This lesson plan from AnwersinGenesis.org gives an excellent yet simple method of teaching the order of the 6 days of creation so children (and adults too) will remember them.
1. Page set up
Divide one page/overhead into three equal areas using two horizontal lines. Explain that these three areas will be used to illustrate the events of the 6 days of creation.
2. Day One (Genesis 1:1-5) – The top area on the page/overhead.
Write a number 1 in the upper left corner of the top area. This is for creation Day One.
On Day One, we will show 3 main things God created:
Space -Explain that the top area on the page represents the space God created to place His creation into.
Earth– Draw a small – medium sized circle in the middle of the top area. Explain that this circle is the Earth. There was nothing else in all of space, just the Earth.
Light – God said, “Let there be light”, and there was light. Instead of drawing a beam of light, just draw darkness on half of the Earth, showing that it is being hit by light. This light and darkness (and a rotating Earth) gave us the first day and night.
3. Day Two (Genesis 1:6 -8) – The middle area on the page/overhead.
Write a number 2 in the upper left corner of the middle area. This is for creation Day Two.
On Day Two, we will show God did one main thing: God separated the waters below (covering the entire Earth) from the waters above (the atmosphere).
Waters below– Draw a wavy water line almost all the way across the page just below the upper half of the middle section. This is the surface of the water that covered the entire earth.
Waters above– Next, draw a cloud above the water line. This represents the atmosphere that surrounds the earth.
4. Day Three (Genesis 1:9 -13) – The bottom area on the page/overhead.
Write a number 3 in the upper left corner of the bottom area. This is for creation Day Three.
On Day Three, we will show God did two main things.
Dry land – God caused the dry land to appear. Draw a bumpy land line across the lower part of the bottom area.
Plants – God created plants. The future food supply for His creation. Draw some simple grasses, bushes, and trees. Keep the right side of this area open because you will be drawing more there later.
5. Day Four (Genesis 1:14-19)
Move back to the top area of the page. Write a number 4 in the upper right corner of the top area. This is for creation Day Four.
On Day Four, we will show four main things God created to place in space:
Sun – Light bearer from that day on. Draw it on the light side of the Earth.
6. Day Five (Genesis 1:20-23)
Move back to the middle area of the page. Write a number 5 in the upper right corner of the middle area. This is for creation Day Five.
On Day Five, we will show God created the creatures that live in the sky and the sea:
7. Day Six (Genesis 1:24 -31)
Move to the bottom area on the page. Write a number 6 in the upper right corner of the bottom area. This is for creation Day Six.
On Day Six, we will show God did two main things.
* He created land animals – Draw a simple dinosaur (see animation) and a dog on the right side of the land area. Have the kids name examples of different kinds of land animals. Examples are: dinosaurs, lizards, cats, dogs, rabbits, deer, bear, sheep, cattle and elephants.
* God created the first two people. A man (Adam) and a woman (Eve). Stick people are fine to draw. You may want to draw them behind a bush.
If the kids have been drawing along with you on their own sheets of paper, it might be good to give them some time to draw in more animals on Days 5 and 6. At the end of Day Six, God looked at everything He had made and called it ‘VERY GOOD’! Genesis 1:31
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