As adults who have been believers maybe for years, or even decades, I think we sometimes become complacent about certain aspects of God’s Word or truth – without even realizing it! We don’t mean to, but after years of attending church and hearing a variety of sermons and Sunday School lessons, we forget the magnitude of some of God’s greatest feats in history. I recognized this myself one morning when I casually referenced God’s creation and control over the weather during circle time. One of my preschooler’s eyes lit up and his hand shot in the air. I called his name and he asked, “God did that? All that?”
Suddenly, I was seeing creation through a child’s eyes. When I stopped and explained how God orchestrated different elements of creation together to keep us healthy and safe, I was reminded how great our God is and how grateful I should be for how He takes care of us. This is only one of the many reasons it’s important to teach children, from a young age, about the 7 Days of Creation. We need to start instilling an awe and respect for God as our Creator as soon as possible! When we recognize God for who He really is, we stop magnifying ourselves and work to magnify Him.
Genesis isn’t just a cute story with a consistent rhyme and rhythm. It really happened! Imagine for a moment…all is darkness. There is only the triune God, completely content in and of Himself. Then, in His own perfect wisdom and sovereignty, He decides to create the world as we know it in just seven days. He could have created it all with just a snap of His fingers in one moment. But instead, He chose to speak the world into existence with His own voice. Because He is a personal and caring God. Then with His words, He fills the universe with light – the sun just the perfect distance so we neither melt nor freeze. He fills it with an ever-changing sky, with the right amount of gravity so we neither float nor are crushed into the earth. He fills it with nature, so we may enjoy flowers and benefit from their oxygen. He fills it with animals, so we may have something to admire as well as something to nourish our bodies. And finally, He fills it with people – with us! How humbling that we may be His last creation, made in His image, the only thing He described as being “very good”. Through the seven days of creation, He also gives us a model for our own lives. Six days to be busy – to create and to steward – and one to rest.
To help drive home the seven days of Creation for young minds, I have created a mini unit you can use with your little learners. The activities in this resource were designed for kids ages 3-5, but you can modify them for a wide range of children.
Because I want to save you precious time (no more scouring Google and Pinterest for hours, piecing together units and copying blurry coloring pages) this download includes everything you need to teach the unit: a complete lesson plan with materials you’ll need to gather, Bible verse, lesson introduction, Bible story (paraphrased for a young audience, but still biblically accurate), and lots of games, crafts, and activity ideas for you to use.
–The Bible Story
This download comes with a printable story, “God Created the World,” that teaches children in an age-appropriate, yet engaging way what God created on each day of Creation. Combined with sweet graphics, each page demonstrates God’s handiwork as His words bring our world into existence. The story comes in color, black and white, and a half-page booklet version for the kids to color.
–The Bible Verse:
The verse for this unit is Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” I have included a printable color poster with the verse on it and little Bible verse cards to print and send home with each student.
In addition to the Bible story, there is so much for you to use with the children: song suggestions, a poem page, skill pages (numbers, letters, tracing, etc.), and more.
Here are a few of my favorite activities:
Days of Creation Poem: This worksheet could be copied and used as an activity for your students to color, or it could be laminated to use in the classroom. It is a sweet and easy poem that describes what God accomplished on each day of Creation. If you have older preschoolers, you might even attempt to memorize the poem together as a group. Perhaps you could recite Day One’s portion on Monday, Day Two’s portion on Tuesday, etc., and see if your students can recite it together (with some prompting) the following week. You could even put it to music, if you have musical talent! This way, you know for sure your students will remember God’s creations for years to come!
God Created the World – Globe Craft: This globe would be so fun to hang from the ceiling of your classroom! Have your students cut out and color three separate globes. Next, fold each circle in half and glue each side to each other until you have a 3D globe! If you’d like to hang your students’ globes like I suggested, make sure you hole-punch each circle before gluing. Next, string a length of yarn through the holes and, voila! You have a globe ready to be hung, which will remind your students of the beautiful world God created for them to live in and enjoy.
Look at What God Made: There are a variety of ways you could implement this worksheet in your classroom or home. This worksheet demonstrates that anything and everything we see was created by God – we can’t run away from God’s creation! What a humbling reminder – to our students and to us – that we are merely clay at the hands of a gracious Potter. The worksheet asks your student/child to find a person, an animal, a plant, a planet, food and something else God made and draw it. You could have each child do this worksheet on their own, have everyone discuss it in a group or take them outside to give them ideas of what to draw.
There are lots more fun activities for you to use when teaching the children this important lesson:
How long does it last?
This unit can be adjusted based on the age and attention span of the children you are working with, as well as the time you have. Some people teach the Bible story and pick two or three activities to do if you’re tight on time (such as a Sunday school setting). Others will space the activities out over 5 days (Christian preschool or a homeschooling parent).
What other teachers/parents are saying:
Love this resource! We are homeschooling and have spread out each day of creation. Thank you for including the song lyrics that go along beautifully! – Whole Latte Teaching
Used this with my 3-4 year-olds in Sunday School! Lots of activities which help with their short attention span. I ended up buying the bundle because it worked well with my kids. – Bonnie M.
I purchased this lesson prior to purchasing the mega-bundle. It is just right for my junior worship class at church. I am able to print these lessons, gather a few craft supplies and leave them for each Sunday’s teacher. The teacher is able to teach significant Bible truths with no advance prep. – Melissa B.
You can download the print-and-go unit here:
Looking for more ways to engage your little learners and teach them important truths from God’s Word? I have created over 40 Bible units – Check out all of them here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Joy-In-The-Journey-By-Jessica-Lawler/Category/Bible-Preschool-Bible-Lessons-292056
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How sobering it is to realize the world does not revolve around us. It is so easy to get caught up in our busy lives and live as if we have any amount of control concerning what happens to us. God created everything from the sun warming your faces to the water cooling your toes to the food filling your bellies to the children you have been given to teach. It is an honor to tell our students what a creative and merciful God we serve and the best way to start is by explaining the seven days of Creation to them! It is not a story, but Truth that is our duty to pass on to the next generation.