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Moses and Pharaoh, Plagues, Passover, Crossing Red Sea, ... Genesis 5, 6, 7, 8, Frogs, Blood, Flies, Pharaoh, Nile River, Let my people go, Wilderness, Wandering, etc. Bible lessons about  Moses in Egypt -with Drama, puppets, scripts, skits, acting, newsroom, etc. Use the "Post Reply" button below to post your drama and puppet lessons, ideas, and activities for teaching about Moses in Egypt in Sunday School.
Do not post Ten Commandment games in this thread, it has its own. Some content here may include or exclude certain parts of the Exodus story based on the particular way the church/writer breaks the Exodus story into various rotations.
Take me to the lessonsIt includes a terrific Exodus Drama Workshop, among other creative lessons.




The following Exodus drama script was originally posted by member Kathyrn. This is a well-written but pretty big drama script covering Plagues, Red Sea, and on to Mt. Sinai. Reviewers suggest assigning Moses role to several different kids to spread it around.

Script could be shortened if you're not going to Sinai.


Moses Leads the Israelites out of Egypt & the Ten Commandments 

Characters: Narrator, Moses, Voice of God, Aaron, Pharaoh, Egyptian 1, Egyptian 2, Guard, Follower 1, Follower 2, Follower 3

Props: biblical costumes, rod (walking stick) for Moses, rod (walking stick) for Aaron, paper frogs and flies* for narrator to spread on floor, a few paper frogs and flies and (with tape on back) for Egyptian 2, Guard, & Pharaoh, sword & wig for guard
(*I obtained pictures of frogs & flies from the Internet and cut them out.) 

SCRIPTS:


#1 BURNING BUSH
Characters: Narrator, Moses, Voice of God

NARRATOR, VOICE OF GOD, MOSES
Narrator: During the time of Moses, the descendants of Abraham, the Israelites, were slaves used to build pyramids for the Pharaoh in Egypt. Moses had departed from Egypt after killing an Egyptian guard for cruelty toward a slave. Moses lived in the land of Midian where he looked over his father-in-law's flock. While tending the flock, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire in the middle of a bush. The bush was burning, but it was not being consumed.
Voice of God: Moses, I need to speak with you.
Moses: Who? What? Who is saying my name?
Voice of God: I am.
Moses: God? Is that You?
Voice of God: Moses, I have heard the Israelites cry for help. I am calling upon you to lead the Israelites to freedom.
Moses: Me? I am not a good speaker. There are much better speakers than I. Perhaps, you would rather . . .
Voice of God: Are you telling ME what is best?
Moses: Sorry. It's just that . . .
Voice of God: No excuses. (Shakes his head in disappointment) Never forget that I am with you always. You may take your brother Aaron with you. He will speak for you since you are afraid. Now do as I say. 


#2 PLAGUES
Characters: Narrator, Moses, Aaron, Pharaoh
 
Narrator: Moses and his older brother Aaron stood before the Pharaoh many times.
Aaron :(addressing the Pharaoh) The Lord God has said, ‘Let my people go.'
Pharaoh: Why should I listen to your God?
Moses: If you do not listen, the waters in the river will be turned into blood, and the fish in the river will die.
Pharaoh: I have no fear. I am the great Pharaoh; you do not frighten me! 

Characters: Narrator, Egyptian 1, Egyptian 2

Narrator: The Pharaoh's heart was hardened. He would not let his slaves go free.
Egyptian 1: You won't believe what happened to me today!
Egyptian 2: (carrying a walking stick) Let me guess--it's another one of your fish stories.
Egyptian 1: That's just it. I couldn't go fishing. The water turned to blood. It is unfit to drink! All the fish are dead, and it wouldn't believe how much it stinks!
Egyptian 2: Now that's your best story yet. If you keep telling lies, then nobody will ever believe you.
Egyptian 1: Come with me to the river and see for yourself. Then we must go to the Pharaoh. He will know what to do.
Egyptian 2: I will go with you, but if you are lying, I am going to beat you with my stick!

Characters: Narrator, Voice of God, Egyptian 1, Egyptian 2


Narrator: Then the Lord spoke to Moses.
Voice of God: Go to the Pharaoh and tell him to let my people go so that they may serve me. And if he refuses, I will fill his borders with frogs. Tell Aaron to hold his rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and frogs will appear upon the land.
Egyptian 1: Hurry; come outside. You won't believe it. Frogs, frogs everywhere!
Narrator: (Spread frogs on the floor & attach frogs to Egyptian & Pharaoh) Frogs were falling from the rooftops onto the people.
Egyptian 2: (taking a frog off his head) Yuck, these are disgusting! We must go to the Pharaoh at once! He will know what to do.
Egyptian 1: I don't think the Pharaoh can fix this. The river is still filled with blood. He does not have the power to fix this. What will we do? To whom should we turn?
Egyptian 2: I don't know, but I think it's a good day to stay inside. 

Characters: Moses, Aaron, Guard

Pharaoh: Bring Moses and his brother Aaron to me at once!
Guard: (wearing sword) Yes, our great Pharaoh (and he runs off stage to find Moses & Aaron).
Guard: (presenting Moses & Aaron) They are here, our great Pharaoh. Did you know the palace is overcome with frogs? They are everywhere! Why do you think they
Pharaoh: Silence! I know about the frogs (removing a frog from his shoulder). This must end! Moses, tell your God that if He will take away the frogs, I will let the people go. 

Characters: Narrator, Pharaoh,Guard


Narrator: Moses left the palace of the Pharaoh and prayed to God. Moses asked the Lord to take away the frogs, and the Lord took the frogs away. After the frogs were gone, the Pharaoh changed his mind.
Pharaoh: You know those frogs weren’t really so bad. And I’m sure that there’s a reasonable explanation for all of the problems we’ve been having. Maybe it’s a change in the moon or the stars. I don’t think Moses and his God had anything to do with it. I am certainly not going to release our slaves without a reason. Who will bath me? Who will build my pyramids? No, it is out of the question!
Guard: I am sure you are right, our great Pharaoh, but those frogs; will they come back?
Pharaoh: Don’t you have something you should be doing? I don’t believe the cobras have been fed today. Check on it!
Guard : (sulking)Yes, our great Pharaoh. 

Characters: Narrator, Moses, Voice of God, Aaron, Pharaoh, Guard


Voice of God: Moses, I want you to tell Aaron to stretch his rod over the dust of the land of Egypt so that the dust may turn into lice. Then awaken early to speak with the Pharaoh. Tell the Pharaoh to let my people go or I will send swarms of flies upon the land of Egypt.
Narrator: (Spread flies on the floor & attach flies to Guard & Pharaoh) Swarms of flies were in every Egyptian household. The Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron.
Guard: (swatting at flies) Moses and Aaron have arrived. Maybe you should listen to them, our great Pharaoh.
Pharaoh [/b](swatting at the flies around him and at the guard): Go speak to your God to remove these flies, and I will let your people go.
Narrator: Moses and Aaron left the Pharaoh and asked the Lord to remove the flies. When the flies had died, the Pharaoh decided not to let the people of Israel go.
Voice of God: Moses, go to the Pharaoh and tell him to let my people go or the cattle, the horses, the asses, the camels, the oxen, and the sheep belonging to his people will suffer.
Moses: Yes Lord, I will do as you say.
Narrator: The Pharaoh would not change his mind so the cattle belonging to Egyptians died while the cattle belonging to Israelites survived. Still the Pharaoh’s heart was hard.
Voice of God: Moses and Aaron, take handfuls of ashes to the Pharaoh. Moses, sprinkle it toward heaven in front of the Pharaoh. The ashes will become dust spread over the land of Egypt and boils will break out over man and beast.
Narrator: The men and beasts of Egypt were covered in boils, but the Pharaoh’s heart would not soften.
Voice of God: Moses, go before the Pharaoh early in the morning and tell him that the Lord God of the Hebrews tells him to let my people go or tomorrow at this time I will cause it to rain a heavy hail; it will be the worst hailstorm they have ever seen. 

Characters: Narrator, Moses, Pharaoh, Guard

Guard: Moses and Aaron have returned to see you, our great Pharaoh. Perhaps, you should (looks at the Pharaoh and then lowers his head), oh, never mind.
Pharaoh: Bring them to me.
Narrator: Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven, and the Lord sent thunder and hail upon the land of Egyptians. Farmers looked in disbelief at their ruined crops. In the land of Goshen, where the Israelites lived, there was no hail.
Pharaoh: I wish to speak with Moses and Aaron.
Guard: How surprising our (said with sarcasm) GREAT Pharaoh. Are there any plagues left? Why don’t you give them the slaves? I think pyramids are highly overrated. Pictures are hard to hang on the wall and
Pharaoh: (Shouting) Enough! Bring them to me at once.
Narrator: Moses and Aaron come before the Pharaoh.
Pharaoh: I admit it. My people and I are wicked.
Guard: (Stepping forward) Actually I tried to tell him, but
Pharaoh: Unless you would like to become a crocodile’s snack, I suggest you remain silent. Moses, Tell your Lord that I have had enough. You may go and take your people with you.
Moses: I will speak with the Lord.
Narrator: Moses prayed to the Lord and the hail stopped, but once again the Pharaoh’s heart was hardened. 

Characters: Narrator, Moses, Aaron, Pharaoh, Guard


Moses: We wish to see the Pharaoh.
Guard: He is such a stubborn man. Why does he only think of himself?
Pharaoh: Does someone wish to see me?
Guard: Yes, our great Pharaoh. They wish to see you. I can’t imagine why.
Aaron: Moses and I, Aaron, wish to give you a message from the Lord God.
Pharaoh: What is your message?
Aaron: The Lord God would like to give you this message. “How long you will continue to refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let my people go so that they may serve me, or tomorrow I will bring locusts to cover the face of the earth.
Guard: Locusts! Yuck! Perhaps now you consider
Pharaoh: Are you the great Pharaoh or am I? I have no fear of these men their God. 

