Science lessons and ideas for teaching the Story of Creation in Sunday School
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The Creation Story
Summary of Lesson Activities:
Children will build a terrarium.
Genesis 1:3-15, Genesis 1:20, 24, 26
- Read the scripture ahead of time.
- Gather the materials.
- Plastic 2 liter soda bottle (one per student)
- Sharp scissors or craft knife
- Potting soil
- Paint markers
Advance Preparation Requirements
Prepare the bottles. Remove the label and wash the bottle and cap. Cut the bottle close to the bottom.
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself.
Encourage the children to think about how out of absolutely nothing, God created the world and all its variety. Remind them to think of all the places that are very different from where they live. Have them share ideas about some of the things God created that are special to them.
Tell the children that they will be making a terrarium, which will provide an environment for a plant to grow, just as God created the Earth for His creation (plants, fish, birds, animals, people) to grow.
Dig- Main Lesson and Reflection:
Read the verses from Genesis that tell the creation story. Pause after each verse and give the children directions on how to build their terrarium.
Read Genesis 1:3 – 10
Have children add potting soil to the base of the terrarium.
Read Genesis 1:11 – 13
Have children plant seeds in the soil.
Read Genesis 1:14 – 15
Explain to the children that the plants need light to grow and their terrarium should be put in a sunny location.
Read Genesis 1:20, 24, 26
Remind children that we are to have dominion over the earth and its creatures.
Ask: What does "dominion" mean? (it means responsibility)
Say: We need to take care of the wonderful gift that God has given us. We can take care of our terrarium! Have the children add water to the soil. Cover the base with the top of the bottle. Tape if needed.
Journal or Discussion Questions:
- What blessings God has provided in his creation for our growth (physical and spiritual)?
- How is the terrarium you built like the Earth?
Ask the children if they have any prayer requests. Pray, thanking God for giving us this marvelous world to grow in.