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Moses Object Lesson for Mother’s Day Explores God’s Loving Care

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A Moses object lesson is a special part of this Mother’s Day children’s message. Sunday school kids carefully pass around a large sheet of tissue paper. While doing so, they explore how God takes care of us through other people.

Have fun sharing this Mother’s Day message and Moses object lesson with children!

Preparation

Scripture: Exodus 2:1-10

Supplies:

  • Bible
  • large sheet of tissue paper (1 for every 10-12 kids)

Mother’s Day Message

Open your Bible to Exodus 2 and show kids the words.

Say: Let’s explore a story in the Bible that shows how God takes care of us through others. We’ll find out how God worked through special women in Moses’ life to keep him safe during a scary time.

First here’s a little background. God’s people, the Israelites, lived in Egypt. But the Pharaoh in charge of Egypt was really mean. He enslaved the Israelites. That means he didn’t let them live their lives freely. And that’s really bad!

Plus, Pharaoh tried to kill all the baby boys. He harmed the Israelites in terrible ways. That’s really bad, too.

But God took care of his people. And one way he did that was through other people.

Let’s see what happened when a baby boy named Moses was born.

Read Exodus 2:2-3.

Say: Remember, baby boys were in danger! But Moses’ mom tried her best to take care of him. That meant hiding him in a basket in the Nile River. So let’s be the Nile River. We’ll all sit in a curvy line like a river. (If you have a lot of kids, form multiple lines of 10 to 12 people each.)

Say: Lots of dangerous things are in the river. The basket could spring a leak, and the baby could drown. Hungry crocodiles might be looking for a snack. Scary water snakes could strike. And hippos might charge and attack!

Moses Object Lesson for Children

Say: But we want to take care of the baby. Hold up a large sheet of tissue paper.

We’ll pretend this tissue paper is the basket holding baby Moses. Pass it very carefully so it doesn’t tear or wrinkle. Allow time for kids to pass the tissue paper back and forth down the river.

After a few times back and forth, let kids continue passing the paper. Say: While Moses’ basket floated in the river, Moses’ sister, Miriam, watched to make sure he stayed safe. God takes care of us through others.

It wasn’t long before something happened. Something that could be just as dangerous as a crocodile or water snake.

Read Exodus 2:5-6.

Then carefully take the tissue paper back. Say: You cared for this paper so far. But oh, no! Pharaoh’s daughter found Moses! Pharaoh was the one trying to kill all the baby boys!

But God takes care of us through others. Miriam saw this happen and had an idea.

Read Exodus 2:7-9.

Say: Let’s sit in a circle and take turns rocking the tissue paper as if it’s a baby. Allow time for kids to rock the tissue paper.