Saturday, April 4, 2015

Moses Climbs Mt. Sinai

Moses Climbs Mt. Sinai
Exodus 19 - 20

Moses gets to climb Mt. Sinai (with the help of a few strings).  Watch the video to see the full effect.

  1. Print and cut out the Moses in color or in black and white.  Then Ten Commandments are not connected.  This is on purpose so that when you begin telling the story (when Moses is at the bottom of the mountain), he does not have the Ten Commandments. When he reaches the top, tape the Ten Commandments onto his hands and help him "climb" down.
  2. Cut two pieces of a straw about 2 inches long.
  3. Tape the straw to the back of Moses at a slant.  Make sure the widest part of the slant is at the bottom. See picture below.

  1. Cut two pieces of string around 22 inches long.
  2. Slide one piece of string through one straw.
  3. Tie a bead on the end of the string so it won't go back through the straw.
  4. Repeat those steps for the other string.
  5. Tie the other end of the strings to a popsicle type stick that has grooves in it so it won't slide on the stick.  (See picture below.  These sticks were found at Hobby Lobby.)

  1. Cut another piece of string about 12 inches long. 
  2. Tie it around the center of the stick but tie the string in one large loop like a necklace or bracelet.  Since there is no groove on the stick to hold it in place, tape it in place.
  3. This string can be hung on a doorknob and Moses can climb there (without the mountain).  This is what I do when I allow the children to make one of these to take home.  They don't make a mountain.
  4. To make Moses climb, pull on each string alternately like in the video.  
  5. To let Moses come back down from Mt. Sinai, just let the natural weight of Moses slide down the string by letting the string go.

The Moses pattern was made with clip art from the book Bible Story Clip and Copy Patterns by Corbin Hillam.  This is one of my favorite books to use as patterns for many, many things!  This precious book is no longer in print, so Mr. Hillam has graciously allowed me to give you the pattern for free.  He has produced a CD with the art from this book.  The drawings are fantastic!  If you would like to purchase a CD for $15, you can contact him at  It is well worth the money!  Other items by him can be seen at
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Cake Decorations as King's Palace

We used cake decorating steps and cake decorating pedestals to make a storytelling prop for telling stories that include king's or queens.  This could be used for the story of Esther, Hezekiah's Illness, or many other stories with kings and queens. Pin It

Aaron's' Staff Turns to Snake Storytelling

Aaron's Staff Turns to a Snake
Exodus 7:8-13
I found these large plastic snakes in the toy section of Dollar Tree.  (I found some similar ones that are much, much smaller in the birthday party favor section.) When telling the story, I give each of the children one of the small ones.  They hold it so that you can only see the blank yellow side.  This is the "staff" or "rod".  

I use the larger snake. Actually, I purchased two of them, disconnected the head from one of them, and joined the two snakes to make one really long one. I hold the head in my hand and let the rest fall straight down by my side showing the blank side.  This is Aaron's rod.

When I throw down my "rod", I make sure to turn it so that it falls with the snake skin showing.  My rod turned into a snake.

Then Pharoah's magicians did the same thing.  So the children toss theirs down and all of theirs become snakes as well. 

I let the children take the little snakes home so they can retell the story.

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Jesus Heals the Ten Lepers Shadow Story

Jesus Heals the Ten Lepers
Luke 17:11-19

This story is told using an overhead projector.  
  1. Print the pattern pieces.
  2. Cut out the people.  Print six of the people standing in a group with their arms down.
  3. Using a hole punch, punch leprosy dots out of four of those pictures of people standing in a group with their arms down.
  4. Turn the overhead projector on and show only the pieces listed above when telling the story.
  5. Pulling the overhead projector backwards makes the people look more life- size if you want.  
Click on the top picture to print out the instruction page.

Special thanks to Beverly Scott for permission to share the Shadows of Imaginality patterns!

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