Monday, July 8, 2013

God's Creation: Day One and Two by Martin Wiles

(All material is original to the author with the exception of songs and activities which have been borrowed from various sources. All studies are free for public use.)
God’s Creation: Day One and Two
Scripture Reference: Genesis 1:1-8
Memory Verse: Genesis 1:1
(Compiled and written by Martin W. Wiles)


Objectives: 
The lesson objective is to help children understand that God has created everything they see and can’t see. Children attending public schools will be introduced to the theory of evolution and will doubtlessly not hear creation taught as another option for how the world began. Teachers should introduce God as the source of creation without instilling a negative spirit within the children toward their teachers or others who might adhere to an evolutionary viewpoint. Rather, children should be given the knowledge needed to present just as strong of a case for creation as for evolution. Make sure children understand that they should give their beliefs and viewpoints with love not anger or hate. 

Icebreaker Questions: 
Is it possible for you to make something out of nothing? Why not? (Materials are needed to make all items.)

Do you think it’s possible for God to make things, animals, and people out of nothing? (The Bible says he did. By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. Hebrews 11:3 NLT.)

How can God make things out of nothing when people cannot? (Because God is God and has powers people don’t. He created us which makes him more powerful than we are.)

Have any of you ever watched television shows or movies or played video games where you saw someone make something magically appear or disappear? Or perhaps they had superhuman powers? (Let children give examples, and then make sure they understand that these depictions are fictional.)

Say: Today we’re going to begin a month long story about how God created the world and made animals and humans. The story you hear will be different than the one you are taught in school in your science classes. They will teach you about a concept called evolution which means that life forms developed from other life forms. You may hear that at one time humans were monkeys but that over time we developed into what we are today. You will hear the same about animals. You will also hear your teachers teach that the world is billions of years old rather than thousands of years old. Most—but not all, of the people who teach this and write the books that teach it are not Christians. As a student, you have the opportunity to tell your teacher what you believe as a Christian. Perhaps your witness will help them come to know Jesus as their Savior.

Say: (Display the following verse where the children can easily see it.) Let’s say our memory verse together. This will be our memory verse for the entire month. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 NLT)

Bible Story Time: 
Tell children about the first two days of creation:

Can you imagine a time when there was nothing but God and heaven—wherever that was. There were no animals, plant, trees, or people other than the angels in heaven and the animals and plants that might have been there. God loves, and he wanted to share his life with more than just animals, plants, and angels. He decided to create a beautiful world and fill it with animal life, plant life, and people. He wanted these people to worship him and love him in return. But how did it all begin? 

God began by creating the earth. After all, if he was going to create plants, animals, and humans, he had to have someplace to put them. In the beginning, the earth God created was empty and shrouded in darkness. If plants, animals, and humans were to exist and survive, there had to be light. This was the first thing God created. God said, “Let there be light,” and light appeared. He then separated the light from the darkness. The early earth was just as we know it now. We have so many hours of daylight and so many hours of darkness. God did this on the first day. Some people believe these days were actual 24-hour days like we have while others believe they may have been a longer period of time. Either way, God made the light and darkness. 

What would God do on the second day? He had to make a separation so that the water on the earth would be separated from the mists of the skies. The mists above are what we refer to as sky and space. 

Everything that God will make from now on he will say is good. God doesn’t create bad things. Make plans to come back next week so we can read about what God did after he created the earth and the sky. 

Craft Time: 

This is one of those crafts that's really simple for little kids (toddlers and preschool) but remains fun as you get older.

Materials:
coffee filter
blue and green washable markers (we used Crayola brand)
squirt bottle or small glass of water 
black construction paper
glue 
Optional:  white paint, old toothbrush and popsicle stick
Instructions:
Flatten out a coffee filter on a plate.

Scribble the filter with blue and green washable markers. 
Use a squirt bottle to spray the coffee filter 2 or 3 times.

I like to squirt right in the center of the filter and then sit and watch the water wick the colors over the filter (this takes 4 or 5 minutes).

Young children will tend to over wet the filter...The project still works, but it won't turn out quite as pretty (the colors tend to blend too much if you soak the filter). To help prevent this, encourage them to squirt it just once in the middle and watch for a bit for so they can see the process unfold.  You can always add more water later if it doesn't get wet all the way to the edge after 5 minutes or so.

Let dry (This takes about 1/2 an hour, but will take longer if the filter has been soaked by an over-zealous crafter!).

We found ours turned out mostly green (I think our blue was a bit too light).  After it dried, we colored some more dark blue in the center and squirted it once with water.

Optional:  Splatter paint a piece of black construction paper: 
o Cover your work area with newspaper
o Dip a toothbrush into white paint and tap it off to get rid of the excess. 
o Hold it over the black paper and lightly rub the edge of the popsicle stick against the toothbrush to splatter dots of white paint onto the paper.
o Repeat until your black paper looks like a star filled universe.
o Set aside to dry

Glue your earth to a piece of black construction paper (or to a splatter painted piece of black construction paper).

Transition:
Let’s sing a song about God’s creation.

Song:  

God in Heaven Made the Earth 
(to the tune of Old MacDonald)

God in heaven made the earth – isn't God so good!
and on the earth he made the seas – isn't God so good!
With a big wave here, and a big wave there,
here a wave, there a wave, everywhere a wave wave!
God in heaven made the earth – isn't God so good!

God in heaven made the earth – isn't God so good!
and on the earth he made the hills – isn't God so good!
With a big hill here and a big hill there,
here a hill, there a hill, everywhere a hill hill!
God in heaven made the earth – isn't God so good!

God in heaven made the earth – isn't God so good!
and on the earth he made the snow – isn't God so good!
With a big pile here, and a big pile there,
here a pile, there a pile, everywhere a pile, pile!
God in heaven made the earth – isn't God so good!

God in heaven made the earth – isn't God so good!
And on this earth he made the people – isn't God so good!
With a little boy here and little girl there,
here a boy, there a girl, everywhere a boy girl!
God in heaven made the earth – isn't God so good!

Activity Time:

Take Away:
Let each child tell one thing they learned from the story about the first two days of creation. 

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