Baby Moses and the River: Kids Bible Lesson

Story of Moses Bible Lessons

This is the 1st lesson of a 5-part series based on the life of Moses. For each story, we are uploading two versions. One is designed for preschoolers and the other for elementary aged children.  Click here to view the index.

This free Children’s Church lesson plan was first written for elementary aged students. It covers the story of Moses’ birth and the river. This material could also be used as the Bible lesson for children’s Sunday school. Be sure to consider your own ministry context and modify it as needed. There is also a preschool version of this lesson plan.

Bible Story: Baby Moses and the River
Scripture: Exodus 1:22-2:10
Target Age Group: Age 6 – 11 (U.S. Kindergarten – 5th Grade)
Learning Context: Children’s Church
Target Time Frame: 60 minutes
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Learning Objectives: After this lesson, the children will demonstrate and understanding of how Moses was saved by retelling the story.

Target Age: Kindergarten – 5th

Items Needed:

  • Bible: Exodus 1:22-2:10. There is a detailed explanation below to help bring out some of the important parts of the story.
  • 1 basket template per child (from DLTK website) already put together for the children – print on cardstock to make it sturdier, 6 construction paper strips per child, tape
  • Crayons, glue, cotton balls, 1/4 sheet of construction paper per child, 1 circle per child (for baby Moses’ head)

Worship: Use Moses Songs (extra print out) to lead the children to sing before the Bible lesson.

Teaching Plan: Moses and the River

Welcome Activity: Welcome activities are things to have out for the children to do as they are arriving for class. These activities will get them engaged as soon as they arrive and will help the transition from their parents.

Have the children use items in the room to set up an obstacle course. This will be completed during the Bible Lesson Introduction.

Worship: Moses Songs

Bible Lesson Introduction: Have the children take turns completing the obstacle course. This represents the Nile River and somewhat of what it would have been for Moses in the basket floating down the river.

Bible Lesson

Have the children open their Bibles Exodus 1:22. To help them find it, use the following questions. Answers are in italics.

  • Which part of the Bible is Exodus in? Old Testament
  • What book of the Old Testament is Exodus? #2

Read Exodus 1:22-2:10 (NIV) aloud to the children.
Then Pharaoh gave an order to all of his people. He said, “You must throw every baby boy into the Nile River. But let every baby girl live.”

A man and a woman from the tribe of Levi got married. She became pregnant and had a son by him. She saw that her baby was a fine child. So she hid him for three months.

After that, she couldn’t hide him any longer. So she got a basket that was made out of the stems of tall grass. She coated it with tar. Then she placed the child in it. She put the basket in the tall grass that grew along the bank of the Nile River. The child’s sister wasn’t very far away. She wanted to see what would happen to him.
Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile River to take a bath. Her attendants were walking along the bank of the river. She saw the basket in the tall grass. So she sent her female slave to get it.

When she opened it, she saw the baby. He was crying. She felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.

Then his sister spoke to Pharaoh’s daughter. She asked, “Do you want me to go and get one of the Hebrew women? She could nurse the baby for you.”

“Yes. Go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother.

Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby. Nurse him for me. I’ll pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him.

When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter. And he became her son. She named him Moses. She said, “I pulled him out of the water.”

Discuss Bible Lesson
Then Pharaoh gave an order to all of his people. He said, “You must throw every baby boy into the Nile River. But let every baby girl live.”

Pharaoh gives a horrible law to kill all Hebrew baby boys

A man and a woman from the tribe of Levi got married. She became pregnant and had a son by him. She saw that her baby was a fine child. So she hid him for three months. After that, she couldn’t hide him any longer. So she got a basket that was made out of the stems of tall grass. She coated it with tar. Then she placed the child in it. She put the basket in the tall grass that grew along the bank of the Nile River.

A Hebrew woman gave birth to a son and hid him from the Egyptians for 3 months. To save her baby, she put him in a basket in the Nile River (which isn’t the nicest of rivers).

The child’s sister wasn’t very far away. She wanted to see what would happen to him.

The baby’s sister watched to see what would happen to her baby brother. Do any of you have baby brothers or sisters? What would you do/be feeling if that was you?

Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile River to take a bath. Her attendants were walking along the bank of the river. She saw the basket in the tall grass. So she sent her female slave to get it.

