Alphabet Wall: Making…x is for exodus
This reminded me of secondary school topography map work.
And despite it taking a much longer time to prepare than most other Alphabet wall crafts, with DH and me complaining of aching fingers from crayoning large sections of desert, it has been fun in that we too, have now learnt the route of the exodus from Egypt. 🙂
You will need the following materials: Artblock sheets, marker, crayons, scissors, craft foam, glue.
1. On an artblock sheet, draw with the marker, a map of the Israelites’ journey. I drew two versions – one large one for ourselves to use as a teaching aid, and two smaller ones for DD and DS to colour.
2. Colour in the different parts of the land – we used brown for the tall mountains, orange for the lower mountains, pale orange for the desert, blue for waters and green for the plains of Canaan.
3. With the scissors, cut out two x’s from the craft foam (one for the large storyboard, one for your child’s piece).
4. Also cut a picture of a crowd to use as a prop. (We pasted the picture of the crowd on craft foam backing to make it more durable for preschooler and toddler hands to handle.)
5. Walk the crowd through the route of the exodus on your storyboard.
6. Have your child colour their own maps and stick their own x’s to mark God’s promised land. We let DS do his own thing but I was happy to quietly observe DD following the colour coding on the larger map fairly independently.
And drew Pharaoh’s soldiers chasing the Israelites as well.
Psalm 111 1 Praise the LORD. I will extol the LORD with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly. 2 Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them. 3 Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever. 4 He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and compassionate. 5 He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. 6 He has shown his people the power of his works, giving them the lands of other nations. 7 The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. 8 They are steadfast for ever and ever, done in faithfulness and uprightness. 9 He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever— holy and awesome is his name. 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise. *****
Note to parents:
Many Bible stories can be retold from this same map (crossing the Red Sea, the Ten Commandments at Sinai, wandering in the desert, Moses on Mt Nebo, crossing the River Jordan, etc.) so it’s worth the effort of backing the map with cardboard or laminating to make it sturdier for repeated use.
Fill in as many location details as you see fit for your own teaching needs.