JESUS: THE LIVING WORD
PRESCHOOL VBS LESSON OUTLINE
MAIN STORY: God and man (Genesis 2:5-25)
THEME: The Living Word (Jesus) gives abundant life
VERSE: Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)
SNACK: Grapes and grape juice (John 15:1)
- large sheets of paper
- masking tape
- paper - precut into paperdolls holding hands
- playdoh or clay
- large ball
Book: a variety of library books with the Creation story.
Play table: animals plus Adam and Eve (from doll house?)
Puzzle: animal floor puzzle
Science: provide mirrors so the children can look at themselves. Talk to them about how we are all the same (two ears, two eyes, one nose, etc.), but we are also all very different.
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Gather the children around the tables for storytime. Begin by asking:What does a creator do? (Allow the children to respond.)
How many of you think of yourselves as creators? Say: I have a small piece of modeling clay (or play doh) for each of you. (Give each child a golf ball size piece of clay). I’d like you to create something using this modeling clay. But you only have a minute to do it! Are you ready?
Allow the children one minute to make something with their pieces of clay. After one minute, ask the children to hold up their creations for everyone to see. Say: Look at all the different things you were able to come up with in just one minute! That was really good! How does it feel to create something good? (Let kids respond.)
Say: The first story in the Bible tells us God created the world in six days. He made something out of nothing, and it was all very good. How do you think he did that? (Let kids offer suggestions.)
ASK if anyone knows what the name of the book in the Bible is that tells how God created the world. ASK if they know where in the Bible the book of Genesis is. SHOW them where it is.
Read: “Creation” from Pray and Play Bible 2.
After reading say: God isn’t limited in what he can do like humans are. He can create whatever he wants as quickly or as slowly as he wants. The most important thing to remember is that God is our Creator. God made things beautiful and perfect, and that includes US! Each of us was made by God to be unique and different and special. And he placed people in this wonderful world to worship Him and take care of His world! [adapted from “Creation/The Fall lesson set”]
Was there anything that Adam and Eve needed in the garden that God had not already provided?How do you think they felt when God first put them in the garden?
How do you think you would have felt if you were the one that God had placed in the garden?I wonder what it was like for them to live in the garden and walk with God?
Teach the memory verse with sign language.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
YOUR (refers to God, so the sign for God is used) The hand is raised to the heavens and then downward in a sign of respect.
WORD The fingertips of the forefinger and thumb (the G handshape) tap the extended forefinger of the other hand.
IS Letter “I” (extended pinky) comes away from lips. [http://www.signingsavvy.com/sign/IS/1599/1]
LAMP The opening hand above the flat palm of the other hand represents light coming from a table lamp.
FEET Point to feet.
LIGHT The middle finger is flicked by the front of the mouth.
PATH The hands are parallel to each other and show a path or the outline of a road.
Sing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” several times, each a bit faster than the one before. (Thank God for making all of me.)
In the Beginning (tune: "Here we go around the Mulberry Bush")
God mad Adam of the dust, of the dust, of the dust,God made Adam of the dust, many, many years ago.
He then made Adam go to sleep, go to sleep, go to sleep,He then made Adam go to sleep, many, many years ago.
Eve was made of Adam's rib, Adam's rib, Adam's rib,Eve was made of Adam's rib, many, many years ago.
In the Garden of Eden they did live, they did live, they did live.In the Garden of Eden they did live, many, many years ago.
Then old Satan came along, came along, came along,Then old Satan came along, many many years ago.
If you eat the fruit, you will not die, will not die, will not die,"If you eat the fruit, you will not die!", old Satan said to Eve.
Eve ate the fruit and gave to Adam, gave to Adam, gave to Adam,Eve ate the fruit and gave to Adam, many, many years ago
Out of the Garden they had to go, had to go, had to go.Out of the Garden they had to go, many, many years ago
God Made You:
Have the children sit in a circle with you in the center. Read aloud Genesis 1:27. Then teach this rhyme:
"God made Adam, God made Eve, God made all the people we see!"
Roll a rubber playground ball back and forth between you and the children after each phrase of the rhyme.
Then lead children in this variation:
"God made Adam, God made Eve, God made [an adult helper's or your name], and God made [child's name]."
Roll the ball to the child you name, and then have the child roll the ball back to you. Repeat this process until each child has had at least one turn. Slightly increasing the speed will increase the fun!
From Children’s Ministry Magazine http://childrensministry.com/a...school-god-made-you/
Before class tape big pieces of butcher or craft paper on the wall. Write the memory verse on each sheet of paper. Have each child stand in front of a paper and outline his or her body onto the paper and then let them color it. When they are finished, roll them up so they can take them home.
Grapes and grape juice (John 15:1). Talk about how God created plants. Also talk about how grapes grow on a vine and what that is like. Tell the children that Jesus said that he is the vine and we are the branches. Wonder with them what that might mean.
ADDITIONAL LEARNING CENTERS AND ACTIVITIES:
ART: Color precut paperdolls holding hands.
ASL Browser - source of explanations of the signs used for the memory verse: http://aslbrowser.commtechlab.msu.edu - no longer online, but use Google to find other sites with ASL instructions
Storytime activity and questions adapted from “Creation/The Fall lesson set” from First Presbyterian Church, Napa, CA. By Jan. rotation.org