Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Creation Fingerplay & Craft

Creation is one of the most important stories in the Bible for children to learn.  When they learn that God created all that we know out of everything,they understand God's power.  When they learn that God created us because He desires a relationship with us they understand God's love for us.   And the lists goes on.

But understanding Creation can be hard for our human finite minds.  Trying to bring the story to a preschooler's level can be even more challenging. 

While teaching the preschool kiddos at church the story of Creation, I came up with the idea of a fingerplay to help them remember the order.  This has been added to the 2 Year and 3 Year Curriculum.  The actions are simple yet add another level of learning.  As you teach the story, add another verse of the fingerplay.

• Creation Fingerplay
On Day 1 (On numbers - put corresponding fingers in the air)
God created light (close fist and then quickly open in the air and bring down to side creating arches)
On Day 2
God created the sky (wave arms in the air) and water (make waves with hands)
On Day 3
God created land (with palms facing the floor, run hands flat in front of you) and plants (place one fist inside the other and pop the one fist through the other - sign language for plant)
On Day 4
God created the sun (hold arm up in the air with fingers spread wide), moon (with opposite arm make a "c" formation with your hand in the air), and stars (with index fingers putting up alternate right and left hand moving up in the air - sign language for stars)
On Day 5
God created the fish (swim hands with palms together) and birds (join thumbs and fly hands in the air)
On Day 6
God created animals (choose your favorite animal) and people (point with thumbs at self)
On Day 7
God rested (place hands together by face as sleeping)

I also found the craft idea of a Creation Wheel from Big Book of Christian Crafts.   I tweaked it to make it easy to do with preschoolers and added to the 3 Year Curriculum.

Creation Wheel (Adapted from Big Book of Christian Crafts)
- Print the black and white creation wheel template on cardstock and then cut out the circle. Add a title to the empty segment. Color the pictures.
- Using construction paper, trace and cut out a second circle the same size. Cut out a “pie” segment from the second circle that is slightly smaller than one segment on the first circle. Make sure not to cut all the way into the center. Insert a brad (paper fastener) into the center of both circles with the second circle on top.
- Review the creation story by turning the top wheel to expose the pictures below.
- Cut two circles and create your own wheel by drawing or using stickers for the 7 days of creation.

My Creation Book

Creation Book
The 2 Year Curriculum creates a Creation Book with pages representing each day of creation.

Find examples of each day and many more ideas available on the Creation page at ABCJesusLovesMe.  

What is your favorite Creation craft or activity?

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