The Story of Moses for Kids

The Story of Moses for Kids page has been designed to help teachers and parents introduce their children to the story of Moses in the bible.

It is not meant to be an exhaustive study of the Moses story, which spans through four books of the bible, namely Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Instead, it briefly recounts key events in the life of Moses, such as Baby Moses, the Burning Bush, the Ten Plagues of Egypt, the Parting of the Red Sea, Water from the Rock, the Ten Commandments, Wandering in the Desert, and the Death of Moses.

The page begins with a simplified Moses story which has been especially written for children, providing them with an easy-to-understand version of the key events in the story of Moses. This is then followed by sixteen questions that are often asked by children when studying the story of Moses for kids, together with the answers.

Finally, we showcase 3 of our most popular worksheet activities based on the story of Moses, together with a link to the other printable PDFs in the Story of Moses for Kids series for teacher and parents.

The story of Moses in the bible is one of the most important bible stories for kids because it teaches us about courage and bravery, and about helping others. Above all, it teaches us about the importance of listening to God.

The Story of Moses

In ancient Egypt, a Hebrew baby boy was born to his loving parents. Unfortunately, it was at a time when the Pharaoh of Egypt was worried that the people of Israel were becoming too powerful in Egypt. To prevent this, Pharaoh made a rule that all Hebrew baby boys should be thrown into the river. As a result, the baby’s mother and father hid him for three months.

Story of Moses for Kids - Jochebed

The baby’s parents made a basket out of reeds and placed their baby in the Nile River, while his sister watched over him from the riverbank.

Eventually, the baby was found by the Pharaoh’s daughter, Princess Bithiah, who felt sorry for the Hebrew baby and adopted him as her own son. The princess named the boy Moses, which means “drawn out of the water”.

Moses enjoyed a fine life in the Pharaoh’s palace, but as he grew up he became more and more aware of his true identity as a Hebrew man.

Story of Moses for Kids - Princess Bithiah

One day, he saw an Egyptian soldier mistreating a slave. Moses defended the slave and accidentally killed the soldier. Fearing for his life, Moses fled to the desert.

Having escaped into the desert, Moses became a shepherd, where he lived a simple life taking care of sheep.

One day, something incredible happened. Moses saw a burning bush that was not consumed by the fire. God spoke to Moses from the bush, telling him to go back to Egypt and lead the people of Israel out of slavery.

Story of Moses for Kids - Moses the Shepherd

Reluctantly, Moses returned to Egypt and confronted the Pharaoh.

In God’s name, Moses demanded freedom for the people of Israel, but the Pharaoh refused. So God sent ten plagues upon Egypt, beginning by turning the water of the River Nile into blood.

At first, the Pharaoh remained stubborn, but eventually the ten plagues took their toll and he agreed to let the Israelites leave Egypt.

Story of Moses for Kids - Pharaoh

Moses led his people out of Egypt and into the desert. They faced many challenges along the way, but God was with them. But then, they came across a big problem.

In front of them was a huge body of water called the Red Sea, and they couldn’t cross it. And to make matters worse, Pharaoh had changed his mind about letting Moses and his people go, and had sent his army after them. They were trapped!

But God had a plan. He told Moses to stretch out his hand over the sea, and the water in the sea split apart, creating a path with walls of water on both sides.

Moses and the people of Israel then walked through the middle of the sea. Once they had reached the other side, Moses stretched out his hand again.

Story of Moses for Kids - Moses and the Red Sea

And then the waters came crashing back together, washing away Pharaoh’s army which had chased in after them.

Now they were free from Egypt at last, Moses led the Israelites through the desert towards the Promised Land. However, they still faced many challenges along the path ahead.

The Israelites grew hungry and thirsty, but God was with them and provided them with food called manna, as well as water from a rock.

Story of Moses for Kids - Moses and the Water from a Rock

During their journey, Moses climbed Mount Sinai, where he received special rules from God, called the Ten Commandments. These rules taught the Israelites how to live good and kind lives.

After a long journey, they finally arrived at the edge of the special land that God had promised them.

Story of Moses for Kids - Moses and the Ten Commandments

Moses sent some people to explore the land, but most of those that he sent were afraid of the people who were living there. As a result, God made the Israelites wander in the desert for forty years before they could enter the Promised Land.

Through these challenging years, Moses led the Israelites, teaching them about faith, trust, and obedience to God. He was a brave leader, but Moses knew that it was time for someone else to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. And that person was his trusted servant, Joshua.

Questions about the Story of Moses for kids

Below are sixteen of the most common questions that children may have about this simple story of Moses for kids. This section can be used by teachers and parents of younger children as a good basis to discuss the Moses message.

Alternatively, these questions and answers provide older children with many facts about Moses in the bible. They will then be able to test this knowledge via the Moses Online Quiz or through the Moses WebQuest. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the Moses Jigsaw Puzzle.

The name Moses means “to pull out/draw out of water”.

The Bible tells us that Moses’ mother was called Jochebed. She was a daughter of Levi, the wife of Amram, and the mother of Miriam, Aaron and Moses.

