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.
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!
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.
Some ideas for older children from Crafting the Word of God
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
A couple of simple crafts to accompany teaching about creation –
We made a collage of people surrounding a world map when we did the story of God making people from Genesis 1. The paper plate globe is a different version of the same idea – this time stickers are used to decorate the paper plate rim.
The pictures of people were downloaded and printed but you could use pictures from magazines and catalogues.
For a PDF and instructions on how to make a creation mobile take a look here
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.