Bible: 12 Spies go into Canaan activity

Moses sends 12 spies activities

We’re almost done with Moses, and the kids have really enjoyed studying him.  Especially since for this nearly last lesson we got out our peg doll Bible people for the activities.


This is one of the lessons I feel is great for the parent of a young child to read, because it helps me to think, “If God couldn’t get the Israelites to follow directions, I can take hope when my kids are going crazy.”  Or maybe that’s just me…

reading our Bibles

We started off the lesson time reading our Bibles, and putting together memory verse puzzles.  It really cracked me up when Batman got out the magnifying glass because the print in my Bible was “too small.”

acting out the 12 spies

Then we acted out the story of the 12 spies with our peg dolls.  The kids loved getting a chance to prove how much they knew and playing with the dolls.


find the 12 spies game

Finally we played the “Find the 12 spies game,” which is a variation of the game I put in the 12 spies story, but I didn’t really want to try having one of the kids hide and the others find him, so we hid the spies all over our “city,” and they each found their 4 spies.  They thought it was great fun.  It could easily be adapted to use any 12 figures you have, or let one kid take turns hiding and then the others find them.


I had a few ideas online that I’d looked at doing, but they were all printable type things, and the kids just weren’t in that mood, so no need to print it off and not use it.  If you want to use them, grab the 12 spies storybook.

12 spies storybook

If you’d like to get your own copy, click on the picture above or 12 spies story.


For more Exodus (Moses) ideas, check out my Exodus pinterest board.

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    • says

      Thanks! The kids all certainly enjoyed it, and it’s renewed their interest in acting out Bible stories, so that’s all good to me.

    • says

      It amuses me because of that too. It also shows to me, at least, how steadfast God’s love is, even when we’re acting like brats. And I know I’ve acted like a brat a time or two. Hopefully not as obnoxious as the Israelites…. Or so I hope.

    • says

      Thanks! I loved hiding all of the spy peg dolls. Then of course we went downstairs and painted more dolls.

      At some point I should share pictures of all my Bible character dolls.

  1. MamaHen says

    Where do you get your peg dolls? James is really such a hands on learner and acting out the sories would be so good for him.


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