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Adam and Eve

Cooking Lesson

Summary of Lesson Activities:

The children will paint a picture on cookie dough with colored egg yolk, which will then be baked. Just as the goodness of God’s creation was destroyed through sin, they will destroy (break up) their creation (the cookie). But all is not lost. God promised a Savior in the 3rd chapter of Genesis. The children will add pudding to their cookies to remind them of the sweetness of God’s promise.

Lesson Objectives:

  • Find the story of The Fall in the book of Genesis
  • Realize that the “goodness” of creation was broken by sin.
  • Understand that God did not abandon mankind but promised a Savior who restores us and Creation.

Leader Preparation

  • Review Bible Background notes.
  • Gather the materials

Supplies List:

  • Bibles (supplied in teaching box)
  • Parchment paper—cut into pieces (one for each student)
  • Permanent marker
  • Cookie dough (sugar cookie or cut-out cookie recipe)—can be frozen if not used one week
  • Egg yolks
  • Food coloring
  • Shallow cups or bowls
  • Paint brushes—new (not ones used previously for painting)
  • Boomwhackers
  • Cups—one for each student
  • Spoons—one for each student
  • Pudding—enough to give each child a scoop—perhaps 2 different flavors
  • Serving spoons

Advance Preparation Requirements:

  • Prepare cookie dough before each session. Roll out and cut cookie dough into rectangles for the students to “paint” on. Place each cookie dough section on a piece of parchment paper.
  • Prepare the pudding before each session. Keep it out of sight until it is used in the lesson.
  • Prepare the egg yolks before each session. Separate the eggs to obtain the yolks. Add food coloring to the yolks to make different colors.
  • Before class, set out the following: egg yolk “paints” and paint brushes, cookie dough sections at each seat.


Lesson

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
(Teacher lesson begins after guide time—the guides will review/ask questions about what happened last week)

1. Make sure you have your nametag on. Introduce yourself to the students.

2. Open with a prayer if guide did not.

Dig- Main Content and Reflection

3. Bible Story:

This lesson begins with one of the activities—the story will come later.

Explain to the students that they will be painting a beautiful picture on the raw cookie dough with the egg yolk paints. After they are done painting, we will bake the cookies and each one will get their own masterpiece. Talk up how their cookies will look so cool and pretty. Write their names on the parchment paper. Have the students spend 5-10 minutes painting their picture. Bake them in the oven according to your cookie dough recipe. While the cookies are baking and then cooling, you will present the Bible story. Perhaps the guide could take the cookies out when they are done, so that you aren’t interrupted while doing the lesson.

Have the students find the story in Genesis 3 in their Bibles. Hand each student a Boomwhacker (see note at end about Boomwhackers). Assign each student a word to listen for in the Bible story. Every time they hear the word, they should bang their Boomwhacker to make a musical tone. (Review the rules of using the Boomwhackers: no hitting others, no excessive force when hitting them, misuse it and you lose it, etc). Possible words to use are: serpent, God, woman, tree, garden, eat, fruit, man, ground. Depending on the number of students, more than 1 student may be listening for a certain word. Read the story from the Bible, coaching them to use their Boomwhackers if needed.

Discussion questions for Younger children:

  • What did Adam and Eve do after they sinned and ate the fruit? (hid from God). Why did they hide from God? (afraid).
  • How do you feel when you have done something wrong? What are you afraid of?
  • When you do something wrong, are there some consequences—like a time-out or no TV or something? Does that mean that your family doesn’t love you anymore?
  • What were the consequences for Adam and Eve? (work would be hard, pain in having children, leave the garden)
  • God still loved Adam and Eve, even after they sinned. How did God show that He still loved them? (made them clothes, they may or may not realize at this point in the lesson that God promised a Savior in verse 15).

Discussion questions for Older children:

  • What did the serpent say Genesis 3: 1? (not eat from ANY tree). What did God really say in Genesis 2: 16-17 (eat from any tree EXCEPT the one tree). What was the serpent doing here? (twisting God’s words so that Adam and Eve would doubt God, trying to deceive them). How are we deceived today?
  • Now let’s look at Genesis 3: 6. What was Adam doing –and not doing—while Eve was taking that first bite of the fruit? (he was with her, didn’t stop her). What can you learn from that when someone you know is being tempted?
  • When you do something wrong, are there some consequences—like a time-out or no TV or something? Does that mean that your family doesn’t love you anymore?
  • What were the consequences for Adam and Eve? (work would be hard, pain in having children, leave the garden)

4. Activities:

Give each student the cookie that they created. Ask them if they enjoyed creating their cookie and what they think of their creation. Thinking back to last month’s story of creation, what did God say every day about what He had just created? (it was good). Did things stay “good” forever and ever—No—we just learned about that today.

Who ruined the perfection of God’s creation? (Adam and Eve chose to believe the serpent’s lies and disobey God). Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Did God react by saying “Oh, let’s pretend that it never happened. After all, the serpent tricked you”. No, there were consequences for their wrong actions. What were the consequences of their sin? (work would be hard, pain in having children, leave the garden). Perhaps you wanted to save or show off the goodness of your cookie creation, but now you will now experience the idea of consequences by destroying your cookie.

Give each child a cup, have them break up their cookie and put the pieces in the cup.

