Game Lessons, Ideas, and Activities for Teaching the Various "Sinai" Stories Found in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, or Deuteronomy
Post your game Sunday School lessons, ideas, and activities for the "Sinai" stories in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers or Deuteronomy here.
Do not post Ten Commandment games in this thread, it has its own.
Game: Marching Through the Wilderness
A Game or Drama or Storytelling Workshop "marching" through the stories of Marah, Manna, Water from the Rock
"God takes care of his followers' needs even when they are unfaithful and complaining (so stop your complaining)."
Note from Neil:
This idea was originally posted in 2002 as a drama workshop, then updated several years later as a Game workshop here in the Exchange after our church did the workshop again several years later.
Some other lessons in the Exchange reference it, and in general, the "marching" has been a hit in the churches which used it. They key is to "go big".
Normally a Rotation would concentrate on ONE story, -and indeed, many churches might just pick the story of the Manna and Quail and ignore the Bitter Waters and Water from the Rock. But that's not the way to teach it. The Manna and Quail story is part of a trio of episodes during the Exodus. The author of Exodus takes care to tell us of three places which the Hebrews journeyed to ---complaining all the way. And each time, God provides.
Here is the 2004 version of the "Marching" Games Workshop Lesson:
"Marching Through the Wilderness"
- 1. Read the Story of Manna & Quail, Bitter Waters, and Water from the Rock.
We used the paraphrased but excellent compilation of these three stories found in the "365 Bible Stories" Bible from Lion Publishing. It's just a great read-from Bible to have.
We stood in a circle and I read aloud. As I read, we acted out each part, each emotion, each action. We made it quite fun (kids love to pretend to complain!) even the older ones liked it.
- 2. We Marched & Complained our way over to a game we dubbed "Catch a Flying Quail."
We used rubber band to fasten large spoons to the backs of folding chairs. Split the class into pairs --assigning each pair to a chair. One person "catapulted" an animal cookie at their partner who had a basket. Catch it and you get to eat it. Warning: animal cookies shatter on impact (which made the game a little more fun actually). Bring a broom.
Recount and Discuss some things about the Manna story. The kids particularly liked the translation for manna: in Hebrew it means "what is it."
- 3. We Marched and Complained our way over to the Marah Well.
[As we marched, we stopped and asked them why they were complaining. We kept on the theme of "why don't people trust God?" and "how should they have acted toward God and their leaders?" Again, they liked the complaining part and tried to get creative about it.]
The Bitter Waters to Sweet "trick" described here is very neat. Nobody ever figured it out til we told them. And telling them was powerful! [My younger daughter came home and did the trick for her teenage sisters then told them the story.]
Exodus 15: 22-26 Station -- Marah and Bitter Water
We had a tub of water sitting in middle of circle of large pillows which had been covered by canvas tarp. "Moses" offered them a drink out of the tub. But we had secreted about 1/4 tsp of baking soda into cups which were stacked as if new. When water was dipped in the cups by "Moses" the soda instantly disolved. Then Moses talked to God about his people and threw a stick in the tub and invited the kids to take a new cup (no baking soda in it) and be refreshed. The kids were pretty amazed at this sleight of hand. **Encourage them to tell the story and do the trick at home.
"Marah" means "bitterness" What were the people bitter about? How does God react to our frustrations? Is it okay for God's people to be angry? afraid?
- 4. We then complained and Marched our way to Meribah.
Exodus 17:1-7 Station: - Meribah and the Rock of Horeb
They traveled from Elim further across the wilderness and came to Rephedim where they found no water. They quarreled with Moses and he struck the rock of Horeb with his staff. Moses called the place "Meribah" meaning "quarrel."
Originally we did this using a super-soaker being shot from being a tarp at the kids. We modified this for colder weather like this: We wrapped the entire class in a tarp "to be the rock" (which they thought was funny) and handed them a super-soaker one-by-one to shoot water at a poor Hebrew puppet about 20 feet in front of us. It was a HOOT! Afterwards, I thought that "had this been warmer" I would have asked for a volunteer to wear a raincoat and be a bit of a moving COMPLAINING target for the rock.