Introductory Activity – Draw and Guess
- Large dry erase board, marker (or large piece of paper and marker)
Draw a picture of something from the natural world (plant, animal, rock, planet). Guide kids to guess what you are drawing. After kids guess, choose someone to draw the next picture. Continue drawing and guessing natural world items. Tell kids they will learn about the creation of the world today.
If you have a larger group of kids, create smaller groups. Give each group paper and markers to play the game.
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Game – Life Point Ball
- Beach ball (one per team), sticky notes, paper, marker, tape
Print the Life Point on the paper to make a sign/poster. Create one of these posters for each team. Print words of the Life Point on sticky notes, one word per note. Stick the notes randomly on the inflated ball. Make a set of notes on a ball for each team. Tape the posters to a wall at one end of the play area. Make a tape start line at the other end of the area and place balls on the start line.
Group kids into teams. One your signal, the first player from each team moves the ball from the start line to the poster. The ball must stay on the floor, rolling from one end to the other. Players can use hands or feet to move the balls. If any word falls from the ball, the player must stop and reattach the note before continuing. When the player reaches the poster, he finds the note with the first word and sticks that word on the poster. Then he can pick up the ball and run back to his team. The next player moves the ball to the poster and attaches the second word, and so on. Recall the Bible story as teams finish the Life Point.
Note: You can have just one ball and play this game as a group instead of in teams. Provide multiple posters and multiple sets of sticky words as needed to give all kids an opportunity to play.
Craft – Accordion Stand-Up
- Heavyweight paper, colored tape, scissors, markers, glitter pens
Lead kids to cut eight squares of paper, approximately six inches square. Tell them to print the letters of the word creation on the squares. They can use decorative letters or add other embellishments around the letters. Show kids how to lay the letters side by side and use tape to connect the squares together. Fold on the tape accordion style and stand up the word. Talk about God’s creation and say the Life Point. Suggest kids print the Life Point on the back of their stand-ups.
Introductory Activity – Spelling Bee
- Alphabet tiles (one set per team), paper, markers
Group the kids into teams or play as one group. Tell kids that they can use the tiles to spell the names of animals. They should try to make as many animals as possible. Give the signal to start. Choose players to write down the names of the animals as they are spelled. Then the tiles can be used again to spell a different name. Call time. Note how many animal names were spelled. If you played in teams, compare the lists and find out how many unique words were made. Tell kids that today they will learn about God’s creation of the world.
Teaching Tip: If you do not have alphabet tiles, print letters on index cards for kids to use. (Include all the letters and multiple cards with vowels and frequently used consonants.)
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Game – Ball Bounce
- Muffin pan (or 12 plastic cups), table tennis balls, circle stickers, marker
Print a question mark on 2 or 3 of the circle stickers, LP on 2 or 3 stickers, and BV on 2 or 3 stickers. Place one of each sticker in the bottom of the muffin cups (or plastic cups). Some will be empty, too. Set the pan or cups on a table or the floor near a wall (for a backstop).
Guide kids to take turns bouncing a ball into one of the cups. If the ball lands in an empty cup, the turn is over. If the ball lands in a question mark, ask a review question about the Bible story. If the ball lands on LP or BV, ask kids to repeat the Life Point or Bible verse.
–Play in teams. Alternate players bouncing the ball and award points for correct answers.
–Tell kids to name something God made when the ball lands in an empty cup.
Craft – Graphic Story
- Paper, thin-line markers, pencils
Guide kids to create graphic, comic-book-style versions of the Bible story. As they draw, talk about the world God created. Suggest that each panel a kid draws represent a day of creation. Say the Life Point. Pray and thank God for His creation.