Just the other day I was silently conversing with myself about how healthy we’ve stayed this winter compared to the previous winters when Ryan was in school and brought home sick germs as often as homework. But maybe those Egyptian gods* we’ve been reading about heard my congratulatory pride because as quickly as I said it, someone started feeling feverish and in domino-tumbling fashion, they all went down–including me. And so what’s a sick mom to do when no one wants to leave the comfort of their bean-bag bed and another week off from school is crossed off the calendar?
Mostly, I didn’t stress about it. But there were moments where I took advantage of their lying-still state to do some reading and call it “school.”
Among the readings was a chapter book I randomly found last summer in the corner of a used book store. Moses in Egypt is a novel based on the movie, The Prince of Egypt (not the other way around, which is kind of unusual). And so knowing that, I probably wouldn’t have given it a second look, except that it was written by the same author of The Indian in the Cupboard series–which I loved as a kid. I judged the book by it’s author, sprung the $2, and filed it away as a literature option during our ancient Egyptian history studies.
Fast forwarding to now–we’ve hit the story of Moses in our ancient history timeline, so it was a great book to pull out in between the movies and moaning. Since we’ve already seen The Prince of Egypt several times we were familiar with the story, but I was tickled with the historical fiction novel. Of course it takes a lot of creative liberty on the Bible story, but it’s well written, brings the Bible history to life, and kept us on the edge–wanting more, even hoping for a sequel.
During the kids’ downtime, to go with the theme, I was also able to finish up a new scripture felt story set for Moses. This printable felt set begins as baby Moses was placed in a basket on the Nile River, and continues through the burning bush, the 10 plagues of Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea, and the stone tablets.
Since my kids are used to seeing me create with felt they don’t get usually super impressed over anything I make (grass is always greener, it’s true), but Ryan was really excited about the representations of the 10 plagues of Egypt and the ability to retell the account using the felt story images. This 7-year-old is definitely all about “gross” things right now.
If you’re new to felt story sets, there are some free ones you can try. After downloading, you can (to name a few):
- Print on t-shirt transfer paper, iron onto sheets of felt, cut out, and use on a flannel board. (TUTORIAL)
- Print on cardstock, laminate, cut out, and place a magnet on the back. Use on the fridge, magnet board, or metal cookie sheet. (TUTORIAL)
- Print on cardstock, laminate, and glue to popsicle sticks for stick puppets.
- Print on cardstock, laminate, place a piece of rough velcro on the back. Stick to a flannel board.
- Make a file folder game.
(*Yes, we’re having fun with this Egypt theme, and no, we don’t really worship Egyptian gods.)