15 minute Story planner
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor pages 64, 65 and 67
For a printable version of the story see ‘Plagues in Egypt’ in this week's Printables .
1. Setting the scene - 2 mins
Find the Old Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about 'The Old Testament FlashCards' cards one to four
2. Starter question - 1 min
Do you like biscuits? Imagine you had a huge tin of mouth watering biscuits. Then one day, when you were really hungry, you lifted the lid and peered inside. But instead of seeing rows of delicious biscuits you saw a big, fat, green frog staring right back at you.
3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
A toy frog and a biscuit tin
A toy crown
A long stick to represent Moses’ and Aaron’s staff
Illustrations of the plagues from a Children's Picture Bible
Click on the images at the beginning of this post for more resources from the web
4. Story activity - 6 mins
Option 1 - Enjoy the puzzles in this weeks Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)
Option 2 - Frogs and flies game
You will need: The flies and frogs pictures (see Printables), scissors, glue sticks, lively music and the means to play it (if possible use ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov).
Before the session print sufficient fly and frog pictures for approximately six of each per child (you may need a few more if you have a small group). Cut out the pictures and stick the fly pictures to the back of the frog pictures.
1. Divide your group into two equal teams. One team is ‘the frogs’ the other team ‘the flies’.
2. Place the glued pictures in the middle of the floor – make sure the frogs are uppermost on half the pictures and the flies are uppermost on the rest.
3. Explain that ‘the frogs’ need to try and turn the fly pictures over so that the frogs are uppermost while ‘the flies’ need to try and turn the frog pictures over so that the flies are uppermost.
4. While the children are running around turning over the pieces of paper, play the lively music.
5. After two or three minutes, stop the music and count how many flies and frogs are uppermost. The team with the most pictures showing is the winning team. If you have time play the game again. You could make the game slightly harder by allowing players to use only one hand.
5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father God we think about this story. We imagine the chaos and devastation as each plague struck Egypt... the frogs, the flies and the hail. We think about Moses' visiting the palace over and over again, asking Pharaoh to let your people go, and each time Pharaoh's stubborn answer: ‘No’.
Father help us not to be like Pharaoh with his hard heart, determined to get his own way. Instead help us to be people who are willing to do what pleases you. Help us to listen to good advice and trust that you will always show us what is the good and right thing to do.
Father, thank you that today we can be sure you will not send plagues and storms. Thank you that instead we can be certain that, because Jesus lived, died and rose again, everybody, everywhere can now know the comfort that you showed the Israelites in the midsts of difficulties.
Father we thank you for your great love and your protection in the midst of trouble. Amen.
With younger children, or during a shorter session you may wish to select just one or two phrases from the reflective prayer.
Alongside this story, make the craft...