Creation Day One (Preschool Bible Lesson)

Preschoole Bible LessonsThis lesson plan is designed to teach preschool aged children about the first day of creation. It could be used in any setting with children age 2-5 at church, including a preschool Sunday School class or a preschool children’s church class.  This lesson is part of a series of Bible lessons about creation. As always, consider your own ministry context and modify it as needed. Please leave any feedback or suggestions for improvement in the comment box at the bottom of this page.

Bible Story: The first day of Creation from Genesis 1:1-5

Learning Objectives: After this lesson, the children will demonstrate an understanding of what God created on the first day of creation by showing hand motions.

Target Age: 2 year olds – 5 year olds

Items Needed:

  • PRINT PRINT this lesson plan
  • Bible, Genesis 1:1-5.
  • Creation Storybook for Preschoolers
  • Playdough (any colors) and Green & blue Playdough
  • Flashlights
  • ½ sheet of black construction paper per child, ½ sheet of yellow construction paper per child, full sheet of white construction paper (with a crease in the middle) per child, 1 slip of paper with following written on it per child: “God said, ‘Let there be light.’ And there was light.”  Genesis 1:3. Glue, Marker to write children’s names on their papers


Teaching Plan: The First Day of Creation

Bible Lesson Introduction

* Playdough Creations – let the children play with Playdough – encourage them to “create” things with the Playdough – talk to them as they are creating and try to get them to name the items they are “creating”.

Bible Lesson

Read Genesis 1:1-5 aloud to the children.  There is also a book that you can print out that has the story along with simple pictures to help the children understand what is being read.

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  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.

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

NIrV (New International Reader’s Version)

Read the verses (story) to the children.  If you are using the print out story, point to the pictures as you read the story so that the children can better understand what you are saying.

Read the verses (story) again using the flashlights when you get to the part about God creating light.  Depending on your children, if they aren’t scared of the dark, you can even keep the lights off while you read the story again, using the flashlights for effect.

Discuss the Bible Reading

When you are finished reading the story the second time, ask the children the following questions so that you can know they understood it.

“Who was in the story?”  God

“Was is dark at the beginning of the story?”  Yes

“What did God create in the story today?”  Light

“What number day was it in the story today?”  One

Let There Be Light! Coloring Sheet

Print or Download the "Let there be light" coloring pageLet There Be Light (Creation Day One)
This coloring sheet features the events from Genesis 1:3 where God says, “Let there be light.” The picture features the sun and stars that radiate that light on the first day of creation. Click the link above to see download and printing options. This was the first day of the biblical creation story. Don’t miss all our creation coloring pages.

Bible Lesson Craft / Activity

Use the following activities to reinforce the learning goals. If time is short, move on to the evaluation portion of the lesson plan.

Activity: Light/Dark Paper

“We are going to make a dark and light paper to help us remember what God made on the first day of creation.  First you are all going to get a white piece of paper.  We have a Bible Verse to put on the back.”

  • Give each child a piece of white construction
  • Let the children glue the paper with the verse on it onto the white construction paper

“Now I want everyone to flip your paper over so that we can start making our paper.  Do you see how your paper has a fold in the middle?  We are going to glue different colors of paper on each side.  God made the darkness into the light.  So we are going to have a dark side and a light side of our paper.  You each are going to get a piece of black paper.  Now you can rip this paper into pieces and then glue them onto one side of your white paper.”

  • While they are making their paper you can be writing each child’s name on their paper with the marker.

“Now we are going to make our light side of our paper.  So you can do the same thing with the yellow paper that you did with the black paper.  Tear it up and glue it on the other side of your white paper.”

Activity: Bible Verse Memorization

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”  Genesis 1:1

(New International Reader’s Version)

Have the children do the following sign language along with repeating the words after you, to help them learn the Bible Verse:

In the beginning”—the index finger twists between the fingers of the other hand to indicate the turning of a key in an ignition switch

God”—hold hand up with fingers towards the sky…the hand is raised to the heavens and then downward in a sign of respect

created”—the hands (in fists on top of one another) twist as if they were putting something together

the heavens”—the hands move up, in a large circle, towards the heavens

and the earth”—the thumb and middle finger pinch the side of the wrist which represents the earth rotating on its axis


  1. says

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  2. violet says

    These are free to use for my classroom right? Thank you so much for all of the great ideas!

  3. Kirsten says

    I love your resources and refer to them most every week for ideas. Thank you.
    Can I just point out however, that for the colouring sheet, the sun, moon and stars weren’t created until day 4. God Himself was the source of light, as He will be in the future new earth.

  4. Angi Smith says

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  5. says

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  6. says

    I have just started to use the internet for my teaching and this page really cought my eye. I’m going to use it tonight , hopefully it will go as great as i’ve planed!(:


  7. Andy Lindstrom says

    I really like your method of handling this passage. Speaking it and/or seeing it probably represents the closest thing to how it was originally deliverered and or propogated. And children probably draw the best answers from it. TRY TO NOT GET TOOOOOO LOST IN THE DETAILS IF YOU DON’T REALLY UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF THOSE DETAILS. I don’t *know* that I’m on course, but I think it’s pretty good. And I guess the good news is we can always try again if not! Praise God.

  8. Eric says

    it is such a wonderful material for me to share the story with the kids. Praise God… let’s share God’s grace to all..

  9. Kinzie says

    Thank you so much for this website. It has helped me so much with my Sunday School class. Being sixteen and being asked to do Sunday School, I was ecstatic, but I had no material for teaching a preschool and under class. So again thank you very much. God bless you.

  10. Jayn Williams says

    I really love your website, it has helped me a lot in teaching my pre-school kids and has helped my fellow church mates in their teaching as well. I just want to say thank you for providing such wounderfull resources for me to help my church with.
    May God reachly bless your ministry!!!!

  11. Kirstin says

    Love your website. Thank you for all the ideas and resources! They are excellent. Praising God for the opportunity to teach His children!

  12. Priscilla says

    Thank you so much for the lesson plans! They are awesome. My preschoolers at church love the activites. Every Sunday they ask what the activity for the day is. Their favorite is the song, My God is so Big! Now I keep a notebook with all the lesson plans and base our class off the lessons.

  13. Lia Tabuya says

    thank you very much sir for letting me be a member of this Ministry…for the Pre Scholars…I am indeed honoured by your instant reply…and Im indeed love to be part of it. As we will be doing some sort of items from each class this Sunday and we the pre-school are given the text on genesis chapter1:26-27 to perform on an activity to show the other classes.I would be glad if you could advice me or send some colourful pictures for our item this Sunday. Thank you and God Bless

  14. says

    I used this lesson to start our Preschool study of Creation. My kids just loved the activities. We did the light and dark paper craft, talked about the bible story and learned the My God Is So Big song. Oh how they love that song with the gestures! Thank you so much for providing all of these great lessons and ideas! It has helped me immensely as a new Sunday School teacher. May God continue to bless your ministry!


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