Arts and craft lessons and ideas for teaching Genesis 1: The Story of Creation in Sunday School

Sunday School arts and craft lesson ideas for teaching the Story of Creation Story, 7 Days of Creation, art workshop. Genesis 1.

A Collection of Art Ideas and Lesson 

Members of has been posting their Story of Creation arts and craft ideas for many years. The following is a list of posts from a previous version of this forum. Click REPLY at the bottom of this page to add your own great idea!

Making Clay Creations of Key Verses and Words  --a scripture reading activity for the Story of Creation

We used modeling clay for this scripture reading activity and got some really creative responses. I suppose we could have used play-doh, but we had a tub of modeling clay handy. Modeling clay will also dry so they could take pieces home at the end of the lesson.

The teacher or students read aloud each day of Creation, then each student takes two or three minutes to mold their clay to represent that day. 


We also had several suggestions for representing the repeating phrase "and God saw that it was good" (exclamation points were popular). They made these quickly to punctuate the end of each day after they had made their other model representing what was in the day. 

While modeling, we talked about why God made those things, and how we should (or they already do) take care of them, respect, enjoy, be thankful, etc. Before moving on to the next day, we went around the table to see and hear what each student had created for that day. This is a good opportunity to ask that student a question and interject additional teaching comments.

After each day was read and modeled, we saved a few of their pieces from that day to the middle of the table so that by the end of the scripture reading we had a "clay representation" of the Story of Creation verses --which we then reviewed.  (When a child's molded day pieces were selected, we gave them more clay so they could continue to mold the next days too as they were read.)

Tip: One thing that helped for younger children was to warm it slightly ahead of time so they didn't have to do all the warming with their little hands.   Adapted by Member Neil MacQueen

Create/Paint with the Word ~ "Word Clouds" in a Lesson about Creation

God's spoken Word creates. Create a collage of "words" that itself spells out a keyword or phrase from our understanding of creation.  For example: the word "In the Beginningword cloud art" is spelled out using words from John 1's account of Creation..."In the beginning was the Word....all things came into being through him...."  

Pictured here is an "advanced" Creation word cloud from the artist "Philologus."
Obviously "which" words to include is one form of expression, but also, size, shape, position, color and visibility can also be choices that should prompt discussion.  

Give students the scripture passage on a piece of paper so they can circle key words, then re-draw/paint their keywords to make their own "Creation Word Cloud."  Think about how they can be displayed in such as way so as to let God's light illuminate them. (such as a sun catcher or transparency).

There are MANY "word cloud" generators online as well. Check out

Note: There's a similar "keywords of Creation" activity in the Awesome Bible Stories software (Sunday Software) in which the kids select words for the onscreen character to say out loud to make their own "Creation Poem."

Creation Cosmos Sphere Collage Art Project

Purchase round plastic fishbowls (about $6 each from Amazon). Have students tear pieces of colored tissue paper and make a collage of God creating Creation.  You may choose to have them depict a phrase, such as, " was good," or, "In the beginning...God."   Or choose a particular day of creation. The smaller the bowl, the more simple your design needs to be.  

First, have them lay the pieces loosely on the table to design their collage. To write words with tissue, first draw the letters on a piece of tissue, then glue pieces of colored tissue over each letter to form the letter. The longer your phrase, the more time it will take, so keep words short.

Then when they are ready to apply it to the bowl, you have two options: 1) Glue each piece individually INSIDE the bowl, or 2) Glue all the pieces to a single sheet of tissue and then glue that single sheet inside the bowl (good for little fingers). To use the second method, apply spray adhesive to a single sheet of white tissue paper and that piece over their assembled collage pieces, then pick up the collage sheet and see how it will fit inside the plastic fishbowl.  At this point, you will need to do some trimming of the collage to fit it on a round surface.   Once trimmed a bit, apply glue to the INSIDE of the bowl. To glue, spread a thin layer of "modge podge" (thin white glue) on the inside of the bowl. Some warping of the image will occur as you go from a flat collage to rounded surface, but they can work that out.

The smaller the bowl, the less complicated you will want to make your design.

Creation Aquarium Diorama

Google images for "Paper plate aquarium craft" and you will see many different versions of this simple but fun project.   Unlike many similar projects on the web, we are suggesting that you make BOTH SIDES of the "plate sandwich" transparent to let God's light illuminate creation.aquarium art for Creation

The basic how-to:
Two 'Chinette" plates sandwiched together with their bottoms cut out and replaced with a sheet of clear plastic (such as transparency sheet) create a "creation aquarium" of things God created --which appear to float when you lay on your back and hold it to the light. Use quick setting contact glue to adhere the plastic sheets to the plates, then the plates to each other.

Write a key phrase/verse on the plastic. Cut the "floating" items out of colored plastic sheets (outlines of what God created/animals/people). Some of the items can be glued to the clear plastic so they won't move (such as your verse word), but it's also kinda neat to have something they can shake which makes the objects inside the aquarium change.  You could have one for each day of creation, with verses written on the plate.  The key theological point in the design happens when you lay on your back and hold the creation to the light --and the light illuminated what's in the "aquarium." Posted by Luanne and Neil.

