Have you thought about all of the mini-stories within the first two chapters of Genesis? As I was working on my Creation Unit as I expanded my Bible curriculum I realized there are two stories in there to cover. Genesis chapter 1 is an overview chapter. Think of it like one of those epic ballads that cover millennia. Then the second chapter zooms in on a much shorter period of time. A single day.
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What you’ll need for this Creation story minibook
Creation Unit (or get the Creation Story bundle that has it all), whatever you like to color with (my daughter and I disagree, I like crayons or colored pencils and she prefers markers, my experience says kids generally prefer markers)
Looking at the big picture with the first Creation story minibook
There is something very satisfying about coloring. I love minibooks to let kids have their own book they helped make.
Once I started studying the Bible seriously it always amused me how easily you can boil each day down to a simple concept.
I guess that speaks to the deceptive simplicity of this chapter. People write entire books about a few thousand words discussing it.
And I have to admit just looking at the coloring job makes me happy.
The second Creation minibook: creating man
There are almost two stories in the second chapter of Genesis. The first part is God showing man he needs a helpmate. If this were a TV show, it would end on a cliffhanger with Adam all depressed there is no one for him.
Thankfully, this isn’t a TV show. God didn’t leave it on a cliffhanger, and instead we get the first pun, “She will be called woman for she is made from man,” rough translation which I have had more than one pastor and Bible teacher explain to me is a pun in Hebrew.
There are a large number of Christian comedians who’ve created skits of Adam naming all of the animals.
It’s tempting to make an entire minibook of Adam naming the animals, but that would be pretty extra-biblical, and it’s always a struggle to figure out just how much you can add before you’re going too far.
There are several Bible stories I still have the wrong image in my head thanks to videos I watched or storybooks I read.
So, as tempting as it is, I’m not going to make a storybook like that. I’ll let the comedians enjoy making their sketches.
But can you imagine what it was like to have your spouse hand-picked by God?
There is a lot of discussion in Christian circles of how much fine-control does God have over your life? Does He pre-write out your life in pencil and we just come along and trace over it in ink? Do we have complete free will and he just knows how it will all turn out because of who He is.
I bring this up because there is a lot of discussion in youth groups about finding that one perfect spouse for you.
Adam and Eve knew the person they married was the one perfect spouse for them for sure because the other person was literally the only other person.
I don’t know, it’s a weird thing to think about.
But it’s a great thing to think about with older kids.
I’m not going to pretend I have the answer to that one.
Well that’s the Creation one page minibook
It’s a nice simple project, and one I like for giving kids a bit of control on their project and you can talk about as you color with kids.
More Bible stories
I’m gonna take a random sampling of other Bible lessons