Happy New Year! Yes, I know it’s August, but today begins the new year for us in Starting Blocks and we hope you’ll make a “New Year’s resolution” to check in here weekly for the Starting Blocks Playbook! Each week, we’ll let you know exactly what we’ve covered in your child’s class and give you some creative ideas for how you can reinforce, remind, and reflect with your child on what we’ve talked about that Sunday.
We want to partner together with you for the spiritual growth of your child and this is just one simple way we hope we can do that. As we begin this new year, what better place to begin than . . . well, at the beginning . . . the beginning of all things: CREATION! Dust off your childlike wonder and marvel with your child this week at the miracle of Genesis 1.
Highlights From Sunday
This week your child learned that God created everything and He created it all for His own purposes. The creation account in Genesis 1—2:3 tells us:
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 creatures.
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.
1. God created the world and every living thing.
2. God said everything He made was good.
3. God made man in His image.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
3 Simple Ways To Help Your Child Apply What They Learned This Week
1. Create A Creation Collection Board
Take a sheet of poster board and divide it with a marker into seven sections. Label each section for each day of creation- Day 1, Day 2, etc. Encourage your child over the next week to find objects or draw items that correspond to the days of creation that go in each section. Such as on…
Day 1, divide the section in half and color the bottom section black;
Day 2, glue cotton balls for the clouds in the sky;
Day 3, collect flowers and leaves to glue in this section;
Day 4, make a sun and moon out of paper;
Day 5, glue a feather from a bird;
Day 6, place a picture of your child because God created him, too;
Day 7, have your child draw a huge smile because God was pleased. Hang the collection board in the breakfast area or family room, where it can serve as a conversation starter when your family is together.
2. Creation Color Walk
While at the grocery store, Target, or Walmart, you and your children can play the color walk game. As you are doing your shopping, have your child find items representing things in God’s creation (orange pumpkin, pink flower, purple grapes, brown bear, white bunny). When your child finds an item, have him name the color and object and talk about how God created everything.
3. Nature Hunt
Go on a creation hunt with your child; grab a basket and take a walk outside. Place items in the basket such as flowers, feathers or leaves. Return home and place a picture of your child in the basket, too. Talk about how God created everything, even them (this activity is ideal for toddlers).
We’d love to hear back from you on how you used these activities with your child this week! How did it grow their faith in God? How did it grow yours? Which day of creation is their favorite? Did you use any other activities to focus your family’s heart on God’s creation? Leave a comment below and let us know!
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