Idea adapted from

Clay Creations Days of Creation Scripture Reading

We used modeling clay for this scripture reading activity and got some really creative responses.

This is a great way to walk through the seven days of creation Genesis 1 scripture --each student taking two or three minutes after each day (scripture section) to mold their clay to represent that day.

After each day, we saved a few of their pieces from that day to the middle of the table so that by the end of the scripture reading we had a "clay representation" of the verses and could review them by going over their creations.  When a child's molded day pieces were selected, we gave them more clay so they could continue to mold the next days too as they were read.

Tip: One thing that helped for younger children was to warm it slightly ahead of time so they didn't have to do all the warming with their little hands.   Member Neil MacQueen

Create their own Creature on Butcher Paper

Our kids formed teams to create their own creature on butcher paper. It showed them all the things creation involves. We asked them as they created: What does your creature eat? Is it smart? Does it have feelings? Does it get lonely? Are there more creatures like it? Does it have friends? What kind of world does it live in? What other kinds of creatures live with this creature?

At first they were a little afraid to be creative. Would we really let them create an "alien-deathray-robot" in church? Yes! This was their creation! But we engaged them with questions - why did you design your alien with 2 arms or 2 legs? Is it because you are creating it in your own image? Are you giving your robot free-will to do what it wants, or are you going to have to tell it what to do every minute of the day? If it's a killer-robot, what will you as the creator design for it to kill? Why? What does that creature feel? Are you going to order your creature to love you?

Each team got up and told the rest of the class about their creation. The class then had the chance to ask the teams why they created what they did. To our delight, they wanted to know some of the same things we asked them while they were in the creation process. 

In the year-end review process, many of the children said that they really enjoyed this workshop. It was hardest to get the creation-process started in the younger grades, but once they got started they did fine.

Plasticine Art in CD-Jewel Case - very cool!Creation lesson CD case Art

Another neat idea I saw in Canadian Living Magizine March 2005 issue. Doing an internet search on "Plasticine Art in CD Case" will bring up lots of examples.

They made a spring picture using plasticine (modeling clay in various colours) inside an empty clear plastic CD case (Update: you need the thicker CD cases, not the thins one you get today). The CD case is opened and laid flat, you work your picture in the back of the case where you lay the CD. They strung a coloured ribbon through the two holes you will see in the top side of the case for hanging.

Start with your background using three colours to divide your area into 3 sections, earth (underground), land, and sky. Then layer items on top of your background to create your scene. As they added a flower (you see the roots in the earth, a worm popping out of the earth and a chick looking at the worm. A rainbow and a cloud in the sky finished it. Use forks, toothpicks, etc. to make different textures in your plasticine.

All ages will enjoy doing this as shown by an older and a younger student's masterpieces at our church shown below.


Barbara Reid makes Plasticine pictures for her books. She makes the pictures inside the bottom of pizza boxes. To see some a sample of her work check out her book "Two by Two" (Noah's Ark) Member Luanne Payne posted August 18, 2005

Black “Scratch-Off” Sheets  (painting with "light" by scratching away the dark)

Make your own creation picture using scratch and sparkle paper.
Supplies: black scratch-off sheets, tools to scratch off the picture, and pictures of “creation” for inspiration.
Suggestions might be –
-an animal
-Pond with fish
-anything about nature
An additional idea would be as the story is told have them draw an outline for that shape and they can fill them in once the story is finished being told. Let the kids use their imaginations!  Posted by Rachel Haugland , Elim Lutheran Church, Randall, IA



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Creation ideas for art that we are using

  1. Puzzel of Adam naming animals
  2. Creating a 'Happy feet penguin' with a paperbag puppet [God created penguins]
  3. Diorama/peepbox in shoebox of created fish, birds, animals, plants etc
  4. Mobile hanging with either days or pictures representing 7 days

Three new Creation Art Project ideas were added to the top post in this topic.

One of the things about doing art in the "Art Workshop" in the Rotation Model, is that we are not merely trying to make craft projects to display "objects" from a story, but rather, we prefer projects that express a KEY MEANING of the story as well.   The first two projects at the top do that.... creating with words that is revealed when held to the light, and Luanne's "Creation Aquarium" project which is held up to the light to illuminate its content. 

Rotation-nauts love those kind of "extra" meaningful art project connections, and that's often the difference between a real "art" (express this) project and a mere "craft" (make this) project. 

creation shadow box "t.v" -- old school and so much fun!  

have the children draw as many pictures as they want as you speak of the days of creation on a computer paper... with just a box... two paper towel rolls and some imagination you can create a tv show of creation for them to watch in the end and see their own artwork in the show! tape all the pictures together in order, roll them around the paper towel rolls, make you old school shadow box t.v. and literally "let it roll"! there are videos on "how to" that are easier to watch than to type the directions.! 


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