Thursday, May 16, 2013

Creation

Passage

Familiarize yourself with this passage:
Genesis 1:1-2:3
This is the story of creation. God created everything in the heavens and on the earth in 6 days, and on the 7th he rested from his work.
Day 1: Light and Dark
Day 2: sky
Day 3: land and sea
Day 4: plants
Day 5: sun, moon, and stars
Day 6: man and animals
Day 7: God rested

Object Lesson (Optional):

Picture Board
Supplies needed:
·         Pictures that correspond with each day of creation
·         Tape or sticky tack
·         A board or blank wall
Directions:
1.       As you describe each day of creation to the kids, add another set of pictures to your board until you have finished telling the story and you have a creation collage.
2.       Alternately you can give the children the pictures and have them add them to the board as you are telling the story.

Memory Verse:

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

The Jesus Connection:

 John 1:1 tells us that Jesus was in the beginning with God.  Verse 10 goes further to say that Jesus made the world. Even though the text in Genesis does not mention Jesus by name, he was there and was an active part in creation. Together, God and Jesus were setting the stage for the most beautiful story of all time.

Songs

“My God Is So Great”

My God is so great, so strong and so mighty
There’s nothing my God cannot do.
My God is so great, so strong and so might
There’s nothing my God cannot do.
The mountains are his
The valleys are his
The stars are his handy work too.
My God is so great, so strong and so mighty
There’s nothing my God cannot do
For you!

“Who’s the King of the Jungle?”

Who's the king of the jungle?
Who's the king of the sea?
Who's the king of the universe,
and who's the king of me?

His name is: J-E-S-U-S, Jesus!
he's the king for me;
he's the king of the universe,
the jungle and the sea.

Games/Activities

“I Spy”

Supplies Needed:
·         Nothing!
Before you begin this game, remind the children that God created everything in our world and when he created them, he gave them beautiful colors! Tell them that you will play a game that reminds them of all the beautiful colors that God has created.
I spy is a guessing game. One player chooses an object that is visible to all the players and says, "I spy with my little eye something that is ...", naming the color of the chosen object (e.g. "I spy with my little eye something that is blue”  if the chosen object is they sky). Other players have to guess the chosen object.
*This game is best suited for younger children. Older children can play this game (and still enjoy it), but may become board faster!

Play Dough

Supplies Needed:
·         Play dough (enough for each child to have a chunk)
In this activity, you will be encouraging the children to be creative.  The Bible says in Genesis 1:27 that God made us in his image.  This means that God created us to be creative! Give each child some play dough. Ask them to make their favorite thing from creation. You can also go through the days of creation and ask them to create an object that represents something that God created on each day. Be sure to allow the kids to share what they have made with one another between creations.
*This activity is great for all children.

Nature walk

Supplies Needed:
·         The great outdoors!
In this activity, you will guide the children through God’s creation.  If you have the ability to do so, take your kids outside for a walk (even if it is just a walk around your church parking lot!) Guide the children in a discussion about the different things they can see.  Ask them what they see and which day of creation it corresponds to. Ask them what they like most about creation, and why. Take a close look at some leaves, blades of grass and flowers.  Ask the kids what they notice about how God has created each of these things.
You can also combine this activity with the “I Spy” game.
*This activity is great for all children.

Rainbow of Colored Water

Supplies needed:
·         Red, blue, and yellow food coloring.
·         6 clear cups
·         Water
Directions:
1.       Fill each cup with water.
2.       Start with taking the red food coloring and putting 2-3 drops in the first cup. Ask the kids what color they see.  Ask them to name several things that God has created that are red.
3.       Repeat step 2 making orange (yellow and red).
4.       Repeat step 2 making yellow
5.       Repeat step 2 making green (yellow and blue)
6.       Repeat step 2 making blue
7.       Repeat step 2 making purple (blue and red)

Crafts/Projects

Tree Pencil Holder:

Supplies Needed:
·         Cardboard toilet paper rolls (one per child)
·         Cardboard circles, pre cut to the size of the opening of the toilet paper roll
·         Brown paper
·         Lots of green pom poms (or tissue paper balls)
·         A few red pom poms (or tissue paper balls)
·         Glue
·         Scissors
·         Tape
Directions:
1.       Taking a cardboard toilet paper roll, tape a cardboard circle to one end of the roll.
2.       Cover the roll in glue, and then wrap the roll in brown paper.  This will become the trunk of the tree. For added security of the paper, tape down the seam.
3.       Glue on the pom poms, mostly green with a few red ones here and there (to represent fruit).
4.       After the glue dries the kids can take it home and fill it with pencils.

Coloring Page:

This coloring page can be used as is, or you can insert the memory verse on the bottom of the page.



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