Use this Bible lesson based on Genesis 4:1-16 to teach preschoolers about Cain and Abel.
SETTING Create an altar by draping a bedsheet or blanket over a table. Lay real or artificial fruits and vegetables on the altar. Also lay a stuffed sheep or a picture of a sheep on the altar. Place a candle on each side of the altar. With the older kids, you may want to light the candles.
Bible Activity:Happy/Sad-Give each child a paper plate, a tongue
depressor a marker and glue. Have kids each draw a happy face and an angry face on opposite sides of the paper plate and glue on the stick as a handle.
Read Genesis 4:1-16, having kids show the side of the plate that represents Cain or Abel when their names are read. Afterward, have children show either side of the plate and tell about a time their feelings matched that face.
Mend-a-Quarrel–Lead children in the words and actions of this finger play.
*Say: Any quarrel (frown with hands on hips) I will mend (smile and hug yourself), for my brother (hold up first finger of left hand) is my friend (hook first fingers of each hand together).
Repeat the finger play several times, exchanging “sister” for “brother.”
V.I.P. Plate Craft–Paraphrase the story from Genesis 4:1-16. Tell children God wants them to not fight with their families.
Give each child a paper plate and stickers. Have children each design V.I.P. dinnerware for a sibling by attaching stickers to their plate. Each plate will be good for one special meal!
SNACK You’ll need: Broken heart-shape sugar cookies, icing and blunt knives.
Directions: *Say: When we quarrel with family members, it feels like our hearts are breaking. But we can mend broken hearts with the “icing” of love and kind words.
Have children mend their cookies with frosting and eat them.
Contributors: Patti Chromey, Kathy Downs, Nancy Dunn and Cindy Newell