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Music and Miscellaneous Lessons, Ideas, and Activities for Teaching Moses and Pharaoh in Sunday School

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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.
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Please note that there are other Exodus story forums in the Exchange which may lessons and ideas that overlap this "Moses in Egypt" thread.

Making Mud Bricks

From a post by Deb Diehl

More on clay bricks... There is one recipe found in Bible Times Crafts for Kids from Gospel Light. I believe Marketplace 29 AD has one as well. It is also possible to purchase dry clay from ARTCLAY in Racine (I think it's Racine) Wisconsin (1800ARTCLAY). Dry clay is sand like and when mixed with water becomes clay-like or mud-like. You just need to play with the right proportions water to dry clay. Please be careful not to use the recipes that call for sawdust. Sawdust contains chemicals that when breathed in are not good for children. We used children's wading pools and used plastic holiday bread containers to put our "mud" into. The children who were not stepping in the mud were cutting up straw to put in the mud. The kids had a great time!

Another Mud Brick Recipe:

I just came across another mud brick recipe.

Sells, Teresa. The Ultimate Guide to Kids' Activities: 1,001 Great Ideas for Kids of All Ages. Barbour Publishing, Inc.: Uhrichsville, Ohio, p. 85, number 197.

This is a wonderful resource!

Of course, I did not find this until after our Exodus Rotation. I called a dry clay distributor in Asheville, NC, and they told me just to go dig some of the wonderful red dirt we have in NC. We added a little bit of QuickCrete, fast drying concrete powder to the mix, and straw and water. We formed the bricks in miniature aluminum loaf pans (the throw-away kind) and they worked great! If they got stuck, we could just tear them away. The kids really enjoyed this!

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Video - Music Idea - Plagues


"Pharaoh Pharoah, O Baby Let My People Go"



There is a great youtube video of "Pharoah, Pharoah" at


After learning the song, you could produce your own 'music video' of the song/scenes and post your own youtube video!


Pharaoh, Pharaoh is a set of copyright free lyrics that is set to the Kingsmen's early 60's hit "Louie, Louie" You can print the lyrics and guitar chords here:


Fun to sing and very popular to use in a Moses Rotation.

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Music Idea - Story of the 10 Plagues 

You could tell the story as you showed the pictures and rather than write your own story - use the following:

The song is sung to This Old Man - but as it has a nice rhymn to it, it would also work great as your story.

Might also be fun then to teach the kids the song!

Then God sent,
Plague number one,
Turned the Nile into blood.
All the people in Egypt were feeling pretty low
They told Pharaoh "Let them Go!"

Make the story interactive - you pause after number ..... and let them yell out the number. And also after "They told Pharaoh ..... and let them yell out "Let them Go!" for each verse, etc. 

All children will get more into the story if it's interactive.

Adaption Younger Children:  Link to website with pictures (coloring pages) for each plague would be helpful for holding up to teach younger children the song.   For pictures of each plague check out scroll down to pictures starting with title "Plague" at bottom of page and continued on next page for all ten plagues.

The pictures are free, but you may find you have to register at the site in order to access them.

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This music lesson idea adapted from art lesson by Rev Jeff in ART workshop lessons and ideas

(This was for our Wednesday night program, so the format does not quite follow a regular rotation lesson plan.)

Exodus – crossing the Red Sea

Music Workshop

Sumary of Lesson Activity:

Music Makers: Worshiping Like Miriam:
The children will continue to journey through Exodus with the story of the crossing of the Red Sea and the worship afterwards. They will write their own songs of praise to familiar tunes, as if they were there celebrating with Miriam and Moses and the rest of the crowd. If time permits, they will make tambourines to accompany the singing.

Scripture Reference:

Exodus 13:17-15:21


Paper plates
Dried beans
Staplers and staples


Welcome the children and open with prayer.

Explain that we are continuing our journey through the Bible. Remind them that last week we looked at the story of the plagues and Passover. 

The Israelites are now being led out of Egypt.

Read a summary of the story, such as "God Makes a Way" from The Jesus Storybook Bible.

Ask the children if they remember what happened after Moses and the Hebrews crossed the Red sea. Remind them that after the Hebrews were saved from the Pharaoh’s army, Moses and Miriam (Moses’ sister) sang a song of praise to God.

Read the Scripture:  Exodus 15: 1-21 Miriam/Moses Song (the children can take turns reading).

This was a time of worship and praise! Think about how we gather and worship as a community every week.
How does that time feel?

Do Moses and Miriam know the journey is over? Do the people?

What's ahead of them?
So WHY are they praising God?

After discussions....

We are going to make music like Miriam and Moses.
There are many other places in the Bible where the crossing of the Red Sea is celebrated. Other people wrote songs to celebrate; the one we read from Exodus is not the only one.
For example, let’s read Psalm 114.

Guess what?! Today, you get to write songs to celebrate the Red Sea crossing and to worship and praise God.
[Divide the class into groups of 3 or 4.]
Each group will write what is often called a “piggyback song.” It uses a familiar tune, such as “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”, “London Bridge”, “Here we go round the mulberry bush” or any other song tune you choose.
Let’s hum a few of the tunes, so you can think about them.

Pass out pencils and paper to the groups.

Have each group select a tune. (More than one group can use a tune.)

Now work with your group to come up with new words that work with that tune.

For example:
To the tune of “London Bridge”
God held back the big Red Sea, big Red Sea, big Red Sea,
God held back the big Red Sea,
God was with us!

Allow the groups to work. Encourage them and help them to stay on track.

{If time permits, or if some groups finish more quickly than others}
When your group is done working on words for a song, you can make and decorate a simple musical instrument to use for accompaniment. Probably not as nice as the ones Miriam and the other women had, but they will suffice.

Show them how to staple together two paper plates with a few beans in between to make a sort of tambourine/shaker.

Have them decorate their instruments with markers. Suggest each child picks a KEY VERSE or IMAGE out of Miriam/Moses' Song and put it on one side of the plate, or they can put their own song on the plate. Use words as well as images.

After all students have finished making their tambourines, have each group share its song, with the children sounding their tambourines!

Conclude by saying a "list of things worthy of our praise". Have the children "vote" on these things by shaking their tambourine, or shaking their heads 'no'. Use differences in voting as an opportunity for discussion.

Tambourine Question Examples:

God is with us through all our troubles! (shake!)
We should pray to God when we're in trouble. (shake!)
We should ask God to save us from having to do difficult things (no! explain)
We give God praise by serving others (shake)
We give God praise by the way we act to our family members (shake)
We give God praise by showing people how good we are (no!) ...explain.


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