Saturday, March 30, 2013

Passover - The 10 Plagues

This year, for Passover, we decided to make the 10 Plagues of Egypt fun for the kids. (I know...plagues aren't supposed to be fun...) Rebecca read each plague to them while I set up an illustration of each one.

The First Plague: The Nile turned to blood.
"Phew! That water stinks!"
Plague 2: Frogs. They got to imagine what it would be like stepping all over frogs and dealing with them in our beds and kitchen. Olivia spent a couple of hours making origami frogs with no idea the reason behind it.
Plague 3: Gnats!
Plague 4: Flies

We talked about how 6 flies could make 6,000,000 in just a couple of days.
Plague 5: The Death of the Livestock. The animals lying down are the ones in Egypt that all died while the others and those in Goshen.
Plague 6: Boils! The actually did bother  a couple of the kids. The double-sided tape was itchy.

Plague 7: Hail! Foam practice golf balls worked as a great illustration.
Plague 8: Locusts! We didn't have enough grasshopper toys, so we spread cereal on the  floor so it would be crunchy, like a housefull of locusts.

Plague 9: Darkness!
Certainly one of the most entertaining plagues, at least for us watching the kids bump  into everything.
Plague 10: The Death of the First-born of Egypt. This is what Passover is really about. We talked about how God gave the Israelites protection from death by the shedding of lamb's blood and how Jesus was a Passover lamb for us, giving us protection from spiritual death by shedding His blood for us.

"The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt." Exodus 12:13

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