When she opened it, she saw the baby. He was crying. She felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.

Pharaoh’s daughter finds the baby. She must be a compassionate person because it says that she felt sorry for him. Who wouldn’t feel bad for a crying baby?

Then his sister spoke to Pharaoh’s daughter. She asked, “Do you want me to go and get one of the Hebrew women? She could nurse the baby for you.”

What a brave girl! She, a Hebrew, went up to talk to an Egyptian! And not just any Egyptian! Royalty!

“Yes. Go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother.

Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby. Nurse him for me. I’ll pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him.

So the baby’s sister went to get the baby’s mother to take care of him. She was able to keep him longer, legally, and probably even got paid for it! God really had His hand on this situation!

When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter. And he became her son. She named him Moses. She said, “I pulled him out of the water.”

Moses was the baby in the basket!

Bible Lesson Activities

Activity: Weave a Basket

“What was our Bible lesson about today? (allow for responses) Right, a mother put her baby into a basket. We are going to make our own basket. We will get it started now and then finish it a little later. Is everyone ready?”

• Give each child a basket template and 6 construction paper strips
• Demonstrate to the children how to weave a strip of construction paper in and out of the template (Allow them to make it their own – it won’t be perfect. Just encourage them so that they don’t get frustrated.)

Activity: Bible Verse Memorization
“So she got a basket that was made out of the stems of tall grass. She coated it with tar. Then she placed the child in it.” Exodus 2:3 (New International Reader’s Version)

Have the children do the following hand motions along with repeating the words after you, to help them learn the Bible Verse:

So she got a basket: make the shape of a basket with your hands
That was made: roll hands around each other as though making something
Out of the stems of tall grass: wiggle fingers in front of body
She coated it with tar: place one hand on top of the other
Then she placed the child in it: act as though you are placing the baby in the basket

Do this a few times with the children. Make it fun for them to do the motions and say the words. Involving them in active learning is essential for memorization.

Activity: Finish the Basket
• Have the children color their basket (very carefully)
• Let them glue cotton balls on the bottom of their basket
• Help them glue Moses’ head on the bottom of their basket
• Help them glue the ¼ sheet of construction paper as Moses’ blanket
• When they are finished, help them hold their basket by the handles

Evaluation:
Have the children retell the story to a friend.


Comments

  1. FAKEYE E. I. says

    This is an excellent lesson. I plan to USE MOST OF YOUR LESSONS in my teachings! I’m sure my SUNDAY SCHOOL KIDS classes will enjoy them.
    Thanks for all you do!

  2. will says

    I really enjoy your craft and activity ideas in your lessons. I plan on using this lesson series this month. One critique, or question I have is this; as I was reading the lesson I was wondering what the main point is that they can take home? I am a youth pastor, Children’s Church teacher, and have 3 very young children, and found that if there is not a biblical truth then it is simply more information and not life changing. I do not want to sound harsh, (that is not my intent whatsoever), it is just something that i have observed working with teens, and with my kids. So i guess what would help me, and possibly others, is to see what spiritual truth, whether big or small, you are desiring to teach with the lesson more clearly. Very well laid out and organized though. I REALLY do appreciate your time and dedication to provide these materials to other fellow children’s ministers. Thank you.

    • Maaret says

      These are amazing lessons on this website. I do take the point raised by Will, I never thought about that before. I think I will say to the children that it takes courage to place a baby in the river. The Nile river has crocodiles, birds, snakes. (I might show pictures of these animals and ask the group to identify them).

      So, to place a baby in the river (instead of leaving the baby’s fate in human hands) is to trust God completely. So in our life, when we know for certain what lays ahead or we don’t – which might be bad or sad, we need to place our trust in God, if you like, place our life in that reed basket, and trust God. also see Psalm 146:3

  3. Angala says

    I have really enjoyed using your resources to teach junior worship hour. It has made my preparation time easier, makes give thought to lessons I hadn’t taught before, and makes my lessons more refreshing. Thank you for sharing. The kids love them too.

  4. Bettye Neal says

    This is an excellent lesson. I plan to incoroporate in my teachings! I’m sure my class will enjoy!
    Thanks for all you do!

  5. LYNN PETERS says

    I love your site.
    question. Where is the template for the basket in the elementary “Babay Moses” lesson?

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