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The Plague Of Flies

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Todays crafts are based on the fourth plague on Egypt, the plague of flies.

“Then the Lord did so. And there came great swarms of flies into the house of Pharaoh and the houses of his servants and the land was laid waste because of the swarms of flies in all the land of Egypt.” Exodus 8:24

Fly Straw Rocket

The Plague Of Flies Fly Straw Rocket

Instructions

  1. Print and color template. (Template)
  2. Cut out each piece and glue them onto a piece of construction paper.
  3. Cut out both pieces from the construction paper.
  4. Glue the rim of both pieces together and stopping at the bottom of the wings. DO NOT add glue to the center of the pieces.
  5. Cut a straw into two pieces.
  6. When the fly is dry stick the straw inside the fly and blow up the fly. The air pressure will propel the fly forward.

Fly String Toy

The Plague Of Flies Fly String Toy

Instructions

  1. Print the template onto cardstock. (Template)
  2. Assemble the clothespin piece. (Disassemble the clothespin. Glue the two wooden pieces together. Glue the metal piece to the top. Finally glue a small item between the legs of the clothes pin, something to give it some weight. I used a metal screw.)
  3. Color and cut out both flies.
  4. Color the clothespin black.
  5. Glue a the flies to the clothespin. One on each side.
  6. Cut a piece of yarn or string to your desired length. Stick the string in the metal bracket on the top of the clothespin.

Hold one side of the string higher than the other and the fly will slide down the string. As it slides down the string it will sway side to side giving the illusion that it is flying.

Pepper Fly

The Plague Of Flies Pepper Fly

Instructions

  1. Print the template. (Template)
  2. Add glue to the pieces except the eyes and wings.
  3. Sprinkle coarse ground pepper on the glue. Tap any excess pepper off. (Use coarse ground pepper. DO NOT use the “fine powder” kind because your kids will be sneezing a lot.)
  4. Color in the eyes.
  5. When the pepper pieces dry, cut out all of the pieces.
  6. Assemble the fly by first gluing on the eyes. Next both wings and finally the top body piece.

The Plague Of Lice, Gnats, Fleas

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Todays crafts are based on the third plague on Egypt, the plague of lice, gnats, fleas.

The word used in Exodus to describe the third plague is כִּנִּים which can be translated as lice, gnats or fleas. So I decided not to pick one of these insects specifically and will leave it up to you to decide which one to use.

“They did so; and Aaron stretched out his hand with his staff, and struck the dust of the earth, and there were gnats on man and beast. All the dust of the earth became gnats through all the land of Egypt.” Exodus 8:17

Balloon Lice, Gnat, Flea 

The Plague Of Lice Balloon Lice 1

The Plague Of Lice Balloon Lice 2

Instructions

  1. Print the template onto cardstock. (Template)
  2. Color in the insect.
  3. Cut out the insect.
  4. Cut the solid line that is between the thorax and abdomen of the insect.
  5. Stick the lips/opening of a small water balloon through the cut you just made. It is better to pick a balloon color that matches the color of the insect. I only had green balloons that I could use for the example but having the colors match is best.

Your kids can now slightly blow up the balloons to help simulate the infestation and obviously the feeding these insects had over the Egyptians.

If you blow up the balloon most of the way, when you release the air the bugs will also scurry along the table.

Body Infestation

The Plague Of Lice Body Infestation

  1. Using a one hole punch, punch out many black or brown construction paper circles to represent the insects. You can also punch out red or pink circles to represent bug bites.
  2. Grab each individual circle and with a small dot of glue, glue them to your hands and arms.

Now your kids can pretend to be covered in these tiny insects.

The Ten Plagues Of Egypt

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Moses goes before the Pharaoh multiple times demanding he let the Israelites go. He did this in the name of God, “Let My people go, so that they may serve Me.” Exodus 5:1; 7:16; 8:1, 20; 9:1, 13; 10:3

Pharaoh  refuses to let the Israelites go. Moses warns Pharaoh that God will punish Egypt, but Pharaoh continued being stubborn.

As a result, God casts ten plagues upon the Egyptians. The ten plagues were a divine demonstration of God’s power and judgment designed to exalt God and force Pharaoh to “let my people go.”

This craft about the ten plagues of Egypt would be a great add-on to any Sunday School lesson. You can always  use the craft to re-tell the Bible story after your kids are done making it.

The Plagues Of Egypt

This craft will require some prep work.

To make this craft easier to do you can use stickers for day 2-5 and 8. For day 9 you can use large googly eyes. And for the last day you can paint on a thin line of red paint across the number ten, then slightly tilt the number and allow the paint to slowly drip down the number.

Instructions

  1. Print the templates. (Template)
  2. Cut out each image and trace it onto the colored construction paper of your choice. You do not have to exactly copy the numbers in the picture.
  3. Cut them out and glue them onto the designated number.
  4. Cut off any overhang of construction paper from the numbers.
  5. Glue the numbers onto  cardstock.
  6. Cut out the numbers. If you like you can leave a small white border around each number.

The Plague Of Blood

The Plague Of Frogs

The Plague Of Lice, Gnats, Fleas

The Plague Of Flies

The Plague On Livestock

The Plague Of Boils

The Plague Of Hail

The Plague Of Locusts 

The Plague Of Darkness

The Plague On The Firstborn

Grasshopper

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Grasshopper

Kids will love making this grasshopper craft.  This craft is very versatile and can be used for different Bible stories. It can be used for teaching the story of:

  • The twelve spies.
  • The ten plagues of Egypt.
  • John the Baptist.

Instructions

  1. Print the template onto a sheet of cardstock. (Template)
  2. Cut out all of the pieces leaving a border of cardstock around each piece.
  3. Glue the pieces onto a sheet of black construction paper.
  4. Cut out all of the pieces.
  5. Glue each wing to the back of the grasshopper pieces.
  6. Take the rectangle piece and fold along both solid lines, making two creases.
  7. Add glue to one side of the rectangle piece and stick it on one of the grasshopper pieces, right between the thorax and the abdomen.
  8. Do the same thing with the other piece of grasshopper, making sure to line up both grasshopper pieces.  The legs will now be able to hold up the entire grasshopper.

Sheep Puppet

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Sheep Puppet

Kids will love making the sheep puppet and reenacting Bible stories. You can even use the puppet to teach your lesson. This craft is very versatile and can be used for different Bible stories. It can be used for:

  • The story of Cain and Abel’s offerings to God. (Genesis 4)
  • The description of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. (John 10:1-17)
  • The Biblical description of Jesus as The Lamb of God. (John 1:29-35)
  • Jesus sacrificial death. (Isaiah 53)
  • Psalm 23
  • The shepherds visiting Christ on the night of His birth. (Luke 2:7-20)
  • Israel’s practice of burnt offerings.
  • The Passover. (Exodus 12)
  • The story of David. (1 Samuel 17)
  • The description of false teachers and prophets as wolves in sheeps clothing. (Matthew 7:15-20)
  • Teaching about the final judgement. (Matthew 25:32-33)

Instructions

  1. Print the template page onto a sheet of cardstock. (Template)
  2. Color the arms.
  3. Cut out each piece.
  4. Glue the arms to the body of the sheep.
  5. Assemble the head by first gluing on the ears and then the top wool.
  6. Glue the head onto the body of the sheep.
  7. Finally cut out the two ovals to make the finger holes.

You can also glue pieces of cotton balls to the body and head of the sheep.