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
Creation Mobile (1) – print as many as you like. Free to use.
To make this mobile you need
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.
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.