Beshalach: This week’s parsha picks up where Bo left off: the Israelites are leaving Egypt! Except that Pharaoh again changes his mind and chases them to the Red Sea, where Hashem used Moshe to split the Red Sea so the Israelites could walk through. A miracle! When the Israelites complained to Moshe about a lack of food and sweet water, Hashem showed them water and made manna and quail available. Another miracle! The Israelites are attacked by the Amalekites, but Moshe’s prayers and Joshua led the Israelites to defeat them.
Links: Here are the Aish, Torah.org, and Chabad pages with links on Beshalach. Here‘s another interesting group of ideas and links from golden map. Here and here are some coloring sheets, a parsha song, and a fun video from Itche Kadoozy (my older boys love this silly series).
Reenacting the splitting of the red sea using a doorway or costumes and big blue butcher paper
Or make a smaller version to play with
Split sea–I mean, split pea–soup, like this one!
Make a timbrel, tambourine, or other musical instruments (to celebrate the crossing to freedom!) You could use 2 foil pie pans with beans, decorated with stickers, ribbons, streamers, etc.
Learn and sing the song of the sea, Az Yashir (Here are links to $0.99 MP3 downloads with samples to listen to: techno boys choir version, a more traditional boys choir version, and a contemporary version (with a lot of “oi”)
Make something to remember the manna, like these Manna cookies.
Reenact gathering manna (and throw a little math in) with cotton balls. How much should they gather for each day? On Friday? Imagine what yours would taste like.
Hold a water tasting: see if you and your kids can differentiate between bottled water, filtered water, and tap water. Which is “sweeter”?
Shabbat table talking points: the double challot remembers the double manna for Shabbat, the challah cover below and above remembers the manna’s cover of dew. This might be a good week to make a challah cover, too.
Another **possible** idea–I don’t know if I can recommend it: has anyone seen the Prince of Egypt, Dreamwork’s animated Pesach story movie? I’m going to try and review it and see if it’s appropriate for my kids, but would love to hear what you think.
Any other good ideas?