Sunday School Lesson

The Ten Plagues of Egypt

Exodus 4-14
Pharaoh refused to let the Israelites go, so God stretched out His mighty hand and struck the Egyptians with 10 plagues! In this lesson, put kids in the shoes of the Israelites and the Egyptians, and lead them to know that the God we worship is the one true God. Use this lesson to teach kids that if we truly believe in Him and want to enjoy His eternal blessings, we should obey Him.

Lesson Overview

1

Get Them Curious

Prepare kids for an exciting
learning journey.

Card Swap

Sunday School Lesson - Ten Plagues of Egypt 1

Swap cards with each other until everyone has 10 different plague cards.

2

Screen Time

Show kids a video on the
Bible story.

The Ten Plagues of Egypt

Sunday School Lesson - Ten Plagues of Egypt 2

Moses and the Exodus (Exodus 4-14), by Saddleback Kids

3

Make it Stick

Help kids remember the
Bible story.

Israelites and Egyptians

Sunday School Lesson - Ten Plagues of Egypt 3

Put kids in the shoes the Israelites and Egyptians and lead them to know the one true God.

4

Dig Deeper

Help kids grasp
the big idea.

Wriggly Snake Craft

Sunday School Lesson - Ten Plagues of Egypt 4

Make a wriggly snake and learn more about the one true God who turned Moses’ staff into a snake!

5

Walk the Talk

Help kids live out
the
big idea.

Simon Says

Sunday School Lesson - Ten Plagues of Egypt 5

Will you do what Simon says?

6

Take it Home

Send kids home with a concrete action plan and fun midweek activities.

Snakes and Ladders

The Ten Plagues of Egypt Take it Home-01

Color your own Snakes and Ladders game board and play the game with your family and friends.

Big Idea

Our God is the one true God.

Key Verse

Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it. Luke 11:28

Live it Out

We should obey the one true God.

This Sunday School Lesson requires some advance preparation. For a consolidated summary of preparation, supplies and free printables required, please scroll to the bottom of this lesson.

1. Get Them Curious – Card Swap

In this game, each child will be given 10 random plague cards. They must swap cards with each other until everyone has 10 different plague cards.

Remember to download the Ten Plagues of Egypt Cards.

Ten Plagues of Egypt Cards

 

You will need to print 1 copy for each child.
Cut out the cards from all the copies you printed and mix them up thoroughly.

 

Randomly distribute 10 cards to each child.
(Do not tell the kids that these are the 10 plagues of Egypt yet.)

Kids must go around swapping cards with other groups until everyone has 10 different cards.

 

Discuss: Looking at the cards in your hand, can anyone guess the title of today’s Bible story?

 

Say: Let’s watch a video on The Ten Plagues of Egypt.

 

Pray: Dear God, thank you for our game of Card Swap! Please help us learn more about you today and teach us how to live out today’s lesson! In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

2. Screen Time – The Ten Plagues of Egypt

This is our favorite YouTube video on The Ten Plagues of Egypt: https://youtu.be/rzcYLCYItuc
Before you begin, tell the children to pay attention to where the cards in their hand fit in the story.

3. Make it Stick – Israelites and Egyptians 

Discuss: What Bible story did we just watch?

Show Slide 1 (Sunday School Lesson Title & Bible Reference):
Sunday School Lesson - Ten Plagues of Egypt Slide1

Discuss:

  • Who is Moses? Where was he born?
  • Why did he run away from Egypt?
  • Why did God tell Moses to return to Egypt?
  • Who is Pharaoh?
  • How did Pharoah treat the Israelites?

Say:

  • Moses was an Israelite. He was born in Egypt and grew up there. But after making a big mistake (he killed an Egyptian), he ran away and went to live in Midian.
  • Pharaoh is the king of Egypt. He was mean to the Israelite people. He made them his slaves and treated them badly.
  • One day, God appeared to Moses from within a burning bush. God told Moses to go back to Egypt to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. God sent his brother Aaron to go with him.

Divide the class into 2 halves: Israelites and Egyptians.

Say:

  • When I point to the Israelites, that half of the class must say together:
    “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go!’”
  • When I point to the Egyptians, that half of the class must say together:
    “No, no, no! I will not let your people go!”

Have the kids practice saying their lines several times.

