Often, when we talk about Genesis and the creation account with kids, we focus on the animals. There are many obvious reasons for this. Kids love animals. Animals are cute. And, there are about a BILLION crafts you can do to focus on animals.
However, God created a lot more in those seven (technically six) days than just animals. For example,
Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day. (Genesis 1:11-13)
When we were doing our preschool homeschool “God Made Everything” week, we coordinated each day of our week with the seven days of creation. On Day Three, we made some fruity Pom Pom Trees. Of course, I would have liked it better if the kids would have sorted the pom pom, each according to their kind on the trees, but I guess they are pretty little for all that.
Here’s What You Need:
- Construction Paper, Green (precut into tree top shapes)
- White Paper, preferably cardstock
- Pom Poms (Dollar Store)
- Glue Sticks
- Markers to make tree trunks
Here’s What You Do:
Read through the creation account with the kids in a Children’s Bible (my current favorites are Read and Share Bible and Sweet Dreams Bible). Talk about how God made all the plants, flowers, and trees that we see. Ask the kids what their favorite tree is, or go outside to view a few trees in your backyard or neighborhood. Tell the kids you’re going to be making fruit trees today.
Pass out the white cardstock and the pre-cut green tree tops. Instruct kids to glue the tree top on the cardstock, leaving room to draw a tree trunk later. Pass out the pom poms and have kids make various fruit trees. Finish the trees with a nice trunk. You might want to write “Day Three” across the top.
While kids are working, talk about the other things that God has made. Review the previous days of creation and let kids know what to look forward toward on “Day Four”.
What About You?
What’s your favorite creation craft? Leave me a comment and tell me about it!