Characters: Narrator, Moses, Aaron, Pharaoh, Guard, Voice of God


Narrator: Moses stretched his rod over the land of Egypt and the Lord brought an east wind. In the morning, the east wind carried the locusts. The locusts flew through the land devouring every green plant in their path. Once again the Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron.
Pharaoh: I wish to speak to Moses and Aaron.
Guard: Oh great Pharaoh, perhaps it is now time to reconsider, before the land is covered in cobras! I just can’t take this any more. My hair is beginning to fall out (removes wig and throws it to the ground).
Pharaoh: Go away you hairless pest!
Guard: (whimpering) I just can’t take anymore of this . . .
Pharaoh: I have sinned against your God and I am sorry. Please take away the locusts and I will let your people go.
Moses: We will pray to the Lord God.
Aaron: I hope you will keep your word this time.
Narrator: The Lord brought a strong wind from the west, which took away the locusts and cast them into the Red Sea. Then the Lord spoke to Moses.
Voice of God: Moses, Stretch out your hand toward heaven and a great darkness will cover the land of Egypt.
Moses: Yes, Lord.
Narrator: A great darkness covered the land for three days. The Pharaoh called for Moses and told him to leave with his people but to leave his animals behind. Moses told the Pharaoh that the animals must go also, so the Pharaoh told Moses that the people could not leave. The Pharaoh told Moses that if he ever saw his face again, that Moses would die. The Lord spoke to Moses.
Voice of God: I will bring one more plague upon the Pharaoh and his people, then he will let my people go.
Narrator: The Israelites were told to place the blood of the lamb killed for Passover on the lintel and two side posts around the door of their homes. The Israelites were told to stay inside until morning. At midnight the angel of death passed over the homes, and the firstborn of all the people and of all the cattle of every Egyptian household was dead. There was a great cry throughout the land. The Pharaoh also cried out because the Pharaoh’s son was among the dead.
Pharaoh: My son, my poor son. Why did I not listen? What have I done?
Guard: I will bring Moses to you.
Pharaoh: Yes, go at once.
Moses: I am here despite your threat to kill me. The Lord is with me.
Pharaoh: Moses, take your people to serve your Lord. Tell them to take their animals with them. Leave at once! Pray to your God. Pray for me as well.

 #3 WANDERINGS IN SINAI 

Characters: Narrator, Moses, Voice of God, Follower 2, Follower 3 

Narrator: The Israelites quickly escaped, through the Red Sea, and into the desert. In the beginning, the Israelites were grateful to Moses, to Moses’ sister Miriam, and to God. But their rejoicing was soon followed by grumbling.
Follower 1: This water is not fit to drink! What have you brought us here?
Narrator: Moses prayed to the Lord.
Moses: Thank you Lord for bringing our people out of the bonds of slavery. Once again, I would like to ask for your help. The people are thirsty and the water is unfit to drink. If it is your will Lord, please help us.
Voice of God: Moses, throw your staff into the water, and it will be safe to drink.
Moses: Thank you, Lord.
Narrator: Soon there was more grumbling.
Follower 2: There is no food to eat! Why have you taken us from Egypt? There we were slaves, but we had food to eat. Now we will starve!
Narrator: So Moses called upon the Lord, and He sent quails in the evening, and manna every morning. But again, there was more grumbling.
Follower 3: There is no water in this desert to drink. You have brought us out of Egypt so we could die!
Narrator: So Moses called upon the Lord.
Voice of God: Moses, strike the rocks with your staff, and the water will pour forth.
Narrator: After three months of wandering in the desert
Followers 1, 2, 3 : (together)I am tired! Will this trip ever end?
Follower 1: My feet hurt.
Follower 2: My back hurts from carrying everything we own.
Follower 3: My everything hurts. 


#4 ON MT SINAI
Characters: Narrator, Voice of God, Follower 1, Follower 2, Follower 3 

Narrator: the Israelites arrived at the foot of Mount Sinai, and made a camp there. God told Moses what to say to the people.
Voice of God: I carried you as an eagle carries her young on her wings. Obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own chosen people.
Narrator: Moses called together the people and told them everything the Lord had commanded him. And the people answered together.
Followers 1, 2, 3 :(together) We will obey the Lord and be His chosen people.
Narrator: God told Moses to tell the people that in three days He would come down upon the mountain so that the Israelites would hear Him speaking with Moses, and would believe. On the morning of the third day, there was thunder and lightning and the sound of a loud trumpet. A thick cloud appeared on the mountain. The people trembled with fear. Moses led them out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. Mount Sinai was covered in smoke, because the Lord had come down on it in fire. The Lord came down on the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain.
Voice of God: I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt, where you were slaves. "Thou shall have no other gods before me." "Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image," "Thou shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain;" "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy." "Honor thy father and thy mother:" "Thou shall not kill." "Thou shall not commit adultery" "Thou shall not steal." "Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor." "Thou shall not covet thy neighbor's house, nor anything that is thy neighbor's.”
Narrator: The Lord gave Moses these ten laws and many others. Moses told the people all of the Lord's commandments.
Followers 1 2, 3 : (together) We will do everything that the Lord has said.
Voice of God: Moses, come up the mountain, and I will give you two stone tablets with the laws that I have written for my people.
Narrator: Moses went up Mount Sinai, and again a cloud covered it. The light of the Lord's presence came down on the mountain, and it looked like a fire burning. Forty days and forty nights passed. When the Israelites saw that Moses had not come down from the mountain, they were afraid. They turned to Aaron.
Follower 1: It's been forty days! We do not know what happened to this Moses.
Follower 2: I know he led us out of Egypt, but what if he never returns? Who will lead us?
Follower 3: You must make a god to lead us.
Aaron: Bring me your gold jewelry. He melted it, poured the gold into a mold, and made a golden calf.
Followers 1, 2, 3: (together) This is our god now!
Narrator: The next day, the people made offerings to the calf. They had a great celebration while they sang and danced around the golden calf. 

Characters: Moses, Voice of God, Aaron


The Voice of God: My people have forgotten Me. I released them from bondage. You led them out of Egypt, and they have already forgotten Me. They have made a gold calf, and are worshiping it and saying it led them out of Egypt. I am angry, and am going to destroy them. Then I will make you and your descendants a great nation.
Moses: Lord, please do not destroy your people. Remember your promise to Abraham, and to Isaac, and to Jacob, that you would give them as many descendants as the stars in the sky.
Narrator: God forgave them and did not destroy the Israelites. And Moses went back down the mountain, carrying the two stone tablets with the commandments written on both sides. When Moses came close enough to the camp to see the gold calf and hear the singing and see the dancing, he became furious! There, at the foot of the mountain, he threw down the tablets he was carrying, and broke them. He took the gold calf and melted it. 

Characters: Narrator, Moses, Aaron

Moses: Aaron, why have you forgotten God? What were you thinking?
Aaron: The people were worried, and I had to do something. They were looking to me for answers, and I didn’t know if you were ever coming back. What if something had happened to you on the mountain? They were looking to me. I had to do something.
Moses: You should have prayed. I will ask God to forgive all of you.
Narrator: Moses went to the Lord, and the Lord forgave His people. God again wrote the commandments on two stone tablets. The covenant was renewed with the Israelites, and once again they were God's chosen people.

Discussion:

  • Is it hard to believe that the Pharaoh did not believe in God?
  • Do all of the world’s leaders believe in God today?
  • Is it hard to believe that the Israelites lost their faith?
  • Do people tend to have more faith in times of trouble?
  • Did God forgive the Israelites?
  • Will God forgive you for lack of faith?
  • How can you be forgiven?
  • Why did God give us the laws called the Ten Commandments?
  • How many of the Commandments can you name?

In order to live a life that is faithful to God, we must love God more than anything or anyone, and we must love our neighbors as ourselves.

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Moses Leads God's People

Puppet Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Puppets are used in this story exploring God's use of Moses in spite of his faults.

Scripture Reference:

Exodus 1:1 - 15:21

Lesson Objectives:
At the end of the session, the students will be able to:

  • Locate Exodus and identify it as the second book of the Bible.
  • Connect this story to the stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph, and remember God's promise to them.
  • Relate the story of God calling Moses to lead His people out of Egypt.
  • Understand that God used Moses in spite of his many faults (bad temper, poor speaker).
  • Know that Moses had faith that God would help him lead His people.
  • Begin to understand our faith in one true God who keeps His promises to His people.

Leader Preparation and background comments on the story:

  • Take the time to read all of Exodus as a single adventure story. (If time is short, read Exodus 1-15).
  • God calls Moses to serve Him. Moses is uncertain of himself and his abilities — of course, speaking for God in front of Pharaoh is no easy thing. Moses finally runs out of arguments, God becomes impatient (4:14), and Moses goes. But he is not alone. Aaron is with him, and so is God ("I will be with you," 3:12 — reminiscent of Matthew 28:20 and numerous other statements by God and Jesus).
  • The first nine plagues are explainable natural phenomena (possibly set off by a volcanic eruption). But the timing is God's. The point of the story is that the Lord is truly God, more powerful that the Pharaoh, who is said to be the Sun God incarnate.
  • During the course of the plagues, Pharaoh vacillates over letting the Israelites go, but his heart is hardened again and again. So it is not a surprise when he decides to chase the Israelites.
  • Finally, regarding the tossing of the Egyptian army into the sea: "The moral problem cannot be erased from the story. Children are chagrined over the deluged Egyptians; the famous rabbinic comment, that the angels did not celebrate after the miracle, underlines the problem. The Bible is less interested in fulfilling some perceived moral code than in exalting the figure of Yahweh. Yahweh's glorification is the unmistakable theme of this story." (Michael E. Williams, The Storyteller's Companion to the Bible: Exodus - Joshua. Abingdon, 1992.)

Props, scenery, costumes, and supplies:

  • Bible time puppets
  • puppet stage backdrop with pyramids sea, and desert
  • burning bush (branch with red crepe paper wrapped around it)
  • walking stick
  • pillar of cloud/fire (posterboard on paint stick -- one side fiery, one side cotton balls)
  • Red Sea (two pieces blue fabric on dowels so two people can hold together and then separate)
  • chariots and helmets
  • plagues: blood (red ribbon on dowel), frogs, gnats, flies, locusts (pictures of lots of each on large sheets of paper), death of animals (turn drawing of cow so feet are up in the air), boils (puppets point at each other and act grossed out), hail (ping pong balls or cotton balls thrown at puppets), darkness (turn off lights), death of eldest son (angel of death -- black ribbon tied to dowel)
  • scripts for God speaking from burning bush and plagues
  • microphone for God's voice (optional).

Books for sharing before and after class:
There are many books about Moses and Passover in the library. Some to look for are:

  • Chaikin, Miriam. Exodus. New York: Holiday House, 1987.
  • Fisher, Leonard Everett. Moses. New York: Holiday House, 1995.


 

Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself. 

 

Open with a prayer.

Early arrival activities: color puppet stage backdrop and plague cutouts; practice manipulating puppets.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Bringing the story to life: Puppets

Tell the story (adaptation follows)
Read the scripture: Exodus 3:1-15

Discuss before acting out the story:
Characters: Moses, God, Aaron, Zipporah (Moses' wife), Pharaoh, magicians, Israelites, army, Miriam
1. Where did story take place: Midian, Egypt, desert, Red Sea
2. How would you feel if you were: Moses when confronted with burning bush/God, Moses when Pharaoh kept changing his mind, Pharaoh after his son died, Pharaoh after he realized he had no more slaves, Israelites cornered in front of the Red Sea, Israelites celebrating after crossing the Red Sea?
Outline story highlights and how best to portray them

Warm-up exercises (each child should have a puppet):
Practice puppet movements/emotions: bowing, fear, sadness, anger, reacting to plagues.
With a partner: improvise dialogue between God and Moses at the burning bush or between Moses and Pharaoh about leaving and plagues. After a few minutes partners switch roles.