Say:

  • Let’s continue with our story from where we left off earlier.
  • Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh, as God had told them to.
  • They said to Pharaoh… (point to the Israelites)
  • And Pharaoh said… (point to the Egyptians)

Ask the “Egyptians”:

  • Why do you think Pharaoh said “no”? Did Pharaoh know God?
  • What did Pharaoh do to the Egyptians after speaking to Moses and Aaron?
    (They made the Israelites work even harder. Exodus 6-9)

Ask the “Israelites”:

  • How did the Israelites feel when this happened?
    (They became discouraged and angry with Moses and Aaron. Exodus 5:21)
  • At this point in time, did the Israelites believe that God was really going to deliver them out of Egypt?
    (No. They were discouraged.)

Say:

  • Moses cried out to God, and God assured Moses that He would deliver the Israelites out of slavery.
  • God told Moses to go to Pharaoh again.
  • So Moses and Aaron went to the Pharaoh again and said… (point to the Israelites)
  • And Pharaoh again said… (point to the Egyptians)

Ask the “Israelites”: What was the first miracle that God told Moses to perform before Pharaoh?”
(God told Moses to throw the staff down, and it became a snake. Exodus 7:8-10)

 

Ask the “Egyptians”: What did Pharaoh do in response to this?
(Pharaoh summoned his wise men and sorcerers, who also threw down their staffs and they also became snakes. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. Exodus 7:11-12)

 

Say: Pharaoh was not impressed with Moses, Aaron or God. He refused to let the Israelites go. But God was not done with him yet. God told Moses and Aaron to meet Pharaoh at the Nile River.

 

Have the everyone look at the 10 cards in their hands and hold up the card showing the first plague.

 

Ask the “Israelites”: Tell us about this first plague.

 

Say: After the first plague, Pharaoh still refused to let the Israelites go. So God sent 9 more plagues upon Egypt.

 

Have everyone look at the remaining 9 cards in their hands and arrange them in the sequence of the story.

When everyone is ready, show Slide 2 (Ten Plagues of Egypt):
Sunday School Lesson - Ten Plagues of Egypt Slide2

Briefly talk about each plague.

Say: Because Pharaoh refused to let the Israelites go, God sent 10 plagues upon Egypt. Then Pharaoh finally let the Israelites go.

 

Ask the “Israelites”: After the tenth plague, did the Israelites believe that God was really going to deliver them out of Egypt?
(Yes! God really did it!)

 

Ask the “Egyptians”: After the tenth plague, did the Egyptians believe that God had the power to deliver the Israelites out of Egypt?
(Yes!)

 

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4. Dig Deeper – Wriggly Snake Craft

Remember to download the Wriggly Snake Craft Printable (Snake’s Head and Tongue templates) and prepare all necessary materials in advance.
Wriggly Snake Craft Printable

 

Show kids a sample of the Wriggly Snake that you have made.

Ten Plagues of Egypt Sunday School Craft6

Tell kids they will be making their own Wriggly Snakes.

 

You will need for each child:

  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • 1 Snake Head
  • 1 Snake Tongue
  • Googly Eyes (or provide Markers to draw eyes)
  • 8 strips of paper of 2 different colors (i.e. 4 strips of 1 color and 4 strips of a different color).

How to make a Wriggly Snake:

1. Cut out 1 Snake Head and 1 Snake Tongue.
Glue the tongue and 2 Googly Eyes onto the Snake Head. Set this aside.

Ten Plagues of Egypt Sunday School Craft1

2. Glue 2 strips of different colored paper at a right angle:

Ten Plagues of Egypt Sunday School Craft2

3. Fold the strips of paper, accordion style:

Ten Plagues of Egypt Sunday School Craft3

4. When you reach the end of each strip, glue an additional strip of the same color to extend the length.

 

5. Continue folding and joining until you have reached the end of 8 strips of paper (4 strips of 2 different colors). Leaving 1 square to attach the Snake Head, glue the 2 ends together:
Ten Plagues of Egypt Sunday School Craft4

6. Cut off any excess paper at the end:

Ten Plagues of Egypt Sunday School Craft5

 

7. Glue on the Snake Head:
Ten Plagues of Egypt Sunday School Craft6

Discuss:

  • Do you like your Wriggly Snakes?
  • Do you remember the snakes in our today’s story? Tell us more.

Read Exodus 4:1-5

Discuss: Why did God turn Moses’ staff into a snake?

 

Read Exodus 4:29-31

Discuss: Did the Israelites believe that God sent Moses to bring them out of Egypt?

 

Read Exodus 7:8-13
Discuss: Did Pharaoh also believe that God sent Moses to bring the Israelites out of Egypt?

