The night we learned about the children of Israel crossing the Red Sea, we briefly talked about how they followed God to where they were suppose to go. We talked about how God led them by a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night. I made (very quickly) a pillar of cloud by gluing cotton balls to a white sheet of paper and I glued it to a Popsicle stick. I made a pillar of fire by gluing red and yellow flames to a Popsicle stick.
Here we are talking about what each meant and what the Israelites would do when they saw the pillars.
Then, I let them take turns being the leader (holding the pillar) and the rest of the class would follow behind the pillar.
Then we would sleep and another pillar would appear and we would follow it.
This wound up being an AMAZING tool for the rest of the week. We would use it to line up to go to the other rooms we used and we used it to play "follow the leader" to review the lessons.
I would definitely do this again!!! I love it when those last minute ideas become wonderful ones you want to use again and again!