Parting of the Red Sea
By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 7 and up
Make this recreation of the biblical story where Moses parts the Red Sea to allow the freed Jewish slaves to escape from Egypt. What a fun way to teach children about this story of faith.
What you'll need:
- 8 ½” x 11” piece of cardboard
- ½” thick piece of floral foam (cut from foam brick)
- Felt in various colors
- 6-8 miniature craft sticks
- 3” piece of brown skinny chenille
- Flesh-colored acrylic paint (optional)
- 1 roll of blue cellophane
- White craft glue
- Black marker
How to make it:
- Glue foam to the center of the cardboard.
- Cut a strip of cellophane from the roll about 8” wide.
- Fold strip of cellophane in half. Cover one side of cardboard with cellophane, wrap underneath and glue all in place. Repeat on the other side.
- Paint craft sticks with flesh-colored paint. This step is optional if you are already happy with the natural color of the craft sticks.
- Cut squares of felt about 3” x 3”. Wrap around the craft sticks as robes, trim where needed.
- Use black marker to dot on eyes.
- Bend top of chenille stem into a cane shape.
- Insert craft stick people into floral foam. Stick “Moses” into the floral foam at the end as he stays behind to hold the red Sea open until all freed slaves have passed through. Insert chenille cane into foam right next to Moses.
- Cut two more strips of cellophane, again about 8” wide each. Fold accordion style (make the fold about 3” wide) and glue together along one end only so that the other end will be open and rounded. This will be to the top of the waves that are parted.
- Put a line of glue where the floral foam and the cellophane covered cardboard meet. Press closed end of “wave” into glue.
- Cut small pieces of cellophane into squares 1” – 2” wide. Place a dot of glue on the back of the square (curled ends should point upward) and glue down to the cellophane sides.
- Colored cellophane can be found at party supply and craft supply stores.
- Use this fun project as a teaching aid for Sunday school.
- Use as many craft sticks as your children would like, just place them closer together in the foam.