Splitting the Sea

Splitting the Sea

When the Jewish people finally left Egypt, they came to the Red Sea. They didn't know what to do. The Egyptians were chasing them from behind and a deep sea was right in front of them. They were trapped! But then G‑d performed a miracle: He told Moses to hold his stick over the water, and miraculously the water parted and the Jewish people were able to walk through on dry land.


You will need:

  • 1 Sturdy shoebox
  • Blue paint and brush
  • Mod-Podge and a sponge brush
  • Light blue, light brown, and green tissue paper
  • Sand
  • Small plastic shot glasses
  • Character printouts and markers (or plain paper and draw the characters yourself)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Twine or ribbon
  • Tag
  • Zip-top bag

Step 1:

Select a sturdy shoebox. Ours is light blue. Cut along the corner edges as shown. Paint the 2 longer sides dark blue.


Step 2:

Cut strips of light blue tissue paper into waves by cutting rounds into the top. Apply Mod-Podge over the painted area and place tissue paper across both sides. Apply a generous coating of Mod-Podge to seal the tissue paper.


Step 3:

Cut off the short edges of the shoebox. Generously coat the middle section with Mod-Podge and place brown tissue paper down the center. Trim any excess so it fits the center of the box. Apply another coat of Mod Podge and pour sand onto the tissue paper. Shake off excess.


Step 4:

Cut out green tissue paper for seaweed and affix to the sides of the box using Mod-Podge under and on top of the paper. Print out and color some fish pictures and add to sides. Color Moses and tape onto a shot glass.


Step 5:

Print and color more people and affix to shot glasses with tape. You can make as many as you want! Your kids can play with the figurines and have them cross the Red Sea over and over again.


Step 6:

Wrap the box with twine. A zip-top bag holds all the figurines.


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Mara April 22, 2016

Looks like fun but where are the people? This is such a great craft! Where is the link to print out the people? Is it here and I am missing it? Reply

Jehoaddin (Y'hoadana) Papua New Guinea April 1, 2016

Passover - Craft Great!! I'll teach my Shabbat School Kids Reply

N April 1, 2015

what a wonderful idea ! This project great, so fun , just the right level of challenge involved,
yet so meaningful.
Children of many different levels will enjoy this project.
A child could also make one each year , and the family could enjoy looking at each version later on .
I will definitely try this with my child. Reply

Anonymous March 29, 2015

so cool and cute as well as convenient Reply



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