Craft for Manna in the Desert

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Manna and Quail

Exodus 16:11-18 (NIV)

11 The Lord said to Moses, 12 “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’”
13 That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was.
Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. 16 This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Take an omer[a] for each person you have in your tent.’”
17 The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. 18 And when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little. Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed.

Manna DioramaThis craft helps the children remember the manna God provided for the Israelites during their time in the desert.  The background image comes from the Bread from Heaven book available from LambSongs Bible Story Books.  You can download the template for the diorama here.  Cut on the solid lines and fold on the dotted lines.  Add glue where marked.  Encourage the children to add seeds or grain in the baskets and on the ground.

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