Moses’ Helpers: Sunday School Introductory Activity

The bible background for Moses’ Helpers Sunday School lesson is found in Exodus 17:8-16.

As a lead-in activity, I thought of something that would get the kids interested in what the lesson was about without giving away the content of the lesson until it was time.

The girl in this picture has her hand raised.  Kids have to raise their hands in school all the time. They all know how hard it can get to keep holding your hand in the air for a long period of time.  As a teacher, I have frequently seen them resting their hands on their head when they are waiting for a turn to talk.

For the lead-in activity, I plan to have a prize that they kids will really want.  This might even be a “fun size” chocolate candy bar or something like that.  I want a prize that they will really like but is still not expensive.

I plan to announce to the kids that we are going to have a competition.  The winner of the competition will get the prize.  You have probably already figured it out.  The competition is to see who can hold their arms up in the air the longest.  If your hands drop below the top of your head, you are out.  If you rest your hands or arms on your head, even for a second, you are out.  If you drop your hands, even for a second, you are out.

This competition shouldn’t take very long.  The last person with their arms still raised wins the prize. I will also time the competition.

I plan to talk about how hard it was to keep your arms in the air for that long.  Then, I will divide the students into groups of three.  One of the students will sit in a chair while the other two students in their group stand on each side of them.  The two standing students will hold up the arms of the third student.  I will use the timer from before and time them for as long as the winner was able to hold their arms in the air alone.  Every group should be able to “win” now by working together.

Next, I will talk about how much easier it was to win the prize when you had helpers. I will give everyone the same small prize. You can decide how to handle it in your own classroom, but my plan is to give the original winner a second prize at this time. That person won twice.  I think it is important to teach kids that hard work is important and to teach them that the amount of hard work you do determines entitlement.  (But, that’s a sermon for a different day.)

This activity will easily lead into the lesson of how Aaron and Hur helped Moses by supporting his arms when he needed help.

Moses Helpers

 Moses Helpers:  Sunday School Introductory Activity

Michelle Rogers

Michelle holds a graduate degree in Curriculum and Technology as well as an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. Having been in the Assembly of God affiliation of churches for her entire life, she easily incorporates the knowledge of how kids learn into the way churches should be showing the gospel to kids. Her work experience includes elementary school teacher, preschool teacher, day care director, children's pastor, Missionettes coordinator, Sunday School teacher, and online college instructor. On the side, she blogs, reads and creates new web applications with PHP, mySQL, JavaScript and more.
 Moses Helpers:  Sunday School Introductory Activity
 Moses Helpers:  Sunday School Introductory Activity

5 thoughts on “Moses’ Helpers: Sunday School Introductory Activity

  1. This is a great lesson plan. Everyone needs help from time to time. It is great that you are teaching kids that some things take hard work. By giving them a reward at the end, it teaches them that hard work pays off. Please be sure to tell us how many succeed.

  2. This would be a great way to teach this lesson. I do like the other lesson too though where teammates help the leader hold his arms up. It is hard to keep your arms up. You always see kids supporting one arm with their other arm. You would certainly be able to teach this lesson this way. Perhaps all the kids that held it up for a set time period could get a treat.

  3. I like what you came up with. I especially like the bit at the end where you plan to reward the hard worker a second time. Sometimes there ARE unexpected rewards for hard work.

    This lesson also lends itself to discussing how pride can prevent us from accomplishing the tasks God has in store for us. If we are too prideful to ask for or accept help, it can lead to failure. I know a lot of us adults are very guilty of thinking we are too good to ask for help!

    • I like your idea about including a lesson on how pride can get in our way. Maybe there can be a segment where no help in volunteered unless someone asks for it. I’ll think about that.

  4. I love this activity. It sounds so fun. :)

    I remember the first time I read this passage in the Bible when I was 14 years old. I could identify with how hard it is to keep your arm up in the air for so long.

    Sometimes, God provides directly. Sometimes, He uses someone else to support us, to hold our arms up, so to speak. We’re meant to support each other in the Body of Christ, and this is such a great lesson to realize that.

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