Our first lesson this month was the story of creation, found in Genesis Chapter 1 and Genesis Chapter 2:1-3. I had a lot of fun preparing for this lesson. Here's what our lesson involved.
Awhile back I found a pack of pre-cut cardstock circle shaped paper and I knew I wanted to use it to craft something for the creation story.
I got out my glitter, and my large collection of stickers and got to work making a set of creation story sequence cards. I used two cardstock circles for each day's card, and using craft glue, glued a craft stick in between the two pieces. I decorated each day's card with a picture representing what God created on each day, and on the back of each card I wrote the corresponding day in silver sharpie. If you can't find pre-cut circles you could just trace out a circle onto cardstock and cut it out, but I will say the pre-cut version was very handy if you can find it.
I used various stickers, lots of fine glitter, and extra cardstock to craft each picture. Here are close ups of each day.
My students really enjoyed these cards, I used them during story time, I read the story right out of an NIV Bible, and held up each card as I read the day. After I read the story I used the cards to help prompt the students to learn each day and the order of the creation story, then I set the sequence cards out on the table for reference during the rest of our lesson.
For craft time I put together a simple mini book craft. I used construction paper to make the books, I made them on the smaller size about 1/4 of the size of a sheet construction paper, by folding four sheets of construction paper in half, then stapling in four spots and cutting that book in half. I printed out the title, as well as a short description of each day's creation for each page, and our memory verse.
For each day I provided a mixture of construction paper, stickers that corresponded, and markers. I made a very simple example of each page and then passed out supplies one page at a time and let the children be as creative as they wanted to.
All of the children did a wonderful job and were so creative with their designs, every little book looked unique. For this particular class I had a smaller group than usual and students that were happy to craft, with a larger group I would suggest setting out each page as a little station and possibly cutting out shapes for the younger students or providing lots of easy to use stickers. My students over the years have always enjoyed using stickers, so I stock up every time I see any that would be good in a lesson. :)
The homework was to learn their memory verse for the next Sunday, Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. As well as to share their little creation story book with their family. I have been using small prizes as incentives for learning verses lately, for this verse I found cute little globe key chains. The was a fun lesson to teach and I really enjoyed making the story sequence cards which I have saved to use again next time I teach this lesson.
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