I’m pretty excited to be teaming up with a bunch of other bloggers to help bring God’s Word into the hearts of little ones in a fun and interactive way. From now until the end of March, a new hands-on activity will be added (44 in all) each day to this list. Each activity will correspond to a chapter in the very popular, The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones.
I chose to make up an activity for the second chapter of the book – The beginning: a perfect home. This chapter is a beautiful recount of the 7 days of creation.
I chose this chapter because one of my favorite parts of the Bible is the very beginning – the story of creation – when God made everything out of nothing. It’s a beautiful and amazing story and I love reading it with my kids.
It’s not that hard to get some of the days of creation mixed up, so I wanted to do something with my kids that would make each day of creation more memorable. If they had some kind of hands-on interaction with the days of creation, they will be more likely to remember them.
So, I prepared my kids The Days of Creation Lunch. As they feasted on their unique spread, I read aloud the second chapter of The Jesus Storybook Bible and I followed that up with reading Genesis 1 – 2:4 in our Bible. As they ate each of the ‘days,’ we discussed it and then I quizzed them when lunch was over.
Here is what we ate to represent each day of creation –
For day one, we ate chocolate and vanilla ice cream. No, we did not eat our dessert first, we did eat this last.
Other food ideas: chocolate and vanilla pudding, ice cream sandwiches, moon pies, Oreo cookies, Hugs Hershey Kisses
For day two, we drank blue Gatorade. The Gatorade represented the waters that were separated.
Other food ideas: blue jello
For day three, we had a fruit salad. The fruit represented seed-bearing fruit.
Other food ideas: garden salad, cut up veggies, sunflower seeds
For day four, we had chicken & stars soup. The stars represented the stars that God made on that day.
Other food ideas: star shaped cookies, star & moon shaped cheese (I’ve seen these in the dairy section before, but couldn’t find them for our lunch; you could always cut out your own)
For day five, we ate fishies (these were really good in the soup). The fishies represented all the sea life that God made.
Other food ideas: fish sticks, marshmallow peeps (if it’s around Easter time)
For day six, we ate animal crackers. The animal crackers represented all the land animals.
For day seven, we didn’t eat anything. But you know what we did do after lunch? You guessed it, we had rest time!! To represent the seventh day, we all rested by sprawling out on the couch and watching some DVDs.
Here are some of our favorites for times like these:
Enjoying their lunch –
Would you like even more activities to go along with the days of creation? Check these out –
7 Days of Creation with LEGOS
Creation Bean Bag Game
The Story of Creation Quiet Book (no sew)
Days of Creation Object Lesson
Creation File Folder Game
Days of Creation with Paper Crafts and Finger Plays
Days of Creation Wheel
Days of Creation Poster
Creation Bible Timeline
Teaching Creation Using History, Science, and the Bible
Bible Creation Story Flannel Board Figures