Assign parts and act out the story using the narrator's script that follows (focus on the story beginning with the burning bush through Miriam dancing on the other side of the Red Sea). Pause where indicated. Encourage the children to improvise based on their understanding of the story, but be prepared to coach them or give them part of a line — ask the other students to help. Because this is a long story with a cast of thousands, consider acting out only certain scenes or reassigning parts after each scene so that all can participate. See the supplies list for suggested items to symbolize the plagues. If time permits, reassign parts and act it out again.

Pulling it all together (closing discussion):

  • God used the burning bush to call Moses to a special place. Have you ever been in a place that felt special? Do you have a special place where you feel closer to God? What do you do there?
  • What do you think God meant when he said "I am who I am. You must tell them, ‘The one who is called I AM has sent me to you.'" (Exodus 3:14)?
  • What sort of person is Moses? Would you trust him to carry your message to Pharaoh or lead you to safety? Did Moses trust God?
  • Have you ever felt like Moses when you were called to speak in front of others? I wonder why speaking up is so hard for Moses and other people? What helps Moses feel better (or does he?)? What helps you when you feel shy or timid?

Closing:

 

Prayer: (excerpted from Moses' and the Israelites' song: Exodus 15: 1, 2, 11-13, 18)
I will sing to the Lord:
The Lord is my strong defender; He is the one who has saved me. He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father's God, and I will sing about His greatness. Lord, who among the gods is like you? Who is like you, wonderful in holiness? Who can work miracles and mighty acts like yours? You stretched out your right hand, and the earth swallowed our enemies. Faithful to your promise, you led the people you had rescued; by your strength you guided them to your sacred land. You, Lord, will be king forever.
Amen.


Scripture taken from the Good News Bible in Today's English Version - Second Edition, Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society. Used by Permission.


Moses Leads God's People: Script

 

Long ago, God promised Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation, and that a bountiful land would belong to his heirs. Well, Abraham and his wife Sarah were old — Sarah laughed at the idea that she would be a mother at her age — but a son was born to them. They named him Isaac, which means "laughter."

Isaac had two sons, Jacob and Esau. Jacob had twelve sons; Joseph was his favorite. Joseph's jealous brothers sold him into slavery, and he ended up in Egypt. But God was with Joseph, and Joseph worked hard. Eventually he became the Pharaoh's right hand man.

So when there was a famine in all the nations, the sons of Jacob came to Egypt looking for food. Joseph was able to help them. And the children of Jacob, or the children of Israel, as he was sometimes called, came to live in Egypt, in the region of Goshen. And the Pharaohs remembered Joseph — for three hundred years.

And then there was a Pharaoh who knew nothing about Joseph. "These Israelites are so numerous and strong that they are a threat to us. Why, if there were a war, they could side with our enemies and take control of the country." So the Egyptians put cruel slave drivers over the Israelites.

But still the Israelites increased in number. So Pharaoh commanded that all the Israelite baby boys be tossed into the Nile River.

During this time, Jochebed and Amram had a beautiful baby boy. They were able to hide him for three months. But he was getting too big. So Jochebed made a basket and gently set the precious baby in this small boat into the Nile.

A princess, the Pharaoh's daughter, came to the river to bathe. She discovered the baby and decided to adopt him. The baby was named Moses, which means "one who pulls out," for the princess pulled him out of the Nile River. And this Israelite was raised in the palace as a grandson of the Pharaoh himself.

Now Moses knew he was one of the Hebrew people. And one day when he saw one of the Egyptian slave masters abusing a slave, he grew angry, and killed the Egyptian. This act did not stay a secret long, and Moses was forced to flee Egypt.

Moses went to live in the land of Midian. There he married Zipporah, and had two sons.

Forty years later, the Pharaoh had died. The son who took his place was no different, and still the Israelites groaned and cried for help. Their cries went up to God, and He remembered His covenant with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob.

And so one day Moses was caring for his flocks in the desert and came to Sinai, the holy mountain. There he saw a bush that was burning — but it was not burning up! "How strange."

The Lord called to Moses from the middle of the bush: "Moses! Moses!"

"Yes, Here I am."

"Do not come any closer. Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground. I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob." Moses covered his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

God said, "I have seen how cruelly my people are being treated in Egypt; I have heard their cry to be rescued from their slave drivers. So I have come down to rescue them from the Egyptians and to bring them out of Egypt to a spacious and fertile land. Now I am sending you to the Pharaoh so that you can lead my people out of his country."

"Me?! I'm nobody. How can I go to the Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?"

"I will be with you. When you bring the people out of Egypt you will worship me on this mountain. That will be the proof that I have sent you."

"When I go to the Israelites and say ‘The God of our ancestors has sent me to you,' they will ask me ‘What is his name?' What shall I tell them?"

"I am who I am. You must tell them ‘The one who is called I AM has sent me to you.' This is my name forever. My people will listen to what you say to them. Then you must go to the Pharaoh and say ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has revealed himself to us. Now let us travel into the desert to make sacrifices to our God.' I know the Pharaoh will not let you go. But I will use my power and will punish Egypt by doing terrible things there. After that he will let you go."

"No Lord, do not send me. I have never been a good speaker."

"Who gives man his mouth? I will help you to speak, and I will tell you what to say. Now go!"

"No Lord. Please send someone else."

"Then take your brother Aaron. You can speak to him and tell him what you want to say. I will help both of you to speak and will tell you what to do. And take this walking stick with you for with it you will perform miracles."

So Moses, Zipporah, and their two sons set off for Egypt. Moses was now 80 years old.

Moses and Aaron met with the Israelite leaders. They told them everything the Lord had said. And the Israelites believed, and bowed down and worshiped the Lord.

Moses and Aaron went to the Pharaoh and said, "The Lord, the God of Israel, says, ‘Let my people go, that they may hold a festival in the desert to honor me.'"

The Pharaoh said, "What do you mean by making the people neglect their work? Get back to work!" And then he called his slave drivers together and told them to push their workers even harder. And the Israelites complained bitterly.

Moses called out to the Lord, "Lord, why do you mistreat your people? Why did you send me? The Pharaoh is now treating your people even more cruelly."

"Now you will see what I will do to the Pharaoh. I will force him to let my people go. In fact, he will drive them out of his land. Now you and Aaron must return to him and say as I command."

Then came ten plagues, each one worse than the one before. And in each plague, the region of Goshen, where the Israelites lived, was spared.

First, Aaron struck the surface of the Nile River with the walking stick, and the water turned into blood. All over the land water turned into blood — even in pots and pitchers. All the fish died. It smelled bad.

But still Pharaoh would not let the children of Israel go.

Then the Lord sent frogs. They covered the land. They jumped on everyone and everything — they even stole bread that was baking in ovens!

But still Pharaoh would not let the children of Israel go.

Then the Lord turned the dust into gnats. Nasty little bugs that covered all the people and all the animals. They flew in eyes, ears, noses, mouths. They were annoying.

But still Pharaoh would not let the children of Israel go.

The Lord sent flies. A cloud of fat, black flies that buzzed around and crawled into everything.

But still Pharaoh would not let the children of Israel go.

The Lord sent a terrible disease, and all the animals of the Egyptians died — the cattle, horses, sheep, goats, donkeys.

But still Pharaoh would not let the children of Israel go.

Moses threw ashes into the air, and it settled on the Egyptian people and became boils, open sores all over the people's skin.

But still Pharaoh would not let the children of Israel go.

Moses raised his walking stick toward the sky, and the Lord sent thunder and lightning and hail and fire. All over Egypt the hail struck down people and plants and animals.

But still Pharaoh would not let the children of Israel go.

Moses raised his walking stick, and the Lord sent an east wind that brought the locusts. Locusts that ate everything the hail did not destroy. They came in swarms and settled over the whole country. Not a green thing was left on any tree or plant in all the land of Egypt.

But still Pharaoh would not let the children of Israel go.

Moses lifted his hand toward the sky and there was heavy darkness throughout Egypt for three days. The Egyptians could not see each other and no one left his house.

But still Pharaoh would not let the children of Israel go.

Then the Lord said to Moses, "I will send only one more punishment on the Pharaoh and his people. Then he will make you leave. Now speak to the Israelites and have them prepare as I direct you. I will go through the land of Egypt and kill every first-born male, human and animal. But I will pass over the homes of the Israelites, if they are marked with blood on the doorposts as I have instructed."

At midnight, the Lord killed all the first-born sons in Egypt, from the Pharaoh's son to the son of the prisoner in the dungeon. There was loud crying throughout Egypt, because there was not one home without a dead son.

The Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron: "Get out! Leave my country. Go and worship your Lord, as you asked. Take your wives and children, your sheep, goats, and cattle, and leave."

The Israelites quickly packed their things and left. During the day the Lord led the Israelites through the desert in a pillar of cloud. During the night He went in front of them in a pillar of fire to give them light.

When the Pharaoh was told that the people had escaped, he and his officials changed their minds and said, "What have we done? We have lost our slaves!" The Lord made the Pharaoh stubborn; he got his war chariot and his army ready. They pursued the Israelites and caught up with them where they were camped by the Red Sea.

When the Israelites saw the Pharaoh and his army approaching they were terrified. They asked Moses, "Why did you bring us to the desert to die?"

The Lord said to Moses, "Why are you crying out for help? Lift up your walking stick and hold it over the sea. The water will divide and the Israelites will be able to walk through the sea on dry ground. I will make the Egyptians stubborn and I will gain honor when I defeat them."

Moses held his staff over the sea and the Lord sent a strong east wind. The Israelites went through the sea on dry ground. The Egyptians followed. When the Israelites were safely through, Moses again held out his staff and the water came back over the Egyptians and their chariots and their horses.

When the Israelites saw the great power with which the Lord had defeated the Egyptians, they stood in awe of the Lord; and they had faith in the Lord and in his servant Moses.

And Miriam, Moses' sister, led all the women in music and dancing:
"Sing to the Lord, because he has won a glorious victory;
Sing to the Lord, for He has thrown the horses and their riders into the sea!"

And Moses and God led the people on into the wilderness, on their way to the Promised Land.

Tips For Telling:
read the story in several translations of the Bible and Bible storybooks to see other ways to tell it.

it is not necessary to used a deep male voice for God. But do stand tall and speak with authority when God is speaking.

think about Moses' motivation and feelings, especially during the burning bush scene. He probably does not whine and stutter, but he does not speak with great confidence, either. Try to show him becoming more confident and sure in the course of the story.

some of the plagues are a little funny (as long as they aren't happening to you!). Don't be afraid to exaggerate things like frogs jumping, gnats flying in ears, and your reaction to gross boils.

"But still Pharaoh would not let the children of Israel go" (or "Pharaoh said ‘NO!'" or something of that nature) should be repeated after each plague. After the second time, your listeners will catch on and repeat the phrase with you if you pause and nod slightly as you get to the line.

if you cannot learn this story by heart (to tell it in your own words), read and reread it until you are very comfortable with it. Then you will be able to look up and make eye contact and interact with your listeners, which will help bring the story to life for them.

For additional information on biblical storytelling, see the manual by Amy Crane in the Rotation Documents: Workshop Manuals area of the lesson exchange.



