Biblical stories help children to put abstract ideas into manageable, concrete terms. The story of Adam and Eve teaches lessons about temptation and good versus evil through activities to encourage exploration and understanding of the story’s morals.
Dioramas enable kids to capture a scene, moment or image in time. After reading the story of Adam and Eve, challenge children to recreate the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, the serpent and the Tree of Knowledge in a diorama scene. Provide kids with empty shoe boxes and embellishment materials and items such as clay, construction paper and plastic aquarium plants. Encourage children to incorporate as many details from the story as possible into their diorama scenes.
2. Story Puzzles
Story puzzles help young children to remember sequences of events. Encourage kids to draw different images and symbols from the story of Adam and Eve as you read it aloud to the children. They may draw Adam and Eve, the apple, the serpent and the Tree of Knowledge, for example, on individual paper squares, as these elements are introduced in the story. When the drawings are finished, mix them up and encourage children to put them in order to retell the story through pictures.
3. Obedience Plaques
Discuss the importance of obeying God with older children, using the events in the story of Adam and Eve -- and their fall from grace -- as examples. Reinforce the concept by challenging children to think of three different ways to obey God. Examples might include abiding by the Ten Commandments, reading the Bible or worshiping God at church. Provide card stock or other sturdy paper for children to cut wall plaques from. Encourage children to list their ways to obey God on the plaque and use markers, stickers, glitter pens or other craft tools to decorate their plaques. Reinforce plaques with lightweight wooden frames or cardboard backing.
4. Temptation Challenge
Children might not understand the true struggle of Adam and Eve’s temptation, since in modern times, apples aren’t among society’s most coveted items. Send the message home with a temptation challenge activity. Set a desirable item, such as a favorite candy bar, sparkling costume jewelry or popular toy, somewhere children will encounter it, such as a closet or bedroom. Challenge kids to go as long as they can without helping themselves to the item. Each day, discuss how the temptation changes, abates or grows. After the challenge, reward children who were able to overcome their temptation.
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