It is not known for certain which Pharaoh raised Moses, but the most popular theory is that Ramses II – a 13th-century BC pharaoh was the Exodus pharaoh.

However, another emerging theory is that the Exodus Pharaoh was in fact Amenhotep II – a 15th-century BC pharaoh – in which case, Moses would likely have been raised by Amenhotep II’s step-grandmother, Hatshepsut.

Moses was 40 years old when he first fled from Egypt to Midian, having killed an Egyptian soldier for beating a Hebrew slave.

It is believed that Rubus sanctus (literally ‘Holy bramble’) is the species of plant that was the Burning Bush in the Bible. There is a monastery called St. Catherine’s near where the Burning Bush was located and there is a living plant there, today, which is said to have come from the original bush.

A scientific explanation for the Burning Bush comes in the form of the species of plant called Dictamnus albus, which more commonly known as the Gasplant or even Burning Bush, which is found throughout northern Africa. In the summertime, the plant releases special oils that can easily catch fire. When these oils burn, it can look like the bush itself is on fire. However, it’s important to remember that when the vapours coming off the Dictamnus albus plant do ignite, the flash lasts just a few seconds, and that this plant is quite different from the actual Burning Bush from the Bible.

Although the Bible does not tell us Moses’ exact age when God spoke to him through the Burning Bush, we do know that he was 80 years old when he confronted Pharaoh. This suggests that Moses was either 80, or approaching 80, when he saw the Burning Bush.

The Israelites had lived in Egypt for generations as free people. It is also worth noting that slavery was extremely rare in Egypt and was something reserved for prisoners of war and certain criminals. However, the Bible tells us that over time it was felt by Pharaoh that the people of Israel had become too numerous and powerful, and it appears that enslaving the Israelites was done by the Pharaoh out of fear.

It is not known for certain who was Pharaoh during the Ten Plagues, but the most popular theory is that it was Ramses II – a 13th-century BC pharaoh.

However, another emerging theory is that the Exodus Pharaoh was in fact Amenhotep II – a 15th-century BC pharaoh.

The ten plagues of Egypt in order were as follows:

1). Water turned to Blood

2). Plague of Frogs

3). Plague of Lice

4). Plague of Flies

5). Plague of Livestock

6). Plague of Boils

7). Plague of Hail

8). Plague of Locust

9). Plague of Darkness

10). Plague of the Firstborn

In the Book of Numbers, the Bible states that there were over 600,000 men of fighting age (above 20 years old), which would suggest a figure of over 2 million men, women and children. However, there is a lot of discrepancy with other numbers quoted in the Bible and so there is debate as to whether this number is reliable.

Many Bible scholars believe that the figure of 600,000 men may in fact be a scribal or typographical error and put the number of fighting men at a more plausible 5,500, suggesting a total population of around 22,000.

The Bible tells us that Moses and the Israelites were encamped “before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, before Baal Zephon”.

The Bible does not specifically state the time it took for the Israelites to cross the Red Sea, but most Bible scholars estimate that it took several hours during the night until the early hours of the morning.

As a punishment for not believing in God.

The people of Israel were scared of the tribes that inhabited the Promised Land and would have even preferred to return to Egypt than face them. So God punished those aged twenty years and above by making them wander in the desert for forty years, so that only their children in old age would experience the Promise Land for themselves.

Please note that the timeframe of 40 years was based on one year for each of the 40 days the men of Israel had spied on the Promised Land.

The Bible does not tell us how many Israelites entered the Promised Land. However, we do know that the only adult Israelites from the first generation which escaped from Egypt who reached the Promised Land were Joshua and Caleb. Moses having passed away shortly before.

The Bible tells us that Moses died at the age of 120 years old. Although Moses lived a long life and outlived all but two of the adults who escaped from Egypt, it is sad that Moses passed away within sight of the Promised Land.

The Bible tells us that Moses died in the land of Moab, according to God’s word. Most Bible scholars understand this to mean that Moses died at the time and place that God said he would, and at 120 years of age, most likely of old age.

Check out our Moses Activities

Coloring Sheets & Story

David and Goliath Coloring Pages
  • $3.00
  • 8 coloring pages
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Aimed at younger children, this Moses Coloring Pages and Story Book Printable makes the perfect no-prep activity. Each coloring sheet tells part of a story, so when the children have finished, they will have created their very own bible story book.


David and Goliath Puzzle Pack
  • $3.00
  • 2 puzzles
  • Answer Key Included

This Moses Word Search and Crossword Activity Pack makes the ideal no-prep activity for your Bible Class, Sunday School, Children’s Church or as a homeschool lesson. Each puzzle comes with a gray-tone version and an answer key.


David and Goliath Activity Worksheets Pack
  • $7.00
  • 34 activity sheets
  • N/A

This Moses Activities Pack comprises of four of our most popular products, but at almost half the price. Included are the Coloring Sheets and Story Activity, the Bible Character Posters, the Activity Worksheets, and a Printable Booklet.