Teaching Tip #20There is a well known saying, "you remember 10% of what you hear, 20% of what you see, but 90% of what you do." Whether the numbers are accurate or not, the point is keep kids engaged and active or they will forget it by lunch. If there's a message to be learned, have them either figure it out themselves or at least personally verbalize it.
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Discussion: According to the Midrash, Moshe could not perform the first three makkot because he owed gratitude to the Nile and the ground and therefore could not strike them. Let alone innanimate objects, do we recognize the good that other people do for us?
Activity: Many shuls have wokers, and unfortunatley, kids naturally tend to be either afraid of them or at least don't speak to them on a regualr basis. Have the kids each come up with something they would like to thank these workers for. Then call the workers in, and going around the circle, have each kid say thank you for something. Everyone involved will benefit tremendously.
-A red drink in a clear bottle
-Barrel of Monkeys, or some homemade variant such as “assorted animals in a bag”
Activity: Let’s get a little taste of what it was like during the first seven makkot:
Dam- Pull out the red bottle and start passing around cups, explaining that all we have to drink today is blood.
Tzvardeya- Frogs everywhere! Throw the monkeys/animals everywhere and have the kids run around collecting them and putting them back into the bag. As soon as they turn around to get more, throw them on the floor again.
Kinim- Scratch! Everybody scratch! (remember, if you get into it everyone will do it. If you show any signs of “this is so stupid” nobody will follow.)
Arov- Oh no, the lions and tigers are coming! Hide, everybody hide!
Dever- All the sheep died. Everyone on the floor.
Schin- Ouch! Boils on our feet! Hop! Hop!