We have come to the last lesson in our Creation Unit. In this week's lesson, we are going to review each day of Creation, and discover why Sunday is a special day for us to go to church and worship our Creator!
Bible Truth: God rested.
Bible Story: On the seventh day of Creation, God rested, and made it a special day.
Bible Study: Genesis 2:1-3
Open your Bible to Genesis 1:1 and recite the verse with your class. Then, review the days of the Creation with picture visuals as you sing "God Created." Before you sing the last verse, stop to explain that God was finished creating the world in six days.
SAY: He looked at everything He made and said, "It is good!" God made Day Seven a very special day. Use a small pillow to illustrate that God rested from His work. He blessed Day Seven and made it different from all the other days. He made it a day to stop doing all of our other work, and worship Him! That's why we come to church on Sunday, to worship God!
Use a calendar or planner to illustrate for your class how you might plan your week. Find small pictures from ads or magazines that you can add to each day as you talk. For example:
- Monday - Buy groceries
- Tuesday - Wash your car
- Wednesday - Doctor or dentist appointment
- Thursday - Clean the bathroom
- Friday - Ride your bike
- Saturday - Go to a birthday party
- Sunday - On this day, add a cross, or picture of Jesus.
i love church
I found this book at my local Christian bookstore, but it can also be purchased here. It's a simple, colorful book about a child's love for church.
- God Created - Sing the entire song this week.
- Here is the Church, Here is the Steeple (listen and download) - This is the traditional child's finger play rhyme set to music, with additional words, "Hallelujah to the King of kings." For the chorus, "Hallelu, hallelujah," we wave our hands, and then on "King of kings," we extend our hands in front of, with palms up, and lift them higher on each syllable. Although we do not attend a church with a steeple, I like this song because it reinforces the concept of going to church to worship God.
creation pass n' sort
To prepare for this review game, print and cut out these Creation labels, which are pictured below. They are intended to be made into a mini-book, but they work as perfect labels for this activity. Attach each label to a brown paper bag, and set them up in front of the class. Collect an assortment of items, that can represent different days of Creation. Put all the items you have collected together in one larger bag. Suggested items to include are: a small flashlight, water bottle, several cotton balls (glued together), rock, pine cone, flower, seeds, glow in the dark stars, various animal figurines or stuffed animals, small doll figurines, and a small hand mirror.
Invite the children to sit in a circle. Play music as they pass the bag of assorted items around the circle. Stop the music periodically. When the music stops, the child holding the bag may reach in and pull out an item. Together the class determines in which paper bag the item belongs, and the child puts it into the correct bag. Continue playing until all the items have been sorted into the right bags. Strategically stop the music to ensure that all the children have a turn.
At the end of the game point out that the last bag (Day 7) is empty. Ask the children why they think it is empty? Talk about how that day is different from all the other days. God rested from His work and make that day a special day to worship Him!
Find the template and instructions for this creation wheel here.
Kids love their own pair of binoculars. Make these binoculars for looking at the world that God created. For this craft you will need.
- two toilet paper rolls
- construction paper
- this scripture label
- hole punch
- yarn or lacing
To prepare, cut construction paper into 4" strips. Tape the toilet paper rolls together, and cut pieces of yarn or lacing approximately 12" long. Print and cut the scripture labels.
In class, provide paint for the children to decorate a strip of construction paper. Allow the paint to dry as long as possible. Wrap and tape the construction paper around the toilet paper rolls. Punch holes on opposite sides of the toilet paper rolls, and tie yarn or lacing so that the binoculars can hang around the necks of the children. Glue a scripture label to each pair of binoculars.