By Bethany Pitman
Kids love to learn about animals, planets, and oceans. One Bible story combines all these elements—the Creation story! In addition to these topics, kids thrive on moving around. Below is one way to incorporate movement while teaching the Creation story.
In the beginning, there was darkness. (Turn off the lights in the room.) Close your eyes and cover them with your hands to see how dark the world was!
On the first day, God said, “Let there be light!” (Turn on the lights.) Take your hands off your eyes and open them to see the light!
On the second day, God created the sky. Stand up and stretch your arms as high as you can and reach for the sky!
On the third day, God created dry land, the seas, and the plants and trees. Sway your arms like branches of a tree. Now, can you pretend to swim in the water? Blub. Blub. Blub.
On the fourth day, God created the sun, moon, and stars. Make a circle with your arms above your head to the sun. Now, take your fingers and sprinkle stars in the sky. Can you spin around the room like the planets in the solar system?
On the fifth day, God created the creatures that live in the sea and the creatures that fly in the air. Think of your favorite ocean animal or bird. Now swim or fly like that animal. Does your animal make a sound? Let’s hear it!
On the sixth day, God created the animals on the land and humans. Can you walk around the room like your favorite animal? What does that animal sound like?
On the seventh day, God rested. Whew! That was tiring! Lie down on the floor, close your eyes, and rest!
(Optional Further Discussion:) Why is rest important? What do you do to rest your body? How do you rest your mind? God sure loved his people. He created a whole world full of things he knew his people would love! Of all of God’s creation, which things are your very favorite?
Prayer: Thank you, God, for creating the world and everything in it. Thank you for our favorite foods and animals. Thank you for providing for us! Amen.
Editor’s note: Remind the children in your ministry that just as God made the world and everything in it, he also made each of them . . . and God loves them—always! Click here for CTA’s Jesus Loves Me line of products.