This activity was a hit with our preschool through eighth-graders
to teach the story of creation. It takes about 20 minutes, but the
kids will probably ask to do it twice. Before class, collect the
items listed in parentheses for each activity.
Have someone with a soothing voice be the narrator. Give him or her
a flashlight to read the Bible passage. Have teachers sit with
their classes. Begin with the lights out. Play classical music in
the background as the narrator reads aloud Genesis 1.
As each thing in creation is mentioned, use the corresponding
1. "Let there be light"-(Turn on the room lights.)
2. "The evening and the morning were the first day"-(Turn off the
3. "Dividing the waters"-(Play recorded water sounds. Spray water
in front of an oscillating fan so it lightly sprays kids.)
4. "Fruits and seeds"-(Pause as an orange is broken open in front
of the fan, allowing the aroma to fill the room.)
5. "Sun"-(Turn a three-way lamp on high inside a black cardboard
tube. It should make a round bright light.)
6. "Moon"-(Turn the lamp to its lowest setting and shine it through
the cardboard tube for a dimmer light.)
7. "Stars"-(Cover a box-style cheese grater with black poster board
on the three sides with the largest holes. Shine a light inside the
cheese grater and move around the room sprinkling the stars over
the ceiling-kids love this part!)
8. "Fish and fowl"-(Play recorded whale and dolphin sounds, then
9. "Animals"-(Play animal sounds.)
10. "Humans"-(Play sounds of people talking or singing.)
11. "Rest"-(Play sounds of waves and music.)
Afterward, serve fruit and dip for snacks.
PENNIES BY THE FOOT
For our summer service project, we asked kids to save their pennies
to purchase vacation Bible school materials for kids in Haiti. When
laid side by side, 16 pennies equal 12 inches, or one foot. So when
children brought 16 pennies, they wrote their names on construction
paper feet, and we put all the feet on our Wall of Fame at
We've used the virtual reality pet craze to help our kids think
about the way their families love and care for them.
Each week we loan out a Church Tamagotchi to a child to care for in
the coming week. Children also get a work sheet to fill out to help
them understand the activity. Kids return their work sheets when
they bring their pets back to church, and we talk about what their
week was like. This has been a big hit with our kids!
Items on the "Tamagotchi & You" work sheet:
•While feeding your pet, ask family members what their favorite
foods are and list them.
•After playing with your pet, ask family members what their
favorite games are and list them.
•After you've cleaned up your pet's mess, list the chores you do
around your house.
•When your pet falls asleep, remember to say your prayers. What
does your family pray for at the end of the day?
•If your pet is sick, tell it a joke. Laughter is good medicine
(Proverbs 17:22). What's the funniest thing that ever happened to
•Give your pet a checkup and while you're at it, measure the height
of everyone in your family.
•Gotta discipline your pet too! What's the most important rule in
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