Have you ever looked up at your Bible school class and found most of it gazing out the window or drawing instead of listening? Preschoolers have short attention spans and tend to bore quickly if the Bible lessons are all spoken facts and no action. That's why the story of Moses is a favorite among preschoolers. It has vivid descriptions, danger and intrigue, that captures their imaginations. To engage them, teach the story with your little ones in mind, and include a lesson plan that they can actively participate in.
Read the story with some emotion in your voice. Most anybody can read a Bible story to kids, but that doesn't mean that they will actually listen to it. Add life to the story by changing your voice for different characters or using your hands to act out some of the parts. For example, don't just say that he threw down his staff and it turned into a snake. Use your arms to show the motion of throwing down the staff, so the little ones connect the words to the action.
Use props in your story. If you want to get the children's attention and have them visualize what is happening in the story, use items that fit with the theme such as a basket for baby Moses to be hidden in, a baby doll and a staff. Include pictures of items that are too big to bring into the classroom, such as the parted waters and the Ten Commandments. As you tell the different parts of Moses' story, using the items and pictures will help bring it to life.
Act out a puppet show. Purchase puppets and items needed for the show, or make them yourself. You might even have the kids help decorate some of the things for the show by making it a class project. If possible, get some of the older Bible school students to put on the show or help act it out. The preschoolers will be glued to their seats watching the performance.
Add crafts to each of the lessons on Moses. The crafts will help reinforce what they have just learned. For example, you could provide them with a paper bush shape cut out of brown paper and a bunch of red and orange flame shapes. Have them glue the flames on the bush to remember the story of the burning bush. You might also use red and orange paints to color the bush with their hand prints.
Connect the story with something the preschoolers will understand so the lesson has meaning. For example, relate the retrieval of Moses from the river to an act of kindness since the act protected a baby from harm. Telling a story, and having the children remember the story is good, but providing meaning behind the story will help you truly teach the lesson.