I love the story of Creation and teaching it to my little dears. It is a short passage in the Bible, but we teach each day of Creation separately. Our aim is, first and foremost, to help the kiddos understand that God is the Creator of all things. Then we try to help them learn what God created during each day.
I started by showing them this picture. (This is not my original idea; it’s inspired from Bible Kids Fun Zone. I have a subscription and LOVE the lesson plans and printables available there.) To get the puzzle, click here or on the image below.
“What is this?” I asked my kiddos. They totally ignored our “Raise hand to speak” rule (which we had just finished revising) and started calling the answers out. Ahem! Hands please!
“It’s a puzzle. More importantly, it’s a puzzle of the world we live in now. But, in the beginning, our world was quite different! In fact, there were no trees, clouds, sun, people, animals, water or fish.” As I told them this, I removed each piece from the puzzle until there was nothing left.
“What do you see now?” I asked them.
“Nothing!” “Black!” “Dark!” “Paper!” they replied.
“That’s right! It was dark! BUT, in that darkness, Someone was there! God was there! “
To prove just how dark it was, I took out my shoe-box and asked each kiddo to take a look through the front hole. (This is an idea from by Janae from I Can Teach My Child. Please visit her post for instructions on how to make and use this box.)
I asked them again, “What do you see?” to which the responded, “Nothing!”
“But then,” I told them in a hushed tone. “God SPOKE!” And He said: “Let there be LIGHT!”
I asked each kiddo to look through the hole again. As they looked, I said, “Let there be light!” and switched on the flash light.
“I can see the light!” my little dears squealed!
After each child had a turn, I brought out some glitter bottles to help us re-tell the story of Creation. (There are many versions of how to make these glitter bottles floating around the internet. To make my two bottles, I used a tube of silver and gold glitter glue, black and white watercolor paint, fine and bigger glitter, some clear – and I stress CLEAR – Elmer’s school glue and warm water. I shook the bottles until the glue was evenly distributed. Simple, really.)
“So,” I recapped, “In the beginning, there was darkness…” I shook the black glitter bottle. The kids were mesmerized watching the glitter swirling about.
“But God had a plan. And He spoke out of the darkness and said, “Let there be light!” and light appeared.” I brought out the yellow glitter bottle and gave it a good shake.
Using the bottles, we recapped the first day of creation, and then we moved on and played a sorting game. We sorted Day and Night activities. (Click here to download the English version and here for the Romanian version).
We finished off the lesson by doing a craft, as shown in the picture below. (This craft was inspired by Preschool 4 All. I added some yellow and silver tissue paper to make it more interesting.)
I’ll be back next time with Day 2 of Creation 🙂