Felt Board Idea
Summary of Lesson Activities:
Retelling the story using Flannelboard, starting back with Jacob had 12 sons.
Exodus 1:8 – 2:10
- Read the scripture ahead of time.
- Gather the materials.
Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself.
Open with a prayer.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
Felt board Activity:
Outside scene – grass, hills, river
(Add Jacob)Jacob had 12 sons. (Add group of men) The 12 tribes of Israel were named after these 12 sons. Joseph was a favored son. (Add Joseph in coat of many colors) His dad gave Joseph the coat of many colors.
But, his brothers were jealous and sold him as a slave to people in Egypt. (Add camel/caravan- move Joseph to caravan) Then, they told their dad that Joseph had been killed. (Remove everyone but Joseph – Add Pharaoh –Add a ‘shelter’ in the background)
While Joseph was a slave in Egypt, he gained favor with the Pharaoh. Joseph was put in charge – he was Pharaoh’s right hand man. Joseph saved many lives. He told them that there would be 7 years of plenty, (Add lots of grain/food) followed by 7 years of famine. (Take food away) Joseph stored food from the bountiful years and saved it for the 7 years of hunger. (Place food in a shelter) Because of Joseph’s planning, people did not starve to death. The people in Egypt were grateful.
Joseph’s family came and lived in Egypt, in the land of Goshen. (Add Jacob, group of men and women) His father, brothers, and their families came. Soon, their families grew, rapidly increasing the number of people. (Add more people) Joseph’s family became a large nation, we call them the Israelites. (What did we call Joseph’s family? – Israelites. How many sons did Jacob have? – 12.)
But as time went on, people forgot. The Egyptians forgot about how Joseph saved their lives. Four hundred years later, a new king took over the throne of Egypt. (Remove Pharaoh – add new Pharaoh in the corner) The new Pharaoh didn’t care what Joseph had done for them. He felt no responsibility to Joseph’s family.
Pharaoh said “These Israelites are dangerous. There are too many of them. If we go to war, they will fight against us and escape. We have to do something.” So the Egyptians made slaves out of the Israelites. (Add Egyptian ‘over’ the people –carrying whips or sticks) Brutal masters ruled over the slaves. They made the Hebrew slaves work long & hard in the fields. They had to carry heavy loads as they made buildings. (Add bricks and buildings being made)
But that was not enough. Pharaoh told the midwives to kill all Hebrew boys as soon as they were born. (Add old ladies talking to Pharaoh) But, they could let the girls live. Why would the king want the boys dead? (Because they could grow up to be strong men and fight with the Egyptians.) But the midwives feared God and didn’t obey the king – they let the boys and the girls live. (Add several babies to the Israelites arms)
The Pharaoh demanded, “Midwives, why have you disobeyed me? Why do the baby boys live?” The midwives told him, “The Hebrew babies are born so quickly. We cannot get there in time.” So the Pharaoh commanded all of his people to throw the newborn Hebrew boys into the Nile River. (Egyptians take babies and throw into the river – then remove the babies)
At this time, a beautiful baby boy was born to a Hebrew family, from the tribe of Levi. (In a spot away from the river, add a mother, father, sister, & baby) His mother hid him at home for 3 months. When she could no longer hide him, she made a little boat from papyrus reeds. (Add basket) She waterproofed it with tar. Then she put the baby in it and set it afloat in the reeds along the river’s edge. (Put baby in basket and put it in river – add reeds/grasses – mother goes back to stand by father) The baby’s sister watched from a distance to see what would happen to him. (Move sister to the river to ‘watch').
One of Pharaoh’s daughters came down to bathe in the river. (Add Princess and maids by the river) As she and her maids were walking by the river bank, she saw the small boat by the grasses. She sent her helper to bring the basket to her. (Maid brings basket to princess) When she opened the boat, there was a baby inside! The baby was crying and he touched her heart.
Then the baby’s sister asked the princess, (Move sister to princess) “I can find one of the Hebrew women to care for the baby. Do you want me to do this for you?” “Oh, yes,” said the princess. So the little girl rushed home to her mother. (Sister ‘brings’ mother to princess) The princess instructed the baby’s mother to take the child home and care for him. So the mother became the baby’s nanny. (Move sister, mother and baby back to father)
Later, when he was older, (Change baby for a toddler) the mother brought him back to the princess. (Move mother & toddler to princess) The princess adopted him and he became her son. He was named Moses – meaning “to draw out” – because she had drawn him out of the water.
End with a prayer.
Making the story Interactive (Luanne added Aug. 20, 2013)
Flannelgraph storytelling is always more effective if the children are involved - so hand out the pieces prior to the telling for the children to add or remove as the story unfolds. More interactivity - pick three main words (characters) from the story and have the children repeat a phrase or action (you decide) whenever they hear that word (character's name).
Here's an idea that was posted with Rachel's original Felt lesson.
RE: Felt Wall - Kids Become Character Pieces
It's like a filmstrip projector: so old it's new to the kids.
I have a crazy thought about creating a "LARGE FELT DRAMA"
This is a version of the "Photograph the Tableau Pose" drama activity.
Involves a large felt wall with felt trees and people. Use existing felt characters and scenes from your felt kid (if you have them) or add them (if you don't)
Kids have "felt costume" on one side of them (facing audience/camera) and covering face.
They "pose" against the felt for photos.
I like the fact that the felt costume/face covering provides a degree of anonymity, which will be helpful to some kids.
Is this weird? or am I on to something?
A lesson written by Rachel Haugland from Elim Lutheran Church
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