I love story bags. When I was teaching public school that was the new fad. Then I visited my friend’s church and they had kids sitting in the service and gave them quiet bags. I’ve been playing with the idea in my head for years, and am finally adding in a new tool for my Bible lessons: Bible story bags you can send home with kids or let them play with quietly in service. This time let’s talk about the Fall of Man Bible story bag, perfect for the Fall of Man Unit.
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Supplies for the Fall of Man Bible story bag
Fall of Man downloadable Unit (this has a printable version of the entire thing, and about a dozen more ideas), green bandana, 2 peg dolls (man figure and woman figure), small plastic tree (like you find in this toy set) or toilet paper roll tree (instructions are in the unit), leaf clothes (felt and pipe cleaner), animal skin clothes (faux animal skin and velcro dots), snake (from the aforementioned animal set), apple (I hot glued two red beads together on a bit of green pipe cleaner), pom poms, Fall of Man card game, Fall of Man storybook (if you get the Fall of Man bundle, you get all of this in one fell swoop and save a bit of money), drawstring backpack to hold it all in (I like this set because you get a lot for the money AND there are a variety of colors)
Let’s put it all together for a Fall of Man Bible story bag
Ha ha ha ha! At first, I had a typo and wrote “Fall of Many,” which I guess you could say is correct, but not the same thing as what we’re talking about here.
I like this set. It’s fun. It’s also really easy to play with.
I know I linked to a plain green bandana, and you could totally do that. I happened to color this handkerchief I bought years ago to create a playmat for another project, so that’s what I used in the pictures. I like the way it looks.
Back to why I like the Fall of Man take home bag.
I like how interactive it is. You can hang the snake up in the tree, or you can put the clothes on Adam and Eve, carefully wrapping the pipe cleaner around each of them.
Then there is the tactile part. I used many of the same elements I used in the Fall of Man sensory bin, removing the filler and adding in a card game and storybook. I love the fuzzy feel of the pom poms, and how the clothing feels.
There’s a reason I’ve been fascinated by sensory bin for ages and why I have so many unique tastes.
It’s just fun to play with. I don’t know why, it just is.
And by the by, when I painted the figures I deliberately left the faces off (partially because I’m terrible at painting the faces) it lets kids come up with their own faces and plans.
But really, it interests me that way.
For when you take it home, a card game and storybook
While you wouldn’t want a kid playing the card game in church, it’s perfect to let kids have a chance to play with the story in different ways.
This game can easily be played in a few minutes, so it makes a great right before bed game, or getting ready for all sorts of things game.
And of course, the storybook is perfect to read right before bed. That was always our best time when the kids were little to get in a little bit of Bible time.
So, that’s the Fall of Man Bible story bag, it’s nice and simple to put together.