Monday, June 16, 2014

Creation Scavenger Hunt




There are many ideas to teach each Creation Day.  But, what about an activity to combine all seven?  Jona shared on the ABC Jesus Loves Me Facebook Group a fabulous idea of a Creation Scavenger Hunt.  I used the basic idea along with the snacks suggested in the ABCJLM Curriculum to create riddles for a scavenger hunt.

Supplies:

Create seven baggies with the following snack food in a bag.  Number each bag according to the day it represents. 

1 - Oreos or white and chocolate chips
2 - White pudding with blue food coloring
3 - M&M's, pretzel sticks, and raisins
4 - Mini powdered sugar donut (broken in half), circle cookie or piece of cheese cut in a circle, Starbursts
5 - Goldfish
6 - Animal crackers
7 - Large marshmallows (pillows)

Preparation:

Hide the bags around the room or house.  Grab a Bible and turn to Genesis 1.  Then call the children together to explain the Creation Scavenger Hunt.  For each day of creation, read a set of verses from Genesis 1 and 2.  Then the child will be released to find a snack bag that represents each day of Creation.  The child is to find the numbered bag and bring it to the table, laying the bags in order to review at the end. This activity could be done in a single day (hide each snack bag in a different area) or spread out over a week.

Hunt:

Tell the children the following riddle to begin:
To help you understand Creation
We have a game to play.
I will read a verse
to help you find the snack of the Day.
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Day 1

Read the following verses from Genesis 1.  

1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth didn’t have any shape. And it was empty. Darkness was over the surface of the ocean. At that time, the ocean covered the earth. The Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

3 God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good. He separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day.” He called the darkness “night.” There was evening, and there was morning. It was day one.

Riddle Day 1:
It was dark all the time
So God said, "Let there be light."
Find a snack that is white
and dark as night.
Instruct the child to find bag #1 - Oreos or white and chocolate chips
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 Day 2


Read the following verses from Genesis 1. 

6 God said, “Let there be a huge space between the waters. Let it separate water from water.” 7 And that’s exactly what happened. God made the huge space between the waters. He separated the water that was under the space from the water that was above it. 8 God called the huge space “sky.” There was evening, and there was morning. It was day two.

9 God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered into one place. Let dry ground appear.” And that’s exactly what happened. 10 God called the dry ground “land.” He called the waters that were gathered together “oceans.” And God saw that it was good.

Riddle Day 2:
God separated the water
From the dry land
Go look for a bag filled with blue pudding
That will taste grand.

Instruct the child to find bag #2 - White pudding with blue food coloring

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Day 3

Read the following verses from Genesis 1. 

11 Then God said, “Let the land produce plants. Let them bear their own seeds. And let there be trees on the land that bear fruit with seeds in it. Let each kind of plant or tree have its own kind of seeds.” And that’s exactly what happened.

12 The land produced plants. Each kind of plant had its own kind of seeds. The land produced trees that bore fruit with seeds in it. Each kind of tree had its own kind of seeds.

God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning. It was day three.


Riddle Day 3:
Let the land produce plants
Let the plants bear seeds
Praise God
He always provides for our needs.
Instruct the child to find bag #3 - M&M's, pretzel sticks, and raisins
Ask the child to create plants using the snack mix.  Assist if needed.  

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Day 4

Read the following verses from Genesis 1. 

14 God said, “Let there be lights in the huge space of the sky. Let them separate the day from the night. Let them serve as signs to mark off the seasons and the days and the years. 15 Let them serve as lights in the huge space of the sky to give light on the earth.” And that’s exactly what happened.

16 God made two great lights. He made the larger light to rule over the day. He made the smaller light to rule over the night. He also made the stars.

17 God put the lights in the huge space of the sky to give light on the earth. 18 He put them there to rule over the day and the night. He put them there to separate light from darkness.  God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning. It was day four.


Riddle Day 4:
The sun, the stars
The moon in the sky
Find the right snack
And give it a try.

Instruct the child to find bag #4 - Mini powdered sugar donut (broken in half), circle cookie or piece of cheese cut in a circle, Starbursts
Ask the child to lay out and explain each snack piece.  Assist if needed.  

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Day 5

Read the following verses from Genesis 1. 

20 God said, “Let the waters be filled with living things. Let birds fly above the earth across the huge space of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the ocean. He created every living and moving thing that fills the waters. He created all kinds of them. He created every kind of bird that flies. And God saw that it was good.

22 God blessed them. He said, “Have little ones and increase your numbers. Fill the water in the oceans. Let there be more and more birds on the earth.”

23 There was evening, and there was morning. It was day five.


Riddle Day 5:
The birds in the sky
The fish in the ocean
Find your next snack
With one quick motion
Instruct the child to find bag #5 - Gold Fish 


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Day 6

Read the following verses from Genesis 1. 

24 God said, “Let the land produce all kinds of living creatures. Let there be livestock, and creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals. Let there be all kinds of them.” And that’s exactly what happened.

25 God made all kinds of wild animals. He made all kinds of livestock. He made all kinds of creatures that move along the ground. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our likeness. Let them rule over the fish in the waters and the birds of the air. Let them rule over the livestock and over the whole earth. Let them rule over all of the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created man in his own likeness.  He created him in the likeness of God.  He created them as male and female.

28 God blessed them. He said to them, “Have children and increase your numbers. Fill the earth and bring it under your control. Rule over the fish in the waters and the birds of the air. Rule over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

29 Then God said, “I am giving you every plant on the face of the whole earth that bears its own seeds. I am giving you every tree that has fruit with seeds in it. All of them will be given to you for food.

30 “I am giving every green plant to all of the land animals and the birds of the air for food. I am also giving the plants to all of the creatures that move on the ground. I am giving them to every living thing that breathes.” And that’s exactly what happened.

31 God saw everything he had made. And it was very good. There was evening, and there was morning. It was day six.


Riddle Day 6:
Day 6 was special
God created animals and man
He said, "It is very good."
Just like His plan.
Instruct the child to find bag #6 - Animal Crackers

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Day7

Read the following verses from Genesis 2. 

1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Riddle Day 7:
God had finished the work
That He had been doing
Find the last bag
Then do some reviewing.
Instruct the child to find bag #7 - Large Marshmallows (pillows)

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Once all bags are found and laid on the table, review what each day is.  End the Creation Scavenger Hunt in prayer, thanking God for His beautiful Creation.

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4 comments :

  1. I love this idea. I will be using this in my second grade class... thank you

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    1. Glad you like it.

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  2. You have some great ideas. :)

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