 

Say:

  • Pharaoh was mean to the Israelites, so God sent Moses to bring them out of Egypt.
  • But Pharaoh did not believe in the God of the Israelites.

Read Exodus 3:19-20 and Exodus 7:4-5

Discuss:

  • Why did God send the 10 plagues?
  • What can we conclude about God, who has the power to deliver the Israelites in this manner?

Say: Through the 10 plagues, God showed both the Israelites and the Egyptians that He is the one true God!

 

Show Slide 3 (Big Idea): 
Sunday School Lesson - Ten Plagues of Egypt Slide3

Have everyone read the slide.

5. Walk the Talk – Simon Says

One player will assume the role of “Simon” and shout out one instruction at a time.
For example, “Simon says, ‘stand on one leg.’”
The other players should only respond to those instructions prefaced by “Simon says”.

Players who respond to instructions not prefaced by “Simon says”, and those who did not respond to instructions prefaced by “Simon says”, are out.

 

The last person remaining becomes the next Simon.

 

The more creative “Simon” is in giving instructions, the more fun the game.

Examples:

  • Stick out your tongue and touch your nose
  • Bark like a dog
  • Do jumping jacks
  • Kiss the air
  • Roll over like a dog
  • Pretend to play the piano
  • Dance
  • Waddle like a duck
  • Jump like a frog
  • Comb your hair with your fingers

 

Discuss:

  • Did you enjoy this game? Why or why not?
  • Do you always do what your parents or teachers tell you to do? Why or why not?

Read Exodus 5:1-2

 

Discuss:

  • God told Pharaoh to let the Israelites go. Why did Pharaoh refuse to obey?
  • Why did Pharaoh finally let the Israelites go?

Say:

  • God is not only God of the Israelites. He rules over Egypt too! He is the one true God over all creation!
  • Before the plagues, Pharaoh and the Egyptians did not believe in God, and refused to obey God’s command to let the Israelites go.
  • But after the 10 plagues, Pharaoh and the Egyptians finally believed who God is! So Pharaoh quickly let the Israelites go!
  • There is one important part of this Bible story, that happened between the 9th and 10th plague, that was not shown in today’s video. Let’s read about this in the Bible.

 

Read Exodus 11:1 and Exodus 12:21-23

 

Say:

  • Before God sent the 10th plague, what did he tell the Israelites to do?
  • What would God do for those households that obeyed these instructions?
  • Would you have obeyed God if you were one of the Israelites? Why or why not?

 

Show Slide 4 (Key Verse): 
Sunday School Lesson - Ten Plagues of Egypt Slide4

Have everyone read the slide.

 

Discuss:

  • What is the Word of God?
  • According to this verse, what should we hear the word of God? Why?

Say:

  • The God that we worship is the one true God.
  • He is the almighty God who brought the 10 plagues upon Egypt and delivered the Israelites to the Promised Land.
  • Just as God loved the Israelites in this story, God loves us too! The Bible tells us that He loves us so much that He gave us His one and only Son – Jesus – so that we can be with Him forever!
  • If we truly believe in God, and if we want to enjoy God’s eternal blessings, we should obey God’s Word, the Bible.

Show Slide 5 (Live it Out): 
Sunday School Lesson - Ten Plagues of Egypt Slide5

Have everyone read the slide.

6. Take it Home – Snakes and Ladders

Say: Let’s recall all that we have learned today. Can you remember the title of today’s Bible Story?

Show Slide 1 again (Sunday School Lesson Title & Bible Reference):
Sunday School Lesson - Ten Plagues of Egypt Slide1

Have everyone read the slide.

 

Say: Can you remember today’s big idea?

Show Slide 3 again (Big Idea):
Sunday School Lesson - Ten Plagues of Egypt Slide3

Have everyone read the slide.

 

Say: Can you remember today’s key verse?

Show Slide 4 again (Key Verse): 
Sunday School Lesson - Ten Plagues of Egypt Slide4

Have everyone read the slide.

 

Say: How can we live out today’s lesson?

Show Slide 5 again (Live it Out): 
Sunday School Lesson - Ten Plagues of Egypt Slide5

Have everyone read the slide.

 

Say:

  • From today’s Bible story about the 10 plagues, we learned that the God we worship is the one true God!
  • God loves us and wants to bless us. If we truly believe in Him and want to enjoy His eternal blessings, we should obey Him.

If you have pre-believer kids in your class, you may like to do a Gospel presentation and invite them to put their faith in Jesus. Here are some resources that you may find helpful: https://www.letthelittlechildrencome.com/

 

Discuss:

  • Do you believe that our God is the one true God?
  • Will you obey Him?
  • How can you grow in obedience to God?
  • What are some things that He wants you to stop doing?
  • What are some things that He wants you to do?

