The first book of the Bible, Genesis, begins with the words, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." The Scripture goes on to describe the rest of the creation in the following days. Teaching children about the creation--as told in Genesis--is an essential part of Christian childhood education. Creation crafts open up discussions and reinforce the biblical lessons.
Earth Sun Catcher
Teach children to make a sun catcher that resembles the planet earth. Set a face-up margarine tub lid and a bottle of liquid glue on a newspaper-covered work surface. Show children pictures of the earth and explain that God created it. Read Genesis 1:1 and tell the children that they will make an earth sun catcher to remind them that God created the earth. Squirt glue into the margarine tub lid until the flat recessed part within the rim is covered with a layer of glue. Give the children blue, green and brown tissue paper to tear into 1-inch or smaller pieces and lay them on the glue to look like the earth. Gently push the tissue paper into the glue with a toothpick. When the tissue-paper earth is finished, drizzle more glue on top to form a thin coating. The glue does not have to cover completely or smoothly on the top. Allow the sun catchers to dry for three or four days. Pop them from the tub lids, punch a hole near the top and thread yarn through the hole to hang in a window.
Try an edible craft with children. Make a batch of gingerbread cookies to teach that God created man. Explain that God created the first man, Adam, out of dust--and this was the beginning of all people on earth. Roll out the dough and let each child cut a gingerbread man with a cookie cutter. Set an assortment of sprinkles and colored sugars so youngsters can add details to the gingerbread men. Bake the cookies and let them cool. Lay the cookies in a row and observe differences and similarities--reminding children that although none are exactly alike, they all came from the same batch.
Fifth Day Collage
Read Genesis 1:20, "And God said, 'Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.'" On the fifth day of creation, God filled the sky with birds and the bodies of water with living things. Cut a number five shape from a 12-inch-by-18-inch piece of heavy, blue construction paper. Color the lower half of the shape with a dark blue crayon to be the ocean. Cut pictures of birds and sea creatures from the pages of magazines and glue them to the number five shape. Place the birds in the lighter blue "sky" and the sea creatures in the darker blue"water."
Andra Land has been a freelance writer since 2010. Her work draws from experience in early childhood education, curriculum development and home and family management. Before beginning a career teaching children, Land studied communications at the University of Indianapolis.