Summary of Lesson Activity:
The children will hear the Creation story from the book Crazy Clothesline Characters and experience mystery containers that hold objects which provide a sensory experience of the story. They will then play a Cranium-type game to recall the activities of creation.
Scripture Reference: Genesis 1:1-2:3
Memory Verse: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1
Workshop Objectives — After completing this Rotation, the children will:
- Learn that “Genesis” means “beginning” and that it is the first book in the Bible and includes many stories, including the creation story.
- Learn that God is the Master Creator who existed before anything and created everything.
- Learn that God created everything and labeled it as good.
- Read the scripture ahead of time.
- Gather the Materials
- Crazy Clothesline Characters by Carol Mader, (ISBN 0-7644-2140-9)
- Seven black gift bags, numbered 1 to 7, with black tissue paper. (The book suggested using oatmeal boxes painted black. Any black container will work as long as it is big enough to hold the materials listed below.)
- 9x13 pan, or similar size
- Daily items for each gift bag:
- Day 1. Flashlight
- Day 2. Ziploc bag, filled with air
- Day 3. Jar of water, bag of sand and soil, flower or leaves, apple.
- Day 4. Sun, moon, stars, planets
- Day 5. Toy bird, fish
- Day 6. Plastic animals, mirror
- Day 7. Small pillow
- Two large cube boxes made into two dice. One with numbers 1-6. Other with the five “Cranium” categories used in the lesson; the sixth side should be “Your Choice”
- Cranium Cards. (See attachments at end of lesson. If you wish to change some of the activities, you can use the docx. The pdf version is not easily edited.)
- Whiteboard markers
- Scoreboards, one per team. If laminated, can be used over again. (See attachment.)
- Get Bibles for every 2 children.
Opening – Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself. Wear your nametag.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection
Gather the children on the floor around you. Have the gift bags in a box where the children can’t see them.
Distribute Bibles, one to every two children.
Say: We are learning about the creation of the world and everything in it.
The Bible is divided into two parts:
The Old Testament contains stories and writings from before Jesus was born.
The New Testament begins just before Jesus was born. It tells about Jesus’ life and ministry, and about what happened shortly after he died and rose from the dead.
Ask: Where in the Bible would we find the story of creation? (Old Testament)
Does anyone know the name of the book that the creation story is in? It’s the first book of the Bible. (Genesis)
Have the students find the book of Genesis, chapter 1, verse 1, in their Bibles. Make sure it is noted that Genesis is the first book in the Old Testament.
Note: Even though you’ll be telling the story to the students, the exercise of finding the story is still important. We will do this every week.
Mystery Containers Story:
Say: Today, we are going to experience the story of creation through a fun story. Then we will play a game to see how much you recall. So, listen carefully. Plus, you’ll be helping me with the story.
Read "Mystery Containers Story" from Crazy Clothesline Characters
Put the items back in their bags so you are ready for next week. Class can help with this.
Say: So God created everything in the world! It was all planned and had a purpose.
Now we are going to play a game to see how well we know when and what God created.
We are going to play a game similar to Cranium. Has anyone ever played?
It’s a fun game where you have to do all sorts of different funny things to get your team to guess the answer.
The object is to complete your team calendar so you can rest on the seventh day! When you answer a question correctly, you can mark that day off your calendar with a dry erase marker (if laminated, regular marker if not).
You will roll a pair of dice. On one die will be the day of the week that your question will come from. The other will be the type of activity you will have.
In our version, we’ll have the following types of activities:
- Cameo: Act It: The person who rolls the die will try to get his or her team to guess the answer on the back of this card by acting out without making any noise.
- Factoid: Determine It: Your team must determine whether the statement below is True or False. I’ll read the statement aloud, pass the card to you, and then start the timer. You may talk among yourselves but the person who rolled the dice must provide the answer.
- Polygraph: Know It: Your team must correctly answer the question below. I’ll read the question aloud, pass the card to you, and then start the timer. You may talk among yourselves but the person who rolled the dice must provide the answer. (For younger children, you may provide choices if they are not already given.)
- Sculptorades: Sculpt It: The person who rolled the die will try to get the team to guess the answer on the back of this card by sculpting the subject in playdough with no talking or gestures. I’ll read the hint aloud, pass the card to the artist, and then start the timer.
- Cloodle: Draw It: The person who rolled the die will try to get the team guess the answer on the back of this card by drawing clues on paper with no talking, letters or symbols. I’ll read the hint aloud, pass the car to the artist, and then start the timer.
Divide the class into two to four teams. Ideally, 4 or 5 children on a team. Let the team with the next birthday go first.
The first team to answer a question for each day of the week wins.
To make it go faster, if they repeat a day that they already have, you can let them either roll again or pick the day that they want.
Filler Time (if needed)
If you have time, allow the children to take turns selecting an animal and then trying to get others to guess it through either Act It, Sculpt It, or Draw It.
Reflecting and Closing
Discuss all the wonderful things God created. Close in prayer thanking God for all that is good!
Tidy and Dismissal: Ask children to help tidy up. Close the door and turn off the lights. Store your materials back in the cabinet.
- Creation Lesson Set from River Community Church, Rotation.org, Amy Crane link,
- Mader, Carol. Crazy Clothesline Characters. Loveland, CO: Group Pub., 2000. Print.
- Cranium, Hasbro, ASIN B0036RNWOA. Print.
A lesson written by Ann Wright from
Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church
A representative of Rotation.org reformatted this post to improve readability.
Photo credit: Cranium Sculptorade by ValMan, via photopin. Licensed under Creative Commons.
To download the attachment of Cranium game cards, click on the underlined words "Creation Cranium.pdf")