In the busyness of our daily lives, especially this time of year, we have a wonderful opportunity to contemplate the story of Creation, our first lesson of the curriculum year. What a blessing to know that God created everything and He created it all for His own purposes. This includes you and your children. As you do these activities this week with your kids, thank the Lord for the wonders of His creation right in your own home.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned that God created everything and He cre-
ated it all for His own purposes. The creation account in Genesis 1—2:3
On Day 1, God created lightness and darkness. He called it day and night.
On Day 2, God created space between the waters and called it sky. On Day 3, God created dry land and plants, each to have their own seed.
On Day 4, God created the lights in the sky, the sun and moon.
On Day 5, God filled the sky with birds and the oceans with sea crea- tures.
On Day 6, God created living creatures of every kind and told them to multiply. And He created man in His own image.
On Day 7, God saw all He had done and was pleased. He called the 7th day holy and rested.
- God created the world and every living thing.
- God said everything He made was good.
- God made man in His image.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” - Genesis 1:1
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that remind us that God created the world:
1. Creation Place Mats
You will need one piece of poster board, construction paper, crayons and contact paper. Cut the poster board in fourths. Help your child decorate one place mat for each of day of creation. For the first day have your child start with a white place mat and cover half of it with black construction paper. Once he is finished label the mat Day 1. For the second day, flip over the mat from Day 1 and let him cover the bottom one third with dark blue paper (the waters) and cover the top two thirds (the sky) with light blue paper. Help your child cut and glue clouds in the sky. Again, label the mat Day 2. For the third day cover an entire new mat with green paper, then draw flowers and trees on the mat or gather leaves from outside and glue them to the mat. Be sure to label the mat, Day 3. Flip over Day 3 to create the fourth day. For this day, have your child replicate a day one mat, but draw a yellow sun for the day and a white moon for the dark. Lastly label this side of the mat Day 4. For day 5, start a new mat and replicate a day two mat but add bird stickers to the sky, fish stickers to the waters and label Day 5. For day 6, flip over the day 5 mat. Help your child cut out magazine pictures of animals as well as a man and a woman and glue them to this side of the mat which is labeled Day 6. For day 7, help your child draw a picture of a smiley face since God was pleased. Flip over this mat and write the memory verse from Genesis 1:1. Lastly, Cover each side of each mat with contact paper, trim the edges and use as placemats.
2. Nature Scavenger Hunt
Create a list of things your child can find in creation. Then take him on a nature walk and let him mark off the list as he finds items. When your hunt is over, enjoy a snack together such as goldfish or ants on a log (celery and peanut butter with raisins on top). As y’all have your snack talk with him about God’s creation by asking these questions -
- What is your favorite thing God made?
- Can you guess what part of creation was most special to God?
- Can you think of something you’ve made that is special to you?
- How did you make it?
- How did God make the world?
3. Hit the ROADThis would be a great opportunity to visit the zoo, the aquarium or a nature center to appreciate God’s creation up close. For a less expensive alternative, visit the library and help your child pick out a few books on wild animals, sea creatures, plants or another part of creation that excites him.
God, how powerful You are to make this whole world. How good You are to make it so beautiful, and how smart You are to make it so interesting! Help us learn more about You as we learn about Your creation.
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