Introductory Activity – Galaxy Slime
- Homemade galaxy slime (clear school glue, liquid starch, liquid watercolor or food color, fine glitter
Before the session, make blue galaxy slime. Pour a 5-ounce bottle of glue in a bowl. Add drops of blue liquid watercolor or food color and fine glitter. Mix well. Add a small amount of starch and mix well. Continue adding starch and mixing until you reach the desired slime consistency. (You will need about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of starch.)
For more “galaxy” effect to the slime, make a batch of blue, violet, blue-green (turquoise), and white slime, following the directions above for each color. After all colors are made, swirl the slime together.
Guide kids to mix the colors to get the galaxy effect. They can stretch and pull the slime to explore it. Say Genesis 1:1 with the kids and tell kids they will learn that they can praise God for the world He created.
If your time permits, bring the ingredients for kids to make the slime for the introductory activity. Offer small ziplock bags for kids to take home some of the galaxy slime.
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Game – Toss and Name It
- Paper with letters, one letter per page (or large letter tiles); beanbag
Scatter the letters throughout the play area. Lead kids to take turns tossing the beanbag on the letters. When a child lands on a letter, he can name something in the natural world (something that God made) that begins with that letter. Increase the challenge by removing letters as they are used or by telling kids they must name something that has not been previously named. Thank and praise God for the things He created.
Craft – World Tambourine
- Blue plastic plates, green duct tape or masking tape, hole punches, chenille stems, jingle bells, scissors
Guide kids to use the plates and tape to create earths. They can form the green tape to resemble land masses on the earth. After a child has completed her earth plate, help her punch a few holes on the sides of the plate. She can thread a bell on a chenille stem and then thread the stem through one of the holes in the plate. Twist the stem to keep it attached to the plate. Lead kids to shake their plate tambourines as you sing a song to praise God for His creation.
Note: You can use green plastic plates and blue tape instead.
Introductory Activity – Name That Item
- Athletic headbands, index cards, marker, tape
Print nature items (things God created) on the cards, one item per card.
Guide the first players to put on headbands. Position the first guesser at the front of the room. Use a loop of tape to attach one of the cards to her headband. One or more kids can give simple clues for the guesser to name what is on her card. When she guesses, she steps aside and the next player steps forward; attach a card and continue the game. Tell kids that today they can praise God for His creation.
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Game – Don’t Hold the Ball
- Foam ball, timer
Group the kids into teams. Lead the first player of each team to stand facing one another. The rest of the team members line up behind their players. Set the timer for a random amount of time (30 seconds to 2 minutes). Hand the ball to one of the players. Start the timer. Ask a review question to the team holding the ball. When the team member answers, he hands the ball to the other team and moves to the end of his team’s line. Teams continue to answer questions and hand the ball back and forth until the timer sounds. When the time ends, the team not holding the ball receives 5 points. Reset the timer and play again.
Craft – Creation Sculpture
- Air dry clay, molding tools, plastic plates
Give kids plates and a ball of clay. Tell them to mold something that God made. They can create only one item or a group of items for their sculptures. Talk about the Bible content and the Life Point. Suggest kids place their sculptures somewhere to remind them to praise God for His creation.