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I love the story of Rahab. And I have to admit, I like her, because she was kind of a rebel. The king of Jericho commanded the Israeli spies be hunted down and killed. So what did she do? She hid them. I mean I can’t be sure, but I think she knew the Lord’s hands were on the Israelites, so she broke the rules, protected the spies, and in doing so followed the Lord. This not only lead to her protection when the walls of Jericho fell, but she also landed in the lineage of Jesus. The Lord blessed her, because she did what was right, despite what was lawful. Here’s how we played through this story.
The Story of Rahab
We read the stories of Rahab hiding the spies and Rahab being saved when the walls fell, both in The Beginner’s Bible (Spanish: La Biblia para Principiantes). The stories cand be found in Joshua 2 and Joshua 6.
Hiding the Spies
Then we “hid the spies.” There are a few ways you could do this.
Rice Bin and Muffin Tins
Fill a bin with rice, and put a muffin tin on the side. Put a little figurine in each muffin cup (i.e. peg people, Lego people, little animals, etc.). Have your child use a spoon to scoop rice and hide each figurine in the muffin tin. This works on scooping and transferring fine motor skills.
A variation could be leaving out the muffin tin, and simply have you child hide the figures in the rice bin.
If you’re concerned your child may put the materials in his/her mouth, make a sensory bottle. Put 1-2 figurines in a plastic bottle. Pour in rice until figures are covered. Screw on cap tightly. Let your child shake and roll bottle, hiding and revealing the “spies.” If you have an older child and a baby, have your older child help make a sensory bottle for the baby. They can put the figurines in the bottle, and scoop rice into the bottle. Both work on fine motor skills.