Scripture taken from the Good News Bible in Today's English Version - Second Edition, Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society. Used by Permission.


Moses Leads God's People
Narrator's Script
(adapted by Amy Crane from Exodus 1-15, Today's English Version)

Long ago, God promised Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation, and that a bountiful land would belong to his heirs. Abraham's descendants settled in Egypt, and for 300 years were very happy. Then a Pharaoh put the Israelites into slavery. The Israelites groaned and cried for help. Their cries went up to God, and He remembered His covenant with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob.

And so one day Moses was caring for his flocks in the desert and came to Sinai, the holy mountain. There he saw a bush that was burning — but it was not burning up!
[dialog between Moses and God]


So Moses, Zipporah, and their two sons set off for Egypt. Moses was now 80 years old.

Moses and Aaron met with the Israelite leaders. They told them everything the Lord had said. And the Israelites believed, and bowed down and worshiped the Lord.


[** for shorter version, begin here: "Long ago, God called Moses to go to Pharaoh to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. ...]


Moses and Aaron went to the Pharaoh.
[dialog between Moses, Aaron and Pharaoh]


After they left, Pharaoh was angry. He called his slave drivers together and told them to push their workers even harder. And the Israelites complained bitterly.

Moses called out to the Lord.
[dialog between Moses and God: Moses asks, "why did you send me? It's worse now." God: "I knew this would happen. I will punish the Egyptians and they will force you to leave."]

Then came ten plagues, each one worse than the one before. And in each plague, the region of Goshen, where the Israelites lived, was spared.

First, Aaron struck the surface of the Nile River with the walking stick, and the water turned into blood. All over the land water turned into blood — even in pots and pitchers. All the fish died. It smelled bad.
[show it]
But still Pharaoh would not let the children of Israel go.

Then the Lord sent frogs. They covered the land. They jumped on everyone and everything — they even stole bread that was baking in ovens!
[show it]
But still Pharaoh would not let the children of Israel go.

Then the Lord turned the dust into gnats. Nasty little bugs that covered all the people and all the animals. They flew in eyes, ears, noses, mouths. They were annoying.
[show it]
But still Pharaoh would not let the children of Israel go.

The Lord sent flies. A cloud of fat, black flies that buzzed around and crawled into everything.
[show it]
But still Pharaoh would not let the children of Israel go.

The Lord sent a terrible disease, and all the animals of the Egyptians died — the cattle, horses, sheep, goats, donkeys.
[show it]
But still Pharaoh would not let the children of Israel go.

Moses threw ashes into the air, and it settled on the Egyptian people and became boils, open sores all over the people's skin.
[show it]
But still Pharaoh would not let the children of Israel go.

Moses raised his walking stick toward the sky, and the Lord sent thunder and lightning and hail and fire. All over Egypt the hail struck down people and plants and animals.
[show it]
But still Pharaoh would not let the children of Israel go.

Moses raised his walking stick, and the Lord sent an east wind that brought the locusts. Locusts that ate everything the hail did not destroy. They came in swarms and settled over the whole country. Not a green thing was left on any tree or plant in all the land of Egypt.
[show it]
But still Pharaoh would not let the children of Israel go.

Moses lifted his hand toward the sky and there was heavy darkness throughout Egypt for three days. The Egyptians could not see each other and no one left his house.
[show it]
But still Pharaoh would not let the children of Israel go.

Then the Lord spoke to Moses.
[Dialog between Moses and God: God tells Moses he will pass through Egypt and kill oldest sons. He will pass over Israelites if their houses are marked with blood as he directed.]


At midnight, the Lord killed all the first-born sons in Egypt, from the Pharaoh's son to the son of the prisoner in the dungeon. There was loud crying throughout Egypt, because there was not one home without a dead son.

The Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron.
[Dialog between Moses, Aaron and Pharaoh: Pharaoh tells them to leave.]


The Israelites quickly packed their things and left. During the day the Lord led the Israelites through the desert in a pillar of cloud. During the night He went in front of them in a pillar of fire to give them light.

When the Pharaoh was told that the people had escaped, he and his officials changed their minds.
[Pharaoh and Egyptians complain: why did I let the slaves go? Let's go get them!]


The Lord made the Pharaoh stubborn; he got his war chariot and his army ready. They pursued the Israelites and caught up with them where they were camped by the Red Sea.

When the Israelites saw the Pharaoh and his army approaching they were terrified.
[Israelites complain to Moses. God tells Moses what to do.]


Moses held his staff over the sea and the Lord sent a strong east wind. The Israelites went through the sea on dry ground. The Egyptians followed. When the Israelites were safely through, Moses again held out his staff and the water came back over the Egyptians and their chariots and their horses.
[Show it.]

When the Israelites saw the great power with which the Lord had defeated the Egyptians, they stood in awe of the Lord; and they had faith in the Lord and in his servant Moses.

And Miriam, Moses' sister, led all the women in music and dancing:
Sing to the Lord, for He has won a glorious victory;
Sing to the Lord, for He has thrown horses and riders into the sea!
[give women the song preprinted on cards so it can be done unison while the puppets dance]

And Moses and God led the people on into the wilderness, on their way to the Promised Land.



Scripture taken from the Good News Bible in Today's English Version - Second Edition, Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society. Used by Permission.


 

A lesson written by Amy Crane from: Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church

Tampa, Florida.

 

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"Survivor: The Plagues"

Drama/Game Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Interactive Survivor Game Show Skit with game show with guests Moses & Pharaoh.



Presentation

 Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 Open with a prayer.

 Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

We did this drama with all our rotation kids on the last week of the month. We split the kids into two "teams"-Egyptians and Hebrews. Each grade was split in half, so half the first graders were Egyptians and the other half were Hebrews, etc. Each grade got to compete in some sort of challenge for the plagues. The host of the show, Moses, and Pharaoh all read their scripts. The kids had a really great time.

Survivor: Egypt

Host: Welcome to Survivor: Egypt. For those of you new to the show, let me explain. Two tribes compete in different challenges, compete for immunity, and try not to get voted off the island. Your group has been divided into two tribes-the Egyptians and the Hebrews. To add a little extra excitement to the game, this time, the Egyptians are on their home turf and they have already enslaved the Hebrew people. But the Hebrews have one major advantage that no Survivor tribe has ever had before...The Almighty God has claimed them as His people. Let’s see what God will do for His chosen people.

Now, it’s important to remember that while we’re using a modern tv show to tell this story, it’s a true story that happened thousands of years ago. You can read all about it in your Bible in the book of Exodus. Maybe you remember learning about this story in Sunday School over the past few weeks.

Before we begin, let me give you a bit of background information. Forty years ago before this story begins, the Hebrews are slaves of the Egyptians and a man named Moses runs away from Egypt and lives in the dessert. (Moses enters sits on a stool in front of the Hebrew team) Miraculously, God speaks to him from a burning bush and tells Moses that God has heard the Hebrews cry for help. God is going to lead them out of slavery to the Promised Land with Moses’ help.

Moses: Honestly, I didn’t think I was able to do what God was asking of me. I tried to tell him “no”, but God doesn’t take no for an answer and besides, He told me, “I am with you.” I guess I can do anything with God’s help. But I sure was nervous about going to Pharaoh and telling him that God said, “Let my people go!” Thankfully God said that my brother Aaron could go along and help me.

Host: Let’s meet the leader of the other tribe-the ruler of the land, Pharaoh of Egypt! (Pharaoh enters and sits on a stool on the opposite side of Moses)

Pharaoh: I have to admit I was surprised when Moses came to me and told me to let God’s people go. What was he talking about?!? What would I do without all the slaves in my land? Who would do the work? Besides, I don’t even believe in Moses' God. I have lots of gods that I can worship.

Host: Most Survivor games have challenges and competitions for the teams to work through, but we’re changing things up just a little bit this time. God is about to send 10 plagues on the Egyptians. The challenge to both sides is to survive! Are you ready? Let’s hear from Moses what happened in the first plague.

Plague - Nile River to Blood

Moses: God told to Aaron and me go to Pharaoh and if he didn’t let my people go, Aaron should turn the water in the Nile River to blood, so he did.

Host: This first test is for the sixth graders. I need all of you to come over here and line up. (there is a bucket of water by the lined up kids with measuring cups to carry the water across to a clear pitcher )

Your first challenge to carry this water from the Nile River to your containers over here. The first team to fill up their container will win the plague, okay?

Ready, set, go...(the children race, encourage the others to cheer. Pour red food coloring into the filled pitchers so the kids can see the water turn to “blood".

Do you see how all the water has turned to blood? Congratulations, _______! What a great race on both sides! You might think that would be enough to convince Pharaoh to let the Hebrews go, let’s see if it is...

Pharaoh: I will not let the people go, just because Aaron turned the water to blood. We can dig new wells. Get back to work you Hebrews!

Plagues - Frogs, Gnats & Flies

Host: God wasn’t finished with Pharaoh quite yet. He sent three more plagues all including animals. He made frogs, gnats (which are tiny bugs), and flies invade the land, one at a time.
This time, we’re going to need the fourth graders for an eating challenge.

Are you ready? You each will spin the wheel and whatever it lands on-frogs, gnats, or flies, you’ll have to eat. (the children spin the wheel and eat sour, green jelly beans, sunflower seeds, or raisins, encourage the other children to cheer)

Congratulations _______! What a great job on both sides. You had to be brave to accomplish that kind of thing.

Pharaoh: I have to admit, I was thinking about letting them go when the frogs came into my bedroom. I even told Moses to take the people away, but as the people left so did the frogs, so I sent my soldiers to get them. It was the same way with the gnats and the flies. Originally, I couldn’t take it, so I let them go, but really I need these slaves so I decided to make them come back after all.

Host: But God would not take no for an answer. He decided to send another plague even worse than the last.

Plague - Animals Die

Moses: God told me to go to Pharaoh and warn him that if he did not let the people go, God would send a terrible disease to all his animals and all the animals that belong to Egyptians and they would all die. But not one animal that belonged to a Hebrew would die. And it happened because Pharaoh would not let the people go.

Host: Okay, I need all the first graders up here to go through this plague. What I have right here are all the animals that belong to the Egyptians, all the dead animals.

What I need both teams to do is to sort them by where they live and put them on separate pieces of paper (the kids sort the stuffed animals. Encourage the other kids to cheer)

Congratulations to both sides! What a great effort to get all the animals sorted! Wouldn’t you think Pharaoh would let the Hebrew people go now? I would, let’s see if it worked.

Pharaoh: Well, my friends, I’m pretty stubborn and just because I had lost my animals did not mean I was going to lose my slaves, too. I will not let the Hebrews go!

Host: What do you think God did next? I bet he sent another plague. Let’s ask Moses what happened.

Plagues - Boils

Moses: That’s right, Our God is an amazing God and he sent another plague. I think this next plague was pretty bad. God caused all the Egyptians to break out in sores. Oh, they hurt something awful. And they looked gross, too. I’m sure glad that only the Egyptians got sores!

