Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Creation Numbers

I really love the Old Testament.  I love reading about the covenants.  I love the dramatic and sweeping stories.  I love the typology and finding connections with the New Testament.  However, this is a fairly recent love that I have found.  When I was younger, I thought nothing could be drier, longer, weirder, or more boring.  But I realize now that I didn't like it because I didn't know it well enough.

Kids don't know the Old Testament.


Sure, they might be able to tell you that Noah took two of every animal onto the ark, or that David used a slingshot to best Goliath.

But do they really know the stories beyond the superficial coloring-book page?
Do they know how the people fit into the grander picture of Salvation History?
Do they know how the message of the story always points to Christ?
Do they know how the Scriptures teach them about their relationship with God?

I think that the answer is usually no.

Not that I think that I can fix this problem, but I would like to create some opportunities for kids to learn about the Old Testament in a meaningful, applicable, and challenging way.  My plan for this summer is to work my way through the Old Testament to create some activities that bring a little more meaning to the normal CCD lesson.

So, as Maria Von Trapp would say, let's start at the very beginning...

Creation Numbers Coloring Book

Yes, I know that I just complained about coloring pages above, but I hope that this one is a little bit different.  I think that the target audience would be Pre-K through 1st grade, depending on how it was used.  It has emphasis on numbers, so there are some nice opportunities to tie in some math.  There is a page for each day, with pictures and words about what God created on that day.  I also wanted to help kids understand more about the ascending order of creation and God's plan.

For example, God gave the world form (light and dark) and filled the void (sun and moon).

The last page of the book emphasizes that pattern:

I also included a set of blank numbers.  These could be used for more hands-on teaching.  For example, you could work on some tactile skills and make a series of collages:

Day 1: Just torn yellow and black construction paper, showing light and dark.
 
Day 2: Strips of paper, add some yarn for waves of the sea and cotton for clouds of the sky.
Day 3: This one is hard to see in the picture, but it has the sky and sea, and some pictures torn out of magazines for land, trees, and plants.
Day 4: Cellophane sun, metallic fabric moon, star stickers.
Day 5: I am sure that you can come up with something better, but I cut out a bunch of fish and birds that the kids could glue on their number five.  No comments about how my birds look like mustaches.

Day 6: Collage of magazine pictures and stickers of people and animals.
Day 7: Collage of the Sabbath- This one has a pretty sunrise, a church, priest celebrating Mass, and a girl raising her hands in praise.  It also has glitter to emphasize that the seventh day is set apart from the rest.
I am sure that you can come up with lots more creative ways to connect numbers with the first story of Creation.

Here is the link to the coloring book:

And here is the link to the plain numbers:

22 comments:

  1. I LOVE what you did with the numbers!
    Eilis
    GrowinginPreK

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  2. I was thinking I would have to come up with all my own material but this is perfect for a camp I'm working at this summer. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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    1. You're welcome! Hope the camp goes well!

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    2. Thank you for the great idea of drawing or collage on the numbers! I teach the creation story every year in my Prep class and I love finding new and creative ways of presenting Bible stories. Thank you!

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  3. This will be a great addition for our class materials. Thank you for posting this.

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  4. Thank you so much! My four-year old will love coloring these while we read the Bible verses.

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    1. Glad you like it! Hope that your little one does too :)

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  5. Thank you for this resource! Love it!!

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  6. awesome! thanks for the blank numbers too!

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  7. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I have been looking for 2 days for exactly what you have so generously shared. I will be using the coloring book for a class I teach about "God and Me"

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    1. I'm so glad! Feel free to share my blog with others!

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  8. Do you have a colored version of the Creation House printable? I'd love to use it as a take home handout rather than a coloring page.

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    1. I do not have a color version of this. Were you just looking for the "God Created a Beautiful Home for Us!" page? If so, it wouldn't be a big deal to rework that page in color- I could do it sometime this week. Let me know!

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    2. Yes, just the beautiful home, but I need it by today or tomorrow. Thanks for being willing, but I know that the notice is short. I will just make due with the black and white version

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    3. I'm sorry! I really would have been willing to rework it with color, but I have been super busy and out of town this weekend. Hope the black and white version will serve the purpose. If something similar comes up again, don't hesitate to ask.

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  9. I love this. Thank you so much.

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  10. Thank you so much for your creative ideas! That is excactly what I was looking for.

    Greetings from Germany,

    Judith

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  11. Thank you for this...:)

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  12. You bless me sista! Thank you!

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