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Monday, April 11, 2016

*Almost* edible 10 Plagues Study ~ The Plague of Blood

This week during our Morning Time Recitations we are starting an in-depth look at the 10 Plagues of Egypt. I knew going in I wanted to make it fun for the girls by making it an edible study, because who doesn't like to eat sweets and learn about the Bible at the same time.

The 10 Plagues

Exodus 7:14–24  {River to blood}
Exodus 8:1–15 {Frogs}
Exodus 8:16–19 {Lice}
Exodus 8:20–32 {Flies}
Exodus 9:1–7 {Cattle}
Exodus 9:8–12 {Boils}
Exodus 9:13–35 {Hail & Fire}
Exodus 10:1–20 {Grasshoppers/crickets}
Exodus 10:21–29 {Darkness}
Exodus 11:4–612:29–33 {First born son}

My plan was simple, find edible equivalents to each of the ten plagues and find some fun crafts for the girls to complete too. Except, I had to draw the line at locusts, not doing chocolate covered locusts or flies for that matter in this house, just.not.happening. I was able to gather all of the items to fill our containers at the supermarket or the Dollar Tree. I will share the contents of our containers as we go through each plague.

For day 1  it was all about turning our Nile River (bottled) water into blood. With the help of a flavored Hawaiian Punch packet we were able to do just that. First I read aloud the background of the whole story, a simplified version for McKenzie, who has heard the story before but needed refresher.

Next I read aloud from Exodus 7:14-24: 

The Plague of Blood

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is unyielding; he refuses to let the people go. 15 Go to Pharaoh in the morning as he goes out to the river. Confront him on the bank of the Nile, and take in your hand the staff that was changed into a snake. 16 Then say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the wilderness. But until now you have not listened. 17 This is what the Lord says: By this you will know that I am the Lord: With the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood. 18 The fish in the Nile will die, and the river will stink; the Egyptians will not be able to drink its water.’”
19 The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt—over the streams and canals, over the ponds and all the reservoirs—and they will turn to blood.’ Blood will be everywhere in Egypt, even in vessels[a] of wood and stone.”
20 Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord had commanded. He raised his staff in the presence of Pharaoh and his officials and struck the water of the Nile, and all the water was changed into blood. 21 The fish in the Nile died, and the river smelled so bad that the Egyptians could not drink its water. Blood was everywhere in Egypt.
22 But the Egyptian magicians did the same things by their secret arts,and Pharaoh’s heart became hard; he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said. 23 Instead, he turned and went into his palace, and did not take even this to heart. 24 And all the Egyptians dug along the Nile to get drinking water, because they could not drink the water of the river."

While I read the girls worked on their first craft project, seeing the water of the Nile River they colored turn to blood for themselves. I found this and the other crafts we will be creating on this great website filled with awesome Bible crafts and printables.

To complete this craft first I printed the template found on the website onto regular printer paper with the main image on one side and a duplicate river on the back.


The girls then colored the land, sand, pyramids, mountains, and sky using colored pencils or crayons leaving the river untouched. When the picture was complete, they lightly colored the river blue with a colored pencil. 

Then we outlined the river with glue and filled in the middle. I think we used a little too much glue on McKenzie's, but it still worked in the end. {I wonder if this trick would still work if a glue stick was used instead of white glue}.

After lunch when the glue had dried, the girls flipped their pictures over and colored in the outline river completely red with a red marker. Flipping the paper back over and holding it up to the light revealed a red river, but we were not done quite yet.

In a small bowl I poured about a tablespoon of regular vegetable oil and the girls used a paint brush to brush small amounts of the oil over the blue river. As the oil was absorbed into the paper, the red marker began to show through turning the river to "blood".

I also printed and laminated these fun printables from 1plus1plus1equals1 and we reenacted being Pharaoh and Moses. Montana loved being Pharaoh and she made the funniest faces saying "NO!" McKenzie keeps telling up that tomorrow she will be Pharaoh.

All in all we had a blast learning about this first plague. The girls are looking forward to the next ten days as we learn about the rest of the Plagues that God brought down upon the Egyptians. I hope you will join us!


*Almost* Edible Plagues
 River to blood ~Nile River {bottled} water and Hawaiian punch packet
Frogs ~ gummy green and white frogs

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