At only 33 lines long, the creation story in Genesis may seem simple: On the first day, God created light; then He separated the light from the darkness on the second and the dry land from the oceans on the third. He created celestial bodies on the fourth; fish, fowl and creeping things on the fifth; then higher animals and man on the sixth. He rested on the seventh day. The lessons from this story are anything but simple. Making crafts with kids to illustrate these events will make these messages come alive.
Help children divide a box into seven sections and fill each section with something representative of that day of creation. For example, the child could put an LED light in the first box, a black-and-white cookie in the second, grass and flowers in the third, pictures or small models of planets and stars in the fourth, a feather and part of the label from a can of tuna in the fifth, little Lego men in the sixth and a big "Z" or sleeping cap in the seventh.
Help students make a large globe out of papier mache, or use a basketball or other large ball, depending on the time available and the children's age. Give them markers, stickers, magazine pictures, cotton and other supplies and glue. As you review the days of creation, have students decorate their globes. For example, for the second day a student could color half the globe black.
Older kids might enjoy making a comic book out of the creation story. Children can draw a series of pictures illustrating what happened on each day. This craft allows the kids to interpret the text themselves, exploring what it means to them personally.
Instead of having every student do every day of creation, consider assigning a different day to each student and choose a craft to illustrate it. This method encourages kids to explore the text more deeply than the other methods. Students can be shown how different commentators through the ages have interpreted the events of their specific day, show these ideas in their project and then share them with their peers.
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