Beginnings

Week 2

New to this series? Start here for an overview.

This week was all about the creation of our world. Our focus was firstly on the Creator, who created out of nothing through the power of His spoken word. It was secondly on His creation being very good.

This week’s memory verse was:

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 

Genesis 1:1; ESV*

This week we also learnt a song about creation to the tune of “Frère Jacques”. We added our memory verse at the start of their song and a few lines to the final verse of their song. Here’s the link and here’s our additions:

Memory verse inclusion:

In the beginning (in the beginning)
God created (God created)
the heavens and the earth (the heavens and the earth)
Genesis 1:1 (Genesis 1:1)

We added two lines to their end verse:

From His work (From His work)
On Day 7 (On Day 7)

Please note that we will zoom in on the creation of man next week so it received no special attention this week.

Day 1

Today we read the story of creation from a few children’s Bibles. I find this story to be a favourite of children and allows lots of incidental discussion through the week. The children loved the creation song and memory verse that was added to it.

Today’s activity was to start a creation booklet. I cut several A4 blank sheets into quarters (or you can get the children to do this). I also printed a cover picture illustrating the memory verse and an end picture illustrating Genesis 1:31 (it was very good). Today the children illustrated days 1-3 of creation with each day on a separate quarter piece of paper.

Creation booklet

Day 2

Today was a continuation of yesterday. We went over the creation song and memory verse, plus finished the creation booklet.

Day 3

Today was a great example of non-structured play. We discovered a “treasure rock” in the shape of Africa so we talked of God creating land on day 3 and all of the treasures that God placed in Africa. We proceeded to paint the rock as a gift for Grandma.

God created land – Africa rock painting

Later in the day the children wanted to play with play dough. We pulled out some creepy crawlies to hide in it as we continued to discuss the diversity of creation.

Play dough and creepy crawlies

Day 4

Treasure hunts have really captured our tribe’s imagine so we had another one today (another example of following their interests). I wrote them a list of “day 3 treasures,” including a flower, leaf, bi-coloured leaf, herb, fruit, seed, vegetable . . . whatever I could think of from our yard. 

After the treasure hunt, we used the nature collection, some foam animals, and a foam person for free-form, creation themed painting. 

Nature hunt treasures and painting

Day 5

I have a large collection of scrap fabric and am always looking for ideas to use it. A favourite way has become letting a child’s imagination loose with it. Today they made fabric scrap pictures of creation (mostly of flowers and trees). We had guests overnight so one of the pictures was used as a welcome card.

Fabric creation craft

Day 6

Today we did some quiet activities together at home. There’s plenty of colouring and craft creation activities on the internet. These are the simple printouts I chose:

Letters and writing:

“B” is for beginnings and “G” is for garden. One fun activity we did was to pull a few leaves off from our succulents, break them in half, and use their juice to write on the pavement. RM tried to draw over mine and went on to do his own drawings.

Succulent letters

Letter revision: “V is for void and very good”. We recently spent time looking at snakes, having moved into a home thick with leaf litter housing a few snakes. We had spent time learning that snakes are “very dangerous”, and RM was able to remember the letter “v”.

Additional activities:

Creation puzzles

Jungle puzzle

Plant some seeds, start a vegetable garden, or pot out a herb. Herbs such as mint and oregano grow like wild and a friend might be able to dig some of their excess out to start you off.

Tomatoes

Sprout some lentils: Soak lentils overnight in a glass jar, then tip out the water and rinse daily until they sprout. You can eat them sprouted, stir-fry them, or plant them out.

Parent extra:

You can really take “Bible schooling” in whatever direction works for your children. The activity is not important. What’s important is that you’re discussing the Word in the context of their lives and their world. Many of the activities this week came out of something one of the children said, asked, or started playing.

My focus for this year is to give the children an overview of the Bible. Each week takes us a step further on this journey and discovering the Bible as a treasure chest, with many treasures inside. Depending on the ages of your children, you can tailor the discussions and activities to meet their needs and level of understanding. There are plenty of examples on the internet, I’m just trying to outline a few that we do each week.

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