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Sunday School Adam and Eve

Sunday School Adam and Eve 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 then 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. I asked my kiddos what they thought: would Adam and Eve listen to... read more

Sunday School Creation: Man and Day of Rest

Sunday School Creation: Days 6 & 7 – Creation of Man and the Day of Rest This week, we summarised all the God had created. Since we hadn’t talked about the creation of the first man, Adam, the previous week, we talked about him now. I had planned to take in some play dough and show my kiddos how God formed Adam ever so carefully, but I don’t know how it happened that I didn’t end up taking any to class with me. Oh well. So, we had to use our imaginations and imagined how God formed Adam from the dust and then breathed life into him. It was not nearly as fun as the play dough, but my little dears went along with it! We also read from our Creation story book to find out what God did on Day 7.   We spent a good few minutes talking about God’s rest. We decided that God did not necessarily sleep on Day 7. Most likely, God rested from creating and spent time admiring His creation. I asked my kiddos what they usually do after they have made something really cool with Lego, or have done an awesome craft. Do they just keep on making things out of Lego, or keep crafting, or do they take a break to admire their work… and, perhaps, even play with their creations? Well, after God created Adam, God wanted to talk to Adam. He was, after all, the most magnificent of all God’s creations. My kiddos could totally relate to that one 😉 Next, inspired by Hands Bible Teacher’s post, I introduced the Creation Week sensory mini tub pack I made for my dears. I filled each mini tub with something to represent what was created on each day. I also made a Days of Creation printable that I put on the bottom of each tub. Needless to say, this was the highlight of the day and the kiddos ALL wanted to have a turn ordering the tubs. And we also played a matching game, which the younger kids enjoyed a great deal. (The pictures below are on the reverse-side of the numbers pictured above.) We coloured an Adam puppet to remind us that, on Day 6, God also created the first man and then the next day, on God’s day of rest, God talked to Adam. Once the children had finished their craft, we also played a sorting game to show the things what were created by God and the things that were created... read more

Sunday School Creation Animals

Sunday School – Creation Day 6: Animals As in previous sessions, I brought out our sensory bottles and we remembered what God had created on each day. I brought out the Day 6 sensory bottle and I asked my kiddos to guess what God had created on this particular day. No, not the grass, nor the flowers… yes! That’s right! Puppies and cats and giraffes and all the other animals! We checked our Creation story book to make sure that we had gotten that right. Sure enough, we were right; what a clever bunch we are! 😉 We spoke about big and small animals and then we tried to make the sounds our favourite animals made. And then we played a sorting game. We sorted the animals from the insects. Am I right to assume that insects were created on this day? (Please point out the obvious to me so I know to change it for next year if I’m wrong!!) My munchkins love our sorting games and have come to expect them for each lesson! Then I held up some pre-cut animals masks: monkeys and lions and bears and puppies! Oh my! They all jumped and down with excitement!  To get your free printable masks, please click the picture below. Here is my lil’ Filip… yes, he’s in my Sunday School class 🙂 My dears are all at different levels with the colouring and fine motor development. That means that some will finish quickly, while others will need help to complete their colouring. I usually allow the early finishers the possibility to play with the Creation sensory bottles or to start on their Take Home page. Today, I decided to make this: They totally LOVED the sensory animal tub! Of course, my dears that were still colouring wanted to see what all the fuss was about… I’m so glad I decided to take a photo BEFORE and not DURING or AFTER as you would not have been able to tell what it was meant to be! Of course, I handed out some Take Home pages to my dears too. Before we finish up for the morning, I always explain what is expected of them and they feel so grown up doing their Sunday School “homework”. Please click here to get the printables in English. Please click here to get the printables in Romanian. I just noticed that I have not yet made available the Creation booklet in Romanian. Please click the picture below to get the Romanian version. Click here for the English version. Thank... read more

Sunday School Creation: Birds and Fish

Sunday School – Creation Day 5: Birds and Fish I’d like to begin with an apology to everyone who has been waiting for me to continue with the Creation series. Due to family and work commitments, I had to put blogging on hold for a while, but I am back this week to show you what my little dears and I did for Day 5 of Creation. We started by talking about what God had created on the previous days. I brought out the Darkness and Light sensory bottles from Day 1, the Clouds and Ocean sensory bottle from Day 2, the Land and Plants sensory bottle from Day 3 and the Sun, Moon and Stars sensory bottles from Day 4 and we talked about what was in each one and. I then brought out the sensory bottles for Day 5 and I asked my little dears to try and guess what God had created… This bottle shows the sky and the different birds that God created. (As I didn’t have enough big bird pictures/stickers to put in, I added some butterfly ones… I know butterflies weren’t created on Day 5, but my kiddos got the idea that God made “things with wings” on  this particular day to fly across the sky). Then I brought out the second bottle and we talked about the different fish and sea creatures that God also created. The kids absolutely loved this second bottle: I put in some small sea shells and blue and clear gems and they made the most delightful sound as the bottle was turned upside down. We then checked to make sure that our answers were correct by reading from our Creation Story Book. (Click the picture to get the FREE book!) We then played a sorting game with some sensory tubs that I made up for my little dears. (Click any of the pictures below to get the FREE printables.) I filled the first sensory tub with blue Easter grass and some white cotton balls. For the ocean sensory tub, I filled it up with some blue water beads, different coloured shells and some plastic fish tank grass. My kids had lots of fun playing with the contents and sorting the different creatures to their correct tub. We wrapped up our lesson with two paper plate crafts. A bird… And a fish… Of course, there was a take home booklet too! (Click any of the pictures to get the FREE booklet.) Please click here to get the Romanian version of the Take Home... read more

Sunday School Creation: Sun, Moon and Stars

Sunday School Creation: Sun, Moon and Stars (The printables in this post are available in English or Romanian and can be downloaded at the end of this post.) We started our lesson about Day 4 of Creation by talking about what God had made on the previous days. Then, to find out what God had made on Day 4, we read from our Creation book. (Download the Creation book here!) We discovered that God created the sun, moon and stars. I pointed out that there was only one moon and one sun, but some many stars. I asked if anyone wanted to try to count them. “There are too many!” my kiddos replied. We then talked briefly about how awesome our God is that He can every single star in the universe and knows exactly how many there are! The little dears with some number knowledge were very impressed by how “smart” God is 😉 I then brought out the Sun, Moon and Stars exploration jars. To make the sun exploration jar, I painted a Styrofoam ball with oil-based yellow paint. I filled the jar with one tube of blue glitter glue, smallest drop of blue food dye and water. To make the moon and stars exploration jar, I painted a smaller Styrofoam jar with grey oil-based paint and added some glow-in-the dark stars. I filled the jar with one tube of silver glitter glue, some black water paint and water. Of course, glue on the lid. Unless you don’t mind cleaning up the mess that could be made 😉 We talked about how God made the sun to shine during the day and the moon to glow at night. We then focused our attention on the Sun and talked about Sun Safety. My kiddos area clever bunch and helped me sort the things we need to be safe when we are out in the sun from the things that we don’t need… though we all agreed that it would be nice to eat a slice of cake while out in the sun! We then did our craft for the week… a paper plate sun craft… … and the moon and a star on the other side of the paper plate… (The moon and star template is available at the end of this post.) And then, each kiddo took one of these booklets home: And that’s it for Day 4 of Creation! To download the FREE ENGLISH Sunday School printables from this post, please click here! To download... read more

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