Host: I’m going to need the second graders for the next plague. Are you all ready?

Here we have pictures of Egyptians and I need you to cover them with these red dots, so our pictures will have sores just like the Egyptians (the kids cover the pictures hanging on the wall of people in red dots. The other kids cheer).

Great job! Both teams worked hard to cover those pictures, didn’t they? I wonder if Pharaoh will let the people go this time...

Pharaoh: No way! Eventually the sores went away. Besides we needed our slaves even more when we all had sores! Although I have to admit, I was getting very tired of these plagues, especially when Moses told me the next plague was that God was going to cause the biggest hailstorm in Egyptian history. I hate storms, so I was pretty scared, especially when all our crops were destroyed by the hail. Funny thing is, though, it only hailed on our crops. It didn’t even storm over the Hebrews’ crops. That God of theirs is pretty amazing...

Plague - Hail

Host: I’m going to need the fifth graders for this plague.

Your job is to take these ‘hailstones’ and knock over these crops. If any of the balls get out into the crowd, you need to give them to a guardian angel, okay? I don’t want anyone else throwing the balls! (Kids try to knock over the plastic bowling pins or paper towel rolls with balls, guardian angels try to gather up the stray ones, kids try to throw them, mass chaos ensues until all the hail has ‘melted’ encourage kids to cheer).

Moses: God knew what was going to happen. As soon as the storm stopped, Pharaoh changed his mind and wouldn’t let the people go. Every time this happened! I was getting a little tired of it, myself. But God has more patience than I do. Plus, God wanted to make sure that the Hebrews believed in him, too. By this point, we definitely did believe! So I went back to Pharaoh and warned him that the few crops he did have left would be destroyed by locusts and they would be everywhere, even in his house.

Plague - Locusts

Host: Okay, third graders, it’s finally your turn!

Come on up here, it’ your turn to survive a plague. (scatter black kidney beans on the floor to represent the locusts covering everything and have the kids pick them up).

Great job, everyone! I wonder what Pharaoh's reaction to this one was.

Pharaoh: I have to admit, this one had me scared. My advisors kept telling me to let them go before all the Egyptians died. I even told Moses that I had sinned against God and wanted to be forgiven. But, after the locusts had gone, I changed my mind. If there aren’t any bugs around, I don’t think I need to pray to the God of the Hebrews.

Host: What do you think God thought of that? I bet he didn’t like it one bit. Okay, we’ve come to the point in our contest when you have the opportunity to make alliances within your tribes. Pharaoh, who do you suggest your tribe make an alliance with?

Pharaoh: No one! We don’t need anyone or any god! We have survived all of this just fine. We don’t need anyone else. (if the kids don’t agree, have Pharaoh insist that they are fine and not listen to any of them).

Host: Moses, who do you suggest that the Hebrews make an alliance with?

Moses: The Almighty God! The Hebrews will trust in God alone, right? (try to get the kids excited about this and shout in agreement)

Host: Okay, we’ve made our alliances. Let’s see what happens in the next plague. I wonder what happened next. Let’s ask Moses.

Plague - Darkness

Moses: God told me stretch out my arm toward the sky and everything will be covered with darkness (the lights go down, but not all the way out because Moses won‘t be able to read his next line)

It was amazing, though, even though it was dark where the Egyptians lived, the land of the Hebrews still had light (a few lights or a flashlight go on above the Hebrew team).

Pharaoh: That was it, I had had it! I wanted those people gone! Well...okay...maybe I changed my mind again...in fact you might say, I did a little flip-flopping...those people couldn’t leave my land.

Moses: God told me he was going to punish the Egyptians so that he would let us go. I went to Pharaoh and explained that God was going to come through the land at midnight and wherever he goes, the first born son in every family will die, even the first born male cattle will die.

Plague - Death of Firstborn Sons

Host: This is what we like to call an immunity challenge here on Survivor: Egypt. The tribe that has the hyssop plant will be immune to the next plague. The hyssop plant goes to...the team that made an alliance with God! (hand hyssop branch to one of the Hebrews)

Moses: That’s right. God said the Hebrews will be spared if we would put the blood of an animal above the door where we had celebrated a special feast. When God sees the blood on the door, he will know that the people there should be spared and not killed.

Pharaoh: When that happened, I had seriously had enough. I wanted the slaves gone. I had just lost my oldest son, and I was so sad that I didn’t care about my slaves, I just wanted the Hebrew tribe gone. I was not going to change my mind this time

Host: Usually, we vote one person off the island here at Survivor, but honestly Egypt isn’t an island so that isn’t going to work. Since the Hebrews are trying to get out of Egypt anyway, maybe we should vote them out of Egypt and let them head for the Promised Land!

Moses lead your people to the Promised Land! You’ve earned it. You’ve survived the ten plagues God sent on the Egyptians and followed God’s direction and established a new holidays all in one. God told Moses that your people should celebrate this event every year by having a special Passover dinner and remember that God passed over your homes and your children did not die. Some of you may remember celebrating this dinner in Sunday over the past few weeks.

Thank you for watching this episode of Survivor: Egypt. And don’t forget next year, at this time, tune in a new holiday special “Passover”. Tune in next week for our next show Survivor: Sinai Peninsula. Watch as the Hebrew people wander through the dessert for forty years. Will they be able to survive? Will they depend on God? For a sneak peak, check out our story in the book of Exodus.


Member Kina reviewed this lesson and posted:

We used a variation of this in one of our rotations earlier in the year - the kids still talk about it. It was a great hit. We had Moses and Pharoah in costume to lead their teams. Would love to have some other ideas like this for lesson plans since the kids really got into it!


Member Cathy added some pictures from their use of this story--which went over very well with the kids! 

The plague of blood--we had some food coloring in the bottom of the pitchers, so that when the clear water was poured into the pitchers it immediately turned red.1185391_10201283981680267_813749571_n

Rolling the giant dice to see if you had to eat frogs or gnats or flies.1380283_10201283978560189_2025256898_n

Sorting the "dead animals" into those in water (blue paper), land (green paper) or sky (yellow paper).1384192_10201283980600240_1911579477_n

The plague of sores that affected only the Egyptians.1383059_10201283981720268_1326326968_n

The plague of hail destroying the crops.  I took stalks of wheat and taped them into tubes of rolled paper.  The kids used ping pong balls as the hail--and really enjoyed knocking the crops over.1385811_10201283982640291_1290369420_n

The plague of locusts.625557_10201283983560314_1799870140_n

The death of the first-born sons.  All the boys who were the first-borns fell to the ground--had some pretty impressive death agonies!1150784_10201283984120328_89429811_n

Moses demonstrating the painting of the blood on the door using the "hyssop".1393774_10201283984400335_96888984_n

Moses and the team of Israelites.1380317_10201283976680142_957051185_n

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I would highly recommend the "Survivor: The Plagues" workshop.  Moses Pharoah

We just did that one in our church for our Exodus rotation.  It was great having a workshop that got fathers involved in teaching the lesson, portraying Moses and Pharoah. 

Don't forget to have the actors dress in full costume.  They make things much more real for the kids.  We ordered our Pharoah costume from CostumeDiscounters.com.  They have a nice selection of costumes for a number of biblical, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Middle Ages themed characters.

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Video clip of First Cong. Falmouth Mass' "Pharaoh, Pharaoh" Puppet Workshop lesson...

 

What's great about this combo of puppets, performance, and video is...

  • Some kids prefer not to be seen, some prefer to be on stage!
  • They didn't need to learn the song, just react. Though you could have 'singers' on the side if you had extra kids who liked to do that.
  • Creative use of props with puppets to help the story.
  • How many times do you think the kids wanted to watch this?  10? 100? 
  • The video lives on! for promotional purposes.
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Plagues, Passover and Escape!

Story Table Workshop (a creative drama using story figures)

Written by Jaymie Derden (with lots of help from Luanne Payne!)
State Street UMC G.R.E.A.T. Adventure, Bristol, VA

Overview of the Workshop: Children will re-enact the ten plagues, first Passover, and the crossing of the Red Sea using story figures and props to set the scenes, then taking digital pictures.

Notes: We study Moses for four months at our church. This is the second rotation on the life of Moses.

The idea of using story figures to tell a story comes from Luanne Payne, Rotation.org Board president. We have been slowly collecting small Bible figures (such as Tales of Glory figures and appropriate Playmobil figures and story sets). KIDS LOVE THIS WORKSHOP!!!

Using story figures for this workshop was quite ambitious... and we were really pressed for time to complete it. We have a 50 minute class time. If possible it would be ideal to use this activity if you have an extended session -- say 75 minutes or so. We ran a little over our 50 minute class session and we didn't have much time for discussion.

But it was SO worth it!

Scripture References: 

NIV Adventure Bible: Exodus 5-15

The Picture Bible: “Countdown to Freedom” p. 136, p. 137-148

Memory Verse: “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and you will see how the Lord will save you today.”  Exodus 14:13

Theme: God is with us!  God sees, hears, knows, remembers and acts! 


General Objectives:

  • Children will locate the story in their Bible.
  • Children will retell the story in their own words.
  • Children will identify the book of Exodus as a book of Law (3-5 grades).
  • Children will identify the following characters:  Moses, Aaron, Pharaoh.
  • Children will explore ways that God is with us, in good times and bad and how God helps us.
  • Children will identify the ten plagues.
  • Children will explain the significance of the Passover Seder.
  • Children will memorize Exodus 14:13.

Advanced Preparation and Room Set Up:

  1. Read the Background Information, teaching tips and lesson materials.
  2. Create Moses story cards from clip art or download internet images (this will be a review of the first Moses rotation).
  3. Gather necessary supplies/props for the drama activity – see below. 
  4. Organize your story figures, props and supplies ahead of time or you will not have time to complete the scenes. This also helps keep the children focused on the specific scene.
  5. The charts below have also been included in a two-page pdf file for ease of teacher's use (see attachment at bottom of this lesson called "Teacher Charts for Moses Plagues Story Prop Drama.pdf").

Time Guidelines:

Introductions/Opening Prayer: 5 minutes

Review Moses #1: 5 minutes

Story Drama: 35 minutes

Reflection/Closing Prayer: 5 minutes


Welcome and Introductions

Gather the children together at the tables with their Bibles. Welcome the children and introduce yourself. Always begin each class with introductions. Remember that workshop leaders rotate often and the children may not know you. Please wear a nametag and help the shepherd distribute the children’s nametags.

Opening Prayer

Light the Christ Candle and place on the center of the table.

Say: We light this candle to remind us that Jesus is the Light of the world. God is with us wherever we go. God is with us here in this place today. Awesome and Powerful God, thank you for this day and for all the people who are here today. Give us open minds and open hearts to learn. Amen (The candle should remain lit until the end of the session.)

Moses Part 1 Story Review

Supplies:

Moses story cards (downloaded from internet and printed onto card stock) - include the following as review: how the Hebrews came to be in Egypt, Pharaoh enslaved them, Moses in the basket, Moses raised in Pharaoh's court, Moses killed an Egyptian, Moses fled to Midian, Moses and the burning bush.

