The biblical story of Adam and Eve is often the subject of children's Sunday school lessons. Appearing in the first few chapters of Genesis, the story describes God's creation of man and woman, their temptation and fall into sin and God's unfailing love. Tell children about Adam and Eve using language they can easily understand. Follow the lesson with crafts, skits or games to help children remember the story and make connections to their own lives.
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- Butcher paper
- Fabric scraps
- Paper plate
Tell children that on the sixth day of Creation, God made a man named Adam out of the dust. He put Adam in the Garden of Eden and gave him the job of naming the animals and caring for the garden. God saw that Adam needed a helper, so he made Adam fall asleep. He took one of Adam's ribs and used it to make a woman named Eve.
Explain that God gave Adam and Eve a rule. They were not allowed to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. A snake tricked Eve, and she ate the fruit. She shared the fruit with Adam and he ate it too. The fruit changed the way they thought about things and made them feel bad that they had disobeyed God.
Explain that Adam and Eve were embarrassed that they were naked, and they tried to cover themselves with leaves and hide from God. God found them and made them leave the Garden of Eden because they broke the rule. He told Adam that he would have to work hard for his food, and He told Eve that she would have lots of pain when she had children. God told the snake that he would always be man's enemy.
Describe how God still loved Adam and Eve even though they had sinned by eating the forbidden fruit. God made Adam and Eve clothes out of animal skins to cover them.
Reinforce the lesson of Adam and Eve by having children memorise Bible verses, act out the story or tell it to a friend. Children also could write a poem or draw a picture about the story.
Draw life-size self-portraits to represent God's creation of man and woman. Children can trace around each other's bodies on a large sheet of butcher paper. Children can decorate the outlines with crayons, markers, fabric scraps, buttons or yarn.
Cut a paper plate into a spiral and decorate it to look like a snake. Write a Bible verse on the back side of the snake.
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