This lesson completes a seven week series of Bible lessons about creation. This children’s church lesson plan was first written for children age 5 – 11. It could also be used as the Bible lesson for children’s Sunday school. Be sure to 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 Story of Creation from Genesis 1:1,3,5,6,8,9,11,13,16,19,21,23,24,27,31 & 2:2
Learning Objectives: After this lesson, the children will demonstrate the understanding of all that God created by making up motions to go with each day of creation.
Target Age: Kindergarten – 5th
- PRINT this lesson plan
- Bible: Genesis 1:1,3,5,6,8,9,11,13,16,19,21,23,24,27,31 & 2:2
- Paper, crayons
- 1 large paper plate per child (marked off and numbered into 8 sections), “Creation” written on a slip of paper, black & white paper (1st day – dark / light), water drop pictures & a cotton ball (2nd day – water / sky), flower & tree branch (or picture) (3rd day – plants / trees), sun & moon pictures & star stickers (4th day – sun, moon & stars), goldfish cracker & bird picture (5th day – fish / birds), animal cracker & paper doll (6th day – land animals & people), otton ball (pillow) (7th day – God rested), glue
- Basket, cards with different actions: pat your head, skip across the room, lay on the floor, turn around in a circle, jump up and down, stand on a chair
ou can print off these Creation Songs and use to lead the children to sing before the Bible lesson.
Teaching Plan: Creation Review Lesson
Bible Lesson Introduction
Review: Quiz the children to see how much they recall form the previous lessons. Make it fun and reward the kids with positive affirmation.
- “What did God create on the first day of creation?” heavens, earth, light
- “What did God create on the second day of creation?” the sky to separate the water
- “What did God create on the third day of creation?“ land, plants with seeds, plants with fruit with seeds
- “What did God create on the fourth day of creation?” sun, moon and stars
- “What did God create on the fifth day of creation?” birds and the animals in the waters
- “What did God create on the sixth day of creation?” land animals and humans
- “What did God do on the seventh day of creation?” rested
Bible Lesson: Have the children open their Bibles to Genesis 1:1,3,5,6,8,9,11,13,16,19,21,23,24,27,31 & 2:2. To help them find it, use the following questions. Answers in italics.
- What is the first book of the Bible? Genesis
- Which part of the Bible is Genesis in? Old Testament
Read Genesis 1:1,5,6,8,10,11,16,21,24,27 & 2:2 aloud to the children.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (1:1)
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (1:3)
God called the light “day” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning – the first day. (1:5)
And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.”(1:6)
God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning – the second day. (1:8)
And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. (1:9)
Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. (1:11)
And there was evening, and there was morning – the third day. (1:13)
God made two great lights – the greater to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars, (1:16)
And there was evening, and there was morning – the fourth day. (1:19)
So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. (1:21)
And there was evening, and there was morning – the fifth day. (1:23)
And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that moved along the ground, and wild animals, each according to their kind.” (1:24)
So God created man in his own image, the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (1:27)
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning- the sixth day. (1:31)
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. (2:2)
Illustrate the Bible Reading
- Give each child a piece of paper and some crayons
- Go through the Bible Story again and have the children draw a picture of creation as it happens.
Bible Lesson Activities: Use the following activities to reinforce the learning goals. If time is short, move on to the evaluation portion of the lesson plan.
Activity: Creation Wreath
- Give each child a plate and explain that they are going to make a Creation Wreath to show what God did on each day of creation.
- Let the children glue on the “Creation” slip of paper in the blank section of the plate.
- Go through each day with the children, having them tell you what was created on that day and giving them only what is needed for each day.
- As you give each child what they need for each day of creation, talk about what God did on that day.
- When you’re finished, have the children tell you the story of Creation using their wreaths!
Activity: Bible Verse Memorization
“God saw everything he had made. And it was very good.” Genesis 1:31 (New International Reader’s Version)
Have the children do the following hand motions along with repeating the words after you, to help them learn the Bible Verse:
“God”— hold hand up with fingers towards the sky…the hand is raised to the heavens and then downward in a sign of respect
“saw”—hold two fingers (in a “v” shape) and move it forward to indicate that the eyes are looking at something
“everything”—the hand moves in a circle and then ends up in the palm of the other hand to show that everything (all) is included
“He”— hold hand up with fingers towards the sky…the hand is raised to the heavens and then downward in a sign of respect
“had made”— the fists twist on top of one another, as if they were putting something together
“And it was very good”—the movement of the hand up the chest represents that a person’s spirits are high (that a person is happy.)
“Genesis 1”—hold up one finger
“31”—(2 motions) hold thumb, index and middle fingers up—then hold one finger up
Do this a few times with the children. Make it fun for them to do the motions and say the words. Involving them in active learning is essential for memorization.
Activity: Fold up the cards and put them in the basket before playing. Give each child a turn to choose a card from the basket, do the action written on their card, and say their Bible Verse while doing the action
- Put the children in 7 groups (it’s okay if they are not equal groups)
- Assign each group a number between 1-7 – The group’s number corresponds to the day of creation
- Tell each group that they need to come up with a motion to explain what God did on their day of creation
- Give them a few minutes to come up with their motions
- Have the groups show their motions to the rest of the group (in order)
- If you have time, have all of the children do all of the motions