Bible Study - Grades K-2: The Picture Bible

Help the children turn to pages 136-148. Say: Our story is found here in the Bible. Today we are going to learn about the story by acting it out using story figures. If it is early in the rotation, briefly review the story.

Bible Study - Grades 3-5: NIV Adventure Bible

Introduce the story:

Where would we find Moses’ story in the Bible?  (Old Testament)  Moses lived many years before Jesus was born while the Hebrew people were living in slavery in Egypt. What book of the Old Testament tells about the life of Moses?  (Exodus – means going out. The EX of Exodus reminds us of EXIT – because Moses was called by God to lead the Hebrew people out of Egypt)

Help the children locate Exodus 5-12, 15 in their Bibles. Say: This part of Moses’ story is found here. Today we are going to learn about the story by acting it out using story figures.

If it is early in the rotation, briefly review the story.



Moses, Ten Plagues and Escape from Egypt

Teacher
- supplies and directions included in this section, also includes two helpful charts: scene set-ups and movie crew responsibilities.  Note:  these two charts are also available to print by themselves, they are attached at the very bottom of this post (after the photos) "Teacher Charts for Moses Plagues Story Prop Drama.pdf".

Using story figures, children will create scenes for the ten plagues and crossing Red Sea.

Supplies:

  • Light blue tissue paper
  • Trifold science fair board
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Brown Construction paper 
  • Blue felt strip (4.5X12 inches)
  • Red felt strip (4.5X12 inches)
  • Small plastic frogs or stickers (ordered from Oriental Trading)
  • Write-on transparency sheet
  • Small plastic flies (ordered from Oriental Trading)
  • Tiny adhesive dots
  • White aquarium gravel
  • Grasshopper/locusts, plastic or stickers (ordered from Oriental Trading)
  • Black felt/fleece fabric – 1.5 yard
  • Story figures (playmobil or lego) – people, soldiers, animals, table, plates, utensils, Egyptian chariots
  • Matzoh pieces or plastic bread from story sets
  • Blue poster board
  • Fish stickers
  • Digital camera
  • Tripod
  • Cardstock for story scene titles
  • Scene stickers
  • Light (shop light or standing lamp)
  • Long table for props and scenes

Advanced Preparation:

  1. Gather all the props – see list above and chart below for specific items needed for each scene. Organize the plague props into labeled small bins or containers so it is readily apparent which figures fit each scene. Place in order on the long table
  2. Organize the story figures into categories: people (one container for Hebrews, one container for Egyptians) – Place them in the Scene 1 bin.
  3. Write instructions for the “gnat” plague – to use a sharpie marker to draw tiny little dots onto the transparency sheet.
  4. Set up a large table with the foam core backdrop in place.
  5. Copy the scene titles onto 1X4 labels.
  6. Tape the blue tissue paper to the science board to create a “sky” background. Tape brown construction paper to table to create ground.
  7. Set up the tripod and camera, adjusting the tripod so the height is correct for photographing the scenes.

 

Scene Set-Ups for Moses - Plagues / Passover / Red Sea

Scene

Characters

Props

  1. Nile into Blood
  • Moses (staff)
  • Aaron
  • Pharaoh
  • Egyptian/Israelites 
  •  Backdrop (tape blue tissue paper to cover it)
  • Brown construction paper ground 
  • Blue River (blue felt)
  • Red River (red felt)

         (half blue/half red)

   2. Frogs
  • Moses
  • Aaron
  • Pharaoh
  • Egyptian/Israelites
  • Frogs (frog stickers or small plastic frogs) – placed all around scene 

 

   3. Gnats

  • Moses
  • Aaron
  • Pharaoh
  • Egyptian/Israelites
  • Gnats (created by drawing little black specks onto a transparency sheet with a fine point permanent marker.)  This transparency sheet is then held in front of your camera lens so in your photo it appears Gnats are everywhere— special effect!)
   4. Flies
  • Moses
  • Aaron
  • Pharaoh
  • Egyptian/Israelites
  • Flies (small plastic flies or fly stickers) – all over scene 
  5. Dead Livestock
  • Moses
  • Aaron
  • Pharaoh
  • Egyptian/Israelites
  • Small toy animals lying on sides
 
    6. Boils
  • Moses
  • Aaron
  • Pharaoh
  • Egyptian/Israelites

 

  • Small adhesive dots – placed on all Egyptian figures
     7. Hail
  • Moses
  • Aaron
  • Pharaoh
  • Egyptian/Israelites

 

  • White aquarium gravel – scattered all over scene
   8. Locusts
  • Moses
  • Aaron
  • Pharaoh
  • Egyptian/Israelites
 
  • Locusts or grasshoppers (plastic or stickers)
   9. Darkness 
  • Moses
  • Aaron
  • Pharaoh
  • Egyptian/Israelites
  • Black felt background (large enough to cover entire area, have children hold this over the entire backdrop and place the scene title on the black cloth.)
 
   10. Death of firstborn males
  • Moses
  • Aaron
  • Pharaoh
  • Egyptian/Israelites
  • Lay people down
  • Draw a doorframe with red marker on it for the Hebrew homes (optional)
 
  11. Passover
  • Israelites
  • Moses
  • Aaron
  • Table, plates, utensils, flat bread (could use actual matzoh)
 
  12. Red Sea Crossing
  • Moses (staff)
  • Aaron
  • Pharaoh
  • Egyptian/Israelites
  • Wall of water (blue poster board with sides folded up, draw waves and add fish stickers)
  • Chariot(s) and Egyptian soldiers, Israelites – Playmobil
 

 

Scene Set-Ups for Moses - Plagues / Passover / Red Sea

Movie Set Crew Responsibilities Chart

There are basically three “sets” for this production: the plagues, the Passover and the Red Sea Crossing. Children will create one “plague set” (with characters Moses, Pharaoh, Aaron, Egyptians and Israelites) and just switch out the unique plague props and titles for each new set.

Divide responsibilities among the different children based on the chart below, making sure each child has an opportunity to participate in every part of the “movie set.” Option: print out assignments onto cards and pass out to children. At the end of the scene, have them trade their card with another child. Make sure every child has a chance to be photographer. Several children can serve as set designers. If you have a film clapper, one child can also be assigned to announce the scene with the clapper.

Job Title

Responsibility

Name

Producer

Oversee/gather/organize  all supplies/props beforehand.

Teacher

Production

Manager

Read each scene’s overview, requirements and any special notes for crew.

Teacher

Screenwriter

Creates scene titles – adhere labels to cardstock tents.

Older children

Set Designer

Set-up the scene with all character figures and props.

Children take turns (for many of the scenes all children can participate – for example: “Everyone put three frogs on the scene.”

Scene Removals

Most of the plague scenes can remain unchanged, but this person removes the items before the next plague.

Children take turns

Lighting

Hold light in place so that scenes have adequate lighting.

Children take turns

Camera Operators

Take photos of the scenes.

Children take turns

 



 Lights, Camera, Action

 The beginning of the story… Moses and Aaron go to Pharaoh

(Briefly recount the scene as children are setting up the story figures)

Moses went to Pharaoh like God told him to do. He took his brother Aaron with him. “This is what the Lord God says, Let my people go so that they may worship me in the wilderness.”

Now Pharaoh was a very proud and powerful man. “Who is the Lord that I should obey him? I do not know the Lord and I will not let the people go! I need them. They work for me! And now I will make them work even harder!”

God had given Moses miracles to do to show Pharaoh God’s power. Moses threw his staff down and it turned into a snake. But Pharaoh was not impressed. His heart was hardened and stubborn. Pharaoh didn’t want to believe and obey God. Uh oh. Bad choice, Pharaoh. I’m thinking this will not end well for you and the people of Egypt!

Plague #1:  The Nile River turns to Blood.

The Nile River was very important to Egypt. It brought fresh water to a land that was mostly desert! Moses warned Pharaoh that if he didn’t let the Hebrew people go, God would send terrible plagues on Egypt. But Pharaoh didn’t listen. He said, “NO!”

Moses took his staff and struck the river and it turned to blood!

The fish in the Nile River died. All of Egypt was stinky from the smell of dead fish. There was no water to drink. But this miracle didn’t change Pharaoh’s mind. His heart was still stubborn and hard.

(Using chart above, children create and photograph the scene.)

Plague #2:  The Plague of Frogs.

Again Moses asked Pharaoh to let the people go. Again Pharaoh refused to listen. Pharaoh said, “NO!” This time God sent a plague of frogs. They hopped out of the river and went all over Egypt! There were frogs in the river, frogs in the palace, frogs in the bedroom and frogs in the beds! Frogs were in the kitchens and ovens and bread pans! Frogs were everywhere!

Then the frogs died and there were huge piles of dead stinky frogs all over Egypt! But still Pharaoh wouldn’t change his mind.

(Using chart above, children create and photograph the scene.)

Plague #3:  The Plague of Gnats.

Again Moses went to Pharaoh. Next God told Aaron to hit the dusty ground with his staff. All the dust in Egypt turned into gnats (tiny little flying bugs). The gnats were everywhere – all over the people and the animals of Egypt.  Pharaoh’s magicians tried to make the gnats appear but they couldn’t.  But still Pharaoh wouldn’t listen.  His heart was still hard.

(Using chart above, children create and photograph the scene.)

Plague #4:  The Plague of Flies.

Next came the plague of flies. Swarms of flies were in the palace and all over the land. Flies were everywhere! Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron and said that he would let the Hebrews go if they didn’t go too far. Pharaoh asked Moses to pray for him. So Moses did and the flies left. But as soon as the flies left, Pharaoh changed his mind again. He wouldn’t let the Hebrews go! His heart was still hard and stubborn.

(Using chart above, children create and photograph the scene.)

Plague #5:  The Plague on Livestock.

The next plague that came was a terrible plague on all the cows, sheep, camels, donkeys, goats and horses. All these animals that belonged to the Egyptians died. None of the animals that the Hebrews owned died. Pharaoh still wouldn’t let the Hebrews go.

(Using chart above, children create and photograph the scene.)

Plague #6:  The Plague of Boils.

Next God told Moses and Aaron to throw ashes into the air in front of Pharaoh. The ashes turned into dust and landed on all the land of Egypt. Boils (very painful sores on skin) broke out on all the people and animals. Pharaoh and his magicians were covered with painful boils!  But still Pharaoh wouldn’t change his mind.

(Using chart above, children create and photograph the scene.)

Plague #7:  The Plague of Hail.

God told Moses to reach up to the sky. Hail fell down all over Egypt. It beat down all the crops and growing things. Thunder crashed and lightning flashed! It was the worst storm ever in Egypt’s history!  The only place that hail didn’t fall was in the land of Goshen where the Hebrews lived!  What do you think Pharaoh did? He still wouldn’t let the Hebrews go. His heart was harder and harder! He wouldn’t listen to God’s message!

(Using chart above, children create and photograph the scene.)

Plague #8:  The Plague of Locusts.

