Introduce the lesson by talking about different animals: cows, pigs, horses, chickens, goats, etc. Talk about the food these farm animals eat. Talk about the food we get from farm animals.
Have a big farm breakfast in the class and invite parents to join in with their children. Here is a suggested farm breakfast menu:
- scrambled eggs or hard-boiled eggs
- bacon or sausage – Remember allergy alerts and diet preferences and maybe choose turkey bacon or turkey sausage.
- homemade butter – fill a glass jar half full with heavy whipping cream and shake for about 20 minutes until cream turns to butter
- apple slices
After introducing a farm-themed lesson, talk about farm animals in the Bible and the struggle the Israelites had when their farm animals were struck with disease and death (Exodus 9).
Most young children do not want to talk about death but we can emphasize the hardship they encountered when their animals became sick and died from Pharaoh’s broken promise.
Moses was trying to lead the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery. Pharaoh continued to make promises that he would let God’s people go but backed out on each promise.
(Exodus 9:1-7) Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: “Let my people go, so that they may worship me.” 2 If you refuse to let them go and continue to hold them back, 3 the hand of the LORD will bring a terrible plague on your livestock in the field—on your horses, donkeys and camels and on your cattle, sheep and goats. 4 But the LORD will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and that of Egypt, so that no animal belonging to the Israelites will die.’”
5 The LORD set a time and said, “Tomorrow the LORD will do this in the land.” 6 And the next day the LORD did it: All the livestock of the Egyptians died, but not one animal belonging to the Israelites died. 7 Pharaoh investigated and found that not even one of the animals of the Israelites had died. Yet his heart was unyielding and he would not let the people go.
Talk about how God protected the Israelites’ farm animals and allowed them to live. Talk about how God will protect His people who follow and obey Him. Life can be hard and difficult but God’s people win out.