The Fall - Adam and Eve
Summary of Lesson Activity:
The children explore the story using themselves as “clay” and will make statues of characters in the Bible lesson. Each child will get a turn to be both the clay and the sculptor.
Scripture Reference & Key Verse & Objectives:
Refer to first post in this lesson set.
Teacher Preparation in Advance:
- Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Bible Study.
- White board
- Props: apples, snake, paper leaves, costumes, etc.
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction
Greet the children and introduce yourself. Explain to the class that they will be sculptors and will make statues of characters in the Bible lesson using each other as clay. Tell them that each child will get a turn to be both clay and sculptor.
Dig- Main Content and Reflection
- Ask the children to find Genesis 3 in their Bibles. Make sure all the children are able to locate Genesis 3. Have the shepherds assist the children having trouble.
- Once all the children have located the passage, read it together as a group. They may take turns reading or you can read it to them. You may choose to use the rubber snake or an apple as a prop while reading.
Say: God has created a world which gives humans some freedom in choosing what they will do, good or bad, eat the apple or leave it. Humans are not perfect and some times choose the wrong thing to do. God judges us and will punish our sinfulness but is also merciful with us and loves us. He made Adam and Eve work hard for their living after they had sinned but he still loved them and provided them with things they needed.
Ask: Is this similar to how your parents discipline you when you misbehave but they continue to love you?
Say: Some people believe that the story of Adam and Eve in the Bible is history that tells us exactly how sin first came into the world. Some people believe that it is not history but a story that shows how ancient people understood their world. Whether it is, history or not, we learn from this story that God judges and punishes sin but always shows concern and love for us.
- How did Eve feel in Genesis 3:6? (take suggestions: desire, guilt etc.)
- Do you ever want something that doesn’t belong to you or want to do something that is against the rules?
- Pretend the snake has offered you something you really want but your Mom told you can’t have, how would you react, what would your facial expressions be?
- How do Adam and Eve feel right after eating the apple in Genesis 3:7? (they realized what they had done)
- How do you feel after you realize you’ve made a big mistake-perhaps you kicked the soccer ball in the house after being told not to and broke something special? (Adam and Eve felt guilty and ashamed, they realized they had done something wrong, felt naked and bad.)
- They sewed leaves together to wear. What would you do?
- How do Adam and Eve feel when God comes to the garden Genesis 3:8? (They knew they had disobeyed and were ashamed)
- Have you ever felt like that?
- How do you think Adam and Eve felt after God had punished them?
- Do you suppose they felt relieved that the punishment was over and God still loved them?
- Discuss scenes/characters to sculpt. (Take suggestions and write them on the white board): Eve talking to the snake, Eve eating an apple, Eve offering the apple to Adam, Adam eating the apple, Adam/Eve hiding from God, Adam/Eve leaving the Garden of Eden, the winged creatures with flaming swords guarding the gate.
- Divide the class into pairs. One child is the clay and the other is the sculptor.
- Have a few minutes to practice shaping the clay. The sculptor positions the arms, legs and asks the clay to form a particular facial expression. The clay doesn’t move once shaped. Practice sculpting some positions such praying, running, eating, shooting a basketball etc.
- Provide props: costumes, leaves cut from paper for clothes (masking tape for attaching), real or artificial apples, etc.
- Sculptors create a masterpiece using one the character suggestions. Statues freeze. Sculptors examine each other's work. Have each sculptor explain his work. It helps the children relax if the shepherds and leader also participate.
- Switch roles, now the clay is the sculptor and visa versa. (Depending on time used you may switch several times.)
Ask the shepherds to pass out the journals and pencils/markers. Suggestion: You may wish to give the children a sticker or some memento to paste in their journal as a reminder of the story or activity.
Prompts for journal writing: Draw or write about a time when you had the freedom to choose between the right or wrong thing to do. What did you do and why? What happened next?
Close in prayer: Thank you God for looking for us when we do the wrong thing and helping us learn how to do the right thing the next time. Thank you for loving us all the time. Amen.
Ritz, Randy L. Act It Out! Cincinnati, Ohio: The Standard Publishing Company, 1999.
Notes supplied by Susan Mazzara for curriculum writers’ Bible study in March 2002
A lesson from Kirk of Kildaire Prebyterian Church.
Copyright 2002 by Kirk of Kildaire, Presbyterian, Cary, North Carolina. This lesson may be used for non-profit purposes only.
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