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Science lessons and ideas for teaching the Story of Creation in Sunday School

Post your science Sunday School lessons and ideas for the Story of Creation, the 7 Days of Creation: Genesis 1 and 2.

Adam and Eve, Garden of Eden, Genesis 2

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The Creation Story
A Gardening Science Lesson

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Children will build a terrarium. A terrarium is a "closed system" -- it depends on the creator for its existence, and on good stewards like us to "tend" to its ongoing needs for its continued success as a way of honoring the creator.

Scripture References:

Genesis 1:3-15, Genesis 1:20, 24, 26

Lesson Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Gather the materials.

 Supplies List:

  • Plastic 2 liter soda bottle (one per student)
  • Sharp scissors or craft knife
  • Potting soil
  • Seeds
  • Water
  • Paint markers
  • Pipecleaners (optional)

Advance Preparation Requirements

 Prepare the bottles. Remove the label and wash the bottle and cap. Cut the bottle close to the bottom.

Gardening Science Lesson


 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.


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.

Optionally, give each student a pipecleaner and tell them to shape it into their OWN shape and add it to the terrarium. God created them to be part of his creation.

Talk more about the "closed" system of the terrarium and its parallels to Creation which is setup up by the Creator who asks us to help tend to creation's needs.

Discuss what things a good steward might need to do to help God's Creation (their terrarium).

Discuss some of the pressing environmental issues facing humanity and your local community.


Ask the children if they have any prayer requests. Pray, thanking God for giving us this marvelous world to grow in.

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This material was consolidated from a question in the Help forum.

The question was:

I'm working on a science workshop for the Creation story and wondered if anyone out there has done one or has ideas for science activities?

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Member WendyB replied:

Play a Guess-it game (what piece of creation is in a bag by feeling it) and create sun sensitive paper art.

We "hid" nature items in paper bags (leaves, feathers, seashells, starfish, turtle shell, etc.)and the kids had to feel them and guess what they were and what day God created them. Then we used sun sensitive paper (bought at The Learning Tree store) and the kids placed nature items on top of the paper. We took it out in the sun for a couple minutes. When they remove the items, the paper not covered is dark, and the shapes are light. It was one of their favorites that Rotation!


Member EllenK replied:

We let the kid's make "Slime." They had a ball. Our Art workshop is named the "8th Day of Creation" (I believe we borrowed that from a posting on this web site). After discussing and drawing the biblical creation story, I wanted the kids to experience "creating" and was looking for something different from our usual mediums. They experienced creating the medium by making slime and then forming their slime into unique "things." The kids took it as "the earth was formless and void."


Here's the "recipe" --

1 and 1/2 cup water
2 cups Elmer's glue (must be Elmer's)
Food Coloring
1 cup water
3 T. Borax detergent

In a large bowl mix really well 1 1/2 cups water, glue and food coloring. With 1 person stirring glue mixture, another person mixes 1 cup water with Borax, then stirs and pours Borax mixture into glue slowly. When you can no longer stir, begin to knead. It's done when there are no lumps or water left.

This stuff is lots of fun and we sent some home with each child in a ziploc bag. (Major discussion of playing with it a the kitchen table and not on the carpet!)


Member Julie Burton replied:

We made Crystal Gardens in our Creation Science Workshop. I don't have the instructions at hand, but any science book should have the instructions. Basically, we put a charcoal briquette in an aluminum pan, a little ammonia and some other materials. Crystal-like rocks grow from the charcoal.


The premise was that God spoke and creation came into being, but we must create from other things. It was really cool.



Laura Narney replied:

Make Handmade Paper and use it to make Thank You Cards


We are going to talk about how God charged man with taking care of his creation which will lead to a discussion on Ecology and Recycling. We will make handmade paper from recycled church bulletins and use the paper to make thank you notes to God for all he created!




  • Creative Bible Learning: Science & Cooking, by Karyn Henly, preschoolers-kindergarten), Standard Publishing. ISBN: 9780784706992 (Note: Out of print, look for it as a used book)
  • Amazing Science Devotions for Children's Ministry by Group Publishing. ISBN: 978-0764421051
  • The Glad Scientist: Discovers the Creator  ISBN: 978-0805402643
  • The Glad Scientist: Visits Outer Space ISBN: 978-0805402650

The above two books are by Karol Ladd and published by Broadman and Holman.
The motto explains it - "Discovering the Creator Through Fantastically Fun Science Experiments"

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Volunteer Moderator notes Staci's Science Workshop Opening would make a great opening to use in any science workshop on Creation.  It would also be fun to do during children's time the first Sunday as an introduction to that month's focus - Creation, whereas the teacher would now be the pastor.

Teacher welcomes students to class and is interrupted by a group of people in HAZMAT suits (or lab coats).

  • They go to front of classroom and completely interrupt class with their mutterings, looking around, etc.  Teacher's protests are completely ignored.
  • Finally the leader points to a spot and says, "Here! Right here! This is the very spot on the planet where there is nothing at all!"
  • The others rush to him and form a circle. They all hold up their hands, palms facing in and think hard for about 15 seconds.  When nothing happens the teacher tries to ask what is going on.
  • Frustrated, the leader looks up and explains that they are in the middle of an experiment and would the teacher please stand over "there" out of the way. they form another circle and try again, concentrating harder.
  • Finally when nothing happens they consult their notes and one suggests trying to speak it, like the story goes.
  • So they all form a circle again but this time they say random words like pizza, sandwich, etc. as they concentrate. When this doesn't work, the leader suggests they all say the same thing, and they decide to say "Pizza."
  • One more time they form a circle and hold their hands out and all say Pizza together. Nothing happens and they look around dejected and frustrated.
  • The teacher goes to the leader and asks what experiment they are trying to do. "We are trying to create something from nothing. our calculations were correct - there is nothing here - well almost nothing." is the reply.
  • The teacher explains that only God can create from nothing. dejected, the Science team leaves.

