Thursday, August 16, 2012

Activity C1 - Lesson 2: Noah and the Ark

Sunday Schoolhouse Series Activity - Green Unit C1
Lesson 2: Noah and the Ark (Genesis 6 - 7)

Complete the Animal Pairs - Materials Needed:
- Animal pictures from magazine or internet
- 9x12 construction paper
- scissors, glue, crayons, markers, pencils

From magazines or the internet, collect an assortment of animal pictures, about 8x10 in size. Cut the pictures in half lengthwise. Provide each child with a piece of light-colored construction paper and have them glue the half picture on the paper leaving room for the missing half. Then have the children complete the animal by drawing the other half on the paper. Since the pictures were cut in half, when the students are finished, there should be animal pairs.

Option: Use butcher paper cut in the shape of the Ark (a simple crescent shape would work). Post the animal pictures inside the boat.

Animal Alphabet: Have the students stand in a circle. Go around the circle having children name an animal, starting with the letter "A" and going through to "Z". If someone gets stuck, allow others in the class to offer suggestions. But that same student should go the next letter and name an animal before the turn moves on. Examples: A = Ape, B = Buffalo... Y= Yak, etc.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Activity C1 - Lesson 1: Days of Creation

Sunday Schoolhouse Series Activity - Green Unit C1
Lesson 1: Days of Creation (Genesis 1:1 - 2:4a)

Create a Mural - Materials Needed:
- Large piece of "butcher paper" or blank poster
- Miscellaneous art tools and craft items: fabric, craft glue, scissors, feathers, construction paper (including yellow and gray), markers, yarn, paint and brushes, etc.

For this project, have the whole class work together to create a wall mural, following the pattern used by God in the days of creation.
First Day: Start with the lights off in class. Then, to represent the first day, turn on the lights. Present the paper as the canvas for the rest of the activity.
Second Day:  Paint a blue sky in large sweeping brush strokes.
Third Day:  Add the ground and a body of water in the same way. Now let the children dig through the craft supplies provided and make plants, fruit trees and grain, with fabric, yarn and paper. Add them to the mural.
Fourth Day: Use yellow and gray paper to make a sun and moon and put them on opposite sides of the mural. Then cut out little yellow stars to add to the sky.
Fifth Day: Use the craft supplies to make birds (feathers, felt, eyes, etc.) and sea creatures (foam sheets, glitter, etc.)
Sixth Day:  Use fur and felt scraps to make wild animals, reptiles, and people.
Seventh Day:  When all is done, rest and have a treat for the class, remarking on how "good" the class creation is.

Mural Review:
Go back over the mural picture, using a "movie voice" to announce the days: "On the first day God created...."  See if the children can verbally "fill in the blank" by remembering the order of creation.