God made plants – story and craft ideas

I decided to focus on edible plants for this story time. In Genesis 1:11 it says ‘ And God said ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed..’

I had a fennel plant to show to the children – they are very touchy feely plants! Then we had vegetables and fruit to take from the story bag. We named them and I explained where they grow – under the ground or above the ground or on a tree.  I talked about how all these plants were made by God for us to eat.

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Note – it is worth telling the children that they mustn’t eat all the plants that see in the garden and that they must always check with an adult first.

Some plant craft ideas from pinterest

A leaf craft to try..

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A flower card to make..

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A paper plate apple to make..

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Apple paper plate craft

 



God made small animals – craft

Genesis 1: 25 ‘And God made the beasts of the earth…and everything that creeps on the ground…and God saw that it was good.’

There are so many crafts that you could make about the small animals that God made – spiders (!), paper plate ladybirds, butterflies to mane a few. i decided on a caterpillar with a butterfly. I used circles (these are card making supplies), tissue paper grass and paper antennae and added some flower shapes.

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Here’s a link to Vicki Howie’s Faith in the Family blog post – it’s all about creation!



God made the land

We’e been gradually going through all the things that God made using SU’s Tiddlywinks ‘The Big Green Book’ as a starting point.

We’ve learnt about God making water, the sun, moon and stars and the sky. This time it was all about the land. The story time was very simple. We used actions to talk about how God made the land – move hands from side to side to make a flat line. God made mountains – hands form a point. God made hills – move hands to make up and down shapes and the valleys in between. God made all of these by just speaking and it was all very good. Thumbs up! The children really enjoyed joining in with the actions 🙂

 

Our craft was very easy to prepare too. We built up a simple landscape using mountains and hills. Cotton wool was used to add some clouds.

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God made the sky

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To tell the story (have the props in a story bag and take them out when you need them)

‘God made the sky. It was big and empty. So God put the sun in the sky for daytime. He put the moon in the sky for nighttime. What else can we see at night? God made all the twinkling stars. Now sometimes in the day and at night we see something else that God made in the sky – he made clouds too. Everything that God made was very good.’ (Thumbs up)

Song to sing – ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star’ (of course!), ‘My God is so big, so strong and so mighty’.

This was our craft .. cup cake cases cut into clouds (beforehand – older children could do this themselves), cotton wool clouds, shiny paper sun rays and a bit of glitter glue. The sun was cut out using a paper punch.

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Some ideas for older children from Crafting the Word of God


God made the sun, moon and stars

This week at Toddler group we learnt that God made the sun, moon and stars. I put on my sunhat and sunglasses for the sun and we pretended to be asleep when we thought about the moon and stars. God made these things just by speaking and they were very good! (we all do thumbs up).

Our craft was making a paper plate sun and a paper plate moon surrounded by stars. We used pre-cut card stars (charity shop find) and pasta shapes, silver and yellow tissue paper and PVA glue. The moon and stars were glued onto black card. The chidren and parents are free to use the craft materials as they like so we have some suns covered in stars 🙂 It’s all about the fun of making rather than the end product.

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Our songs were all part of the theme too. These laminated posters are displayed during the session to advertise our song and story time!

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God made water – and a giveaway!

This term we’ll be using Scripture Union’s Tiddlywinks ‘The Big Green Book’ each week at toddlers.IMG_1013

We will adapt the different ideas each week to suit our group. We are starting with ‘God’s Wonderful World’. It’s all about water. So here’s my craft idea – with a PDF for you and my collection of wet weather gear that I’m planning on dressing up in.

PDF – Umbrella & Rain

When I ordered the ‘The Big Green Book’ from Eden Books I managed to order two copies! So I have a spare to give away. If you would like to be in with a chance of winning just leave a comment. Closing date midnight Thursday 27 April.

Edit – just to add that we will post to Canada, US and Europe 🙂


Genesis 3 – would you Adam and Eve it?

As part of a series for older children – 4 years plus – we’re taking a look at the beginning of the Bible. Would you ‘Adam and Eve it?’ is rhyming slang for would you ‘believe it?’

The Bible,  God’s Word to us is true. We want to encourage others to believe God’s words.

Genesis 1 tells us that God made everything good. It was a perfect world with everything working in harmony. Clearly that isn’t a picture of our world today. So what happened? Genesis 3 tells us. The people that God had created believed the words of the serpent rather than the words of God.

A craft idea – serpent made from a paper plate.

Other resources

Answers in Genesis Kids

In the beginning..God made people

A pinterest board with a few ideas