Miriam’s simple acceptance of the situation, her fast feet and logical thinking are really what ties this story together. So often this story becomes all about baskets and babies and the comparative opulence of the palace over the slave-hood of the mother, but Miriam’s simple and straightforward actions are more easily grasped for a child.


Shiphrah and Puah worksheet
This worksheet about Miriam is all about reflecting on the risks that the story involved, while it has some light relief with the simple maze at the bottom most is discussion based. It would be easy for some groups to draw a sad face on Miriam’s mother and give her a quick scribble of hair and shower her costume with vivid decorations, but challenge the older groups to really think about how both her heritage and identity as a slave in this land may have dictated her look.

To complete the worksheet you will need something to write and colour with and to turn your imaginations on!

The PDF can can be downloaded by clicking on the image.


This story of Miriam is all bout chasing the basket, keeping up with a moving object and not losing sight of it. That ties nicely into games and activities. If you are working through Moses as a series then I’ve included 2 of the games from the previous lesson on the Egyptian midwifes which would also work well and if enjoyed once could easily be repeated.


Moses baskets – This activity involves a large dish of water. Print out the pdf and fold every tab inwards to represent the basket. Place Moses inside the basket and drop it on the water all folded up. The basket should slowly open each petal to reveal the child inside. Turn this into a game by racing your baskets to see which opens the quickest, or using multiple baskets and having the children guess which one has Moses inside.



These is a moment of wonder in this story that this really simple little craft encompasses, it’s the moment when, as Miriam watches, the basket is opened and the baby Moses is revealed. This is one of those super quick crafts you could give the children to do themselves or it could easily be used as a game where you set off lots of baskets and get the kids to guess which one holds Moses.



Here are the images you need for the hero’s attributes linked to Young Miriam – Moses in the basket.
Each hero set contains a high quality graphic of the character, a take home bible card and a colouring page.

The images are displayed small here, click on the image you wish to have, then save the image that loads.
(Please note : these images have no watermark but are not copyright free, they are only intended for classroom use.)






Extra Graphics




If you would like an image of Moses that is correct size compared to the other characters click here.

If you want the teachers page then please click on the image for the pdf.

Today’s hero is Miriam because she shows us the gift of chasing

Essential Teachers notes:
Miriam is a lovely character to explore at this young age and a thread that continues through the Exodus story-line. The stories in the bible about youth are always welcome and this one in particular where it’s not only a child, but such a young one and a girl, can be really inspiring for youngsters to hear. The age of around 5 is not explicit in the text but generally agreed upon by extrapolation from other passages. If you have a very young group that is easily distressed you may want to rephrase the paragraph about the Pharaoh killing the baby boys.

Main Passage : Exodus 2
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