There’s been a lot in the news about how our planet is in danger. We are losing biodiversity at a faster rate than ever before. We need to be grateful for the beautiful creation that God has given to us. Even young children can be encouraged to value the natural world and care for it.
Here is one idea –
Begin with ‘God is good!’ (Simple actions for this – point up for God and thumbs up for good)
Then as you name the things he has given to us take them from the story bag.
You could begin with a globe and if it lights up all the better!
Other items you could take from the story bag…..
craft idea – use gardening catalogues, tissue paper, pictures from magazines, pasta stars, feathers and anything suitable!
Songs to sing … click on the highlighted links to go to youtube and hear the songs.
He’s got the whole world in his hands
I love the sun it shines on me, God made the sun and God made me.
For the Story..
At the very beginning of the world God made everything. He made all the plants and animals. But who was going to look after them? God made people to care for the plants and animals.
When God made people he breathed life into them and they were perfect! He called the man he made Adam and the woman that he made Eve. They were the worlds first family. God told them to look after everything that he had made and everything was very good. (thumbs up). Can you remember the things God made that the people had to look after?
There was the land and the sea. There was the plants; the tall trees and the small flowers. There were the small animals and the large animals. (Have pictures and toy animals to show to the children from a story bag). God had made all these beautiful things and now Adam and Eve were to look after them.
God loved the people he had made and he loves you and me too. We are all important and special to him.
Some craft ideas –
A couple of easy crafts – for the chicken fold a paper plate in half – some cutting out is required. Here’s a PDF to show you the pattern – Chicken+Plate
For the paper plate raven – he could be a different bird if you use different colours – fold the plate in half and cut a slit for the folded paper wing. Add a beak.
Paper plates, tissue paper, glue and a bit of preparation = animal crafts that look great and are fun to make. You can add googly eyes, wool, stickers for eyes, triangles for a nose…
Here are a couple that I’ve made –
Lion Paper Plate
Paper plate pigs made by me to give children and parents an idea of what to aim at.
There are loads of ideas on my paper plate pinterest board
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.
Here’s a link to Vicki Howie’s Faith in the Family blog post – it’s all about creation!
Genesis 1 tells us how it all began. It is a chronological telling of how the world began. Once there was just God and then he spoke the world into being. Our beginning matters because if God made us then this is his world and we are accountable to him. So do we Adam and Eve it? (rhyming slang for do you believe it 🙂 )
When we tell the story of creation to children there are a few things that can help us. First the order of everything is significant. Everything was made in the right order for life to be sustained. (You would of course explain that more simply 🙂 ). The food was made before the animals who were going to eat it. The sea before the fish that needed to swim in it. When people were made the world was ready for them.
For older children who will be learning that creation is a myth/fairy story it’s useful for us to be able to point them towards creation apologetics. They need to make their own minds up – we can give them information so that they are informed. Answers in Genesis Kids is a good resource for this.
There are loads of great crafts to help us teach about creation. Here are some ideas from this blog
paper plate creation – I’ve used this to tell the story of creation.
Paper plate world
Fish in the sea
Creation Place Mat
And a pinterest board with more ideas
Make a ‘creation celebration’ placemat.
You will need:
A laminator and laminate pouches ( if you don’t have these you could use ‘tacky back’ or make a poster)
A4 black paper – trim slightly to fit in the laminate
Pictures of animals and the natural world- from clip art/ magazines
Glue and scissors
The words ‘ In the beginning God created’ printed out
Give the children a big variety of pictures to choose from. Let them cut out what they would like yo use. (For very young children have a helper use scissors or do beforehand)
Glue to the black paper (you could use any colour but make sure the pictures stand out.
later an adult laminates each place mat. They will be spill proof to a point but not heat proof. Make sure everyone remembers to put there name on their creation before handing them in to be laminated.