Many children who attend Sunday school know the story of Adam, Eve and the serpent in the Garden of Eden. Sunday school teachers can employ crafts to reinforce the Bible truths found in this story. Simple and inexpensive materials can keep your Sunday schoolchildren busy and provide reminders they can use to share the lesson points with Mom and Dad or a sibling.
Tell the Story
Create puppets to tell the story of Adam and Eve. You can also use story boards, sequencing cards or a mini-book. Internet sites such as Bible Story Printables, DLTK's Growing Together and Christian Preschool Printables provide ready-to-print materials you can reproduce to use in your Sunday school class, vacation Bible school class or children's church group. You can read the story while children colour and assemble the crafts. Once the children have completed the crafts, invite them to tell the story along with you. These activities work well with children in pre-K through third grade.
Although the Bible does not say the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was an apple, many people depict Adam and Eve eating an apple. You can print out apples and have elementary students write Genesis 1:27: "God created people in his own image" on an apple. Upper elementary students could make apple pastries while they learn about the consequences of sinful behaviour. Pre-K and kindergarten students could colour an activity page with an apple or a depiction of Adam and Eve eating an apple.
The Garden of Eden
God placed Adam and Eve in a beautiful garden to live. Teachers might explain that God placed Adam in the garden to tend it. (Genesis 2:15) Students could draw what they believe the Garden of Eden looked like before sin, when there were no thorns or thistles to ruin the garden. They can include all of the animals God created, each with a mate. Alternatively, elementary students could write a description of the garden before and after sin. Crossword and word search puzzles provide some of these words. Young students might match male animals with the female or colour a picture of the garden.
The First Clothes
Genesis 3:7 says that Adam and Eve sewn fig leaves together after they ate the fruit. You could collect some fig leaves, plastic craft needles and thread and let elementary students create fig leaf girdles. Alternatively, you could print fig leaf shapes on construction paper and let students cut them out and sew them together. Students could look at representations of the animal skin tunics God made for Adam and Eve and compare the difference between the two kinds of clothing.