Scripture: Genesis 1:1–2:3
Introductory Activity – Structure Creation
- Place bundles of straws and rolls of tape in several areas of the room.
As children enter, guide them to one of the groups of supplies. Guide the groups to work together to create free-standing structures with the tape and straws. Encourage them to build structures as tall as they can. When time is completed, look at all the structures. Tell them that they worked with materials to create the structures. But God created the world from nothing.
Live It Out – Board Game
- Gather basic materials to create a board game: poster board, paper, scissors, small sticky notes, tape or glue sticks, index cards, pencils, markers. Include small items that could be used for game pieces.
- Provide books or online resources to research facts about the natural world. Or gather facts before the session and provide for the kids to use.
Use the Activity Pages to talk about the Bible story and Life Point. Tell kids that God made an amazing world. Guide them to gather facts about the natural world through the resources you have. Or read the facts you gathered together. Lead kids to create a board game. They can create a board with the poster board, sticky notes, or paper. They can work together to create the rules for the game. After they have completed the game, they can play it together. Praise and thank God as the awesome Creator.
You may want to make smaller groups to have multiple board games. Then groups can trade games and play.
Introductory Activity – A or B?
- Print A on a piece of paper (as large as the paper). Print B on another piece of paper. Tape the letters on opposite walls in the room.
Tell kids to stand in the middle of the room. Read one of the questions below. Tell kids to move to the letter to answer the question. Tell the answer and guide kids to move back to the middle of the room before reading the next question. After you read questions, comment that the natural world is amazing. God created it.
Which insect can jump 130 times its own height? (a) flea (b) grasshopper (flea)
Which natural marvel is five times hotter than the sun? (a) lightning (b) lava (lightning)
Which animal’s muscles are a thousand times more powerful than an equal weight of human muscles? (a) locust (b) kangaroo (locust)
What is a female elephant called? (a) doe (b) cow (cow)
Which jaw uses 200 pounds of pressure? (a) ant (b) human (human)
Which natural event produces more power than all the nuclear power plants in America? (a) lightning (b) hurricane (hurricane)
Which is the only continent without bees? (a) Antarctica (b) Australia (Antarctica)
Which is a plant that eats insects? (a) sundrop (b) sundew (sundew)
How tall is a baby giraffe? (a) 9 feet (b) 6 feet (6 feet)
Live It Out – Creation Care Cups
- Provide a garage sale or dollar store ceramic mug or plastic tumbler for each preteen. Gather paint pens or permanent markers.
Review the Bible story and Life Point. Comment that God is Creator. Guide kids to locate and read Genesis 2:15. Ask them to describe the task God gave man (to work in the garden and care for it). Explain that people are still responsible for the care of God’s creation.
Brainstorm together ways that people wisely use and foolishly abuse God’s creation. List ways on paper or a board. Extend the discussion to talk about ways the preteens could wisely use God’s creation. Discuss ways your group could help care for the world. Locate and read the Life Verse. Distribute permanent markers and cups. Lead each preteen to print the Life Verse; they can use fancy script or other fun writing. They can add a picture or caption to remember a way to care for creation. Encourage the kids to use the cups at home and make a habit of the creation care activities they identified. Pray and praise God as Creator.