Natural Dyes

Scripture: Exodus 1-2

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will review the stories of the early life of Moses
  • Students will learn God has a plan, but sometimes bad things still happen.
  • Students will learn God is working even when bad things happen.
  • Students will learn sometimes things in our lives don’t make sense, because we are only one piece of a much larger plan of God’s.
  • Students will learn how to dye objects with natural dyes.

Guiding Question: How does God work His plan into our life?

Materials: Eggs, onion skins, carrots, tea, blueberries, and pomegranates, paper towels, paper plates

Procedure: Review the story of Moses. Discuss Egypt in the time of Moses including how pharaohs were viewed as gods and the Israelites were slaves. Explain that Moses’ birth and life as a child was a very important event. His life story may not have made sense but was part of a big plan God had for him and others. In our lives, we often do not understand things that happen or people that are placed in our lives. We must remember that God is working a much larger plan that is in our best interest, even if bad things do happen.

Introduce the activity. Read the students Acts 7:22. Explain that Egypt would have educated Moses in sciences like chemistry as the adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter. Tell the students they are going to experiment with natural pigments and dyes. Have students practice with how to dye eggs with onion skins, carrots, tea, blueberries, and pomegranates.

Additional Questions: How can regular food items use dye?

Supplemental Activity: Have students practice dyeing pasta with food coloring and white wine vinegar.

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