Next God said…. “How long will you refuse to obey me?  Let my people go! Then they will be able to worship me.” Moses told Pharaoh what God said. Moses told Pharaoh if he didn’t let the Hebrew slaves go that God would send a swarm of locusts the very next day to eat up whatever was left from the huge hailstorm. What do you think happened? The locusts came. They covered the ground and filled up the houses. They ate everything that was left. Nothing green was left anywhere in Egypt! Pharaoh sent for Moses. He said that he was sorry and asked for forgiveness. He asked Moses to pray to God to take away the locusts. So Moses did. God made the wind blow in a different direction and it blew all the locusts away. But once the locusts were gone, Pharaoh’s heart got hard again…

(Using chart above, children create and photograph the scene.)

Plague #9:  The Plague of Darkness.

God told Moses to reach out his hand to the sky again. Darkness spread over Egypt. The darkness lasted for three days. But it was light where the Hebrews lived. Pharaoh was mad! He wouldn’t let the people go and he told Moses to never come back! He said he would kill Moses if he ever came back. Pharaoh’s heart was still hard as ever!

(Using chart above, children create and photograph the scene.)

Plague #10:  Death of firstborn males.

How many plagues has God sent so far?  (review them as you count – nine)

God told Moses he would send one final plague to Pharaoh and Egypt. All the oldest sons in Egypt would die. Even Pharaoh’s oldest son would die. This would be the worst thing that ever happened in Egypt! Nothing like it would ever happen again!

Moses warned the Hebrews what was going to happen. He told them to kill a lamb and dip the blood from the lamb onto the top and both sides of the doorframes of their houses. When God saw the blood on the Hebrews houses, he passed over those houses. The oldest sons inside these houses did not die. But at

midnight, it happened just like God had told Moses. All the firstborn sons and male animals of the Egyptians died. If the blood of the lamb was not on the doorframe, the oldest child in that house died. There was loud crying all over the land of Egypt. 

(Using chart above, children create and photograph the scene.)

The First Passover.

God wanted the people to remember what he was doing. He told them to make bread without yeast and to eat it in a hurry. They didn’t have time for the bread to rise. Moses told the people that this was a new law for them to follow. Every year they would make these special foods and eat unleavened (flat) bread to remember the mighty acts of God. The Passover would be a holy day that the Hebrews must always celebrate. The Hebrew people did just what Moses said. Then they worshiped God.

(Using chart above, children create and photograph the scene.)

Conclusion:  Escape!

Finally Pharaoh let the people go!  Moses led the people out of Egypt. They didn’t go the shortest way.  God went ahead of the people. During the day God was a pillar of cloud. At night God was a pillar of fire.  They traveled day and night. Pharaoh changed his mind once again and sent chariots and soldiers after the Hebrews. Then another great miracle happened! The Hebrews were trapped between the Red Sea and the Egyptian army. They were all scared and knew they were going to die in the desert. But Moses knew that God was with them.

Moses told the Hebrews, “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and you will see how the Lord will save you today.”  Exodus 14:13. (This is our memory verse!) And then God did save the Hebrews. He caused the waters of the sea to open up and the Hebrews crossed over on dry land. Then when the Egyptians followed them, God caused the waters to close back and all the Egyptians and their great chariots were swallowed up in the waves.

That day the Lord saved the Hebrews from the power of Egypt. The Hebrews were amazed and trusted God! They were free! God had heard them and God answered them!

(Using chart above, children create and photograph the scene.)

Closing Prayer

Gather the children together near the candle.

Say: We’re going to close with a “Prop Prayer” and then we will end with the Lord’s Prayer. We used several props to help us tell the story of Moses. You may each choose one prop to help you pray. This is important prayer time, not play time. This is when we remember that God is with us, just like God was with Moses. So, you must hold your prop quietly in your hand. As you hold it, remember how it fits into Moses’ story. We will have a few moments of silence for you to remember about your object and then we will close with the Lord’s Prayer.

Have each child choose a prop from the drama area (or if that takes too much time, choose for them). Gently remind children to be still with their prop. If necessary, have them place the prop at their feet.

Pray: Amazing, Loving God. As we hold these objects, we remember that you used ordinary, everyday things to do miracles for the Hebrew people .(pause for about 5 seconds) Continue the prayer…. You are the all mighty and all powerful God. Help us to remember these mighty acts. Help us to remember that you are able to do extraordinary things in our lives too.

Close with the Lord’s Prayer.

Use the candle snuffer to “change the light.”

Say:  As we go from here we remember God was with Moses and god is with us wherever we go and whatever we do.

Clean-up

Help the Shepherd collect Journals and nametags and put away. Gather all story figures and put them back in their labeled containers.


Optional Slide Show/Movie Idea

Upload the pictures the children created (and some of the in process pictures) and create a slide show or movie, set to music (Pharaoh, Pharaoh is perfect!). Share with kids, parents and congregation to celebrate what the kids are learning and doing!


 Attachments:

  • Below are pictures of the kids in action, as well as, pictures they took of the story scenes they created.
  • The charts above have also been included in a two-page pdf file for your use (see attachment at bottom of this lesson called "Teacher Charts for Moses Plagues Story Prop Drama.pdf")

 

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Moses, Pharaoh & the 10 Plagues

Interactive Skit (Preschool to Grade 1)

Summary:  Children crow to wake Pharaoh each day or sound a plague.  They each have a small bowl that contains several plague props they will toss at Pharaoh or place on Pharaoh when indicated in the script with prompts as needed by narrator.

Cast:  Narrator, Moses, Pharaoh, 2 Guards, rest of children interact using plague props. 
Note:I removed Aaron from script to keep cast required down.

Adaptations: 

Puppets - Narrator, Moses, Pharaoh, and Guards could be puppets.

Cast of one - hang a clothesline with outfits for the Narrator, Moses, Pharaoh, and a Guard, have head pieces for all or some.  Teacher runs behind each one quickly then says line (using different voices for each) children will love this! 

Dad(s) / teacher narrates - have some dads play the cast as a drama skit or one dad a clothesline skit. Again, children will love this!  


Director’s Note
: Pharaoh will be sitting entire time, at the end of each scene he will close his eyes, drop his head and sleep, during this time narrator can have children check their containers for next plague item (it’s not necessary for each child to have all plagues items).  Narrator will have children wake Pharaoh by crowing like a rooster (once).

Seating
– have children sit in a half circle-facing Pharaoh’s throne (chair).

Props for skit –small side table, throne (chair drapped in gold fabric), outfits for Moses, Pharaoh, and guard(s). Plague props in margarine containers, one per child.

Example:  one margarine container may contain – 2 red stickers, 2 plastic flies, one cow, one frog, and a plastic practice golf ball. (it’s not necessary for each child to have all plagues items).  

What we used for plagues:

  1. River of Blood (red dye, pitcher-can’t see through - filled half-way with water, clear wine glass)
  2. Frogs (little rubber frogs)
  3. Gnats (none – we made sound effects)
  4. Flies (plastic flies)
  5. Livestock (small plastic farm animals)
  6. Boils (red circle stickers)
  7. Hail (plastic practice golf balls or furry snowballs - seen in dollar stores in 2016)
  8. Locusts (plastic toy locust)
  9. Darkness (blindfold or Pharaoh keeps his eyes closed)
  10. Death of Firstborn (none)



Narrator Introduction:

Hello, today we are going to learn the story of Pharaoh, Moses and the 10 Plagues.  It’s a story of how it’s always good to listen to God so you will stay out of trouble.  Because Pharaoh didn’t listen, 10 times he got himself and his people into a whole lot of trouble!

Now to tell this story I’m going to need everyone’s help.  Here in my hand I have a plastic container and in this container are the plagues to help tell our Bible story.  Who here would like to help me tell the story?  Good, the only rule is you don’t touch anything in the container until I ask you to help me tell the story by using a plague you have in your container.  

Not everyone’s container has all the plagues.   If your asked to throw a plague at Pharaoh, our throw will be a gently toss.  I also need to hear what good sound effects you can make so let me hear you do a:

Rooster           – cock-a-doodle-do

Gnats (sand flies)        – zzzzz- sting      zzzz-sting    zzzzz-sting

fly           – bzzzzz   bzzzzz  (if you don’t have fly props)

O.k.  Here are the containers (hand out containers).

Hold up bible.  Let’s put on our listening ears and hear what God’s Word has to say.


Script

OPENING SCENE

Narrator:       And so we go back thousands of years to the land of Egypt where Pharaoh ruled and God’s people, the Israelites, were slaves.  God had sent Moses to ask the Pharaoh to set his people free.  Moses didn’t want to go, he was actually very nervous about the whole idea, but he did what God told him to do.

Pharaoh:        Who wants to speak to me?

Moses:          It is I, Moses.  I have come in the name of God and he asks that you let his people go.

Pharaoh:        You must be kidding!  Who would make my bricks, drive my camels, and build my pyramids.  (Takes a drink of water).  My answer is NO!

Moses:          God says, that if you do not let his people go he will send a terrible plague against you, he will turn the River Nile and all drinking water in Egypt to blood!

Pharaoh:        He is not that powerful, nothing he can do will change my mind!  Go and leave me now!

Narrator:       And so Moses and Aron left and Pharaoh slept.  God sent the first plague, and he turned the River Nile and all water in Egypt to Blood!


PLAGUE 1 SCENE – RIVER OF BLOOD

Interaction:        Have one child sneak up while Pharaoh sleeps and put a few drops of red food colouring into the pitcher of water. Children crow once to wake up Pharaoh – “Cock-a-doodle-do”.

Pharaoh:        Yawn…. My looks like it’s going to be another hot day.  Better have a drink of that fresh Nile River water to keep my strength up. (Re-acts to water in surprise, then anger.) Guards go and fetch Moses immediately.

Moses:          (ENTERS)

Pharaoh:        I suppose your going to tell me this (holds up wine glass) is your God’s doing!

Moses:          God said, that if you didn’t let his people go he would send a terrible plague and turn the Nile to blood and he did. 

Pharaoh:        It’s just a simple trick and certainly nothing my own magicians cannot do. 

Moses:          I have come again, in the name of God, and he asks that you let his people go.

Pharaoh:        You must be kidding!  Who would make my bricks, drive my camels, and build my pyramids!

Moses:          God says, that if you do not let his people go he will send another terrible plague against you, he will cover the land with frogs!

Pharaoh:        My answer is NO! Go and leave me now!

Narrator:       And so Moses left and Pharaoh slept.  God sent the second plague, he sent thousands of frogs into the land of Egypt.  They were everywhere, in the Egyptians beds, in their stoves, under their chairs, on their tables.


PLAGUE 2 SCENE - FROGS

Interaction:        Children crow once to wake up Pharaoh – “Cock-a-doodle-do”.

Pharaoh:        Yawn…. My looks like it’s going to be another hot day….

Interaction:        Children toss frogs at Pharaoh.

Pharaoh:        (Pharaoh re-acts to frogs in surprise, then anger.) Guards, go and fetch Moses immediately.