Teacher goes on to explain that only God can create from nothing, but we will have fun creating something from the things God has made.

Science/Activity - Creating Earth-coloured Bouncy Balls

We are making earth-colored bouncy balls http://www.momto2poshlildivas....memade-bouncing.html to go with our memory verse: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." ).

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Laura:  How do you make paper from bulletins?

Hi Susan,

Simply do a internet search on "how to recycle paper" to get lots of articles or you tube videos that show how you can recycle paper to make your own paper, as in Laura's case she used old church bulletins they had.


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The Creation Story

Science Workshop: Caring for Creation

Scripture: Genesis 1:1-31, 2:1-3

Memory Verses (NIV):

Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth.

Genesis 1:31 – God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

Summary of Workshop: The children will make a terrarium from plant slips and seedlings so they can practice looking after God’s creation.

Children will learn:

  • About God: God made the world as a beautiful, intricate gift to us and to all living things.
  • About Jesus: Jesus came to restore us and the whole world to the beautiful, unspoiled state God intended us all to be in.
  • About Us: God made us “in his image” and wants us to rule over his creation. What kind of rulers do you think God wants us to be? Good ones who take care of his world.
  • About the Bible: “Genesis” means “beginning” and it is the first book in the Bible. It includes many stories, including the creation story.

Supply List:

  • Kid-friendly Bibles (to read from and for kids to use)
  • Terrarium bowls – bottoms of large plastic milk jugs, or ice cream pails
  • Sharpie marker to put their name on the bottom
  • Stickers, Washi tape, markers, other things to decorate the outside of the bowls
  • Pebbles for the bottom of the bowl
  • Potting soil, scoops, newspaper or bins to contain the mess
  • Selection of terrarium plants and/or rooted slips, ready to transplant
    • examples: basil slips rooted in water, oregano seedlings from garden, polka dot plant slips rooted in soil, aloe vera “babies” from larger plants…
  • Spoons to dig holes to put small plants in
  • Watering can with water
  • Garden gloves
  • Optional: small plastic toys to put in the terrariums


  • Read the scripture passages and lesson plan.
  • Learn the memory verses and write them on the blackboard
  • Take slips of garden or house plants about a month before this rotation
  • Save or collect 4-litre (1 gallon) plastic milk jugs or ice cream pails
  • Cut milk jugs just below handles to make garden bowls
  • Set up stations in the classroom: pebble station; dirt and scoop station; plant and spoon station; water station; (optional) toy station

PRESENTATION: Welcome and Introductions: Greet the children and introduce yourself. Wear your name-tag. Take attendance.

 Ask: Do any of you have a pet? What kinds of things do you do to take care of it? What other things do you have that you need to help take care of? (younger sibling, grandparent, plants, yard…)

 Ask: Who takes care of you? What things do they do for you?

 Say: We have been learning about the Creation story in the book of Genesis in the Bible. What does Genesis mean?  (Beginning) So where in the Bible would you find the book of Genesis? 

 Review the story: Ask them what job God gave to the people. (looking after the world he made. Note that this includes all parts of nature, but also each other!) Read the story to them and ask the kids to watch for things that God made that need looking after. Have them put up their hands when they notice something, and write it on the board. How can people look after these things? How can you?

 Tell them that today they are going to get a small piece of God’s creation to take home and look after. They are going to make a small garden, or terrarium, with living plants. They can add toy animals and decorations to personalize it.


  1. Hand out the bowls or bottoms of milk jugs. Have them put their names on the bottom of the bowls with Sharpies.
  2. Put out the bowl decorations (Sharpies, washi tape, stickers, stick-on foam shapes…). The kids can decorate their bowls until it is their turn at the stations.
  3. Have them go through the stations in order:
    1. Pebbles about 2 inches (5 cm) high
    2. Dirt so the bowl is about 1/2 full
    3. Carefully dig small holes in the dirt and very carefully put in the plant slips. Be extra careful not to damage the roots! Gently push the dirt back around the plants and press it down firmly so the plant will stand up. Add more if needed. Note: Make sure you know how many plants there are and how many each child can have. Remember, they will grow bigger, so it is okay if there is some space around them.
    4. Water the bowl until the soil is damp but not swimming. If it is too wet, the plants will drown. If the water compacts the soil, add a bit more soil.
    5. (Optional) Decorate with toys. Have them choose toys in round robin fashion: One by one, choose one toy. After everyone has one, one by one everyone takes one more. Or encourage them to add toys when they go home.
  4. They can continue to decorate the bowls when they are finished planting the terrarium.
  5. Tell them that when they take their terrariums home, they will need to keep the plants near a window so the sun can give the light. They should check the soil with their finger before they water them again. The soil needs to be kept moist but not soaked or the plants will drown.  

Closing: Tidy up and close in prayer.

(lesson by Sharon Hamilton from Argyle Road Baptist Church, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Copyright 2018)

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"Matters of Faith" Science Workshop

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  • Scripture: Genesis 1:1-5
  • Focus:  Light in the darkness, God's creative force and great metaphor.

 The lab leader begins with an experiment using light, and then students use "sunpaper" to create images with light.

Suggested Improvements:

The "light" experiment could be expanded a bit, and let kids get more hands-on with it. Do more to contrast "light vs darkness" which is one of the Bible's primary metaphors. Light/illuminating/guiding/focusing/warming is a great metaphor to explore. Should also reference John 1:1-18 "in him was light..."

For the sunpaper experiment, try "WRITING" words and ideas from the scripture or students' reflection using LIGHT instead of simply making light images of created things like plants.  See writing with "sunpaper" experiments at

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