Instead of blossom I’ve used tissue paper for the sky – you could use anything blue including paint or crayon. But the lovely thing about tissue paper is that I’ve made the strips long so they hang down from the spiral and they will move when the spiral is displayed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1. One print out for each child – see the Pdf file with this post. It’s free for you to use.
2. Crayons, pencils, felt tips
3. Hole punch
5. Darning needle
Make a mobile to show to the children so they can see what they are aiming for.
Colour the pictures. I added clouds to the circle.
Cut the pictures out. You might want to do this for young children. Be willing to help.
Punch holes in each picture and holes in the circle. Do this at regular spaced gaps so the mobile isn’t too lopsided.
Before you attach the pictures to the circle – find the centre of the circle (fold into quarters to do this) and with the darning needle thread some cotton through the centre. Tie a knot to secure the thread and tie a loop at the opposite end of the thread so the mobile can be hung up.
This mobile is just the first five days of creation. Of course you can add other pictures.
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.