As parents, there is no need for us to teach our children how to sin, but it is necessary for us to teach them where sin came from, what the consequences of sin are, and Who can rescue us from our sin. Open your Bible to Genesis 3, read it for yourself and then use these activities to REINFORCE, REMIND, and REFLECT with your child on man’s fall and God’s greatest promise.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned that Adam and Eve disobeyed God and that sin separates us from God. God created the heavens and earth as well as Adam and Eve, and He told Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But in Genesis 3, the serpent came along and told Eve it was really okay to eat from that tree. Eve gave Adam a piece of fruit and they ate it. Instantly Adam and Eve knew they had done something wrong and were afraid, so they hid from God. God came looking for them and found them. Adam and Eve told God they had eaten the fruit but were tricked by the serpent. God was angry and told the serpent he would have to slither on his belly all the rest of his life. He told Adam and Eve they would have to leave the garden and work the land for food and shelter. God also promised that someday He would send Someone Special to rescue the world from sin.
- Adam and Eve disobeyed God.
- Sin separates us from God.
- God had a plan to rescue the world from sin.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
3 Simple Ways to Help Your Child Apply What They Learned This Week
1. Construction Paper “Bridge Illustration”
Fold a sheet of construction paper in half. On one half have your child draw Adam and Eve and on the other half draw a heart to stand for God’s love for us. Let your child dip his finger in a cup of water and then run his wet finger along the fold in the paper. He may have to do this several times. When the fold is sufficiently damp, have your child rip the two pages apart. Talk about how the water is the sin that separates us from God just like it separated Adam & Eve from God. Cut out a large cross from construction paper and glue one side to the picture of Adam and Eve and the other to the picture of the heart. Talk about how Jesus is the bridge that connects us with God.
Afterwards, ask these questions:
- What is sin? What was the first sin?
- What should we do when we sin? (Ask God to forgive us.)
- Will God forgive you when you ask Him?
2. Laundry Basket Sock Toss
Grab a laundry basket and bean bag or sock filled with rice. Place the basket several feet away from your child. Have your child try to toss the bean bag into the basket. Use this game as an opportunity to explain the concept of sin and how no matter how hard we try, we all “miss the mark”. We can never be perfect and hit the target every time. The good news is that Jesus is perfect and because he died for our sins, we can be forgiven.
3. Happy Face/Sad Face
Our goal is for toddlers to understand right and wrong. Draw a happy face and a sad face on two paper plates. Tape them together with a pencil or popsicle stick in the middle. Give your child examples of good deeds and behaviors or bad deeds and behaviors. Tell him that if it is a bad behavior to show the sad face. If it is a good (nice) behavior, they should show the happy face.
Good examples: obey parents, pick up toys, share, help others, smile, happy attitude, loving brother or sister.
Bad examples: throw a fit, pushing, not sharing, being unkind, yelling “No” at parents, being mean to brother or sister.
God, please forgive us for disobeying you. Thank you for sending your son Jesus to die for my sins. Please teach me to trust you.
Kids say the greatest things! Leave us a comment and let us know the best thing your child said during these activities.