Adam and Eve may have felt that their wonderful life was destroyed, but God did not desert them or kill them on the spot. He gave them a promise. Let’s read Genesis 3: 14-15. God said that He would send someone, born of a woman, to crush and destroy the serpent. This is the first promise of the Savior in the Bible, all the way back in the time of the first 2 people. Jesus was born of Mary—a woman. The serpent would strike Jesus’ heel, but Jesus would crush and destroy the serpent. How did this happen? (Jesus’s life and death and resurrection). Bring out the pudding. This promise of a Savior brought hope to sinful men and women—all was not lost or destroyed. We’ll add some pudding to your crushed cookie to remind you of the sweetness of this promise. The children may then eat their pudding and cookie trifle.

Closing:

5. Reflect/Closure:

God could have chosen to destroy His rebellious creation, but instead He showed mercy. He redeemed and saved us instead of destroying us. We can’t win over sin and death, but Jesus did. Let’s read our memory verse for this month: “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work”—1 John 3: 8b.

6. Journal Topic
(last 5 minutes of class):
Help the guide to hand out pencils/pens and the student folders. The guides will have copies of the journaling pages. The children should find a place to sit quietly and think and write in their journals. You and the guide may need to help the younger children with their writing. Another option for younger children is to draw a picture about the topic.

  • Journal Topic (Older children): Write a letter to Adam or Eve. Tell them what has happened because of their sin and what came of God’s promise.
  • Journal Topic (Younger children): Same as for older children.


7. Closing Prayer:
Dear God, Thank you for caring for us even when we sin and disobey you. Thank you for sending Jesus save us from our sins. Amen


Information for Helpers/Guides

1. Detailed Summary of Activities:

The children will paint a picture on cookie dough with colored egg yolk, which will then be baked. Just as the goodness of God’s creation was destroyed through sin, they will destroy (break up) their creation. But all is not lost. God promised a Savior in the 3rd chapter of Genesis. The children will add pudding to their cookies to remind them of the sweetness of God’s promise.

2. How the guide might help (this might be changed by the teacher): Encourage the children in their “painting”. Put cookies in and take them out when they are done. Help distribute the cookies at that part of the lesson. Help serve the pudding.

Note:
A boomwhacker is a tube that when stuck gives out a muscial tone. http://www.boomwhackers.com. You could use other instruments if your church has them.


 

A lesson written by Cathy Walz from: St. John Lutheran Church 
Forest Park, IL

Original Post

Cathy, I like your idea!
Expressing "brokenness as a consequence of sin" by breaking a cookie is a great idea.
...I was going to say "sweet" but...

It got me thinking about how to expand your cooking/demonstration using something different than cookies (which we tend to fall back on a lot),. ...and that led me to a lenten project I had done years ago --using LIFESAVERS to create stained glass crosses (another great metaphor, don't you think?)




Jesus the Lifesaver: From Brokenness to Restoration

some lesson ideas

The short of it:  
1. Whole lifesavers get BROKEN into pieces.
2. Lifesaver pieces get RESTORED (melted) into a whole shape again.


stainedglassheart


There are numerous craft/cooking websites that describe making stained glass with broken candies and cookie-cutter shapes.  Importantly, they have how-to instructions, such as, use parchment paper and remember to spray the shape. Here's one:
http://sugartown-sweets.blogsp...cross-ornaments.html
(If the link goes dead, google "broken candy stained glass.")

The crucial thing in this lesson is that the kids participate in the breaking of the candy --as part of the discussion, then reforming (restoring).

I'd say something about the "hammer" you might use to break the candy. Label the hammer with the kids' suggestions. How does sin "break" people, good intentions, reputations, relationships?

As well, I like this stained glass candy idea because kids can make SEVERAL to GIVE AWAY, and this has "go home" quality, which I'm always looking for.

For discussion before/after:

The lifesavers are different colors, and in your "talk" (demonstration as you pass them out), you and the kids could assign meaning to each color. Green for the beautiful world God created for us, for example.  Yellow and orange and purple are the other lifesaver colors.  Perhaps ADD jolly ranchers to expand pallet (can't believe I just wrote that...hahaha).

{Insert suggestions for the other colors HERE.}

TBD for this lesson idea:
Some ideas for discussing/explaining how the reforming/restoring
process expresses God's Will for creation.
Restoring = Shalom = Reconciliation = Salvation

Scriptural Example of this concept:
Colossians 1:20  "...and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ's blood on the cross."

Also....thinking out loud about how to describe the melting process in biblical terms:

Is 61:1 (the Messiah declares) "he has sent me to heal the broken hearted." Jesus quotes this in Luke 4.

Ezekiel 22:22 describes "melting" (smelting) of people like silver is smelted in a fire. This purifies the silver. 

Other verses in the OT describe hearts/people "melting" before the Lord. his presence is a refining fire.  Our broken candy is like a hardened heart.

The cross/heart shape is a "bind" (form). God binds up wounds (Ps 147).

Bless be the tie that binds (restores, ties back together, reconciles).

NOT TO FORGET:

The story of the Fall...Adam and Eve being thrown out of the Garden, is not devoid of Grace. There are two points of Grace in the Genesis story:

1. God waits until the evening breeze and calls their names ...knowing full well what they have done and where they are! 

2. God makes them clothing to cover their shame and goes with them into the world outside of the Garden (Emmanuel)


Thanks again Cathy for your inspiration.

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