Moses:          (ENTERS)

Pharaoh:        I suppose your going to tell me this (holds up a frog) is your God’s doing!

Moses:          God said, that if you didn’t let his people go he would send a terrible plague and cover Egypt with frogs and he did.

Pharaoh:        It’s just a simple trick and certainly nothing my own magicians cannot do.

Moses:          I have come again, in the name of God, and he asks that you let his people go.

Pharaoh:        You must be kidding!  Who would make my bricks, drive my camels, and build my pyramids!

Moses:          God says, that if you do not let his people go he will send another terrible plague against you, he will cover the land with gnats!

Pharaoh:        My answer is still NO! Go and leave me now!

Narrator:       And so Moses left and Pharaoh slept.  God sent the third plague, swarms of gnats into Egypt, tiny little sand flies that love to bite.  They were everywhere.


PLAGUE 3 SCENE - Gnats

Interaction:        Children crow once to wake up Pharaoh – “Cock-a-doodle-do”.

Pharaoh:        Yawn…. My looks like it’s going to be another hot day…

Interaction:        Children make Gnats noise -   zzzzz- sting      zzzz-sting          zzzzz-sting

Pharaoh:        (Re-acts to gnats in surprise, then anger, jumps around swatting.) Guards, go and fetch Moses immediately.

Moses:          (ENTERS)

Pharaoh:        I suppose your going to tell me these gnats (itching & swatting) are your God’s doing!

Moses:          God said, that if you didn’t let his people go he would send a terrible plague and cover Egypt with gnats and he did.

Pharaoh:        It’s just a simple trick and certainly nothing my own magicians cannot do. 

Moses:          I have come again, in the name of God, and he asks that you let his people go.

Pharaoh:        You must be kidding!  Who would make my bricks, drive my camels, and build my pyramids!

Moses:          God says, that if you do not let his people go he will send another terrible plague against you, he will cover the land with flies!

Pharaoh:        My answer is still NO! Go and leave me now!

Narrator:       And so Moses left and Pharaoh slept.  God sent the fourth plague, he sent swarms of flies into Egypt, that swarm around the Egyptians face and drove them crazy.  They were everywhere!


PLAGUE 4 SCENE - Flies

Interaction:        Children crow once to wake up Pharaoh – “Cock-a-doodle-do”.

Pharaoh:        Yawn…. My looks like it’s going to be another hot day…..

Interaction:        Children toss flies at Pharaoh.

Pharaoh:        (Re-acts to flies in surprise, then anger, jumps around swatting.)  Guards, go and fetch Moses immediately.

Moses:          (ENTERS)

Pharaoh:        I suppose your going to tell me these flies (swatting) are your God’s doing!

Moses:          God said, that if you didn’t let his people go he would send a terrible plague and cover Egypt with flies and he did.

Pharaoh:        It’s just a simple trick and certainly nothing my own magicians cannot do.

Moses:          I have come again, in the name of God, and he asks that you let his people go.

Pharaoh:        You must be kidding!  Who would make my bricks, drive my camels, and build my pyramids!

Moses:          God says, that if you do not let his people go he will send another terrible plague against you, he will kill all your livestock (cows)!

Pharaoh:        My answer is still NO! Go and leave me now!

Narrator:       And so Moses left and Pharaoh slept.  God sent the fifth plague, and it killed all of the Egyptian’s livestock.      


PLAGUE 5 SCENE - Livestock

Interaction:        Children crow once to wake up Pharaoh – “Cock-a-doodle-do”.

Pharaoh:        Yawn…. My looks like it’s going to be another hot day..

Interaction:        Children toss livestock (cows, pigs, chickens, sheep, etc.) at Pharaoh.

Pharaoh:        (Re-acts to dead livestock in surprise, then anger, jumps around swatting.)  Guards, go and fetch Moses immediately.

Moses:          (ENTERS)

Pharaoh:        I suppose your going to tell me these dead livestock (pointing at livestock on floor) are your God’s doing!

Moses:          God said, that if you didn’t let his people go he would send a terrible plague and kill your livestock and he did.

Pharaoh:        It’s just a simple trick and certainly nothing my own magicians cannot do. 

Moses:          I have come again, in the name of God, and he asks that you let his people go.

Pharaoh:        You must be kidding!  Who would make my bricks, drive my camels, and build my pyramids!

Moses:          God says, that if you do not let his people go he will send another terrible plague against you, he will cover your people skin with ugly boils!

Pharaoh:        My answer is still NO! Go and leave me now!

Narrator:       And so Moses left and Pharaoh slept.  God sent the sixth plague, and it covered the Egyptians skin with awful boils.


PLAGUE 6 SCENE - Boils

Interaction:        While he sleeps children put blue stickers on Pharaoh’s arms, body and face.

Interaction:        Children crow once to wake up Pharaoh – “Cock-a-doodle-do”.

Pharaoh:        Yawn…. My looks like it’s going to be another hot day…(Pharaoh notices the boils on his hands-body and re-acts to boils in surprise, then anger.) Guards, go and fetch Moses immediately.

Moses:          (ENTERS)

Pharaoh:        I suppose your going to tell me these boils (pointing at his dots) are your God’s doing!

Moses:          God said, that if you didn’t let his people go he would send a terrible plague and cover every Egyptian’s skin with boils.

Pharaoh:        It’s just a simple trick and certainly nothing my own magicians cannot do.

Moses:          I have come again, in the name of God, and he asks that you let his people go.

Pharaoh:        You must be kidding!  Who would make my bricks, drive my camels, and build my pyramids!

Moses:          God says, that if you do not let his people go he will send another terrible plague against you, he will send a terrible storm and giant hail will fall from the sky!

Pharaoh:        My answer is still NO! Go and leave me now!

Narrator:       And so Moses left and Pharaoh slept.  God sent the seventh plague, and my, what a storm it was.


PLAGUE 7 SCENE - Hail

Interaction:        Children crow once to wake up Pharaoh – “Cock-a-doodle-do”.

Pharaoh:        Yawn…. My looks like it’s going to be another hot day….

Interaction:        Children toss white plastic golf balls (hail) at Pharaoh.

Pharaoh:        (Re-acts to hail in surprise, then anger.)  Guards, go and fetch Moses immediately.

Moses:          (ENTERS)

Pharaoh:        I suppose your going to tell me these hail stones, the biggest I’ve ever seen (pointing at hail at his feet) are your God’s doing!

Moses:          God said, that if you didn’t let his people go he would send a terrible plague and cover your land with hail.

Pharaoh:        It’s just a simple trick and certainly nothing my own magicians cannot do.

Moses:          I have come again, in the name of God, and he asks that you let his people go.

Pharaoh:        You must be kidding!  Who would make my bricks, drive my camels, and build my pyramids!

Moses:          God says, that if you do not let his people go he will send another terrible plague against you, he will send a swarm of locust to eat all the grain in your fields!

Pharaoh:        My answer is still NO! Go and leave me now!

Narrator:       And so Moses left and Pharaoh slept.  God sent the eighth plague, and my what a swarm of locust it was.         


PLAGUE 8 SCENE - Locusts

Interaction:        Children crow once to wake up Pharaoh – “Cock-a-doodle-do”.

Pharaoh:        Yawn…. My looks like it’s going to be another hot day….

Interaction:        Children toss locusts at Pharaoh.

Pharaoh:        (Re-acts to locusts in surprise, then anger.)   Guards, go and fetch Moses immediately.

Moses:          (ENTERS)

Pharaoh:        I suppose your going to tell me these locusts (picks up a locusts) are your God’s doing!

Moses:          God said, that if you didn’t let his people go he would send a terrible plague of locusts that would swarm over your land and eat all your grain.

Pharaoh:        It’s just a simple trick and certainly nothing my own magicians cannot do.

Moses:          I have come again, in the name of God, and he asks that you let his people go.

Pharaoh:        You must be kidding!  Who would make my bricks, drive my camels, and build my pyramids!

Moses:          God says, that if you do not let his people go he will send another terrible plague against you, he will make it dark as night, no light will shine from the sun.

Pharaoh:        My answer is still NO! Go and leave me now!

Narrator:       And so Moses left and Pharaoh slept.  God sent the ninth plague, that turned day into night and no Egyptian could see his hand in front of his face, but the Israelites could still see in the dark.


PLAGUE 9 SCENE – Darkness

Interaction:        While Pharaoh sleeps a child can blindfold him.

Interaction:        Children crow once to wake up Pharaoh – “Cock-a-doodle-do”.

Pharaoh:        Yawns…. Oh my!  I can’t see anything it is so dark, why I can’t even see my own hands, but I know the rooster crowed and he always crows at the same time each morning,
Guards, go and fetch Moses immediately.

Moses:          (ENTERS) (Guards stumble in & out but Moses sees clearly.)

Pharaoh:        I suppose your going to tell me this darkness (points around room) is your God’s doing!

Moses:          God said, that if you didn’t let his people go he would send a terrible plague of darkness over your land.

Pharaoh:        It’s just a simple trick and certainly nothing my own magicians cannot do.

Moses:          I have come again, in the name of God, and he asks that you let his people go.

Pharaoh:        You must be kidding!  Who would make my bricks, drive my camels, and build my pyramids!

Moses:          God says, that if you do not let his people go he will send another terrible plague against you, he will take away all firstborn Egyptians and you will be sorry!

Pharaoh:        My answer is still NO! Go and leave me now!

Narrator:       And so Moses left and Pharaoh slept with a hardened heart.  God sent the tenth plague, a horrible, awful, terrible, plague, that would kill all firstborn of those not protected by God.


PLAGUE 10 SCENE – Death of Firstborn

Narrator:       God told Moses to protect the Israelite people from the last plague they must take the blood of a lamb and paint it on their doorways and their firstborns would be protected.  And so each family did as Moses asked, then slept. 

Interaction:        Have children paint their pretend doorways.

Interaction:        Children crow once to wake up Pharaoh – “Cock-a-doodle-do”.

Pharaoh:        Yawn…. My looks like it’s going to be another hot day….

Guard: (rushes in)        “Pharaoh people are crying all over the city, the Egyptian’s firstborn and even your own son are dead.  But the Israelite children have not been harmed.

Pharaoh:       (Pharaoh reacts in surprise, then anger).) Guards, go and fetch Moses immediately.

Moses:          (ENTERS)

Pharaoh:        I know you are going to tell me this last most terrible plague is your God’s doing!

Moses:          Yes, Pharaoh, we only wish you had listened and believed us.  In the name of God, we ask that you let his people go.

Pharaoh:        My answer is YES! Go and leave me now!

Narrator:        And so Moses left and the word was spread among the people to gather only things necessary, they would leave at daybreak.

*This is the beginning of the Exodus story, next week you hear how Pharaoh changes his mind about letting the Israelites go, you’ll hear about racing chariots and a miraculous miracle.  (*adapt this line as needed).

THE END


Written by Luanne Payne in 2004
Hampton United Church, Hampton. ON, Canada

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Last edited by Luanne Payne

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