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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

*Almost* edible 10 Plagues study ~ The Plague of Hail & Fire

Imagine the worst storm you have been in, now picture it being 10 thousand times worst with hail. But not just any old hail, but fire encased hail. Yep, that is what the Lord brought down on the land of Egypt during the 7th plague.

Little balls of fire filled hail fell from the sky during this 7th plague and killed all that were out in the fields, animals and all. Well, only the Egyptians because the Israelites in Goshen were spared from the storm.

Today’s edible plague was fun. I picked Hot Tamales Candies to represent the fire and big marshmallows to represent the hail. Before starting this plague, the candies and marshmallows were mixed together, but this morning after reading my Jewish friends post on my Instagram about how the fire was encased inside the hail I knew I wanted to make it more realistic. So, I cut the marshmallows in half and stuck a Hot Tamale inside of it. The gooiness of the marshmallow made the candy stick to it even better.

The kids were not too thrilled with the Hot Tamales. Well, at least McKenzie and Micah were not and they made sour faces to prove it. Mikayla and Montana enjoyed eating the fiery cinnamon flavored candies. Since the candies have been mixed in with the marshmallows since last week, the marshmallows took on the cinnamon flavor as well.

As I read from Exodus 9:13-35 New International Version (NIV), the girls and Micah snacked on their treats and began to color the craft for the day which was a Hail mobile.
The Plague of Hail
13 “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning, confront Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me14 or this time I will send the full force of my plagues against you and against your officials and your people, so you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth. 15 For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the earth. 16 But I have raised you up[a] for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. 17 You still set yourself against my people and will not let them go. 18 Therefore, at this time tomorrow I will send the worst hail storm that has ever fallen on Egypt, from the day it was founded till now.
19 Give an order now to bring your livestock and everything you have in the field to a place of shelter, because the hail will fall on every person and animal that has not been brought in and is still out in the field, and they will die.’”
20 Those officials of Pharaoh who feared the word of the Lord hurried to bring their slaves and their livestock inside. 21 But those who ignored the word of the Lord left their slaves and livestock in the field.
22 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that hail will fall all over Egypt—on people and animals and on everything growing in the fields of Egypt.” 23 When Moses stretched out his staff toward the sky, the Lord sent thunder and hail, and lightning flashed down to the ground. So the Lord rained hail on the land of Egypt; 24 hail fell and lightning flashed back and forth. It was the worst storm in all the land of Egypt since it had become a nation.25 Throughout Egypt hail struck everything in the fields—both people and animals; it beat down everything growing in the fields and stripped every tree. 26 The only place it did not hail was the land of Goshen, where the Israelites were.
27 Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron. “This time I have sinned,”he said to them. “The Lord is in the right, and I and my people are in the wrong. 28 Pray to the Lord, for we have had enough thunder and hail. I will let you go; you don’t have to stay any longer.”
29 Moses replied, “When I have gone out of the city, I will spread out my hands in prayer to the Lord. The thunder will stop and there will be no more hail, so you may know that the earth is the Lord’s. 30 But I know that you and your officials still do not fear the Lord God.”
31 (The flax and barley were destroyed, since the barley had headed and the flax was in bloom. 32 The wheat and spelt, however, were not destroyed, because they ripen later.)
33 Then Moses left Pharaoh and went out of the city. He spread out his hands toward the Lord; the thunder and hail stopped, and the rain no longer poured down on the land. 34 When Pharaoh saw that the rain and hail and thunder had stopped, he sinned again: He and his officials hardened their hearts. 35 So Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not let the Israelites go, just as the Lord had said through Moses.”

The craft was a fun one today. McKenzie especially enjoyed the coloring and gluing on cotton balls to her cloud. I did print this on cardstock because we were going to be gluing cotton balls on and I wanted it a little sturdier than regular copy paper would afford. Montana is normally the last one to finish coloring because she wants to color every detail, so Mikayla and I worked ahead and strung the balls of hail with some cool elastic cord I found last year.

We ended up hanging the girl’s clouds of hail from the light fixture. It just so happens that the light fixture is over our classroom globe. The girls had a great geography discussion of what was being rained down upon with hail and fire as they spun the globe.

And just like that we have completed 7 out of the 10 plagues! This study has been so great. The hands-on learning has really helped my girls retain the information. Especially McKenzie. She was able to narrate back to our Auntie and cousin over the weekend about the first 5 plagues that we had covered last week. They were quite impressed with her knowledge of the plagues!

Join us again tomorrow as we start our decent of the last 3 plagues in which the Lord mocks the Egyptians. Have you missed a post? Check out the links down below and catch up.
*Almost* Edible Plagues
 River to blood ~Nile River {bottled} water and Hawaiian punch packet
Frogs ~ gummy green and white frogs
Lice ~ black jelly beans
Flies ~ toy flies
Livestock ~ Mother’s pink and white animal cookies

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