving and then folded in half for a 2-D envelope type basket.)




Slightly more involved 3-D basket from DLTK's Bible Crafts



Much more interesting and complex basket weaving for older kids with a bit more time. 


(Google and Pinterest will help you find plenty of other baskets if these links go dead. Just search for "paper basket weaving")


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