This week, we started our lesson by talking about rules. We all agreed that, at times, rules are annoying because we can’t do what we want, but, they help to keep us, and others, safe. We went through our Sunday School rules and talked about how each one keeps us or others safe and what the natural consequences would be if we broke a specific rule as well as the punishment that might be dished out by teachers if one continues to break the rules.
We didn’t get to play our “Obey the Signs” game as we left it until the end of the lesson and ran out of time! (Note for next year: play a short game at the START of lesson!) However, it is a fantastic game for helping kiddos to understand the importance of obeying rules.
To play this game, have children line up in front of you. Stand on the opposite side of the room and call out, “Go!” or “Stop!” When you say GO, the children move towards you. When you say STOP, they must stop. The first child to reach you wins. A child must go back to the starting point if they continue to move forward once you’ve called “Stop!” (You could also play this as a “Musical Statues” game, substituting the music for the signs.)
Once the game is finished, ask the children some questions, such as: How can you tell who wins? Quite evidently, the person who followed the rules AND got to the teacher first. What are the consequences of not playing by the rules? Going back to the starting point and possibly giving up your chances of winning!
We talked about the man God had created: Adam. God made a beautiful garden for Adam called Eden and his job was to look after the plants and animals. However, Adam felt lonely because he didn’t have a friend. So God, made a woman and Adam named her Eve! She was the perfect friend for Adam. They both lived in the beautiful garden and were very happy. God told them to eat the fruit from any tree in the garden EXCEPT the one that was in the middle of the garden. God gave them a rule.
To help with the retelling of what happened in the garden, I made a a story box. The clip art I used is available for purchase from Kari Bolt’s store. She has several Bible sets.
I asked my kiddos what they thought: would Adam and Eve listen to God’s rule? I guess they must all be familiar with this Bible Story because they all thought that they would NOT listen to God’s rule.
I continued to tell them the rest of the story.
Once finished, we all agreed that the ending was very sad. We talked about the natural consequence of Adam and Eve’s sin – that they began to age – and the punishment handed out by God – that they were no longer allowed in the garden. How sad that they could no longer talk to God like they used to!
Of course, I didn’t want to leave my kiddos feeling sad about what had happened to Adam and Eve, so I told them about God’s plan to help them and all the other people that had been born after them by sending His Son, Jesus, to earth.
We made an Eve puppet to help us remember all that we had learnt about this week.
And then handed out a take-home page for everyone.