Give each child a copy of The Ten Plagues of Egypt Take it Home Handout and the Snakes and Ladders Game Board

The Ten Plagues of Egypt Take it Home-01  The Ten Plagues of Egypt Take it Home-02

Snakes and Ladders Board

Say: Let’s fill in the Live it Out section on the first page. The other pages are for you to do at home. Tell me next week about what you did at home!

 

Give everyone some time to write down their Live it Out action plan before ending the lesson with this closing prayer:

Pray: Dear God, thank you for today’s Bible lesson on The Ten Plagues of Egypt. Thank you for showing us that You are the one true God! We believe in you! We want to obey you and enjoy your eternal blessings. Please help us to know You, love You and obey You more and more each day. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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Lesson Preparation and Supplies

Here’s a summary of all the preparation, supplies and free printables required for this lesson.

1

Get Them Curious

Prepare kids for an exciting
learning journey.

Card Swap

Sunday School Lesson - Ten Plagues of Egypt 1

Swap cards with each other until everyone has 10 different plague cards.

Download the Ten Plagues of Egypt Cards:
Ten Plagues of Egypt Cards

You will need to print 1 copy for each child.
Cut out the cards from all the copies you printed and mix them up thoroughly.

2

Screen Time

Show kids a video on the
Bible story.

The Ten Plagues of Egypt

Sunday School Lesson - Ten Plagues of Egypt 2

Moses and the Exodus (Exodus 4-14), by Saddleback Kids

Ensure that you can play this YouTube video:
Moses and the Exodus (Exodus 4-14), by Saddleback Kids
(Video URL: https://youtu.be/rzcYLCYItuc)

3

Make it Stick

Help kids remember the
Bible story.

Israelites and Egyptians

Sunday School Lesson - Ten Plagues of Egypt 3

Put kids in the shoes the Israelites and Egyptians and lead them to know the one true God.

Download Slide 1 (Sunday School Lesson Title & Bible Reference):
Sunday School Lesson - Ten Plagues of Egypt Slide1

 

Download Slide 2 (Ten Plagues of Egypt):
Sunday School Lesson - Ten Plagues of Egypt Slide2

4

Dig Deeper

Help kids grasp
the big idea.

Wriggly Snake Craft

Sunday School Lesson - Ten Plagues of Egypt 4

Make a wriggly snake and learn more about the one true God who turned Moses’ staff into a snake!

Make 1 Wriggly Snake in advance.
(Follow the instructions in “Dig Deeper” section above.)
You will need to show your Wriggly Snake to the children as a sample.

 

You will need for each Wriggly Snake:

  • 8 strips of paper of 2 different colors (i.e. 4 strips of 1 color and another 4 strips of a different color).
    You can cut a sheet of letter-sized colored paper into 8 long strips, so each strip will be about 1 x 11 inches
  • 1 Snake Head and 1 Snake Tongue
    You can download the Wriggly Snake Craft Printable (Snake’s Head and Tongue templates) and print on colored paper 
    Wriggly Snake Craft Printable

  • 2 Googly Eyes (or provide Markers for kids to draw eyes)
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Download Slide 3 (Big Idea):
Sunday School Lesson - Ten Plagues of Egypt Slide3

5

Walk the Talk

Help kids live out
the big idea
.

Simon Says

Sunday School Lesson - Ten Plagues of Egypt 5

Will you do what Simon says?

Download Slide 4 (Key Verse):
Sunday School Lesson - Ten Plagues of Egypt Slide4

 

Download Slide 5 (Live It Out):
Sunday School Lesson - Ten Plagues of Egypt Slide5

6

Take it Home

Send kids home with a concrete action plan and fun midweek activities.

Snakes and Ladders

The Ten Plagues of Egypt Take it Home-01

Color your own Snakes and Ladders game board and play the game with your family and friends.

Download The Ten Plagues of Egypt Take it Home Handout. You will need to print 1 copy for each child.
The Ten Plagues of Egypt Take it Home-01

 

Download Snakes and Ladders Game Board. You will need to print 1 copy for each child.
Snakes and Ladders Board

 

It would be good to tell parents about the Take it Home Handout. Encourage them to do the suggested family activity with their child.

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  1. Hello from Indonesia!
    This is very helpful!! I thank God for finding this! Thank you for making this. May God bless you more and more!

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